The wife and I were going to see Tangled... but the showing we wanted was sold out. So we saw this one instead... Good decision! This is a surprisingly good movie... if the film-noire school of the 40's-50's era went in for action movies, they would have been a lot like this... gritty, cynical and extremely violent, with an ambiguously motivated protagonist working against a bunch of people a whole lot worse. I was expecting a straight-up action movie, but instead got a very interesting psychological and moral journey... and LOTS of great action. I don't quite see why people are finding the story simple... the backstory is the big thing here, and details are doled out slowly, revealing exactly what needs to be revealed at exactly the right time. Everybody in this movie does great work and plays it absolutely straight... there is hardly a single corny moment, wink at the camera or gratuitous witty one-liner in the entire film. The story isn't entirely realistic... there is no way a mad-dog killer could roar around two states in a vintage muscle car blowing people away, as Driver does in this movie--but still, it works. At least it worked for me. The only think I didn't like was the camera movement (sigh) that verged on being way too much. I can see why people might not 'get' this movie... there doesn't seem to be much depth. But it's there if you bother to look for more than screeching tires and gunshots.
|9/10||dtander@ - 131 reviews|
27.11.2010 - age: 50+ - 2 replies
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