|Cast: Ben Affleck,
Taraji P. Henson,
Patrick St. Esprit,
Director(s): Joe Carnahan
Genre: Action / Disaster
Well, after a two-day triple-feature of 'Children Of Men', 'Blood Diamond', and 'The Queen', I needed something a little more dumbed down to ease off of.
Now, preliminary reviews have been very dismissive, but I ventured out to see it anyways...
This may be a simple, basic, testosterone film, but I wouldn't call it stupid. There is a fine ensemble cast (almost too many characters actually, limiting screen time for some, underdevelopping others) that really sink their teth into the straight-ahead material.
Yes, tons o' guns, violence, and general lunacy, but it does take on a dark comedic side too.
The first part takes its time introducing all the characters and their roles. Gets you pumped and waiting for the action to kick in. The second part gets everyone on their way to Vegas to get to Aces first, with some run-ins down the stretch.
And then the action hits, and it hits HARD with all guns blazing.
Lots of fun, much in the unapologetic Tarantino/Guy Ritchie vein.
It loses some marks towards the end because I felt they pandered to the audience with a Usual Suspects twist (which I saw coming about 30 minutes into the film) and some unfinished business with some of the characters, who I could see popping up in films of their own.
Still, much mayhem and bloodshed and attitude and gutsy fun.....maybe not so much for Jeff.
These are the Tremor Brothers. Awesome.
I pretty much agree with Mitch on all points. Yes, the twist was pretty obvious. They foreshadowed it too often. And the movie as a whole was pretty smart. I had to keep rewinding it because the interrelationships between the characters were complex. But in the end it just turned into a bloodfest, albeit very stylish.
I'm giving this 3 stars mostly for the overall style of the movie. The script could have been a bit better.
Fairly serviceable cat&mouse/race to get the informant. Some colourful characters and interesting settings with added black comedy makes it all good for a larf or two.
I REALLY enjoyed the bit part by Jason Bateman as the...well, I'm not entirely sure WHAT he was...LOL
And who knew Alicia Keys was so hawte/stacked!?
I agree the most with Derek's review above, although it seems like we are all on the same page with this one.
A fun watch, but could have been just a bit better.
I repeat, SYSOP, cut off his account!
Do I hear a YAY????
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