For me, while this has its moments, it doesn't come close to much of the other animated family movies that have come out this year.
When this made headlines a few years back, it must have read like the predecessor of the current "Florida Man" stories.
If ever there was a film made just for me to review, I found it today. And yes, full disclosure, it's because I'm one of THOSE people.
This was everything I wanted it to be, and, thanks to trailers that showed practically nothing, it managed to pack in a lot of surprises to boot. To use an old phrase, I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I applauded. It was a great time at the movies.
It's not interested in being the typical kind of war story, choosing instead to dive deep into deeper issues of human behavior, duty, honor, and the greater social order.
Ever see a movie and wonder how it got funded? For me, this is one of those.
Any way you look at this film, it is bold. The choices are striking and it will not be for everyone, but it will reward those with the patience and interest in a deep thinker that welcomes every chance to make them uncomfortable.
At only 85 minutes, it is a total breeze that doesn't outstay its welcome and produces genuine laughter the entire time.
To call it depressing for most of its 150 minutes is a fair assessment, but it makes the finale more rewarding. And, really, how uplifting can we expect a prison movie to be?
It is often breathtaking to view, wonderfully edited, a breeze to sit through and will put a smile on the faces of everyone...except those huge, gross elephant seals.
Estevez, Jeffrey Wright, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Michael K Williams and Taylor Schilling all do very good work, and the script gives them all characters with a lot behind them.
The Hummingbird Project can be a raw and real look at the cost of determination. It moves along at a solid pace and ends on a beautifully framed and melancholy shot that is bound to make you think.
This was an excellent two hour look at humanity through the lens of something decidedly inhuman and I really enjoyed not only watching the thrilling ride but thinking about its deeper implications.
It was a solidly made film with some great actors giving it their all, but the intentions behind the script rang false.