Berg delivers possibly his best film in a decade, producing something that has elements of a slow burn and a harrowing action adventure tale at the same time.
I really liked this, as Greengrass is a master of realistic tension, especially when the story is taken from a real life scenario (much as he showed in 2018 with 22 July).
I really appreciate a quiet little thriller like this that can exist without action sequences or memorable set pieces and still be engaging.
Once again, the set pieces are off the charts, nearing the pinnacle of being hard to top if your name isn't Mission: Impossible.
This is a fitting send-off for Paul Walker in a franchise that belonged to him just as much as Vin Diesel.
It feels like the action scenes sprung from drunken sessions of "Hey, you know what would be sweet?"
The core cast has as much chemistry as ever, and the addition of The Rock is a perfect fit.
I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this more than a lot of people seem to have, but it isn't without its flaws.
This is a solid thriller that does a lot of things right without doing anything remarkable.
It isn't afraid to get dark, as it becomes a rare study of PTSD without war involved, but has plenty of inspiration to go around.
The direction and action overcame the script issues I had, and I really appreciated the quality of the set pieces.
The tension is palpable, and it doesn't take long for you to feel like you are in the desert with them, locked into their sniper game of cat and mouse, breathing slowly to avoid sucking sand.
How does it stack up against its predecessors? The acting is even icier, the cinematography is even deeper and the score is (somehow) even more iconic.
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It's no secret that I love Michael Shannon. He is excellent at quiet (and occasionally explosive) rage, and his cold stare makes him the pitch-perfect choice for this role, as his eyes feel as lethal as his bullets.