Costner and Harrelson certainly have a curmudgeonly chemistry about them, but there is depth left on the table that is only hinted at, and never truly explored.
Ayer makes masterful use of handheld camerawork, which adds to the gritty ultrarealism on display.
There are some absolutely amazing shots composed throughout the film, and everything is elevated by Shapiro's score and Kidman's fearless performance.
The direction and action overcame the script issues I had, and I really appreciated the quality of the set pieces.
There is something about the way McQueen's slow burn style meshes with Flynn's writing that I can't put my finger on, but I hope it is not the only time they will collaborate as they seem to compliment each other very, very well.
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.
An explosive second season full of twists, turns and shocking deaths has come to a close, and Cinematic Discussion is here to break it down for you!
Everything on display here is the definition of unflinching and the result is the suspenseful drama that 2018 needs.
From the ludicrously fun opening scene, you get the sense that pushing the pedal to the floor isn't enough, the film is trying to shove its foot through the car and touch the actual road.
The script tries to do too much, without giving anything the focus it would take to succeed. The film is at it's best when it is a small-scale family drama, but falls apart when things go wider.
At first, I expected this to be shallow, despite how much I've come to trust A24 for delivering amazing films. But I'm glad to report I was wrong.
Never, EVER kill a hitman's dog...
I liked the reckless spirit of it all, as they make the outlaw life look like an undeniable amount of fun, and the brash crime spree set against the characters' individual vulnerabilities made it feel very human.
It's gritty, grim and thought-provoking; a dark tale about horrors we prefer to shield ourselves from until they come knocking at our door.
I wanted a fun, popcorn blockbuster in space and that's exactly what I got.