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.
It was a solidly made film with some great actors giving it their all, but the intentions behind the script rang false.
Julianne Moore deserves a ton of credit and makes the final scene feel epic in its own way after the story that's been told, but she was the diamond in a bit of rough.
Much like Paul Greengrass with last year's 22 July, Maras drops us right into the center of the action and barely lets his foot off the gas long enough to let the audience catch its breath over the course of two hours.
Speaking volumes about the nature vs nurture debate and inviting you to think deeply on the subject, it's the kind of emotionally-wrecking film that will be difficult to revisit, but demands to be appreciated.
Christian Petzold presents us with something that looks sunny and bright, despite seriously dark implications. It's a bold film in that regard because it always keeps you guessing about what you're seeing.
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.
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are absolutely incredible in their performances as the mother of a kidnapped girl and her former lover from many years ago. Their past is no secret (hence the film's title), but that doesn't mean we know the full story.
It takes on a heavy topic but the script mostly treats it with levity until the later stages, and all the while Gleeson owns the screen.
HAIKU REVIEW Led By A Great Cast; Not The Average Heist Film; Sets Some Lofty Goals. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS How do you differentiate yourself as a heist thriller in a world already crowded with them? Conclude the heist portion halfway through, switch up into a survival action-drama and add in some deeper philosophical elements. It works…
The American Dream is worth fighting for, but picking your battles may do wonders to move your pieces around the board faster than those who oppose you.
Ayer makes masterful use of handheld camerawork, which adds to the gritty ultrarealism on display.
Spielberg and Hanks have done it again.