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.
A scarier version of this movie could have been a legitimate instant classic.
If you're a fan of the Wings, this is a must-see.
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…
Director Todd Douglas Miller isn't trying to slant or push any sort of narrative. He just presents to the audience the most remarkable trip humanity has ever embarked upon. And it is truly a spectacle to both watch and listen to.
Overall , there are enough positives to outweigh the negatives and turn in solid two hour story, though I had hoped for more.
Wrestling and filmmaking have an essential ingredient in their core that mirror each other: the need to convince an audience that something they know is scripted is real.
From the real locations (the film was shot in Malawi) to the real sense of danger from starvation, every frame drips with legitimacy.
Perhaps with a much better script, it wouldn't have felt like watching a downgraded version of Ready Player One.
HAIKU REVIEW The Perfect Lead Choice; Turns Down The Conventional; And Offers Deep Thought. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS Don’t look now, but Jeffrey Wright is quietly becoming the master of saying a million words without ever moving his lips, and drawing you in based on his sheer presence while doing so. In this latest HBO film, he…
The sense of danger is very real, and even while barely uttering a word, you are utterly drawn to the journey of Overgard.
If your best friend had a terminal illness and asked you to help them commit suicide...do you think you could do it?
Aquaman is over the top, a bit long, and loads of fun. It focuses on the things it does well and turns up the volume loud enough to mask its deficiencies and leave the audience satisfied.
Cold Pursuit is a revenge thriller with an insurmountable sense of fun amidst the bloodletting, which makes for something that is memorable in more than one area.
At its heart, it seems to be a film about disrupting the norm, which serves Soderbergh well.