Much less flashy than the similar themed Matrix this movie has aged like a fine wine compared to the other slightly more vinegary Wachowski brew. The screenplay from Dobbs and Goyer is the philosophical and thematic successor to the seminal Blade Runner whereas the direction of Proyas and cinematography of Wolski owe a lot more to Escher and German Expressionism, with a little help from some hard working talented set and costume designers.
It is the performance of Keifer Sutherland…
There's no way this would have been made if the director wasn't Charlotte Rampling's son. It's a pretty poor noir that focuses on style without being particularly stylish. So much of the dialogue is dreadful in that trying too hard to be real kind of way that we've been inflicted with by sub-standard writers in a post-Tarantino world and isn't helped by actors who aren't good enough but then when Rampling and Byrne are struggling with it you can't really…
Quite nearly perfect. Cahill and Marling don't seem to make a bad decision between them for 90+ minutes in this low-fi "sci-fi" drama. Except like the greats of science fiction (as seen as props in the film) this isn't really about space and stuff, it's about humanity. There are a few wobbly moments where the low budget and sophomore director become obvious but beyond that it's simply great storytelling.
After a day of mediocrity a dose of Darjeeling was in order. When I first saw this film I had already enjoyed the work of Wes Anderson but from the moment Hotel Chevalier played on the big screen I graduated in to fandom. With this one film he manages to amalgamate everything that was individually great about his previous work in to one beautiful masterpiece of quirky familial drama and spiritual road movie. It is the most visually impressive of…