I really wanted to like this but I just found the tonal imbalance too much at times to get past it. Spectre wanted to be all super serious and more edgy than the old camp Bond films, yet had several gags such as the street cleaner's double take when 007 lands in the road with his parachute and strides past him, that wouldn't have felt out of place in the Moore or Brosnan incarnations of Bond but didn't fit for…
There's a decent film possibly lurking in here somewhere, but this bloated over padded mess would need a lot of work to get it into shape.
I realised whilst watching this that while I always think of Michael Mann as a top caliber film maker there are really only a couple of his films that I really like (Red Dragon and Heat), and the rest is a pretty mixed bag of visually stunning but ultimately empty work.
I just love everything about this film: the practical effects; the over the top violence; Ronny Cox chewing the scenery like a man possessed, Michael Ironside’s sulky and snarling performance; Sharon Stone looking better than she ever has; Arnie’s super camp run after killing the gang lead by “Harry from verk”; the security guard who doesn’t even wait until he’s out of shot before giving up the chase after Doug Quaid smashes through the X-ray scanner, with a gun. There…
Sam Rockwell gives a stunning performance as Sam Bell, a man coming to the end of a three-year stint working on the Moon supervising automated harvesters as they extract helium-3, alone except for a robot named GERTY. While out trying to repair one of the harvesting machines he’s involved in an accident and wakes up back inside the base, with little memory of the incident. Later he catches GERTY talking with his employers back on Earth and hears them instruct…