The film tends to be a little long in the mid section and takes some odd twists of thriller (I'm guessing it tries to jam a lot of the book it's based on into film whether it needs it or not), but dammit if Jack Reacher isn't something of a fun role for Tom Cruise. Fun lines, great moments, and a mystery that does continually unravel in front of the viewer.
Donnie Yen is easily one of the best action stars working today and his slick modern action thrillers like Kill Zone and Flashpoint are brilliant works in the genre. Whether I wanted to or not, I had high hopes for Special ID.
Which is why it's disappointing to say that it's...well, disappointing. The film isn't entirely a bad experience, Yen's fight work and the action sequences are once again superb, but the rest is a rather jumbled narrative of undercover…
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2013 was the directorial debut of 'shaolin wooden man' Keanu Reeves. Despite his bombing 47 Ronin in the box office, Man of Tai Chi comes off as a remarkably smart martial arts film. Tiger Chen gives a great and subtle lead performance and the blend of modern action bits with classic martial arts themes works very well with Yuen Woo Ping choreography.
...and while Keanu Reeves seems to be intent on keeping that…
This is seriously, in all seriousness, one of the greatest bad movies (or worst great movies) of all time. Never before have I seen so much talent that careens between charming, terrible, awkward, and bad ass in such quick succession. It's sort of mind boggling. Tango & Cash is loaded to the gills with awesome B-grade actors, some great action set pieces, some of the worst "funny" dialogue known to man, and so many awkward scenes that your head is likely to melt from trying to cope with it.
I can honestly say that this film is FUBAR. In all of the greatest ways.