Cotten is badly miscast in this fairly mundane revenge thriller. There are hints of something interesting, the idea of post-war trauma mainly, but it ends up focusing on overly simplistic notions of love and bullying. Very much a run of the mill film lacking in interesting characters and a basic premise it does nothing of note with.
This is perhaps a really generous 4 star rating considering some of the issues in the adaptation of Harris' novel to screen here, namely the construction of Dollarhyde as a serial killer. The hold off on perspective and mystery was great but Mann rushes through Harris' unsettling humanising of the killer so as to render the final 20min a mere action cliche.
William Petersen is solid as Will Graham (now perhaps Hugh Dancy is plastered into everyone's minds, though Dancy…
Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.
The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…
Overcomes a dire first 15 minutes to morph into a mostly entertaining video game romp. The monsters/aliens are great, the combat sequences as well, even the time travel component was amusing enough (I mean, the ending's very dumb but, then again, so is the film).
Pity about the dialogue and characters, though.