Grueling and disgusting and confusing with 177 minutes of listening to the foley of shit squishing - when it isn't something worse. Squirming in my seat, I was praying to a god I don't believe in for the pain to end.
And that's entirely the point. I think. Maybe?
An amazingly beautifully shot film that beats up its audience just to make sure that every single person is howling, "How can they stand it and do nothing?"
Beyond that, I…
Why is it so hard to make a movie like this where the third act doesn't completely destroy the interesting second act twist?
You had so much potential, THE GIFT. Jason Bateman was really well cast for what you were going to pull off. And then you wasted it. Enough that I am still annoyed.
I get really angry at movies that get this close to doing something unique/surprising and then pull back into conventional thriller land, like they're some sort of gifted kid who ends up working at 7-11.
Oh, it's trying to both satirize action racing pictures and be an action racing picture. There's an over-the-top sense of humor there. There's also lots of explosions of expensive bikes, cars, props. But it ends up feeling like you've watched two hours of a Pepsi commercial dreamed up by Kid Rock.
I loved DETENTION. I can see inklings of the brilliance of DETENTION in this. But this is certainly no DETENTION.