I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it.
Keep in mind that I'm unfamiliar with "Les Miserables" as a *show* -- I've seen previous film versions of the story that I quite enjoyed (1934's 4 1/2-hour French version is as good as it gets). I don't know how much is carried over from the stage and how much got lost in translation, but this film felt *extremely* rushed at times, glazing over a lot of character development and just blitzing through…
Even more cryptic than "The Tree of Life," and without any cool shit to look at, to boot.
I try, to the best of my abilities, to understand where a film is coming from and see from its point of view. But "A Safe Place" is aimless hippie bullcrap, plain and simple. Redundant dialogue, shallow characters, and no ultimate point.
Not as brutal of a film as "I Saw the Devil," but "The Man from Nowhere" packs a punch all its own. Like in "Josey Wales," the bad crowd has a way of screwing with a quiet man whose perseverance and skill are underestimated a few times too many. Schmaltzy conclusion aside, it's a badass revenge film with an increasingly dark storyline and nicely-executed action.