The movie that dares to say, "Hey, here are some more people who didn't care about that Xerxes fella."
And how was Artemisia *not* the main character, again? Eva Green's presence is commanding as hell, Artemisia has the meatiest backstory, and following the plot from her perspective would've given the film an entirely different angle than its predecessor.
But nope. We're stuck with Generic McHunkyGuy as our protagonist and two hours of ill-fated efforts to match the original's style and graphic violence. What a useless movie.
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.