I feel the need, the need to review NEED FOR SPEED.
First thing's first, NEED FOR SPEED is too fat.
Act I is filled with so much excess material that it’s truly hard to muster feelings for the characters on screen when, in the end, most of them are inconsequential once Act II begins. Let me break this down. Our lead Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) has a crew at his auto shop. They “trick” cars, making them go faster one…
Kenneth Branagh directs a Kenneth Branagh film, co-starring Kenneth Branagh.
Kenneth Branagh is not going to let you forget this in a movie called JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT.
First, let's re-meet Jack Ryan.
The first act of the film does a good job of re-re-re-introducing us to Jack Ryan. Chris Pine's Jack Ryan joined the military after dropping out of The London School of Economics after watching 9/11 unfold before him. He ends up injured (Ryan has a terrible back…
Michael Mann's first film, THIEF, establishes his modus operandi that reaches through his entire filmography (MANHUNTER, HEAT, COLLATERAL, MIAMI VICE, and PUBLIC ENEMIES to a greater extent). THIEF exudes style, with a solid performance by James Caan. Adjectives like slick and cool come to mind. Added bonus: A synth-licious score by Tangerine Dream.