If you like 'Hostel', you may also enjoy this Eli Roth co-produced, co-written, co-starring little horror film. It's not nearly as graphic or depraved, and that plays against it in some parts; overall, it feels a bit slight, not taken to its full potential. Still, it featurs believable characters, an unusual plot, and lots of neat little symbology and crime/punishment stuff I prefer to supernatural voodoo you often get in horror movies. Fun.
It's true, I only just saw Minority Report now. The past decade has vindicated some of its futuristic predictions while other parts of it have dated rather badly, but it's just a fun cinematic ride, so I was happy to watch it that way.
Overall, it's rather shaky. The chief problem here is that Spielberg doesn't handle film noir very confidently; his obsession with grand American family themes, classical heroes, and neat endings doesn't really click well with a story…
Probably about as funny and charming as a movie of this scope can get. Great characters and a welcome absence of cheap psychology and forced romance. One part I found difficult to watch was the destruction of New York's cityscape - 11 years later, it still smarts to see civilians looking up at crumbling skyscrapers.
It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.
The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…