if the sluggish opening 30mins doesnt lose you, there are some thrills & charms lurking within, some cracking practical car chase sequences, a nod or two to the "Burt Reynolds road movie comedy" sub genre, and a very likeable lead in the form of Imogen Poots.
Oh, and Michael Keaton literally phoning it in is still Michael Keaton owning the screen, so that's good too.
Very nicely shot, some beautiful landscapes, and the pov dashboard cam is especially effective in 3d.
Ultimately i think you could talk through it and still enjoy the best bits.
The fight sequences are amazing, breathtaking, and i lost count of the times i shouted "Holy Shit!" . . that said, i'm not bowled over by the long pauses for..er.... drama, in between the insane fight sequences, and the pacing suffers greatly in comparison to the relentless 1st film. Clearly, there's some world building going on here, and the scale is that of an epic Godfather-esque mob classic for the ages, so i guess it's my own stupid fault for…
Due to my sometimes contrarian nature, when critics gang up on a movie and give it a good drubbing, i will look to find something positive to say about it- it cant be THAT bad after all, and often the consensus is diametrically opposed to my own opinion - Cloud Atlas, Man of Steel and Prometheus being recent examples that spring to mind.
So, it was with a trepidatious sense of excitement and anticipation that i watched After Earth, looking…