Ed Harris does good work here, but it is at odds with the film's tone overall. The traumatic event that happens early on was well executed and should have resonated throughout the film. Instead it seems quickly brushed aside like a mere plot device, with only Harris taking it seriously. Field and Sutherland play it pulpy and ridiculous and unintentionally comedic. There could have been a good drama here if everyone else delivered as nuanced a performance as Harris. Instead with have Field spying on Sutherland to the sound of the 'Macarena'.
De Niro brings gravitas here in the same way that he did in Red Lights, briefly and only really for one scene. In both cases he showed that he can still portray intelligence and menace combined like few others can. It makes me wonder why he so rarely takes leading roles of late, sharing the spotlight with various young bucks unlikely to replicate his longevity.
The initial premise was fine and it did capitalise well on it in some areas,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm not so concerned about reboots, remakes or sequels as they don't take away from other versions, but could potentially add a new spin on a good story. So with that in mind, I watched 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and had a good time. Most of the time.
The early school scenes had a lightness of touch in the dialogue and performances that was charming, but the contrivances of the story were pretty tough to take. The Lizard and Spider-Man made…
Trivial and asinine. Shocking, only in its mediocrity.
What would really be shocking at this point, is to have a film with characters that the audience can care about. Not some flippant and superficial scumbags, prancing around in some nonsense action scenes, interacting with some other equally superficial scumbags. If being a superhero means justifying the instant judgement and execution of people they don't know through moral superiority, then I'll pass.
Okay we're dealing with comedic action film and comic…