Great atmospheric music flows throughout the important moments of this one, and the film is much better for it. I love a subtly told story, and Kelly Reichardt doesn't do much else.
The subject matter and the tension present here make it a lot more traditionally watchable than Meek's Cutoff, though both movies show a love for vaguely frustrating endings. At this point, I'd be upset it she ended a film any other way.
Couldn't be less inventive if it tried, running for 130 minutes without displaying evidence of a single original thought.
Still, Denzel is Denzel, and he does the Denzel thing here, which lifts the film a little. He's already played a more interesting version of this character, though, ten years ago in Man on Fire.
I like most of the action scene in the darkened store, where the music goes some way towards creating a bit of atmosphere. Even that scene…
Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.
For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.
It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…