The structure and execution of this film overshadow its corny script and lame comedy gags. It has several satisfying set ups and payoffs with very little fat making it a solid real time action story.
A true story that feels like a more sensational version of The Wire. The fun of seeing familiar faces and locations is dampened by the fact that these real events have done irreparable damage to Baltimore. Truth is stranger than fiction and I don’t know of a better example of that than We Own This City and The Wire.
I didn’t enjoy this film which I am hesitant to admit as I know it is almost universally beloved.
I acknowledge that my perspective is heavily biased as I believe the Soderbergh 2002 remake of Solaris to be an all time great Sci-Fi film as it maintains the fascinating psychological concepts of Tarkovsky’s original while being structured in a more consumable way.
Tarkovsky’s Solaris is an objectively great Sci-Fi film but its pacing and direction style prevented me from fully sinking into its provoking existentialism.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was inspired by the gritty nihilism of The Long Halloween but The Batman fully captured it. The true future home of this film should be in between Thief and Manhunter in the Neo Noir Collection on The Criterion Channel instead of its inevitable dishonest placement in the DC hub on HBO Max in between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.