47 METERS DOWN makes THE SHALLOWS look like OPEN WATER, OPEN WATER look like JAWS, and JAWS look like the absolute pinnacle of all human endeavor.
The first 20 minutes or so are pretty interesting and Fassbender is doing good work (especially as Walter, whom he plays like an eager-to-please child). I also liked a lot of Billy Crudup's acting decisions; unsure and trying to muster confidence.
But the rest of the film feels arbitrary and rushed, ultimately robbing the story of any depth and meditation.
And that shower scene is so astonishingly stupid, so absolutely tone deaf, as to quite possibly rank as the single worst directorial decision Ridley Scott has ever made.
Jon Gunn’s THE CASE FOR CHRIST manages to accomplish what so many Christian films have failed to do. While so few of the characters found in modern Christian films ever really register as real, flesh-and-blood human beings, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is peopled with flawed, struggling characters who live in the same world as the rest of us. That combined with the investigative journalistic nature of the story, and we arrive at a film that, while certainly imperfect, is often effective and occasionally even powerful.
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For a good portion of Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid, it felt like just another World War II movie. As horrendous as it may sound, I found myself thinking, “Do we really need another standard World War II movie?” Of course, exploring the bloodiest and most complex war in human history has led to some of the best movies ever made. But, 70 years and hundreds of war movies later, is there anything new to say? Or has the war simply become…