double j abrams again makes a competent film that doesn't really stand out at all, but it served its franchise right. he's like the ultimate franchise revivalist. also, turns out i remembered this a bit better than i thought... or is the plot almost exactly the same as the first installment? ... nah, my memory rocks. between Punch-Drunk Love and this, i'm beginning to think PSH should have been a staple on villianous roles.
one word review: dated.
undoes every single good thing about the original and replaces it with dull car-chases, explosions, over-the-top action scenes and yep, even more dated 2000's action movie clichés. if de palma made a neo-noir disguised as an espionage flick, woo made a loud and dumb action movie that makes it clear it's just that. amazing that this franchise actually survived this installment.
Some thoughts (it's late, I'm scared):
- The soundtrack. Holy shit. Even better than It Follows in this aspect; in many others too.
- The writing is this is better than most dramas. Let that sink in.
- Fuck you, audiences of the world. Fuck off. Just go watch Annabelle. (please don't call me a prick if you didn't like The Witch, but please do if you laughed loudly at your screening)
- Not since Eraserhead I've been so scared…