Dumb movie. Panos Cosmatos clearly does not have an original idea in his head and he utterly wastes any potential that Nicolas Cage has, which is unforgivable in my book. Admittedly the film is eventually watchable in the sense that it's interesting to see how stupid it gets, but that first hour is a hell of a slog and Cosmatos' vapid aesthetic does not help whatsoever. Cosmatos, Aster and Cattet/Forzani belong to this year's shortlist for filmmakers who make movies…
"A message to our attackers. Your bombs do not terrify us. They empower us."
I was completely put off by this film on a first viewing, but like my experience with Ruggero Deodato's House on the Edge of the Park, certain sequences continued to replay in my mind and I found it impossible to shake these images over time, which helped contribute to this rewatch. After seeing the film for the first time, I became aware of Stefano Sollima's father,…
On a second viewing it only really solidified everything I thought the first time around... I don't know what Iñárritu is trying to prove here apart from his own brilliance. He doesn't even understand the filmmakers he blatantly steals from - the rhythms and associative qualities shared between Malick's images and cutting style are grossly misinterpreted here, the savagery completely discordant from the chosen aesthetic.
This is stunt filmmaking, engineered from the get go to provoke praise and accolades, at…