no doubt it has its moments, but it is *insanely* silly despite posturing as being Serious Business, and the totally mechanical direction sucks all life out of this, at its worst in the illegible car chase sequence. paul dano's performance reminded me of his shtick in Prisoners (ie it is very bad) and even though i think the copaganda takes are frankly nonsense, the ideas this movie develops into are so simplistic that it's impossible to take them seriously. greig fraser is the mvp here and i liked the leads enough, but this was a disappointing snoozer imo.
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