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Critic Review - Tolucan Times

Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.

October 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Comments (21)
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David Cooper

David Cooper

Too much cold blooded murder...
Its a film about hitmen n the mob ffs

Oct 7 - 01:33 PM

John McNeil

John McNeil

I hear what you're saying David, but also the critic. Perhaps we can find a way to have clever, action-packed, and well crafted movies (as this one is) with themes that do not add to an already over-violent world. Do you have a child in this world we have now? I do. I would like to see a lessening of the almost neurotic obsession we have with violence in the world now, and in a future world. Do you feel movies like this add to that hope, or lessen it? I believe that is what she was getting at. Regardless, that is what I am getting at. And asking that we create entertainment more growthful and hopeful.

Oct 7 - 02:26 PM

Tomer Bajamer

Tomer Bajamer

Now if we only had those types of films then they would get boring. We need to have variety; otherwise, movies would be too repetitive. I understand your point, but I myself loved the "cold-blooded violence" in this film. It showed how far one was willing to get for what they wanted. This film I thought had the right blend of action while being provokedly interesting.

Oct 8 - 08:28 AM

Jason Chung

Jason Chung

Then I think Tony should be an activist and not a movie critic. It is beyond the scope and, quite frankly, the pay grade of a movie critic to pan a movie because he/she finds aspects of the movie to be unethical.

Oct 8 - 11:37 AM

Matt Snowden

Matt Snowden

I'm not sure the way to lessen violence in the world is to pretend that it doesn't exist

Oct 14 - 06:01 AM

Osman Bekir

Osman Bekir

I personally dislike the fact that films are reducing adult content just to appeal to the wider audience; this is cinema, not church! I find it refreshing that every so often there is movie from the sci-fi or fantasy genre that doesn't tone down the violence or sexual content just to get a few extra bums on seats.
Too much is made of films being the influential factor for youth misbehaviour; just because my child views Bruce Wilis gunning down an army of bad guys doesn't mean he will go out and do the same. Nevertheless, if this is a concerning factor for any parental figure then the simple and logical solution is don't allow your child to watch it.
On the topic of the film it self, I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable and it is undoubtedly one of the top releases of the year. The story requires discussion and it is thought provoking, the performances were great; Levitt's wilis'ism's were subtle but effective, Gagnon as Cid was brilliant, Blunt was believable as the guilt-stricken mother and Wilis got to do what he does best. Needless to say there is violence, but nothing overly controversial, so don't allow this critic's interpretation to put you off of an entertaining evening at the movies.

Oct 14 - 11:47 PM

Jessica Kee

Jessica Kee

But it's a violent sci-fi/action film about assassins. Reviews are supposed to tell people *who enjoy this type of movie* whether it's any good or not. There are a wealth of gentler films available for people who prefer less violence, and there's no reason to watch OR review R-rated action movies if you're not into that sort of thing. I have a child too, and I don't let him watch movies like this because he's too young to discern between cinematic violence and real-life violence. But I'm an adult and I certainly don't need a babysitter to censor my fictitious entertainment, thank you.

A professional critic is paid to assess the quality of the film in terms of acting, writing, and cinematography, not give personal opinions about whether he likes violent movies or not. That's like saying "I didn't like Gone with the Wind because it didn't have enough guns or explosions." You're getting paid to tell us whether the movie is well-made *within* its genre, not opine on how you personally feel about the genre.

Nov 2 - 11:28 AM

Dexter Antonio

Dexter Antonio

A film involving mobs should have happy themes?

Oct 8 - 04:14 PM

Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson

Gets a bunch of the facts wrong and then calls it ingeneious but gives it a 5/10 because the movie about murderers is violent. Definitely not film critic material.

Oct 9 - 03:02 PM

Aroreiel

Joanne Newton

Is there such a thing as warm-blooded violence? All violence is cold. This plotline is about HITMEN and MOBSTERS using time travel to commit murder. With its R rating, you should've expected it to be quite violent. Seems to me that your ultimate conclusion was already written up before you saw the film. In which case, you shouldn't be reviewing these type of films.

Oct 10 - 06:09 AM

Austin Coppernoll

Austin Coppernoll

I hardly believe this review can be counted towards the overall score. The reasoning is sparse, the logic is amiss, and explanation is at a level of little to none. This movie is realistic, and much like the world today, there is every possibility that the world will turn out to be just as dark and brooding as the film portrays in 2044 and from then on even. It seems that the only reason for a negative review here is to state the dark subject material at work, which is a given...so where is the real reasoning behind it all?

Oct 10 - 05:14 PM

Alex Jeffrey

Alex Jeffrey

Well, I think your just a little bitch...

Oct 11 - 10:22 PM

David Bradley

David Bradley

You do realize almost every character in this film works for the mob, right?

Oct 13 - 11:29 PM

Donald Walker

Donald Walker

The reviewer makes a point to note that this movie is "Not for Children". What was his first clue? The "R" rating maybe? Of course its a violent movie. That is not a reason to give it 5/10. The Daily Tolucan needs a new movie reviewer. Maybe the guy from Pennysaver is available.

Oct 14 - 05:31 PM

Mike Greene

Mike Greene

Am I the only person who wasn't pissed off by this review? Yeah this is a mob movie, and I liked the movie, but the jarring violence was one of my complaints when I left. Quiet scene, guy appears from the future, loud immediate gun-shot, quick cut, rinse and repeat. Oh yeah and there was also that whole thing with the rainmaker that everyone seems to be avoiding mentioning, in their arguments against this reviewer. No no, you're all right. That was necessary in a mob time travel movie too.

Oct 19 - 01:55 AM

Anthony Sarago

Anthony Sarago

The point of the violence in that scene was to create the feeling of what a big threat this kid will be if he were to grow up as a "bad guy." If he just got mad and the guy said "ouch, I have a headache now." then nobody would care if he becomes bad.

Why is it that a sci-fi movie about the mob and hitmen has to be "cleaned up" to your liking? If it bothered you that doesn't mean it isn't good or that it wasn't necessary. It just means you don't enjoy watching violence in movies. That's fine, it's your preference. However, it makes no sense to take violence out of movies about violent people. Then you're not criticizing the movie, you're criticizing violence. The problem with that is that this is a review of a movie, not a review of whether or not PLANET EARTH should have violence.

Oct 21 - 02:14 PM

Anthony Sarago

Anthony Sarago

Is there cold-blooded violence in real life? Then it should be in some movies where it is appropriate. For what this movie is about, it's appropriate.

To John, I understand not wanting your child to see this stuff, but he isn't supposed to see an R rated movie anyway. Would you worry about your adult son seeing this movie? So then let your son see what is age appropriate and there's no issue with the violence in this movie. Also, movies aren't there to make you feel better about the world, they are an artistic expression of our world, thoughts, feelings, events, etc., sometimes making a social commentary or raising important questions. If you're interested in seeing feel-good movies then obviously stay away from the rated R sci-fi action genre and stick to more light-hearted stuff.

I don't see why someone would go see a violent movie and then complain that it's too violent. I don't go watch musicals and then give them bad reviews because I'm not into musicals.

Oct 21 - 02:03 PM

Ethan Thoren

ethan thoren

-_-

Oct 24 - 07:06 AM

Andy Patterson

Andy Patterson

I whole heartedly agree Tony, the violence is off putting and incongruous for a film like this, fitting more for a horror movie.

Oct 24 - 11:38 AM

Max Ben

Max Ben

you gave bad review to almost every good movie lately, what the hell is wrong with you

Nov 1 - 02:59 PM

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