Critic Review - Q Network Film Desk

unfolds with maximum perplexity, ensuring that we will never, despite being able to grasp the stakes and gravity of individual scenes, be sure exactly what is going on.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (20)
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Comments

Michael Bartsch

Michael Bartsch

spot on correct, James. I couldn't agree more. Well done.

Mar 27 - 08:19 AM

Errol Talley

Errol Talley

Maybe its because you had to actually pay attention to the details.

Mar 29 - 10:21 PM

SagaciousFrank

Frank Hodson

Not so. The films narrative is so fragmented and elusive, it does not let you in on the details. I've even heard people who have read the book say that it didn't even make sense, as the film makers needlessly altered the detail of the narrative and chronology.

Sep 23 - 01:48 AM

Lawrence Freeman

Lawrence Freeman

And I thought I was just too dumb to get the plot.

Apr 6 - 12:40 AM

Kenny Evans

Kenny Evans

You'll need an attention span of more than 7 minutes to fully understand and appreciate this film.

Apr 9 - 12:55 AM

Robert Larson

Robert Larson

spot on review. I'm sure the book was wonderful, but condensed here, with all the flashbacks... way too confusing. I was halfway thru the movie before I realized they were flashing back.

Apr 29 - 02:10 PM

Grand M.

Grand Mesa

James, good review. I was going to suggest this flick to those that are having sleeping problems.It will put you to sleep.
Errol must have been stoned and Kenny is on speed.

May 2 - 01:25 PM

Jeffrey Garrett

Jeffrey Garrett

this review is much more confessional than accusatory.

May 4 - 11:28 AM

Marcus Savidis

Marcus Savidis

spot on James .. oh and for those unevolved individuals whom feel the need to belittle ppl whom access the movie poorly ... well you have very fragile egos!

May 11 - 06:32 AM

Kevin Hansen

Kevin Hansen

Not recommended for Men in Black crowd, or anyone who needs things spoon-fed to them.

May 25 - 06:32 PM

Michael P.

Michael Perry

let's not even mention a movie starring will smith as a reference.

Jun 5 - 06:50 PM

SagaciousFrank

Frank Hodson

You have to love these haughty high horse comments. So because some people see this movie for what it is, to whit a disjointed and laconic mess, then it must be because we are part of the Men in Black cult? Ha! Really, is that the best defence you have?

Give me Our Man in Havana starring Alec Guinness, or Winter's Bone any day...

Sep 23 - 01:52 AM

SagaciousFrank

Frank Hodson

You have to love these haughty high horse comments. So because some people see this movie for what it is, to wit, a disjointed, pretentious and languid mess, then it must be because we are part of the Men in Black cult? Ha! Really, is that the best defence you have?

Give me Our Man in Havana starring Alec Guinness, or Winter's Bone any day...

Sep 23 - 01:54 AM

Rob McMackin

Rob McMackin

Fair play for this very genuine review. I also found that one of the major flaws of the movie was that the plot was overly convoluted and somewhat exhausting and confusing to follow, and was starting to doubt myself as no other reviewers had mentioned it. Some of the comments on this review show exactly why: a lot of people can't wait for the opportunity to jump on a review like this to parade and reinforce their self-declared intellectual superiority; which seems to be what movie reviewing is about these days: showing off, over actually writing an examination of a film.

Jun 1 - 06:29 AM

Michael P.

Michael Perry

Rob you cannot critisise a movie simply because you found it complex and confusing, surely you have to make a greater effort to understand it.
You know from the offset what type of movie this will be, nothing wrong with a movie making yout hink abit more harder. I also did not find the plot a flaw, it was basiclly the entire lengh, finding out who the double agent was out of the 'circus' top heads. You will find real life events are often much more complex than in this movie.

Jun 5 - 06:55 PM

Andrew Munson

Andrew Munson

Michael, I for one am a big fan of movies that make me think, but I could not follow this one for the life of me. It's one thing for a movie to be complex, but it should at the very least be easy to follow.

I did find the movie interesting, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I wasn't left scratching my head in confusion any time anything happened.

Jun 13 - 11:22 PM

SagaciousFrank

Frank Hodson

Couldn't have put it any better myself, Rob.

Sep 23 - 01:58 AM

Suzie Terrill

Suzie Terrill

I think it's perfectly acceptable to criticize a movie that is complex and confusing, but it went beyond just that. The entertainment value was lost for me in trying to figure out what the subtle nuances and sparse dialogue in foreign accents meant. I think the review is spot on. Several viewings and firsthand knowledge of the book will clear things up, no doubt, but I think a film should be able to stand on it's own one time through. As for the comment on having to pay attention: seriously? Why be condescending here? I don't need a movie spoon fed to me, but a little narrative on the details that otherwise seemed unimportant surely would have filled in the gaps. You need to be sharp and well-rested for this one. I was, but I still kept looking at my partner and saying "did you understand that?" Those confusing moments broke up the momentum and made me want to rewind to and/or discuss several scenes. Frustrating.

Jun 7 - 07:16 AM

Matt Agostinelli

Matt Agostinelli

Ha ha , isaid to my wife that I think I know what is going on, but the reality is I have no idea what is going on babe

Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Paul Burns

Paul Burns

I don't think that is all true. You have to concentrate I grant you.

Oct 15 - 12:53 AM

Robert Cook

Robert Cook

God this movie sucked epic balls.

Oct 30 - 03:05 AM

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