A most wanted movie! One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last movies before his death, and one of Hoffman's best roles. Hoffman is believable as a hardened spy handler who manipulates and creates on an existential level. Director Anton Corbijn creates a harden, cold and sterile environment of Hamburg. The exterior environment blends perfectly with the deceitful characters Hoffman must hawkish play spy games on! A strong ending, which is too open ended. Left me wanting to know more. I would recommend A Most Wanted Man. Four stars.
Deliver Us from Evil is a movie mix of The Exorcist and Sinister. Director Derrickson (Sinister/The Exorcism of Emily Rose) creates a disturbed primal evil nature for the picture. The scene at the Bronx Zoo grips the viewer with fear. The two lead protagonists Bana (the cop) and Ramirez (the priest) are strong yet compassionate characters. Deliver Us From Evil's assault of evil, grossness, and intimidation burns the viewer and unravels the type of people who could survive the ordeal. I like how the movie's story describes evil has a hidden plan, which appears senseless. The priest tries to help the detective, who has lost his faith understand evil. Evil turns our own frailties against us and through faith and strength do the two character survive. The exorcism conclusion is harsh. Memorable, yet disturbing. Four and half stars.
I am a big Kurt Russel fan! Kurt Russell's interpretation of Wyatt Earp as a man of action, resonances with the viewer. A man who kept his word and did as he said. (a quality I admire) Val Kilmer's interpretation of Doc Holliday, a man, with a death wish who had nothing to live for. He pushed everything to the limit, and stole the movie. The two characters/friends balance each other out, and take care of each other. The story of the two characters destiny at the O K corral and the aftermath makes for a memorable movie. Four and half stars out of five.
You have to be a Jason Statham fan to like Homefront. I happen to be one. Stallone wrote another 1980's style film about a man who wants to get on with his life with his daughter. Like most strong Alpha males, Statham has nothing to prove and wants to be left alone. Homefront has some interesting sub-stories about not everyone is all good or all evil. Sometimes we have to apologize,(even when it's a hard thing to do)and try to make peace. The viewer experiences how a strong male will look after his daughter. There is a ugly conflict because some people are just evil (Franco). Well directed and acted. If you are not a Statham fan, you will hate Homefront, but if you want action I say cool!!!