The best comic book movie I've seen in quite awhile, and is the only one that comes to mind whose sequel improves on its original. I don't know why it was decided to release this in April rather than the summer. I suppose they didn't want it stepping on the toes of a franchise they feel is more worthy. They were mistaken to do so. The story is a good one, and it's execution is excellent. It deals with contemporary moral/political issues such as governmental invasion of privacy, use of drones, and the dangers of surrendering liberty in the name of stability in a fairly sophisticated manner without too heavy a hand. None of this gets in the way of the terrific action scenes which were largely shot in downtown Cleveland and snarled traffic for weeks. I am glad to say it was all worthwhile (you're welcome, moviegoing world!)
I remembered this film as being excellent. I was right, it really is excellent. It also has a plane crash that may still be the greatest on film. Bridges gives one of his best performances, and the rest of the cast delivers as well. I personally find Rosie Perez to be profoundly annoying, and I do not miss her absence from movies. I definitely miss Peter Weir though. He directed some truly great films in the 80s and 90s, and then went largely silent.
Critics seem to love this thing, but I don't know why. I found the the first two-thirds to be quite dull and the acting (with the exception of Octavia Spencer) to be weak. The tragic climax is good, but even at only 84 minutes the film seems long
I like the genre enough to ignore some of the film's problems, but not all of them. The biggest one is the weak screenplay. Oldman brings his A-game, as he always does. Ford phones it in, as he often does.
Okay as far as it goes, but it feels as though there should be a part two. It stops with the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple. It was nice to see Brandauer in his unfortunately small role as Nebuchadnezzar, and Oliver Reed as the king's go-to man for bad advice. I guess Dempsey has enough gravitas to pull off the title role, but only barely. Suffers a bit from poor editing