An excellent coming-of-age indie with an tremendous sense of place. It has elements of HUCKLEBERRY FINN, STAND BY ME, and even GREAT EXPECTATIONS, yet is still very original. The cast is outstanding, but the real star is Jeff Nichols, the writer/director who tells this wonderful story. I unfortunately missed his previous (and equally critically acclaimed) film TAKE SHELTER even though it was filmed only a few miles from my house. I am now filled with a sense of loss, but grateful I did not make the same mistake twice.
A great romcom. Hepburn is beautiful, Rome is beautiful, and it being 1953, doing the right thing is beautiful. Peck is about as relaxed as he could get, Hepburn's first film shows she is a natural, and Eddie Albert is great in his small role. Wonderful script, fine photography, and of course masterful direction by Wyler.
Another nasty little Korean revenge story. It may be off-putting to most viewers. Watching an unpleasant man do unpleasant things until unpleasant things befall him is generally, well, unpleasant. For whatever reason I like them quite a bit, as I liked living in South Korea for 15 months. Nice people, cruel movies.
I enjoyed this depressing little indie quite a bit. The Internet isn't the cause of the misery experienced by the large cast, but it certainly exacerbates their unpleasant situations. Some may find it a bit melodramatic, but I thought it was a fine cautionary tale. Justin Bateman plays it serious, and it was no surprise to me that he did very well.
A heck of a movie, and probably the best pro- torture movie I've ever seen. Bigelow has said that was not her intention and I believe her. She is just the messenger. The fact remains that it shows torture (the relatively mild American brand) from the point of view of the torturers (who do not enjoy it and approach it in a businesslike manner), and shows it producing actionable intelligence. I was campus president of Amnesty International in college and have always been opposed to torture, and after this movie I'm just as opposed as before. If the absence of torture meant OBL would remain at large, then so be it. No doubt there would be fewer rampaging criminals in this country if we tortured, or searched without warrant, or imprisoned without charges, or suspended other rights, but society as a whole would not be improved. Quite the opposite. Of course there is more to this movie than that; it is an excellent police procedural with great acting and terrific direction of a rock-solid script. The action involving the takedown of OBL is outstanding. But it is the frank and unique depiction of torture that is and will continue to be what makes the film unique.