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It seems that this is one of those movies hated by the critics, and I really cannot understand why! It is a crime action movie with everything it needs, directed by David Ayer, written by Skip Woods and Ayer and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This was one of his best roles, and he finally shows his acting skills! And they are not bad at all compared with the earlier movies he made.
The story of John "Breacher" Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was a rough one and too bloody at the moments, but the action of this leader of an elite team of DEA agents from the Special Ops Division was what audience expected from the team involved. And the members of the team were well casted James "Monster" Murray (Sam Worthington) and his wife Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe "Grinder" Philips (Joe Manganiello), Julius "Sugar" Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie "Neck" Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom "Pyro" Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce "Tripod" McNeely (Kevin Vance), and "Smoke" Jennings (Mark Schlegel). Everything starts with a raid on a cartel warehouse, in which Smoke - one of the team members is killed, and the team steals $10 million of the cartel's money. But mysteriously the money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel (Martin Donovan) finds out about it and suspends them for several months, during which they are investigated for the theft. Of course, with no concrete evidence of their participation they are reinstated... but one by one they were hunted by someone!
If you are up for an action movie which is more a mystery-thriller that actually offers Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cool ensemble a chance to act and not just shoot guns, try this one at night.
Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring tears even without melodramatic elements in it. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles nd casting Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright, the director made simply perfect team. As a genre, I will classify this movie as a coming of age story of two inner city boys. They were left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the police for drug possession and prostitution.
The movie concentrates on the two boys who are forced to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. They are faced with more trouble than any child can be expected to bear, and the fragile but resourceful Mister nevertheless finds strength in an idea from a movie, that he can be an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles if he believes in the success...
There are plenty of sad and disturbing moments in this movie, but all of them managed to become inspirational and uplifting, because the director offered a glimpse of hope in the continuously degrading American society, especially for the poor. The brotherhood of Mister and Pete was something to make note, as well as the answers on the entire question of morality when people are forced to making ends meet. The film exposes the lack of real role models for the children in the society where the only value is the almighty dollar, and the authority figures were presented as menacing instead of helpful at times.
If you are ready for a dark movie with its moments of humour and lots of charm, while enjoying the innocence and cuteness adjusting to difficult moments of life, please, check this one!
Everyone I knew was recommending this romantic drama directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. Lovely casting of stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles, contributed to the popularity of this movie, I guess. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group. She hates it, but in her second meeting she meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. The story is pretty straight forward, but I think the movie should be about 40 minutes shorter!
I enjoyed immensely Woodley's performance but to me the last part of the movie was really disappointing - it felt as well as the entire film was dragged as slow as possible - like Hazel's oxygen bottle. The critics and the audience do not share my opinion and this was a film with good reviews and also proved to be commercially successful. I enjoyed the humour and sarcasm and the very believable dialogues, but that was just enough for positive review. The rest was lacking! Teenagers didn't mind, though.
Very different American romantic drama directed by 74-year old Aussie director Fred Schepisi brings a very odd mixture of characters. It brings the vast experience of a winning director, a mature view of life and immature approach and reactions to events from that life in the story, excellent acting, and it almost seems like a tribute for a profession which started all other professions - teaching! I am glad that was screened in the Gala Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, but this is not Schepisi's best work - far from it!
The story background is happening at Croyden, a wealthy prep school in Maine that hires teachers for their advanced courses who are accomplished professionals. Jack Marcus is supposedly one of those - a writer and poet who teach the advanced writing class. He loves who he does, he is good in it, challenging and inspiring his students. Describing how good writing creates an image, like Haiku or John Updyke's descriptions, his students understand the significance of the words. But, despite being a published author, he hasn't written or published anything for years, and gets a writer's block when he tries to write. The school literary magazine, which is his pride and joy, is going to be axed for budgetary reasons, and this alcoholic, who arrives late to work and is on the verge of being fired, decides to fight. It is not easy fighting back when school hears that he has been banned from the local restaurant because of his drunken behaviour and his adult son from his marriage becomes estranged because of Jack's drinking and irresponsibility... Jack still does it, with a very unlikely partner!
I think that we would all have difficulty finding a romantic drama these days with such less sympathetic characters as Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) and Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche). Old fashioned directing felt very comfortable but the odd thing here was the screenplay. At the end felt like few life moments put together for some eulogy not a carefully edited artistic creation - mainly because of the very unconventionally structured screenplay. It seems that t the end I enjoyed it, but my thoughts are that this could be an outstanding film if the screenplay was different.
Another 2013 Canadian gem, a psychological thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve. The screenplay was very loosely adapted by Javier Gullón from José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, and it was an interesting approach to the story. I have some objections to details but, they were nothing major. Jake Gyllenhaal has two characters, which he did professionally enough, as well as his co-stars Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Stephen R. Hart, and Jane Moffat. This film was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and earned five Canadian Screen Awards; Best Director for Villeneuve, as well as a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Picture. Rules in Canada!
Very good cinematography by Nicholas Bolduc starts from the first moments when we are confronted with a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) attending underground club erotic show and later switching to a gorgeous shot of a pregnant young woman sits on a bed, alone. Mystery starts from that moment and suspense last to the last shot!
The movie starts with an opening line "Chaos is order yet undeciphered" which is from the José Saramago's novel The Double. It is interesting that according to Slate, the Enemy is "a parable about what it's like to live under a totalitarian state without knowing it." Important issue for the United States and the neighbours are catching fast on it, as well! Enemy suggests that this tendency to create totalitarian regimes is part of human nature (ask Obama, Bush, Clinton...), that it comes from within us. Director Villeneuve said, "Sometimes you have compulsions that you can't control coming from the subconscious ... they are the dictator inside ourselves."