Mary Poppins Returns
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It's easy to feel sucked into some kind of time warp back to the heyday of late-'90s post-Tarantino crime thrillers, cut-rate knockoffs filled with casually cartoonish violence, quippy patter, overtly flash filmmaking and incongruous pop tunes.
If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with genre baloney -- and enough shoplifted visual trickery to fill Quentin Tarantino's kitchen sink.
Though John Stockwell's action comedy is shamelessly derivative, his enthusiastic cast propels it much further than it should go.
An incoherent hybrid of buddy movie, "Girls Gone Wild" episode and James Bond spoof that employs cheap cinematic tricks like multiple split screens for no apparent purpose.
Words like "smug," "derivative," and "shallow" could all be fairly applied to the film, but as a piece of late-night exploitation, it delivers the violence and nudity with the regularity of an IV drip, and some familiar faces in the cast help class it up.
A brazenly efficient and articulate female assassin nearly worthy of a Tarantino or Coen Brothers movie sticks out from amidst the schlocky criminal muck of Cat Run, a self-consciously sleazy comic crime saga composed of facetious elements.
This movie is fiercely uneven, feeling like two different movies got drunk and had a sloppy love child that now no one wants.
A loud, ugly and terrible movie that doesn't skillfully juggle its various elements; it throws them violently at your face and calls it edge.
The nicest thing to be said about Cat Run might be that it doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to become.
An extended trailer masquerading as a feature film
Bullets, babes, perverts, Euro travel, secret documents, hitmen, car bombs, and testicular torture. Oh my.
Made for today it just is more chaotic, has more nudity, and had more violence including some slightly nauseating scenes of torture. Otherwise the film is funny and fun, a fast, entertaining ride.
When Julian(Alphonso McAuley) and Anthony(Scott Mechlowicz) open a private detective business in Montenegro of all places, their first case turns out to be trying to find Catalina(Paz Vega) who also just happened to steal Julian's cell phone and Anthony's car and is now having a lot of trouble trying to get out of the country. She is also the last survivor of a massacre wherein she absconded with a hard drive that Carver(Karel Roden) desperately wants back. So, he sends Helen Bingham(Janet McTeer) to get it back for him.
"Cat Run" is a fairly entertaining comic thriller with a very high body count and delusions of a sociopolitical statement. As such, there is nothing here that we have not seen many times before, especially in its convoluted plot. Well, there is the terrific Janet McTeer taking the movie and running with it in a change of pace role as far as it will go. That's got to be worth something, right?
What a waste of time!
I watched this movie manly because it was made in Montenegro and I am familiar with most of the places there... but I can tell you that it's not worth spending more than five minutes watching it - at the beginning... if you like naked girls scenes (actually even those girls were not very classy).
Having cravings for a movie with gaping holes in a plot, soft porn, stupidity, old Eastern European cars, worst of the European, American and Balkan actors, lots of violence and blood - this is your film!
The story concerns a pair of American dudes living in Europe who start a detective agency as a lark. They are joined by Dexter, a Desert Storm veteran, formerly homeless, triple-amputee receptionist played by D.L. Hughley. Our two wanna be detectives soon find themselves in pursuit of a globe-trotting single-mom call girl Caterina (a striking Paz Vega) caught up in a sex scandal involving a corrupt U.S. secretary of defense (actor Christopher McDonald). Cat escapes with a highly incriminating video so the gangsters send an assassin after her, actress Janet McTeer, (who looks and acts like a prim Mary Poppins type but goes about her business with pitiless efficiency) a merciless hit woman and torturer who have no qualms about snipping off noses, fingers and male genitalia and identifies herself as Virginia Woolf or Emily Bronte to her victims.
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