Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.
Caught in the Web is an unpleasant cudgel of a film -- dour, moralistic and eager to thump.
There's a stiffness to the actors' performances that reinforces the film's ambiguous tone. And Chen's use of jump cuts is jarring and arbitrary, their ubiquity upping the ante on the film's already tiring hyperactivity.
Gao Yuanyuan makes for a sympathetic heroine, but the satire has little punch and not much wit, and too much of the film consists of people talking about how they feel about things.
This isn't a success, but it has insight and energy.
A sappy mix of issue drama, social satire, and tragic romance ...
This is a fascinating concept for a film, but it's not executed particularly well. It seems ripe for a fresh perspective, which, sadly, does not say much about the movie itself.
Knotty plot, slick production, attractive cast and abrupt tone shift impress for better and worse.
Caught In The Web has just a little too much in common with the shallow, slick world it's ostensibly critiquing.
The film opts for didactic resolution instead of fully committing to the contradictions in identity and agency its main character embodies.
The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.
A messy collision of strained portrayals, semi-comic incidents and tear-jerking tactics.
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