Fat Man and Little Boy Reviews
General Leslie Groves is in charge of the Manhattan project in nowhere New Mexico. A group of soldiers are in the process of building the first atomic bomb; however, some soldiers are reluctant to finish the project because of the mass destruction their efforts may lead to. General Leslie doesn't care about their feelings, he cares about getting the job done. Who will win, the emotional soldiers or the unrelenting general?
"Doesn't that make him an unnecessary risk?"
"No, failure is an unnecessary risk."
Roland Joffe, director of The Killing Fields, The Mission, The Scarlett Letter, Captivity, Vatel, City of Joy, Goodbye Lover, and the upcoming Singularity (Josh Hartnet), delivers Fat Man and Little Boy. The storyline for this picture is just okay but the characters are fairly interesting. The settings are perfect for the film and the actors deliver solid performances. The cast is impressive and includes Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern, Natasha Richardson, Bonnie Bedelia, and Dwight Shultz.
"She's a known communist."
I DVR'd this picture because it starred the infamous Paul Newman (that, and I had never seen this). I was pleasantly surprised this also starred John Cusack (I had no idea going in). Overall, I found this film better than average but a bit stale and boring at times. I would consider this a must see for Newman and Cusack fans, but I definitely would not add this to your DVD collection. You'll likely only watch it once.
"Everybody should make it but me. I'm dead."
Grade: C+/B- (6.5)