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Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don't amount to much more than a missed opportunity.
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This dud recreation of the 1992 L.A. riots traps Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and a piece of momentous, civil-rights history in a crazyquilt of random action, absurdist humor, bogus romance and questionable purpose.
It's possible to appreciate the film for recognizing both the horror and the absurdity in its subjects...and for playing exclusively in those extreme registers, yet still come to the conclusion that it's is all bark, no bite.
Kings is clueless about its subject matter.
It seems like a missed opportunity to dramatize the lives of real people caught up in the aftermath of the violence.
The English-language debut from the brilliant talent behind best foreign film picture nominee Mustang is a terribly uneven, borderline absurdist jumble that undercuts its own message again and again.
In tying its story to this particular moment in American history, the movie bites off more than it can coherently chew.
'Kings' is the king of incoherence. [Full Review in Spanish]
The film's worst sin is not that it's a middling movie. It's that it adds nothing to an urgent and ongoing dialogue.
Although it's set against the backdrop of the 1992 Rodney King riots, the film fails to capture the real anger of a city divided.
It could use a good edit but even then we would still be left with a chic Halle Berry and a charismatic Daniel Craig who shouldn't be so appealing in such a heavy drama.
A very diffuse mix of incredible violence and misjudged imagery.
Deniz Gamze Erguven illustrates the revolts of 1992 after the Rodney King case with poor quality and unrefined in a film lacking accuracy and delicacy. [Full Review in Spanish]
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