Shattered Glass Reviews
The acting is very good- finally a role that fits Christensen and the rest of the cast are on par too- top notch. The story is so good that you find it hard to believe that it really happened. A new kind of discomfort comes over you when you watch this one- one that you can't quite place, I can only wonder how those who were duped by the man himself felt upon finding out the truth.
There's a major flaw with this one though- we don't really learn about the man himself, too much time is spent almost trying to trick us into sympathising with him but we never get any of the bones behind the flesh of the character here and that's deeply frustrating. With it, you'd have a pretty amazing film, without it- you've got a pretty good one. One of the more interesting and compelling true-story films and I really think the performances go overlooked here, if only it had bothered to move from the story slightly and give us more about the person behind it. It's still a strong film about journalism though which somewhat makes up for its failings as a character study.
BUT Anakin Skywalker does his level best to be the shittest actor in the galaxy, luckily Peter Sarsgaard was on hand.
Peter Sarsgaard Should've got an Oscar for that role, He was more than amazing
And it's his story that will be remembered.
It's positives come in telling an interesting story. I didn't know this story, and found it interesting to watch, but I don't know how interested I'd be if I had previous knowledge on the matter. Furthermore, they never delve into Glass's character at all to show his motivation for what he did; it's really more about the investigation, but this is a detail that I can't help but feel would elevate the experience substantially.
In the beginning I was intrigued, but it quickly lost my interest. Around the third act, it did start to regain my interest, but not by enough. The more recent The Social Network had a similar tone and style, but was handled a million times better. Interesting for it's real life story, but not much else. It's not really bad, it's just kind of bland.