Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.
The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.
Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.
Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.
An objectively bad movie, paradoxically ponderous and pointless.
You'll have nobody to blame but yourself - or the filmmakers - if you keep watching after the sixty-minute mark.
Handsomely shot and involvingly performed, yet it sometimes functions like its striking but overused graphic matches, diving too deep into obviousness.
It's all a bit too literal, and much of the dialogue is stiff and unnatural.
Patience is a quality you need to endure a lot of Wim Wenders' work, and sometimes the payoffs have been terrible. Here, though, is one of his more inclusive and absorbing works that rewards the attention he demands.
Vikander and McAvoy are both gorgeous here and there's a lovely look to the production too, yet this philosophises itself into a corner.
This is the film of an old man who has retained a humble, almost naive attitude to experience, an awareness there are depths he has left unplumbed. There is something quite moving about this.
A quiet meditation on how love can be an oasis in a cruel and violent world, Submergence is a strong work from a bona fide cinematic master.
It is hard to care about anything here: the cheap love story, the half-baked motivations or the numerous times someone looks at a cell phone and doesn't send a message - and it only works when discussing (yet superficially) the atrocities committed in the worst corners of this planet.
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