Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Onah doesn't quite stick the landing narratively, although he has such filmmaking energy that his work here merits comparison to that of the film's executive producer, Spike Lee.
Onah - whose movie began life as his thesis project at New York University - seems more keen on showing how the tensions of immigration and gentrification have shaped the Lower East Side than on fashioning a credible thriller.
A textbook noir premise gets an overamped and undercompelling treatment ...
The story has plenty of possibilities, though Onah rarely manages to put his own stamp on things.
Ultimately, it's not so much the story - centered around a coke-fueled murder - that compels as Onah's familiarity with his setting. He's got a great feel for the vibrancy of downtown and the diversity of its population.
The film's visually arresting, but it's the performances that hold it all together - Short, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Spencer, Paz de la Huerta, Míriam Colón, and Mike Starr, with Bachleda being the real glue.
A well-executed crime drama that, on a narrative level, finds itself too bogged down in the familiar to achieve genuine lift-off -- let alone anything memorable.
Columbus Short and Alicja Bachleda are actually fun to watch in this lighthearted femme fatale wannabe film noir.
This predictable whodunit proves a tad too transparent.
You've seen it all before, way better done.
Though the film gets more banal as it reaches its climax-most viewers will have seen it all before-Onah creates refreshing space around these familiar stories and themes.
holds the viewer's attention and keeps him anxious to work out the mystery.
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