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The film was a disappointment for me. I am a fan of Christopher Nolan's films. I loved The Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento, and The Prestige. However, with this film, he has very high ambitions and in my opinion, strikes out here. The film reminds me of movies like Signs, Contact, Gravity, 2001, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Mission to Mars, just to name a few.
One of my big problems with the film is that I found it a bit complex and confusing, especially with what happens at the 3rd act of the film. He has a great idea for a film, but doesn't execute it correctly. With the 3rd act, comes a bunch of curveballs (without spoiling what happens) that kind of confuse and also are a let down, considering everything that has come before it. I liked Gravity and Contact better cause they were straight forward stories that did make you think when the film was over. Here it is just a little confusing.
The film doesn't feel like Nolan's style. It actually feels like a Steven Spielberg film. The film also has some classic scifi elements, some I thought were predictable. There is a famous cameo in the film, and I wasn't surprised by the actions that this actor does in the film. Also I was disappointed by the look of the robot. I was expecting it to look much different. Here it kind of reminded me of a Transformer.
On a positive, the film is visually stunning. I can see the film winning a bunch of technical Oscars, including special effects. The performances in the film are very good, given what they have to work with. Matthew's character kind of reminded me of both Mel Gibson's character in Signs and Brad Pitt's character in World War Z.
Despite it's flaws it is worth seeing on the big screen. However, don't be surprised if you are disappointed and confused when the film is over. I am definitely looking forward to Nolan's next film. I hope it is better than this one.
I thought from the trailer, that the film would be really good. However, after watching the film, I was disappointed. I heard people say that the film is like Taxi Driver. I can tell you that the film is not like Taxi Driver. The film did remind me of movies like Paparazzi, 15 Minutes, Switching Channels, and Mad City. The film needed a major rewrite. The film has a bunch of loopholes. Some scenes went over the top. I thought the ending was terrible and not believable.
One big problem I had with the film was Gyllenhaal's character. From the first scene to the end scene, his character is not likable. I couldn't sympathize with his character or root for him. His character wasn't developed well. They don't reveal anything about his background. I keep thinking they should have started the film being a good guy, having money troubles and having a hard time getting a job. Then have him get sucked and seduced into this dark road of covering the news for money. That way, we could see a transition in his character and feel bad for him. That wasn't the case here. He is ambitious and greedy and will manipulate and blackmail anyone in order to advance his status.
Acting wise, I wasn't blown away by Jake's performance here. I thought he was better in films like Prisoners, Zodiac, End of Watch, and Source Code. Rene Russo was so so in the picture. At times, she was either over the top and a bit cartoonish or she was grounded and smart. Bill Paxton is really good a rival to Jake. Riz Ahmed is good too as Jake's partner. I felt bad for his character.
Michael Keaton could possibly win his first Oscar for this film. He shines here. It is one of his best. He was overlooked for films such as "Clean and Sober" and "My Life." It is also hard to watch him here, and not think of "Batman." Every time they mentioned "Birdman" in the film, I heard in my head, "Batman," instead. Michael's performance reminded me of Mickey Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler" and Jeff Bridges's performance in "Crazy Heart." All of those films, deals with a star, who has fallen from glory seeking redemption and one last shot to stardom. Keaton's performance here is both hilarious and will make you cry.
The film has a unique style that some audiences might not like. The entire film feels like one big long take without any cuts. The editing here is amazing and should win for Best Editing. The style in my opinion, grabs the audience into the shoes and the mindset of Keaton's character. Some audiences might not like that, and prefer a straightforward style to tell the story. However, I praise Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for choosing to do this daring style to tell the story.
The story makes me think of the late George Reeves, of how he didn't want to be typecast as Superman and be viewed as a serious actor. The film also comments about superhero movies and the public's opinions about them. The film reminded me of movies like The Wrestler, Black Swan, Crazy Heart, The Artist, The Player, Bullets Over Broadway, and Hollywoodland. The ending seems open-ended and ambiguous that will definitely keep the audience talking after the film is done.
Besides Keaton, Ed Norton, the former Incredible Hulk, is very good here and a great foil and antagonist to Keaton. He is so over the top, it is hilarious. He should get a nomination for Supporting Actor. Emma Stone, Gwen Stacy of Spiderman, is also really good as Keaton's daughter. Her scenes with Keaton reminded me of the scenes in The Wrestler between Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood. I would love to see Stone get nomination for Supporting Actress for the film. Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough provide solid supporting work here.
I definitely recommend this film and I hope that Michael Keaton finally gets nominated and wins a best actor Oscar for the film. He deserves it.
The film is really good. I missed seeing it in theaters, especially in 3D. It kind of reminded me of Monster House and Corpse Bride. I am glad to see that this wasn't a Tim Burton production. I thought all the actors in the voice roles were very good. I definitely recommend this film.
Emma Roberts performance is a good reason to check out this film. She really shines here. The film was so so, but entertaining. I felt like I have seen this type of film before, but done better. It was predictable.
Evan Peters was also really good here. He has a great on screen chemistry with Roberts. The weak link of the film, in my opinion, was John Cusack. He seemed out of place here. I think another actor in that role would have done a better job.
Despite the film's flaws, it is still worth seeing cause of Roberts and Peters.
Welcome back Keanu Reeves. It has been a long time, since I have seen Keanu in a good film. Here he shines. The film reminded me of movies like The Punnisher, Payback, and Road to Perdition. The film is predictable, but it is very entertaining. There are some great action sequences in the film.
There is also a great supporting cast here. Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Michael Nyqvist, and John Leguizamo are really good in their supporting roles. Would have love to seen more of Bridget Moynahan in the film. Adranne Palicki was a little bit over the top.
I definitely recommend this film. Welcome back, Keanu!!!
The film was good, but could have been so much better. In my opinion, it needed a rewrite. A friend of mine described this film as Saving Private Ryan with a tank. In a way, my friend is right. The film reminded me of war movies like Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, Inglorious Bastards, and Memphis Belle.
One problem that I had with the film, was that it was too much like Saving Private Ryan. I liked David Ayer's End of Watch. I loved the style of that film. Here, it feels like in some scenes that he copied Spielberg's style from Private Ryan. Some scenes even feel like copies from that film. Ayer should made his own style for the film and not copy Spielberg.
Another problem was the structure and how Ayer opens the film. The point of the view of this whole film is really, Logan Lerman's character's point of view. However, the film opens with Brad Pitt. I would have opened the film on Lerman's character and even have a voice over narration. His character is how the audience views this entire mission and the squad in it.
Something that bothered me, was that in the middle the film, the pacing slows and stops, when Pitt and Lerman meet the 2 women who were in hiding. That scene felt out of place from the entire film.
On a positive the action battle sequences with the tank are amazing. The cinematography is also very good. The music score is also haunting and terrific.
While Brad Pitt is the star of the film, Logan Lerman steals it. It is one of his best performances so far. His character kind of reminded me of Jeremy Davies's character from Saving Private Ryan. Pitt's character reminded me of his character in Inglorious Bastards and his character in Legends of the Fall. Shia LaBeouf is really good here. Been awhile, since I saw Shia in a good performance. Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal are also good. They all have a great on screen chemistry with each other.
Despite the flaws, I would say see it, especially cause of those battle scenes and Logan Lerman's performance. I hope he would get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for it.
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall's performances are the best reason to see this film. They have a great on screen chemistry. They both shine here. The film I thought, was so so. I thought it could use a re-write. I felt at times the film was unfocused. Also the pacing was off. Some scenes were too slow. It could have been 20 or 30 minutes shorter.
The film kind of reminded me of movies like A Time To Kill, August Osage County, Doc Hollywood, Nothing in Common, Memories of Me, The Lincoln Lawyer, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I could easily see Matthew McCounaughey play Downey Jr.'s role. I was kind of surprised that David Dobkin directed the film. The film feels like it has the style of a Clint Eastwood film.
The film is well cast. I thought that Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton are perfect in their supporting roles.
Despite the film's flaws, it is still worth checking out, especially cause of the performances by Downey Jr. and Duvall.
Sam Rockwell's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He kind of reminded me of Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men. The film reminded me a lot of No Country For Old Men and A Simple Plan. The only negative was the pacing. It was a little slow at times.
Besides Rockwell, the film has a good cast. There is solid supporting performances from Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, and Jeffrey Wright.
I definitely recommend the film, especially cause of Rockwell's performance.
Bill Murray gives one of his best performances here. He shines here. I can see him getting a Best Actor nomination, but don't think he will win. He has a great chemistry with the kid in the movie.
The film reminded me of Bad Santa meets About A Boy. It's very good. Well acted by the entire cast. The heart of the film is the relationship between Murray's character and the boy.
Melissa McCarthy is very good. She didn't go over the top like she has done in the past few films that she has been in. I actually like her in roles like this one. Naomi Watts is also good here. So is Chris O'Dowd.
I definitely recommend this film. I hope Murray gets the Oscar Nomination.
Rosamund Pike should get a Best Actress Oscar Nomination for this film. I don't think she will win, but she definitely deserves to be nominated. She really shines here. I have been a fan of hers, ever since I saw her in Die Another Day. From Pride and Prejudice, Barney's Version, and Jack Reacher she keeps getting better and better with each role she takes on. Here she echoes performances like Kate Winslett in Revolutionary Road, Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, and Glen Close in Fatal Attraction.
The film isn't FIncher's best in my opinion. I like Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Zodiac better than this film. One of the problems that I had with the film, is that the 2 lead characters aren't likable to root for. They are both flawed and grey characters. At times, Fincher wants the audience to root for Pike and then switches to root for Affleck. I just couldn't find their characters appealing to root for.
The film does fit Fincher's classic style. The cinematography is really good, as is the editing. The music score is haunting and very good. At times, I feel that Fincher was trying to echo Hitchcock here. He has done that before with Panic Room.
Affleck does a great job here. He fits the role perfectly. Tyler Perry does a great job here. I thought he was better here, than as Alex Cross. Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit are great as the cops investigating the disappearance. Carrie Coon is amazing as Affleck's sister in the film.
Despite some flaws, the film is worth checking out, especially cause of the performances. I hope Rosamund Pike gets that Oscar nomination.
I wasn't expecting much from this film, and I was right. The film kind of reminded me of movies like "The Bounty Hunter," "Catch Me If You Can," "Domino," and "Midnight Run." Those films were better than this one. This one needed a rewrite. They have a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. The tone of the film is off.
Another big problem is that some cast members seem like they were miscast. Katherine Heigl is definitely miscast here. She has no on screen chemistry with Jason O'Mara. I think Reese Witherspoon would have done a better job in that role. I also think O'Mara was miscast. I think Bradley Cooper would have done a better job in that role. On a positive, there is some great supporting work here from Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, and Fisher Stevens.
Denzel's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He makes this character his own. His character reminded me of Liam Neeson's character from Taken and Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes. I loved how they show Denzel analyzing all the bad guys before taking them down one by one. That reminded me of Sherlock Holmes.
The film was ok, but could have been better. I don't remember the CBS show that well. What bothered me here, was that it was predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The film needed a rewrite. In addition, the first 30 minutes is too slow.
Marton Csokas almost steals the film from Denzel, as the villain Teddy. I loved his confrontation scenes with Denzel. Chloe Grace Moretz is also good in her supporting role. I was surprised by her short screen time. I thought she was gonna have more scenes in the film. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are great in their supporting roles.
Despite a few flaws, the film is entertaining and Denzel has found a franchise that I would love to see future films.
I didn't go in with great expectations when seeing this film and after watching it, I wasn't surprised or disappointed. The film is no Hunger Games or Divergent. Those 2 films are better than this one. This one is like Lord of the Flies meets The Giver or Ender's Game. It also reminded me a little of the Ray Liotta film, No Escape.
Some of the film's action sequences happen too fast, that it is hard to tell what happened or who got hurt, hit, or killed. This is happening in a lot of Hollywood films. They need to slow it down, so that the audience can clearly see what is happening on the screen. Also, I found the film a bit confusing by the end with the big revelation in regards to Patricia Clarkson's character and what she says. It raised more questions than answers.
Dylan O'Brien, who is good on Teen Wolf and in The Internship, is good here as Thomas. Kaya Scodelario reminded me a lot of Kristen Stewart. She would be perfect playing Kristen's sister in a film. Will Poulter, who was hilarious in We're the Millers, is great as the antagonist here. Thomas Sangster, who was great in Love Actually, also does a good job here.
It is clear that the studio was trying to make a new franchise along the Hunger Games or Twilight movies, with this film. Already a sequel will come out next year. I only hope the sequel will slow the action sequences and will be less confusing than this film.
Kathryn Hahn and June Temple's performances are the best reasons to watch this film. They shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry. It is great seeing Hahn play a leading role in a film. The film did surprise me. I thought it was well written and has some great dialog.
I thought there was some solid supporting work by Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair, and Michaela Watkins. The weak link in my opinion was Josh Radnor. I didn't think he had a good chemistry with Hahn. I think another actor in that role would have done a better job. I keep thinking someone like Jason Bateman or Zach Braff would have done better.
I still recommend this film, especially cause of June Temple and Kathryn Hahn's performances.
From the trailer, I thought the film was gonna be really good. After watching the film, boy was I disappointed. The film needed a major re-write. It lacked thrills. It was easily predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The performances weren't that great. Tom Hardy reminded me a lot of Sean Penn here. I thought Gandolfini was better in other films than this one. He was better in last year's Enough Said.
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga's performances at the only reason to watch this film. The film could have been better. Andy and Vera have a great on screen chemistry. They need a better story than this one. It needed a major rewrite. It was predictable. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before, only better. It felt like, the screenwriter didn't know what to do with both character at some points in the movie. There are a few cute moments in the film. I thought Peter Riegert was good in his supporting role. Hopefully the next film Andy and Vera do together will be better than this one.
If you are a Bond fan that misses Pierce Brosnan playing 007, than this is the film for you to check out. I loved Pierce as Bond. He was my 2nd favorite (Sean Connery is my favorite) actor to play Bond. I like Brosnan better than Daniel Craig. Pierce is good in the spy genre outside of Bond, examples: Tailor of Panama, The Fourth Protocol. Seeing him back in the spy genre, shows that he stills has it. He is the best thing in the film.
The film itself was so so. It reminded me of movies like Assassins, a Jason Bourne film, The Killer Elite, The Mechanic, just to name a few. The film was predictable, but I found it entertaining. I wasn't surprised by the plot twist. I did think that some actors were miscast. The film has a style similar to the Jason Bourne films.
Luke Bracey is ok, but I think another actor in that role would have done a much better job. I found Luke a little wooden and lacking charm. I think Chris Pine would have been a better choice for that role. Olga Kurylenko (a former Bond girl) is great in her role. She has a good chemistry with Brosnan. Will Patton is solid in his role. Bill Smitrovich, I feel was miscast in his role. I could have seen actors like William H. Macy, Ed Harris, Danny Houston, Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Stanley Tucci, and John Turturro doing a better job in that role.
I definitely recommend this film,especially for Brosnan's performance. I hope they make a sequel to it.
The film was disappointing. It reminded me of movies like Wall Street, Boiler Room, 21, Paranoia, and Rounders. It is the same type of story of a young guy getting swept in to a world that is too good to be true, by a mentor with malicious intentions. They didn't bring anything new to that type of story here. Very predictable.
Ben Affleck is one of the best reasons to watch the film. He is great playing the villain in the film. I would love to see him do more villain roles. His character reminded me of Kevin Spacey's character in 21 and Michael Douglas's character in Wall Street. Justin Timberlake was miscast here. He was better in the Social Network. Emile Hircsh or Andrew Garfield would have done better in that role. Gemma Arteron is good in her role but has a little chemistry with Timberlake. Her character reminded me of Daryl Hannah's character in Wall Street. Anthony Mackie was ok here. I could have seen Don Cheadle play that same role.
If you wanted to watch this film, then I would say, check it out, only for Ben Affleck's performance.
I finally got to see Frozen and I liked it. It reminded me of movies like Maleficient, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and Shrek. The story was a bit predictable, but it was very entertaining. I like the animation here. I also liked all the songs, including "Let It Go." All the actors did a great job with their voice roles. I definitely recommend this film.