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Heavily cliched and lack of direction, the film is watchable and has good moments especially Woody Harrelson's performance, however the story is all over the place. Time moves quickly and then slows down, with Bale going in and out of jail, I feel this could have been directed better as it felt disjointed. There were too many things trying to tie into a neat package for example Bale's ex partner now being pregnant to the sherif. The bare knuckle fighting just seemed harpooned in, I couldnt believe Affleck would make that transition. Even the casting was abit obvious, I like Dafoe but how many times have we seen him play this role in an independent US film. I think with afew less ideas and more of a direction for Bale the lead character this would have been a better film.
Starring Brad Pitt, as Brad Pitt, this film although lauded by others is a safe, un-cinematic static film that doesn't create any suspense. Pretentious and dull, there is no reason why the characters are pulled together or quest they are working toward, so it just lumbers on to the inevitable of the clue giving the title.
Deakins lovers will ofcourse love this, but I dont think the work is anything special compared to others and at times was quite drab. The camera placement were always safe, mids and singles, no movement really or contruction of scenes, this played out like a documentary on the history channel.
The last days of Hollywood making big budget intelligent films for an adult audience before Jaws and Star Wars ruined it all (aswell as Michael Cimino).
Self contained, the story is tense but simple, the journey and pressure, just a vehicle to examine man and their decisions. The tone, performances and soundtrack but Tangerine Dream create an atmosphere of reality but also doom.
If this was made now it would be filled with meaningless crane and helicopter shots, the tensions are felt through its ground level photography and practical effects.
The first 30 minutes is brilliant but then tales off, the story doesn't develop after they leave town.
Some great moments, I adore Chow Yun Fat but this films feel lacking in connection to any of the characters.
Enjoyable to watch and well told, could have easily gone down the the route of other sports films but kept a standoffish tone which I liked.
Would have rated it higher only for the twee song that his daughter sings, this seem harpooned in and went against the feel of the film. It destroyed my suspension of disbelief.
Emily Blunt does her best valium induced performance to expand on an simplistic frustrating naive FBI agent who cant see the big picture. Being deliberately minimal isn acting its just pulling faces.
She has definitely never smoked a cigarette before in her life so I dont know why she is pretending to in this, not only does she look awkward but its a weak plot device to make someone seem 'anxious', just as Josh Brolin chewing loud chewing gum to seem obnoxious. I was very disappointed after Prisoners as this was a let down but to be honest as soon as I saw the poster with the banal tagline 'IN MEXICO SICARIO MEANS HITMAN' I knew this was going to be weak.
Cashing in on the generation who watched as a child taken their children. Makes Jurassic Park look like a masterpiece.
Characters and script awful and the acting woeful. Yet another blockbuster filled with 'cool ideas' rather than story.
Dull. II found the fake CGI blood and over the top sound design to be very off putting. This could have been grittier as a result but instead felt like the Aftereffects/5D generation of cheap gimmicks, I included the high contrast grade and terrible day for night work. The story is minimal deliberately pointless