Engaging documentary... The first half is an interesting, methodical exploration of utilizing PED for biking performance by a Russian world expert. This is quite interesting and easy to follow... the documentary turn a bit at the halfway point as the exert becomes the focus of an international/Olympic Committee investigation. The movie flow is a bit more chaotic and more difficult to follow, but impressive seeing the inside of the investigation and Russian politics.
Aspires to be something thoughtful, and create characters worth caring about, but that all just seems drowned out by the grandeur. All seems like the movie is driven by what the Disneyland ride could be- loud, exciting music, lots happening. Still entertaining, but not really memorable.
Not the zany, over the top, comedy that Farrell usually presents, but still a decent movie that keeps one interested. The pace is a little slow at points, but a unique plot and good performances from the cast.
Another movie reboot, but not sure this was a step forward- it seemed the tone was oddly not action-packed, nor dark and intriguing... instead, it was a little campy/comic-like. Some okay special effects and a little mystical ending that could have been with a better movie. Story a little disjointed, and pace also strange.
With the lead actress, decent action scenes and a time of women-focused cinema, the movie should have been good... but seemed to be a strange tone to the film. I am not a huge fan of the pulsing score driving a whole movie, but this one had very subtle score and felt like it was asking the audience to reflect and think, but there was nothing deep happening. Just a typical revenge film like Taken with a female lead, and awkward score.
If you can get by the distraction of the CGI dogs, it was a good movie. I had little expectation going into it, aside from knowing I read book (as did everyone else) in elementary school. Nicely produced movie, with narration from Ford holding it nicely together.
Another romp movie with the unlikely team of a misfit and the ultra cool guy... While I enjoy both Holland & Smith as actors, this just seemed like too much on a number of levels- the characters didn't feel like they were authentic, and their development wasn't believable... along with that, the 'accepting of the weird kid' seemed forced as well, as were the secondary characters that were suppose to be unique and likeable, but seemed too much like Happy Meal toys. Was an okay movie, and I think it could've been even better with a bit more subtlety that could make things more relatable & believable.
Might just be the high standard Moore has set in the past, but this movie was not as focused as I'd hoped- kinda felt like putting all the footage collected over the last 4+ years to use by trying to create a narrative/story that weaves it's way in all the material... didn't feel like it worked, as it felt a little more disjointed than his other strong docs.
Very well made movie... a little too much reading for me, but the pacing, story, and characters were good. As sometimes happens, I am not sure how likeable the main characters are, so I struggle to get invested in the movie. Memorable for the most part. I am not sure what the moral or message of the movie is, but I'm sure others can figure that out. :)
I went into the movie with few expectations... there were some good laughs, and the character of his daughter was pretty good, but overall the scenes where he punks a crowd, or an unsuspecting person are a lot lazier and less charming than the first movie. They were set up to expose something about the other person, but they were largely not terribly convincing and a little forced. Many of these scenes had been released online prior to the films release. The staged/scripted scenes appeared to be patchwork after the fact to string it all into a somewhat coherent story. The climax was the Rudy G. scene, which is not convincing in trying to paint him as a predator (I am not a Rudy G. fan, but...). It did pass the time, but not the genius work we expect from Sasha Cohen.