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An interesting concept that falls through due to terrible execution. You will sit through this movie feeling and thinking nothing. And, you will likely be walking away from this feeling as though you completely wasted two hours of your life. I know I did.
This is a very well written, very intense crime drama about people who are born, raised, and killed in a town brimming with crime. The performances are solid all across the board. It is hard to pinpoint specific things that are wrong with this movie which is why I don't find it hard to believe that it scored so highly. However, I think this movie lacks the dramatic punch to make it incredibly memorable. In a sense, alienating some of the critics by going for something very cinematic would've made the movie "worse" but a lot grander. The Dark Knight Rises is a very good movie that opts for this strategy, and I enjoyed that movie a lot more. I also think that the movie's lack of dramatic punch was the reason we didn't really see this movie produce during awards season (despite Jeremy Renner's excellent work).
This is an intense, well-acted, intelligent, and powerful political scifi aciton-drama. It is also my favorite summer blockbuster of the year. It is the only one this summer that comes to mind that is entertaining on the surface with deeper themes as well.
I think you need to be in the right mood for this movie in general, but it is funny enough and the stupid humor balances out with surprisingly intelligent nuances. I went in thinking I was going to watch a really awful movie, but it exceeded my expectations easily and is one of my favorite comedies of the summer.