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Prime Suspect was, as I remember it, much hallowed by critics. Indot see why. After watching five episodes, all is rather predictable - police stupidities rather than police procedurals, I would say...
DSI Jane Tennisson messes up every time: she grinds her teeth into one suspect and neglects other clues, while her team members do want to proceed those, and are then dissuaded and bullied by her. Furthermore,while chasing the villain, Jane consistently neglects to protect the main witness, who is then predictably murdered with the cops arruving always just too late.
I find this rather unbelievable, that in real life the police would not protect an obvious witness, whose details are obviously out on the street. Too little, too late. The very preventable murder of a young boy in ep. 5 and now of the likeable Jasmina in ep. 6 were also quite painfull to me. Add to that.the uneven spacing of the stories, the fact that Helen Mirren is playing much better in most other stories than this one... and the only reason I keep watching is actually for the interesting characters around her - including villains - and perhaps hoping against my good judgement that one time Jane will act the right way at the right time. But I fear that ep. 7 will be not just the final story but also the funal disappointment..
Awesome, and deep under my skin....
if it was only about the styling and the gruesomeness, this movie would merit a much lower rating. But the psychology runs much deeper and touches one at the heart... the warn-worn tank crew and the fresh naive - but not for long - rookie show us how one and the same person can be cruel and brutal as well asfriendly and compassionate not just from one moment to another, but also to one and the same of his mates. It also shows us the weirdest, but realistic, happenings of war. And the actors, well, equally impressive. It left me both impressed and shocked
Hunter Killer was a fresh breeze, well put together. In general, I like Gerard Butler as an actor who can play different roles very well, even comedy and romance next to his Macho thing. Having said that, some of those movies do not inspire me at all, like the extremely irritating and irrational 'London has Fallen'.
Having said that, Hunter Killer may have been sabled down by the critics but was well liked by the audience, ad rightly so.
As far as I could follow the techology, there may have been a few glitches, but all in all it's conceivable to me - all except the part where a propellor-driven xx-ton submarine could glide by a zillion sensors undetected, that is... or where a base like Polyarny would not have anti-missile defences at the ready (the command centre is destroyed by missiles fired from their own destroyer)... or why the Russians did not deploy helicopters or drones, just guys in Jeeps, when looking for the Americans....
More importantly however, the story keeps you fixated and entertained and that's what it is about. Gerard Butler does well even if 'he just has to acts and stand tough' and as far as I am concerned, Toby Stephens deserves merits rather then the ubiquitous Gary Oldman. Stephens delivers a very credible hell-bend SF team leader. Just as he delivered a great James Bond villain years before. Would like to see more and also leading roles by this man ! The on-land action complements the sea action in an excellent way (otherwise the movie could have been - pardon the expression - a lame duck ;-) and the director plus producer put the sequences nicely together. The actors, all but an over-the-top Gary Oldman that is, pull of very believable characters and the action keeps you focused and entertained. In short, all that an action movie should be.
Extremely irritating, defying all logic.
I like a good action flick, but when it plays in a 'here and now'' situation, not sci-fi, then there should be at least some storyline that is more or less realistic.
I will not waste too many words on this failure but to name just the most obvious:
1. as the critics have justly said, how could the police force and MI6 both be infiltrated with dozens of terrorists ? It assumes that teamleaders would not know their own crews, or eachother ? Or notice that some of their colleagues walk around with eh, Kalashnikovs ? That's preposturous assumption nr 1.
2, that the terrorists would know ahead of time where each visiting dignatary would go prior to the funeral. We see a sightseeing French and Italien president being blown up with explosives nowhere near the funeral procession, just sightseeiing prior to the event.
3. Stinger missiles were used to attack the Marines 1, 2 and 3 helicopters. Unless the terrorists acquired a bundle of the latest stingers, the original stingers had a range of just a few km's so the helo's could escape by climbing to maximum altitude, out of reach. Also I would expect better countermeasures on these helo's...
4. everyone watching, no-one acting... i reality one would have expected immediate deployment of the Airforce (taking care of the stinger shooters) and the army...
5. proper address.... to me the most stupid of all: who took care of the post-production voice dubbing ought to be fired. As Sean Connery put it in 'The Presidio' in a very apt oneliner: adress an officer by his proper rank or he will get pissed off and break your face'. The Metropolitan operations commander is hung with silver yet adressed as 'inspector' (the lowest officer rank) by the Americans. The actors themselves should have picked up on that, for God's sake.... finally, the British SF teamleader introduces himself to Gerard Butler as 'Captain' yet Butler later adresses him as 'Lieutenant'.
In short, the most unchecked mess of a disappointing film.
I am not with the critics on this one. This movie was really funny. It was a relief from the overabundant â~f@ck this f@ck that and @sshole routine insults that some diluded souls think is humor... Though Heigl is not a great actress, Butler makes up for it, in fact it is a joy seeing this guy in comedy and he may be one of the few actors that can really convince as a hero, a criminal, psychopath, loving boyfriend or romantic lead. I guess the critics just do not like predictable formulas ? Whatever. Only weak points were that some changes came to quickly and to easy, like the dismissal of surgeon boyfriend and a few other scenes that should have lasted a bit longer for credibilities sake. Anyway, the chemistry was there.