Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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Javier Bardem is the stand out in an engrossing cat and mouse film boasted by suspense and great support acting from Tommy Lee Jones. The minimal music and at times dialogue means the sound of foot steps become more terrifying. Bardem assassin starts by killing a cop and he will do anything and kill anyone to get what he wants. We have many gorgeous and slow scenes of the countryside as Josh Brolin find a bloodbath involving drugs and finds money. The way Bardem moves, walking slowly and barely a flicker of emotion is a credit to a great character he has created. A well deserved Oscar win. The violence when it happens is very graphic and some will find this hard to watch. Much of the suspense is with Bardem closing in on Josh Brolin. The hotel scene where Brolin has got another room knowing many people are after him is suspenseful. Another scene as Bardem chases and shoots at Brolin through the streets is very raw. Again the sound of gun fire, footsteps is all we here and for much of it we can't see Bardem, as windows are shot out. Well directed more terrifying if we dont see him. Brolin's naivety taking the money and putting everyone around him in danger even the luckless hotel staff is something that feels is necessary. Tommy Lee Jones sheriff is close to retirement and this case feels like it wears him out including where he find the bloodbath at the hotel. Is he getting too old or has the west become more violent? The film is well directed using locations really well and creating tension throughout knowing Bardem is on our tale. The minimal dialogue shows that money and violence are the only things important. A film that won many well deserved Oscars.