A quiet, slow and dark crime thriller about a robbery and the… MoreA quiet, slow and dark crime thriller about a robbery and the consequences. The cast is well picked and delivers the realistic, sometimes pretty funny and nihilistic lines perfectly. The few bursts of violence are excellently filmed. Ultimately, it is the commentary on the state of the Union that feels a bit forced with political speeches on TVs and radios pretty much throughout the film. Still a worthy and highly entertaining addition to the genre.
Not a bad prequel to Carptenter's classic. Takes its premise, setting… MoreNot a bad prequel to Carptenter's classic. Takes its premise, setting and characters serious enough to work while paying homage to the original. of course, there are plenty of stereotypes owed to the genre conventions, which make it less surprising than it could have been. But it works well enough while it lasts. Especially the creature effects and deaths are pretty gruesome.
Viggo Mortensen is of course the perfect choice for the… MoreViggo Mortensen is of course the perfect choice for the battle-hardened Captain who has to fight fellow musketeers and court intrigues. The action is much like the film itself: realistic, unspectacular, grounded, and blunt. Sadly, the pacing is off several times, some of the parts of the film feel very episodic. The flow suffers from that and makes the film feel much longer than it already is. Which is too bad, because there are moments of brilliance. Several scenes even look like old period paintings. Unfortunately, that's not enough to entertain.
Jeff Bridges carries this film with another outstanding performance… MoreJeff Bridges carries this film with another outstanding performance through all the motels, bars and stadiums. It's refreshing to see a drama bout a man who's past his prime years that doesn't entirely give up on its protagonist and doesn't paint an entirely pessimistic picture. Even with little interest in country music, there is a lesson to learn here: it's never too late for a second chance. But some things will only allow you one. Many images of the film stay with you long after it ended.
The animation is absolutely stunning and beautiful to look at,… MoreThe animation is absolutely stunning and beautiful to look at, starting with a gorgeous leading character to the wonderful Scottish landscapes. In the story department things get a little weird after a bit and even though the film never tries to be anything else but a fairy tale, the developments feel a little odd. That doesn't take anything from the film's entertainment value and outstanding artistry involved, of course.