Huge, dumb, silly - and knowing - fun, with Channing Tatum running… MoreHuge, dumb, silly - and knowing - fun, with Channing Tatum running round with guns in a tight vest protecting President Jamie Foxx. Give me this over that po-faced Gerard Butler shit any day.
Hokey trash with a story that was absolute bobbins in the first film… MoreHokey trash with a story that was absolute bobbins in the first film and is one step beyond parody here, but Danielle Harris is somehow superb and the ludicrously over-the-top gore effects and high body count, not to mention scant running time, makes the film enjoyable.
Convincing portrait/collage of a psychopath with a slow pace, Simon… MoreConvincing portrait/collage of a psychopath with a slow pace, Simon Killer is beautifully filmed and has a career best performance from a nuanced Brady Corbet. An excellent soundtrack and skewed visual style add to the strangely addictive quality the film. One if a kind, and not for everyone.
What's so frustrating about In Time is that there's so much potential… MoreWhat's so frustrating about In Time is that there's so much potential here that I actually found myself plotting better films whilst I was watching. Time as a currency is a starting point that has many ways to go, yet Andrew Niccol chooses to go via an updating of Robin Hood by way of his own earlier, better film, Gattaca. The first twenty-five minutes, up to the exit of Olivia Wilde's character, are the best, and whilst In Time is never less than watchable, the device of time is never explored as well as it should be and the references that are used are so unsubtle that I found myself a little infuriated by the way everything is spoon-fed and spelled out. Still, there's stuff to enjoy, Justin Timberlake acquits himself well (though Amanda Seyfried is Amanda Seyfried) and the pace doesn't lag.