The film was good, but could have been so much better. In my opinion,… MoreThe film was good, but could have been so much better. In my opinion, it needed a rewrite. A friend of mine described this film as Saving Private Ryan with a tank. In a way, my friend is right. The film reminded me of war movies like Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor, Inglorious Bastards, and Memphis Belle.
One problem that I had with the film, was that it was too much like Saving Private Ryan. I liked David Ayer's End of Watch. I loved the style of that film. Here, it feels like in some scenes that he copied Spielberg's style from Private Ryan. Some scenes even feel like copies from that film. Ayer should made his own style for the film and not copy Spielberg.
Another problem was the structure and how Ayer opens the film. The point of the view of this whole film is really, Logan Lerman's character's point of view. However, the film opens with Brad Pitt. I would have opened the film on Lerman's character and even have a voice over narration. His character is how the audience views this entire mission and the squad in it.
Something that bothered me, was that in the middle the film, the pacing slows and stops, when Pitt and Lerman meet the 2 women who were in hiding. That scene felt out of place from the entire film.
On a positive the action battle sequences with the tank are amazing. The cinematography is also very good. The music score is also haunting and terrific.
While Brad Pitt is the star of the film, Logan Lerman steals it. It is one of his best performances so far. His character kind of reminded me of Jeremy Davies's character from Saving Private Ryan. Pitt's character reminded me of his character in Inglorious Bastards and his character in Legends of the Fall. Shia LaBeouf is really good here. Been awhile, since I saw Shia in a good performance. Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal are also good. They all have a great on screen chemistry with each other.
Despite the flaws, I would say see it, especially cause of those battle scenes and Logan Lerman's performance. I hope he would get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for it.
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall's performances are the best reason… MoreRobert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall's performances are the best reason to see this film. They have a great on screen chemistry. They both shine here. The film I thought, was so so. I thought it could use a re-write. I felt at times the film was unfocused. Also the pacing was off. Some scenes were too slow. It could have been 20 or 30 minutes shorter.
The film kind of reminded me of movies like A Time To Kill, August Osage County, Doc Hollywood, Nothing in Common, Memories of Me, The Lincoln Lawyer, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I could easily see Matthew McCounaughey play Downey Jr.'s role. I was kind of surprised that David Dobkin directed the film. The film feels like it has the style of a Clint Eastwood film.
The film is well cast. I thought that Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton are perfect in their supporting roles.
Despite the film's flaws, it is still worth checking out, especially cause of the performances by Downey Jr. and Duvall.
Sam Rockwell's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this… MoreSam Rockwell's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He kind of reminded me of Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men. The film reminded me a lot of No Country For Old Men and A Simple Plan. The only negative was the pacing. It was a little slow at times.
Besides Rockwell, the film has a good cast. There is solid supporting performances from Kelly Reilly, Jason Isaacs, and Jeffrey Wright.
I definitely recommend the film, especially cause of Rockwell's performance.
Bill Murray gives one of his best performances here. He shines here. I… MoreBill Murray gives one of his best performances here. He shines here. I can see him getting a Best Actor nomination, but don't think he will win. He has a great chemistry with the kid in the movie.
The film reminded me of Bad Santa meets About A Boy. It's very good. Well acted by the entire cast. The heart of the film is the relationship between Murray's character and the boy.
Melissa McCarthy is very good. She didn't go over the top like she has done in the past few films that she has been in. I actually like her in roles like this one. Naomi Watts is also good here. So is Chris O'Dowd.
I definitely recommend this film. I hope Murray gets the Oscar Nomination.
Rosamund Pike should get a Best Actress Oscar Nomination for this… MoreRosamund Pike should get a Best Actress Oscar Nomination for this film. I don't think she will win, but she definitely deserves to be nominated. She really shines here. I have been a fan of hers, ever since I saw her in Die Another Day. From Pride and Prejudice, Barney's Version, and Jack Reacher she keeps getting better and better with each role she takes on. Here she echoes performances like Kate Winslett in Revolutionary Road, Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, and Glen Close in Fatal Attraction.
The film isn't FIncher's best in my opinion. I like Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Zodiac better than this film. One of the problems that I had with the film, is that the 2 lead characters aren't likable to root for. They are both flawed and grey characters. At times, Fincher wants the audience to root for Pike and then switches to root for Affleck. I just couldn't find their characters appealing to root for.
The film does fit Fincher's classic style. The cinematography is really good, as is the editing. The music score is haunting and very good. At times, I feel that Fincher was trying to echo Hitchcock here. He has done that before with Panic Room.
Affleck does a great job here. He fits the role perfectly. Tyler Perry does a great job here. I thought he was better here, than as Alex Cross. Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit are great as the cops investigating the disappearance. Carrie Coon is amazing as Affleck's sister in the film.
Despite some flaws, the film is worth checking out, especially cause of the performances. I hope Rosamund Pike gets that Oscar nomination.
I wasn't expecting much from this film, and I was right. The film kind… MoreI wasn't expecting much from this film, and I was right. The film kind of reminded me of movies like "The Bounty Hunter," "Catch Me If You Can," "Domino," and "Midnight Run." Those films were better than this one. This one needed a rewrite. They have a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. The tone of the film is off.
Another big problem is that some cast members seem like they were miscast. Katherine Heigl is definitely miscast here. She has no on screen chemistry with Jason O'Mara. I think Reese Witherspoon would have done a better job in that role. I also think O'Mara was miscast. I think Bradley Cooper would have done a better job in that role. On a positive, there is some great supporting work here from Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, and Fisher Stevens.
Denzel's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He… MoreDenzel's performance is one of the best reasons to watch this film. He makes this character his own. His character reminded me of Liam Neeson's character from Taken and Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes. I loved how they show Denzel analyzing all the bad guys before taking them down one by one. That reminded me of Sherlock Holmes.
The film was ok, but could have been better. I don't remember the CBS show that well. What bothered me here, was that it was predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The film needed a rewrite. In addition, the first 30 minutes is too slow.
Marton Csokas almost steals the film from Denzel, as the villain Teddy. I loved his confrontation scenes with Denzel. Chloe Grace Moretz is also good in her supporting role. I was surprised by her short screen time. I thought she was gonna have more scenes in the film. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are great in their supporting roles.
Despite a few flaws, the film is entertaining and Denzel has found a franchise that I would love to see future films.
I didn't go in with great expectations when seeing this film and after… MoreI didn't go in with great expectations when seeing this film and after watching it, I wasn't surprised or disappointed. The film is no Hunger Games or Divergent. Those 2 films are better than this one. This one is like Lord of the Flies meets The Giver or Ender's Game. It also reminded me a little of the Ray Liotta film, No Escape.
Some of the film's action sequences happen too fast, that it is hard to tell what happened or who got hurt, hit, or killed. This is happening in a lot of Hollywood films. They need to slow it down, so that the audience can clearly see what is happening on the screen. Also, I found the film a bit confusing by the end with the big revelation in regards to Patricia Clarkson's character and what she says. It raised more questions than answers.
Dylan O'Brien, who is good on Teen Wolf and in The Internship, is good here as Thomas. Kaya Scodelario reminded me a lot of Kristen Stewart. She would be perfect playing Kristen's sister in a film. Will Poulter, who was hilarious in We're the Millers, is great as the antagonist here. Thomas Sangster, who was great in Love Actually, also does a good job here.
It is clear that the studio was trying to make a new franchise along the Hunger Games or Twilight movies, with this film. Already a sequel will come out next year. I only hope the sequel will slow the action sequences and will be less confusing than this film.
Kathryn Hahn and June Temple's performances are the best reasons to… MoreKathryn Hahn and June Temple's performances are the best reasons to watch this film. They shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry. It is great seeing Hahn play a leading role in a film. The film did surprise me. I thought it was well written and has some great dialog.
I thought there was some solid supporting work by Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair, and Michaela Watkins. The weak link in my opinion was Josh Radnor. I didn't think he had a good chemistry with Hahn. I think another actor in that role would have done a better job. I keep thinking someone like Jason Bateman or Zach Braff would have done better.
I still recommend this film, especially cause of June Temple and Kathryn Hahn's performances.
From the trailer, I thought the film was gonna be really good. After… MoreFrom the trailer, I thought the film was gonna be really good. After watching the film, boy was I disappointed. The film needed a major re-write. It lacked thrills. It was easily predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The performances weren't that great. Tom Hardy reminded me a lot of Sean Penn here. I thought Gandolfini was better in other films than this one. He was better in last year's Enough Said.