While the characters remain a tad underdeveloped, it is still fun to… MoreWhile the characters remain a tad underdeveloped, it is still fun to watch them take on Sean Penn as brutal mobster in 1940s LA. The squad consists exclusively of great actors and that helps connect more than their somewhat superficial character traits. The result is highly entertaining and offers plenty of action and style. That's more than enough for a pleasant movie night.
The connection between the characters is pretty interesting and… MoreThe connection between the characters is pretty interesting and executed well. Sadly the second half is not quite as engaging as the first, up until the somewhat anti-climatic solution. That may be realistic but feels a bit like the movie was going nowhere. Overall, the great acting and cinematography make it worth your while, though.
As harmless as this film starts out, it soon becomes one of the most… MoreAs harmless as this film starts out, it soon becomes one of the most ruthless, sadistic and mean horror thrillers of recent years. Once you reach the end you'll be pissed off and never want to see it again. But the road there is admittedly pretty exciting. If you're ignoring the unlikeliness of the hunted and perpetrators running into each other over and over in the forest.
Another fantastic entry in the rare case of an action franchise that… MoreAnother fantastic entry in the rare case of an action franchise that just keeps getting better and better. That's thanks to great direction of excellent action in awesome set pieces, but also thanks to the leading man. People can say about Cruise's private life or religious choices all they want. The man keeps delivering great genre entertainment year after year, while doing as many stunts as he can all by himself. The insane opening sequence is testament to that.
Still, one of the best parts of this is how it is an ensemble piece with everyone doing their part. Female newbie Rebecca Ferguson is fantastic, blowing all Bond girls from the last 45 years out of the water. Pegg is likable and funny as always. The pacing is great and especially the two major sequences in the middle of the film in the Vienna opera and Casablanca are absolutely breathtaking. The showdown can't even begin to top that and doesn't try, taking a different approach to a solution instead.
Overall a pretty long film for an action thriller but an incredibly entertaining one. With quality as high as this, they can keep making these until kingdom come.
Very entertaining, albeit not particularly exciting prison/heist/con… MoreVery entertaining, albeit not particularly exciting prison/heist/con film, that shows Gibson in the same form he's been in around the times of Payback. His character here is as charming and clever as ever, but things go a bit too smoothly most of the time, so there isn't exactly a major thrill about any of it. The location of the run-down Mexican prison also doesn't make for a very versatile setting. The result is still enjoyable thanks to the leading man and a few pretty clever turns.
Unlike Stallone's comic book adaptation this one stays somewhat close… MoreUnlike Stallone's comic book adaptation this one stays somewhat close to the source material in tone and attitude. Urban works great as the judge who never takes off his helmet and doesn't speak more than he has to. The violence is really graphic but at least pretty inventive. The limited place for the plot of a single skyscraper may have worked for Die Hard, here it feels as if we're seeing the same corridors over and over again. That makes the film somewhat repetitive, but overall you gotta applaud the creators for taking such a grim and "devil may care" route. Maybe a sequel could open up the hidden potential.
A slow, albeit fascinating and beautifully filmed movie for almost 90… MoreA slow, albeit fascinating and beautifully filmed movie for almost 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the solution in the last 15 minutes is so devastatingly saddening (without making much sense), that it's hard to say you enjoyed what you've been watching or feel like revisiting again. Which is sad because the story, chemistry between the characters and the landscape as an alien surrounding works great for the longest time. Especially Dafoe is outstanding as always. Man, if only this ended differently. It pains me to think about it.