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Review Michael Noble 7 Dec 2013 - 18:09
Noir drama Mob City dresses the part but does it deliver? Here's Michael's review...
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Over half a century since its heyday film noir endures as a source of both earnest tribute and knowing parody. Perhaps the most convincing reason for this is its striking visual signature; the shadows, the menacing urban environment and the suit-hat-gun combination of its male principals. The strength of these images means that It’s very easy to produce an ‘idea’ of noir, a general impression of it that encompasses all of these elements while missing the central ingredient of moral uncertainty and outright cynical worldview that made it work as a narrative artform.
Unfortunately, Mob City, which has been given a rushed release in the pre-Christmas doldrums, offers quite a lot of the former but very little of the latter. It’s a beautiful looking »
TNT’s Mob City obviously wants to capitalize on the success of Frank Darabont‘s The Walking Dead, but you’d probably get a much clearer picture of where you’re headed if we instead called to mind that he’s also responsible for The Shawshank Redemption. Neither point on his CV is particularly helpful, except in the “he did something I liked” sense, but one is a closer approximation of the speed and style you’ll be met with.
Of course, “The mob show by the guy who brought you that zombie show,” probably makes it clear that we’ve switched gears, and I suppose the latest hot thing is more marketable than one of the best films ever… if you know what demographic you’re after.
Mob City lets us off the hook immediately, at least if we weren’t sure where exactly it might have been going. »
- Marc Eastman
Jim Steranko, one of the creators of the Nick Fury character, recaps Agents of Shield for THR's Heat Vision every week. Read more about the Marvel Comics artist in a Q&A here. Bad timing! Wouldn't it have been appropriate -- with its creepy campfire-tale approach -- for the intro of this week's Shield episode to have run on Halloween? The Boy Scout bit definitely had a strong Spielbergian flavor, but, to be candid, considering the worldwide scope of the former anti-espionage organization, one must pause to wonder if a villain or his counterpart is more irresistibly frightening when menacing a
- Jim Steranko
The new DC superhero blockbuster may pit the Dark Knight vs The Boy Scout but there is no doubt there will be at least one villain in the mix. Someone with the power to force their hand to combine their efforts. A truly epic physical and mental match will be needed in order to be a believable threat to these two incredible pop culture icons. With the immense destruction of the final battle scene of Man of Steel, it is clear that DC is going for entertainment and scale rather than Nolan’s true-to-life treatment of Batman.
That opens the door for an impossibly powerful Batman from the comics, an ordinary man that has taken down the most powerful being on Earth on more than one occasion. Man of Steel also stressed the fact that Earth is not alone in their new universe, making the chances of intergalactic villain all that more likely. »
- Sukh Brar
4 items from 2013
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