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Great Story...Weakly told
If given some of the worlds most incredible ingredients to make a meal, why would anyone instead choose to make a ground beef burger? Well,Angelina Jolie and the Coen brothers did just that!
There is so much to this story yet so much is not only left out, yet not told nearly to the caliber it should and could have been. Instead I found myself looking at my watch, hoping for more to be revealed yet the gifted storytelling done in the book and needed here was simply not in the hands of those it needed to be.
I'd hope that someone more talented would have done this, in fact I wish it could be redone however that's not going to happen, sadly.
What an opportunity, wasted.
A Far Better ride than expected....
If you ever doubted you could find a SciFi, action flick full of drama and suspense that was artfully written, wonderfully acted, smartly paced and visually dazzling.... I bet this one is just that.
I'd known nothing of this story prior to seeing the film so I'm not sure if it was an advantage or disadvantage, however either way, I found myself carried along for the ride in suspense and wonder of what the next turn would bring. And how a film can place you on a train yet throughout still capture your every minute with such a grip, was quite surprising to me. A Pleasant surprise indeed.
Though a couple of plot lines that seemed a bit, questioning or underdeveloped, and might leave you with a question here or there, this train speeds you along brilliantly on all cylinders for a trip you will soon not forget.
Breaking Bad: Abiquiu (2010)
Character Re-development.... disturbing
Three main disappointments regarding this episode.
First, Jesse willingly trying to get a girl, freshly in rehab, back on The Blue simply to sell? I find it implausible for his character especially after all that transpired with his last girlfriend, her death. The heavy emotional impact it caused him, even to the point of Jesse getting and staying clean. Seems so against what the character went through and still hold value to with staying clean.
Then a cheap grab for character salvation, Jesse finds ethics when he found she has a young boy? I understand his 'somewhat' of a connection to the two meth head's son episodes back. Yet we're supposed to find this a saving grace yet be mind absent of the real drive, aiding someone he loves to not only go back to drug use yet become a part of it even to her death?
Second, the fact that 'supposed' street smart strong guy Mr. White let's his 'wife' take the reigns and become involved in the business? Come on! And to introduce her to his lawyer/accomplice? After all the 'threatening' she did to him? Not to mention the fact he's letting her get even further involved, the woman/family he values most over everything?
I find it out of character for Walter and believe it's possibly a cheap way only to insert more drama. I believe it strays strongly from the character that has already been built. Yes, Walter vacillates from meek family man to street smart cook, however taking in account the changes Walter has made in strength toward his street side .not plausible. Like erasing the growth Walter has developed, suddenly bringing him back to his Clark Kent.
And as well for Skylar. She wanted 'Nothing' to do with Walter. Throwing him out, calling the police, the threats, keeping him from his children, spilling her guts to a lawyer, the fear and disdain she has for all he's involved in. Then 'suddenly' becoming 'Bonny' to Walt's Clyde, wanting to be 'included' up to her eyeballs, giving only a weak excuse of wanting clean money for her sister? Oh please. For her to do a 180 from all of that to wanting to be not only informed yet to suggest 'she' be a part of the financial dealings? For me, a weak and un-inventive story change simply to introduce drama.
A disappointment and contrary to Walter's character, Jesse's 'and' to Skylar's as well.
Breaking Bad: Fly (2010)
What a Booooore.....
Say what you will, and I'll say mine.
Seemed to me either they tried to be cool with this one and came up 'waaaay' short, of they had absolutely nothing to produce or something happened on the way from the writers room to production, yet either way, this episode was a total bore to me.
And don't try the 'oh, you just don't get it' or, 'you just don't think deep enough'. What-ever. I do, I like me some simplicity to total physiological mind boning. However this episode what simply, a real disappointment and not even just being boring, there wasn't a relative take away from it.
Again, whatever the reason, I don't know. Yet it's a fact I didn't like it and I dig this show.
First episode seen... how Corny and unbelievable
This is the first episode I've watched of this show and just from it, I 'cannot' believe this got a second season, Wow!
Of course I'll give it a couple more episodes cause I like to be clearly fair yet...
The product placement stood out like a sore thumb for one. How egregious.
The main character is obviously supposed to be some talented agent or so, yet I find this character totally unbelievable in all aspects.
Her jumping from boat to boat was so 70's in unbelief. The whole art warehouse scene lacked any 'real' feel to it and again, so unbelievable. The security guards response in the warehouse was so flat and again, unbelievable. The reaction she and the FBI agent had when going out the door to find a security guard dead was so...(sorry) 'Unbelievable' You find a dead guard and you don't even look around, draw your weapon, take cover....? I mean, Come On!
This episode 'really' reminded me of a bad 70's style show with no realism, corny through and through. Seems they fixate on the leads good looking face and the rest of it... Eh, we need no smart, no substance, just a big white smile. Ugh!
I will give it 2 more episodes for a better evaluation however so far... so shallow, unreal and.... unbelievable.
In the Synopsis it says this: "Holly, Brittany and Santana sing the Dixie Chick's "Landslide." Santana begins crying near the end of the song and tells Brittany those lyrics are how she really feels. Santana snaps at Rachel that she doesn't want to be labeled."
Correction: 'Landslide' is NOT a Dixie Chicks song. It was written by 'Stevie Nicks' and performed originally by Fleetwood Mac.
I tried to see if I could add this to the edit on synopsis, but it wasn't worth the time and effort so... just bringing it here and maybe someone who can, or does, will make the correction.
May not be 'that' big a difference to most however, it were my song, I'd like it to be corrected. =o)
True Grit (2010)
Where's the Grit?
No doubt a good film however no more than that...just good. The two main ingredients missing were a better script and chemistry.
I'm a Coen Bros. fan yet this one lacked that 'Coen Brothers Flair' and personality I've come to know of them.
Bridges (luv the 'Dude'), however his mumbling at times was incoherent and you shouldn't have to struggle like that to understand dialogue.
Matt Damon seemed a bit out of place, like he was playing somewhat a spoof of a character. Didn't believe him for a minute. More of a distraction then an addition.
Barry Pepper... small role however he 'shined' for what he had. As usual for him. Seems there's never enough of him out there.
Josh Brolin... another example of this guy having the chops to embody a character like actors 'should'. For me anyway, they were the two most interesting and magnetic points of this film.
I'm not comparing this film with the 1969 version and I didn't go in with the highest of expectations and still, it came in lacking for me.
If this film interests you in the least, then by all means, head out and see it. You may come away feeling like flowers in May. I hope you would. However for me, worth the price of admission...at this price but not any higher. Too bad.
127 Hours (2010)
Your not watching, your there
FINALLY... a film this year that gives you sooo much through so very little.
Danny Boyle took a regular guy with a wild story and painted it with such vividness I couldn't find a single moment that didn't have me living vicariously within this film.
No dazzling special effects, next to no cast, no complex storyline demanding your attention yet the tale is so richly told it's like one of those books that you just cannot put down.
You already know the story, but you cannot miss this play. Simply, go see it and ask yourself if this is not one of THE most interesting and well done films this year.
What a waste of film...
You would think with Denzel, Scott and Pine there would be something salvageable here. Though not terrible this film, a near utter waste of time and money. (especially money) And trying to make a runaway train seem so dramatic? That's like trying to squeeze lemon juice from a curling iron. Makes no sense? About as much sense as this film.
So formulated, so boring from any kind of creative level and so disappointing because of the supposed talent surrounding this, uh, film.
It was like taking most every box cutter idea from film, then trying to make something up because you've got a known director and once A list actor.
The storyline, so predictable. The camera shots, so predictable. I mean any film fan could see most every line of dialogue, scene switch and whats coming up next from a mile away. The characters from the wise old man to the young up and comer who's got an attitude yet they bond, so overdone and rehashed. The crummy boss that knows no better however we know and can do so much better so we're gonna buck the system even at the cost of our job. The supposedly quirky character to the sacrifice character to seeing the drama unfold on TV to bring distant characters back into fold. I mean, what a total waste of anything good.
If you must... wait for DVD or better yet.... a 3am television repeat on a Sunday night.
WoW...Better then expected in all areas
I was hoping it would be good yet I didn't expect it to be 'this' good.
Honestly, this was 'so' well paced. Actually got me anxious, and thats a bit of a rarity. And in a good way.
First off the story was very interesting from start to finish and the script very well crafted. All of the elements... Love, machismo, heroic, underdog, special abilities, honor, suspense, scandal, comradeship, good vs bad just so many elements. However the difference with this film is they were all intertwined so well. Not the usual 'chemistry cocktail' roll of the dice.
The cinematic hat trick... acting, directing and the written story itself all melted like cheese on a hot Philly steak.
I understand the "Category" this film falls near however, over all very well crafted. Some other "Film Makers" should take a few lessons.
I hope there's another.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
WEAK in Sooo Many Area's..... True Let Down
Where do I start...? The writing was probably the weakest aspect of this film with the directing close behind.
The pace of the film...? Seemed they wanted to build a fairly strong drama base yet it kept going on and on without good dialogue to support it.
I thought the CGI was 'far' below that of the 2003 version. Previous Hulk actually had depth! Emotion facially as well as in body language. This version seemed to have none. And the CGI being so bad that it was literally distracting.
Liv Tyler... she normally doesn't stand out for me however in my opinion, she did the most with her part, even more then Norton. And I'm a Norton fan yet he seemed to be less engaged characteristically then most of his other work.
Tim Roth... good effort however I just didn't buy him and I believe only due the director.
William Hurt as the General... Good choice, he did a decent job. Yet one major deficit to his character was he would flip flop so drastically on the connection with his daughter. One moment he couldn't care much less about her let alone help you believe he was her father. And the next, he's demanding she be protected, Huh?
I believe the ultimate downfall is owed to the Director for not joining all the pieces together to make an entertaining and well told story. His direction was weak, kept a weak script, infused no chemistry between the characters and the sad thing about it.... is other then a 'better writer' being needed, he had everything else from budget to talent to tent pole to make this film bring the character of the Hulk into the league it should and could be.
Why the suits let such an inexperienced director like Louis Leterrier helm such an important character and film is beyond me. (Oh... probably less dough) If that's the case, you get what you pay for. And we get let down.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Now 'THATS' a quality film
I won't be writing much more then this... I just came back from seeing this film at the Arclight in Hollywood and must say... I'm sorry I didn't see it earlier, so I could enjoy the after thoughts sooner then now.
Directing... writing... the dialog and lack lack there of... acting... cinematography... EVERYTHING about this film was simply top notch quality. The kind of quality that has been missing more and more in our theaters and it's a pleasure to experience another. Yet... will make me once again yearn for the quality exhibited.
Thank you Ethan and Joel Coen for a Masterful time at the movies.
FilmFan P.S. If this film doesn't get recognized by the Academy, then the 5% faith I've left in them will surely be gone.
Could have been... yet isn't
I know nothing about this director and never seen any of his other work. So based solely on the film 'Hitman' the director was the failure of this film being more of what sliver of good it was.
The overall acting and casting (other than Olyphant which did a really good job, better then this film deserved), were out of sync right where the director could have synced them.
The writing... had a favorable direction however fell short of giving it the mystic, excitement and believability it should have had.
Knepper... so good to see him and he was one of the better actors however even he couldn't save this thing.
The action sequences, fight scenes in particular, were not emotional and the editing was too fast to get any 'feel' from it let alone passion for it.
All in all, this could have been a 'very' good film, made an appetite for another installment and projected Timothy Olyphant more toward the 'other go to guy' for possible action and cool guy roles yet Xavier Gens, trying hard or not, seems to me responsible for none of that happening. (except 'maybe' a second edition could be on the way) And if so... better writer and director could make 'Hitman' the hit it should and could have been.
Death Sentence (2007)
Not well done at all on most any front
Look, I like Wan's directing, I like Bacon, Preston, Goodman however this film is a MESS.
It has so many cliché's from films and expressions we've seen before and even though I believe Wan to be an interesting director, he so fumbled the creative ball on this one it was hard to keep me from walking out, and I see about 75 films a year and walked out of maybe 4 ever.
The pace was slow, the acting not convincing (no part due the actors though I believe), the screenplay, for the talent involved, was surprisingly boring and unimaginative. There was simply no chemistry from start to finish from this film. I believe it 'could' have, however that's were a better director could have pulled it through but sadly not here. Too bad too, I enjoy this type of film and the people involved.
Trust me, wait for dollar day at the DVD store if you must.
4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
'Bomb-Bastic' ... Shame too.
What is wrong here? You'd think the director and writer second time around would get better right? Yea, you'd think but no such luck. Tim Story directed this thing like a newbie while both writers could'not seem to shake corny near senseless dribble. If I was Exec Prod, I'd be one ticked off guy for spending more than 130 million on this. Hell, for 10 million and real talent they could have done so much better.
I never felt taken away by this film in any way. No drama, sense of danger or urgency, even from the actors. Like eating spicy buffalo wings made of pink flavored bubble gum. Simply the whole film was a paper tiger of itself.
The best about this film... Every scene with the Silver Surfer and the magnetic Dr. Doom, Julian McMahon, whom was used far too less, made you feel like you were took along for the ride. They're the only charismatic, interesting and professional energies in this film.
Some effects, like in most fight, Surfer and earthly scenes were pretty impressive. However in the corny, "oh, let me stretch over here to get those papers" scenes, it looked like Barney Budget scale. And the unfunny cliché after cliché was embarrassing and frustrating.
And what's up with Alba's distractingly fake colored Lil Kim contacts? I mean, every time she was on screen, you'd have to fight being distracted from what's going on.
Or Mr. Fantastics gray hair changing density and shape with most every shot.
That the larger than life 'Thing' Ben Grimm is seemingly reduced to a pint size butterball party favor.
The interaction and perception of our hero's with the general public is tapered down like a cheap parlor trick leaving no sense of drama or superiority.
Ioan Gruffudd's acting was wimpy and stylized by director Tim Story as if he was in a day time soap opera.
Too bad the great possibilities for one of the best comic groups ever thought of, were laid to rest on such an incompetent team that possibly could have ruined it's chances forever.
I would have enjoyed myself better watching the animated series from decades ago.
Shrek the Third (2007)
It's no Skrek 1 or 2
I liked the Skrek's however this one is not to par with the other two. It's not as witty, funny, interesting or clever as it's two previous efforts and I was a bit bummed about it. What made it enjoyable enough was the fact I do enjoy the characters and the spirit of the films however I want something to be 'at least' as good and painfully it was not. Just seemed to be missing that certain something as well as a better script. The concept was fine however that was the strongest point. I will say the CGI work and the expressions of the characters were really outstanding. A lil scarily realistic in certain shots. They did improve on that aspect of it yet that's not where the focus should have been.
It's a entertaining ride yet not nearly in the league as the first two. So if you go in with lowered expectations, then hopefully you'll come out with no less than feeling your time was well enough spent.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Wanting a full meal yet only being served soup
Looking forward to this film I was wanting to be entertained and given that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Got a bit of the two however not nearly enough.
Simply put, it was attractive from the outside yet hollow from within. It ran too long and the script just wasn't up to par. That was the major failure to this film.
Like they had all the components... decent directing, great story potential, interesting actors however it's like once they had that, they found it hard to fill in between the beginning and end. It just didn't have enough interest so the story drug on with the same dynamic (which wasn't all do dynamic) It's a decent film yet don't expect too much from it and you may not be 'too' disappointed. Too bad too because it really could have been so much more if they had a better script.
Look, I like Albert Brooks. I find him wittingly funny. However this film was an absolute bore. The 'Idea' of the film was far more humorous than the film itself. This film is one of the very best examples that 'the' funniest parts of the film were in the trailer. And the trailer's funny parts were, well, just somewhat humorous.
The most unbearable part for me (along with most of the film) was the scene where he did his stand up routine for an audience at a school auditorium. 'Me', and American, who actually really likes Brooks, found the routine, the 'elongated' routine absolutely not funny. If it wouldn't even appeal to us in a satirical way, how, why..... it simply was not funny! It's been a looooong time since I've ever not watched an entire film because it was so bad. Though I made it through this one to the end, I cant remember the last time I wanted so bad to cut my losses and shut it down. I should have.
But don't just go by me. There are people here that found some sense of humor in it, so might you. Yet for me, I'd rather have gone to the dentist.
World Trade Center (2006)
Powerful... Very well done!
You know what I haven't got from most films these past couple of years that I 'did' get from this one? Real emotional involvement. Brought 'into' the story more than from just an observers perspective.
That sense of real danger, anticipation, pain, urgency. The feeling of Closter phobia when in a tight space. I 'felt' the soot and gravel in my mouth. Oliver Stone did just that throughout this film and no, not due the subject matter.
First off, Oliver and writer Andrea Berloff made an interesting, entertaining and well paced film that was also heartfelt. And adding, some things we just take for granted like... being moved.
For instance, the sound was incorporated 'so well' in the film. Not giving away, when the team is in the trade center before it comes down, the sound effects 'really' brought you in to where they were. When the second tower was hit and you hear the boom from the inside... you 'feel' it in your chest 'and' senses. When trapped under rubble after the first tower falls, the second one comes down. You FEEL like your right there.
I was impressed also by 'most' of the actors. Not a big Nick Cage fan however once again, he portrayed the character very well. Well enough for me to forget he was Nick.
Michael Pena (of 'Crash' fame) did a wonderful job portraying officer Will Jimeno. He'll see his actor stock increase by measure for sure. And his job while trapped, not over done, not contrived, very believable and solid.
Maria Bello again solidifies her spot as one 'go to' actor when you need a good performance even from a mild character. She really brought something to this role that helped bring strength yet emotion.
However, Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance for reasons stuck out negatively for me. I've enjoyed past performances from her however this one seemed more contrived and overplayed from my perspective. The performance seemed to take away from the film far more than it contributed.
Overall, with all the hype of it being a film about 9-11, Oliver Stone as director and all else thats been said and mentioned about this film, I'm 'very' glad I went to experience it.
They were not gratuitous by trying to play solely on your emotions about 9-11. No, it's about the true story and events surrounding mostly, two men of courage and they're experience on that horrific day, sprinkled just enough with the event that did take place.
This film ran us through the emotional coaster on most every facet while entertaining us, educating us and letting us share in other peoples experience while reminding us again of our own.
Oliver Stone... no matter what anyone says, you did a justice to this story and very well told in my opinion. Very good job.
GO SEE THIS FILM. You'll be moved, entertained and affected for sure.
Superman Returns (2006)
No magic here for me disappointingly =o(
I was looking forward to this film because for one, I Love Superman and two, I really like Bryan Singer and what he's done. But I have to say... there was no magic here for me on most any level thought I really wanted there to be.
Brandon did a decent job... Spacey was, well, he wasn't nearly as menacing as he could have been. Bosworth... she was so average in this film and Lois Lane needs to be anything but average.
However the big let down here I believe was the script. And sorry to say, the directing and editing. There was too much time spent that really wasn't interesting, nothing magical. I didn't get that feeling of excitement or even that I watched a good story being told. It seemed a bit drug on. They would show you a segment, then segway to something else with out giving you anything to be excited about withing what you just watched.
The only good thing the two writers did was X-Men II and it shows. I'm surprised Singer, with all of his talent, didn't bring us something more exciting. Even the plot was lacking majorly. And as far as Brandon (Superman), I believe he can do a good job with this however he needs to be a 'bit' more quirky when playing Clark, and a bit more emotional when playing Superman.
In my opinion, this was a much anticipated film with inferior writing, directing and acting that leaves you, well me anyway, with no magical chemistry at all. And with the talent, there should have been much much more.
The Omen (2006)
DO NOT Waste your time... really!
In short, this is almost an exact replica of the original Omen and ya know what... it's so much less.
Totally emotionally absent of any and all kinds. You never get the 'chills', never feel 'angst', 'worry', sense of 'urgency' simply nothing. Like eating something without any taste at all.
I was curious because I like these kinds of films so, just about anything might have entertained me however not a thing in this film did. You would at least think they would throw a few differences in here or there however they never deviated from the original at all. It was like seeing the same film however back then it was interesting, had some passion and a sense of mystery. This film captured not even a drop.
When I say wait for DVD, thats if your bored to death and have a self wasted sense of curiosity, I can see that. Yet to pay money to see something that is the substandard on all levels of something you've seen many times before, then your just dishing yourself up for some aggravated disappointment.
Beware my friend, beware. Stay away, don't go in there or only sacrifice will become you.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Weak, no emotional value, no....connection
No I didn't read the book so this is not an age old comparison of, "Oh, the book was so much better." No, this movie simply lacked anything I'd envisioned it would have. An awesome Director, one of the top male actors and a seemingly interesting story line however this film was like plain white bread, without filling the stomach.
I believe the biggest problem with this film was the script. Simply sub-par in comparison to all it had going for it with the director, actor and interests that was going for it. I believe the first weekend (as it was) would be exceptional. However now that almost a week has passed, and more than just critics bad reviews are out, I believe the word of mouth of just how bland this film is will drops it's box office to it's knees like a hooker at a millionaires convention. (sorry, first thing that came to mind) Either way, I wanted this to be a good film yet as much as I hoped, as much leeway I gave it, it was a waste of my time. Ron Howard... no special touch as in his past films. Tom Hanks.. pound for pound one of the top actors out there yet he seemed to contribute not a thing any other actor could have. And again the script... they should have brought someone in far better because he really helped sink this film.
The only real point of interest at all.... Paul Bettany. His character was very interesting and he did a very, very good job with it. However not nearly enough to save this 'could of been' film.
American Dreamz (2006)
Unfunny...Self Indulgent... Waste of time
Writer Director Paul Weitz offers us another example that sometimes you get worse over time instead of better.
Teaming up, 'again' with the familiarity of Dennis Quaid, (In Good Company) and Hugh Grant, (About A Boy) isn't nearly enough to try and make something good out of something simply....bad.
It's like standing there at a cool party with someone you really want to get away from while they take 4 times as long to tell you the same joke over and over that was once, a very long time ago, still only glancingly funny yet they think it's hilarious.
As far as the political humor he reached for.... slip and a miss. Hey, I like poking fun politically however Paul... IT NEEDS TO BE FUNNY! Seems more like he had an inside moment or two of funny...couldn't come up with anything else, so he milked it like a 50 year old cow. A self indulgent regurgitated personal moment of funny that never comes close enough to be made into entertainment.
All in all.... a waste of time on some weakly written, over done and poorly directed slop with a few name stars, by a writer and director that needs to find whatever he had, back in the day, of half way decent entertainment.
Inside Man (2006)
Weakly directed and predictable
You already know what it's about so here's what I did and didn't like about it.
Sorry, but this was not some 'whodunnit' or how. It was predictable from the beginning. The only thing I didn't figure out was the 'very' ending however by that time I didn't try because I didn't care.
The directing of this film was horrible in my opinion. It was like some great actors and a big budget was given to someone doing they're first film school piece. Trying to throw in something cool from this film and that, that just didn't work. Like the 'Hitchcock' style or the 'move Denzel on the dolly toward the emergency' thing. It just didn't work at all. (you'll know when you see it) Love Jodie Foster however her performance was out of touch, too snitty, and I believe that was from direction. Same with Power House Denzel. This guy can blink and eye lid to convey message however Spike wasted this actors talents along with the others.
There were a 'couple' of funny lines here and there yet other than that, I didn't believe the characters... I wasn't on the edge of my seat... I wasn't confused or thrilled by a thing. It was a blasé experience through out.
And what's up with the racial stints? I've heard read and seen Spike personally be a racist through the years but why does he have to find it a need to speckle or drown his projects with it? It's like every N.Y. cop is a racist? Come on! I'm so sick of it and it takes away from films when it's a distraction and not a part of the story. In fact, Spike's direction with this film was just like a said, a film student in first year on his first project.
And whats with the face masks? Clive Owens is tightly stretched accenting his meaty lips while everyone else's is not. There there are times you see his mask not as perfect as other times. It became so distracting from the film itself.
And who is this writer anyway? Not a single credit... not a single thing on biography? Makes me wonder who, if anyone this was that wrote this thing. And smart? Maybe the idea was but from there to paper, weak. Then given to the hands of Spike... even weaker.
To me, this was a waste of talented actors and an idea that could have been good yet went south. If there was someone there that could actually have a limber ability toward directing, this could have been a far better film. Instead we get hype and an adolescently helmed film that was a waste of my time.
Running Scared (2006)
Fast paced action filled with a twisty story that I was well entertained by
Ya know, Paul Walker showed a more passionate angered side in this picture, at times, and it fit him well, he sold it. In fact the whole film was pretty much a constant ride of action blended with a convoluted yet pretty cool story. You don't get lost in the basis of the film however it leaves enough confusion so your not completely in the know. I liked that. Still a few twists and surprises left to come together in the end.
Yea, there were a couple of things that were a bit, 'over the top' as a few have mentioned however they pale in comparison to the film as a whole.
If you like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs type of styling, then you'll come away with a bit of that here. It's not a true comparison by any means, just a sub level feel of that nature so don't expect 'just like it'.
Walker plays a family man who's wrapped up in a lower level mob. When a transaction goes bad, Walker is left to 'get rid of' his bosses gun. Unfortunately the gun comes into the hands of his young son's best friend, the Russian kid who lives next door but, thats only the start.
From there, you travel not only the path of events the elusive gun takes you through as it passes from hand to hand, but also Walker as he frantically tracks it down at any cost.
Stylized film making with a twisty and interesting story that does take an event liberty here or there yet works very well throughout.