The script starts out strong with the mechanical men, obsequious to their lords.
It is hard to perceive men so rigid in their view of existence, though no doubt they exist even now.
The story does descend to the weepy melodrama, but is that not the fate of all living creatures? do they not seek to procreate? thank the lord the plants obey.
The trimester of the movie becomes improbable.
One wishes that he had armed himself with Damascus steel rather than bamboo. Then surely the world would not have occurred.
But I glory that there are such people that live amongst trees, rather than slewing Dem Deutsch folk. Forgive me for I spake'easy in riddles if not rhymes.
Anyway back to the evaluation: A film not to be missed if you can forgive the middling melodrama and the fantasy resolution. But it works, it works, I still remember it 2 days hence.
Maybe tomorrow I forget the Bushido code. @#$%^&*(()
It is paradoxically a fantasy in which one man survives insurmountable odds.
It is that which shows the rational madness of the human condition.
I am afraid it is a Love Story.
Although those who are young might think it glory of violence even though the end is null. However depending on your cut there are alternative Kaputs.
I highly recommend this film to gain brotherhood amongst the races, we are are pink slime oozed from the mold.
Although it doesn't have the balletic excesses of some Chinese movies it is equally implausible but without the moves and strangely just like in the old cowboy movies where they never run out of bullets here they never run out of arrows.
The best things about this movie was the haircuts of the baddies and the hats of the goodies.
All in all pretty boring with endless running just in front of the pursuers and then suddenly miles from them then back again. All in all something that could be forgone.
The world is a complex place and this series does not assure us it is not.
Therefore I love it all. There is no doubt for the aficionado's of reality this is a treat, we leRN THAT REALITY is but a web of lies, conveniences and subterfuge of the those mighty lords who rule us by deception and our own unquestioning loyalty to things we do not even read let alone understand.
As a required addendum I must state that that I understand nothing, I know not much, I don't pray to god but I worship the leaf, the crawling ant the slithering lizard, the calculator of profit is not in my ken.
It is hard to be objective at the best of times; in these times it may be nigh on impossible.
However this series has made a valiant attempt at it although it has failed quite miserably but in betwixt I have quite enjoyed it in the context of its presentation.
i.e. liberal Jewish CIA operative covering for an upright although questionably insane stabilized only thru illegal pharmaceuticals, sub- operative whose main moniker appears to be "I will not grass you up".
Further senior personnel appear to be a variety of rednecks, jumped up negroes and various social climbers... i.e. pretty real.
Well worth watching albeit keep thumb up rectum.
Then it comes as no surprise that the theme of the whole show is thusly.
Of course the writer is merely transcribing the descent of the English upper classes. However my personal "gut" feeling is that these kinds of events occurred even in their (upper classes) ascent.
Therefore this rose tinted exposition of the fancifully illustrated decline of the upper classes masqueraded as inevitable result of a more cognizant society tries ones patience to the point of breakage...
but apparently box office success for this pap is assured.
This movie only makes sense in its context. That context being the imminent end-of-the-earth (as we know it (my sub-context)). This is so widely known that I do not cast this as a spoiler.
If there is any fault this is it, that the context is pre-set up. Rather it should dawn on the audience as it does literally indeed, on the protagonists. This would require a 2nd viewing, but given the vagaries of commerce I am sure the "bean" counters insisted on the opening sequences, which weren't bad anyhoo.
Many write about the acting, the photography and direction et. al. but these are mere baubles adorning the concept. In many ways I was struck by this film being the anti-thesis of the Tree Of Life, a film I would have rated negatively if possible.
Back to the concept ... the concept of a cataclysmic event ... the concept of an important event ... the concept of a significant event ...
How would the powers that be not extend their existence for 1 iota more? by lying and cheating? wasn't the Vietnam war always in imminent threat of success? isn't the war in Afganistan always being won? hasn't Iraq been a victory? Likewise, no that world is not going to hit this world. Lying is supposed to be the 1st sign of intelligence.
So dutifully the Amercan torturer falls on his sword (Sorry I like to be cryptic, as no spoilers what?).
I could go on and on about the thoughts stimulated by this movie in my brain but I'll spare you that. Clearly Lars is a thinking man: I thank him for his sacrifice.
But nearly all movies are contrived to some extent more or less. Perhaps it was the simple guitar soundtrack that kept me watching. I don't quite know, obviously the premise had some resonance.
However the thing that irked me most was the antagonism that developed between the the two lead protagonists? but I guess its central to the theme of the movie.
Of course the other great hole in it was the essential collapse of the USA within 6 days. Quite impossible under almost any scenario, but if you can ignore that, if you just want to watch a simple movie then its O.K.
I especially liked the ending.
It is clear that the protagonist is not suffering from PTSD or whatever the current nomenclature is, he makes that very clear from the start.
The film is divided into two but either half depends upon the other. It is a relatively deep movie but only if the viewers are capable of deep pondering themselves. There is much that is implied and much that is not said.
All in all a worthwhile movie at an almost prescient time as CIA operatives enter Libya.
Incidentally the male protagonist of this movie is the lead from Spartacus Blood and Sand, who essentially disappears about a 1/3 of the way in after a car accident and remains unexplained or revisited subsequently. I don't know if that was also due to his reported illness which apparently also effected that series. In any case it seemed as if he was going to be the big hero busting away from the cops but in the end it was all left to girl power somewhat ironically against girl power. Coincidental or what?
Also appears to have been done by the same crew i.e. blood flowing images and use of Roman numerals.
The review put forth appeared quite analytical... until I spied this: '"Hitman" is puzzling in that the movie trailers appear more polished than the actual movie.' By Jove surely only the reverse would be puzzling, or even so unlikely as to approach the probability of zero!
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