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Blood Ties (2013/I)
5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Anemic, 7 December 2014
2/10

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I do wish that Clive Owen would stop being cast in American movies to play an American as he cannot nail the accent. In Blood Ties his dialogue often consists of a handful of words - the longer the sentence .... Other English actors do it better like Tim Roth or Gary Oldman.

A crook and cop brother with their complicated love lives paths cross and collide when the jailbird brother is released from prison. A half hearted attempt is made to stay straight but a life of crime beckons leading to trouble for the family. The pace is slow and the story is unconvincing. James Caan playing the father still thinks he is in The Godfather and must wonder why those around him appear comatose. Tunes form the 60's and 70's frequently punctuate proceedings -is this a compilation album or a movie - Stick with Carltos Way, Donnie Brasco even Dead Presidents for a more convincing slice of retrospective 70's crime drama.

Movies like this waste my time and have contributed to driving me away from cinema into the world of television series where the quality is now at.

Officer Down (2013/II)
2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
.....along with the script, 20 October 2013
1/10

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Alas Stephen Doriff is now languishing in B movie hell. At least he had Purcell for company, now a veteran of such garbage. Officer Down is in the mould of woeful police drama/corruption/conspiracy thrillers like Dark Blue, Streets of Blood and Bad Cop ( aka Sinners and Saints) The plot is convoluted and yes you do need to pay attention to follow the plot strands. There are lots of flashbacks - all shot in black and white. A once corrupt junkie cop turned hero by accident finds his past returns to haunt him when he receives a lead regarding what appears to be a rapist. Now a reformed churchgoing character he investigates but all is not what it appears to be. Sounds interesting? Well it isn't. The direction and script are 2nd rate and no one apart from James Woods in an extended cameo clocks in a performance.

Officer Down is slow, disengaging and above all really boring. Released on DVD by Anchor Bay , a distributor synonymous with B movie trash like this.

Cosmopolis (2012)
4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Awful beyond words, 2 August 2013
1/10

It happens to them all, Coppola, De Palma, Craven etc etc Like musicians there is a time to quit and that is when you are ahead. The closest comparison piece I can think of to this garbage is Freidkin's Bug - another pretentious art house turd with "something to say". Sign up a Twilight pretty boy and combine with a body horror auteur - that's a winner - right?. Wrong. I am not alone in not bothering to disseminate the "plot" here. No spoilers required.

Cosmopolis may find favour with those studying for a PhD in philosophy but for the rest of us mere mortals this is one hour 40 minutes that will suck the very essence out of your soul. The dialogue rankles, being a facsimile of second rate Mamet - people do not talk like this even if they are cold dysfunctional shells. A treatise on the evils of capitalism does not make for entertainment. It is commented on during the film that the anarchists have the same objective as the money makers - as in destruction. The irony. The irony. The protesters of this near future behave like theatre luvvies attacking with cream pies and hurling dead rats into restaurants.

The horror. The horror.

Deadfall (2012)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
The sound of inevitability, 21 July 2013
6/10

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When I saw the Mutual Film Company reference appear on screen and the winter landscape I immediately thought of A Simple Plan - if only. That is the film Deadfall aspires to be. There is a lot to admire here but realism and logic, forget it. Eric Bana excels as a psychologically flawed criminal thug with a dysfunctional family past that continues to scar his ability to even empathise. Even his close relationship with his sister is strained by his control freak personality. The psychology of the characters is more interesting that the plot itself.

As for the plot lets say it is clichéd thriller territory with the main characters all merging together at the one place and time at the end. That is the sound of inevitability. While you could believe that Bana could survive unscathed from a stint in a minus 80 degree freezer his heavily made up designer wearing sister surviving two minutes in the whiteout wilderness beggars belief. You also have to believe in the concept of love at first sight too while watching this. Maybe I am too cynical. A great cast has been assembled here and the acting is top quality. Pity the story wasn't more engaging and believable

5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Not just the rabbits foot that went AWOL, 7 July 2013
2/10

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This must be the dumbest bunch of gangsters ever seen on celluloid. How on earth they don't rumble Farrell much earlier in the film beggars belief. Most of the time when he is prepping his hits he is "busy" - what exactly was he employed to do by the mobsters - always turning up late. At one point it looks like his boss is about to expose him but then the movie jumps with an amateur cut to Farrell in the seat of his car - phew! that means he is around for the lame finale in which he morphs into some sort of Terminator after driving his wheels through the wall a la Straw Dogs remake style - in fact the Straw Dogs remake was infinitely better than this.

The tagged on "romance" with Rapice is incredulous. Post Prometheus she looks like a flash in the pan. At the end there is a steal from Repulsion when she chops the eyelashes off a client in the beauty salon when daydreaming, trapped in her tormented world. The mood of the film is sombre throughout which gives the movie a takes itself far too seriously feel. Nice the way Victors character dropped his Hungarian accent for an Irish-American one though.

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Disturbing but lacking, 30 June 2013
5/10

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There is a lot to admire in this low budget revenge drama. The story unfolds in three segments from which the strands and characters come together for the final bloody third. I have to say despite attempts to evoke sympathy for the characters predicaments i found all of them extremely unsavoury and unlikeable. The film is shot with the look and feel of independent cinema and the sombre piano score is used to good effect for the disturbing scenes at the end.

Its clear form the off that Nate is a very disturbed individual. Claiming to be an honourably discharged veteran who tortured animals as a child he forms an unlikely friendship with a seemingly cold hearted emotionally scarred nymphomaniac called Erica. As the movie progresses we discover that Erica has HIV and is on a mission to infect as many men as possible. Of course there is a childhood rape back story to explain her dysfunctionality.

The final third of the movie is taken up by Nate searching for Erica's kidnappers (a young rock group who had communal sex with her),one of whom has become infected. Cue revenge, psychological torture and gore as the movie descends into an indie splatter fest. The version i saw was 100 minutes long and i suspect some of the gore had been cut, yet the final murder was still extremely graphic. And so it pans out that Nate may have been telling the truth - those pesky Gulf War veterans all unhinged with nowhere to go.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Fish and Chip wrapping in the end, 2 June 2013

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The Paperboy is another close to being good movie let down by a weak story and script. No faulting the acting ( with the exception of nails on a blackboard performance of Macy Gray) and the atmosphere. All sweat and sleaze. But ultimately it is a film about not very much. A disturbed middle aged woman who writes love letters to swamp trash on death row, an investigative journalist returning to his hometown to search for the truth over the slaying of a local brute of a sheriff and his young brother who becomes besotted with the woman.

The pacing is painfully slow and although presented with a mystery and a mans life at stake on death row there is no tension or excitement until the final ten minutes. There are no sympathetic characters leaving a feeling of disconnect when watching. There are two highly amusing scenes ( the jellyfish sting "remedy" and the first prison visit) that threaten to give the movie a hearbeat but unfortunately for the most part it flatlines.

Alex Cross (2012)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
The thriller production line, 2 June 2013
4/10

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Alex Cross does just about enough to make you want to see it through to the end but will not make you want to recommend to others. Although difficult it is best to leave comparisons with Freeman behind - it was never going to be that good. The biggest failing really is the derivative script. The killer is a lean mean killing machine cypher, hired by a multi million rich financier who has been burned in the financial crisis. Loose ends need to be eliminated.

Thats as deep as it gets - as shallow as a puddle. Bar some saccharine snapshots from the Cross family portfolio there is zero character development. Some of the actions sequences are good , just not enough of them and the direction is slick, but would you wear that cornflower tie at your own wife's funeral?.

15 out of 29 people found the following review useful:
Buttheads in LAPD, 13 April 2013
1/10

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This is beyond awful , an absolute piece of garbage. Throw contemporary entertainment models like Grand Theft Auto, Police Camera Action and You Tube into a blender and End of Watch fills the cup.

One of the worst movies i have ever seen. Makes Rampart look like The French Connection. Cartels and Gangstas have been played to death. The presentation is amateurish - don't bother watching in hi def - looks like videotape in part. Ayers other police drama/thrillers were far better. Throwing in camcorder style pov footage is hardly cutting edge. With the two leads so childishly moronic, the first half of the movie being a snoozefest and the finale laughable i struggle to understand the credit heaped on this.

Rampart (2011)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Non ending for a non film, 7 April 2013
2/10

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What is it with contemporary film makers. To disguise a lack of coherent script they try to mask this with jumps cuts, fancy camera work and contrived ie unnatural colour palettes. Through in whatever todays hip music is for the score and hey presto you have Drive - well almost. Rampart in terms of shallowness the baby bother of Drive.

Set at a time when the LAPD was embroiled in controversy Harrelsons cop is a one man public relations disaster the force could do without. Thus the film title is a misnomer as it has nothing to do at all with the Rampart division. His character is an ugly amalgamation of Keitels Bad Lieutenent and Geres Dennnis Peck. Good characters to plagiarise. But what is lacking is tension , excitement or any cutting edge evident in Internal Affairs or Bad Lieutenant. Rampart is snail paced, dreary and fails to hold the viewers attention. A real struggle to stay alert until the end only to be infuriated by yet another non ending.


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