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Affleck was the best thing in it
Affleck gave a surprisingly good performance. He really created a person. Surprising, because I never thought of him as a character actor before. All the performances were good. The movie itself is so so. it builds up a lot of expectation, which comes to nothing. And it leaves too many unanswered questions. What was the significance of the religious cards in Reeves bedroom. How long was his show on TV. In the movie, no sooner is it on the air than it is cancelled, seemingly. I also wondered about the real people represented in the movie. Howard Strickland was a real person. What do his heirs think about him being represented as a tool who would do anything, beating people up and maybe murder, to serve his bosses.
V for Vendetta (2005)
Did not like
There are a lot of holes in this movies. But putting all that aside, it still does not make sense on an emotional level. The whole thing is leftwing wish fulfillment and justification for terrorism, at a very childish level. It feeds in the liberal fantasy that terrorism is fun and sexy. And that it only hurts the "bad guys." As a fantasy, the movie may not mean much. But given that some people equate the imaginary world in the movie with modern day US or GB, the movie is obviously misleading to those people. Hugo Weaving gives a wonderful performance under a mask. Portman is okay. she emerges from the torture scene looking more beautiful that ever! I give this flick a D for dumb
16 Blocks (2006)
The kind of movie that might have been made in the fifties, when Hollywood was beginning to discover police stories and the gritty cities, with a B cast. This is not a put down. this is praise. very well made. good story. and NOT morally ambiguous, a phrase that I have learned to hate. Mos Def's performance is Oscar worthy. He's very funny and touching. Willis is excellent as the weary cop who sees his last chance to do something right. There are some problems. The minute David Morse comes on the screen, you know he is up to no good before he opens his mouth. And when Willis and Mos are on the bus, why doesn't Willis just call in the police negotiator and explain things to him. But if that happened there would not be a story because the movie would have to end then.
Nochnoy dozor (2004)
Spoiler alert! I would have give this a higher rating, if not for the ending. I was enjoying it until the evil wins out in the end. Even popular culture has to have some uplifting moral values. The child chooses evil because, as he says to his father, you lied. So you are worse than they (the evil side) are. This is the lament of every teenager upon discovering that no one is perfect. It's also the foundation of left-wing attacks on the west. The good is not perfect, so that makes it as bad as the bad. Doesn't the other side lie too and to worse effect? This may be too much weight placed on a movie. But movies teach us, bad movies as much as good ones.