Tend to agree with your review, Matt.
Although everyone wanted to see Bourne again, we knew we weren't going to. That being said, I was completely willing to explore what else was going on during the Bourne events.
The acting, the writing, the music...all received high marks, in my humble opinion. The action? You said it best. I loved the house scene & thought they hadn't lost a step...until...well...that tension was never revisited throughout the rest of the film. No real hand to hand combat for Cross (save some throw away security guards & police officers). No cat & mouse games with another agent. Seriously, when he jumped from one motorcycle to another & proceeded to throw that operator off & keep going, that took me right out of the movie. It lost a sense of realism there & was just ridiculous. Very anti-climactic.
Nothing had changed prior to the ending. They were still being persued. Nobody had any evidence of anything. We were set adrift...much like that last scene.
One of the things I was very grateful for, was a return to steady camera work of the first. Greengrass may have made a couple of quality films (for B2 & B3) in terms of story, acting, pacing, etc. But his shaky camera technique is flat out AWFUL. It is distracting & unnecessary & makes it impossible to see what is going on for close range action.
Overall, the Bourne Legacy gets an average rating from me, but I am encouraged by where they may take Cross in future films, completely out of Bourne's shadow. Someday, maybe the characters will meet...that is, unless they already have & we just don't know it yet. Cue "Extreme Ways"...
Was this written by a 3rd grader? What was it worth it using a Palin reference to lose all credibility and lower the perception of your own IQ by 30 points?
Thanks for writing, nobody. Sorry you viewed it as condescension; I meant it as cold, hard fact. If you live in the South and have NEVER seen this sort of character in all your life here, I'm frankly amazed!
"Those of us who live in the South see this type at least on a weekly basis" Too good for the NC and the South, aren't you, Mr. Brunson? You have to maintain a certain level of condescension to remain acceptable in your liberal circle...? :-)
Movie looks so bad. But most Will Farrell fare does.
I just returned from seeing this movie.
I, too, was disappointed that it didn't take place on mars, but I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone who asked.
I wish it had been made in 3D
While I haven't seen the new Total Recall, it seems likely I would agree with your review. I think I know why you didn't like this movie, Mr. Brunson. It's because you're old enough to remember Blade Runner; Who Framed Roger Rabbitt?; Arnold Schwarzeneggar, action star; and Sharon Stone sex symbol....and 1990. This movie was not made for you.
I always enjoy reading your reviews but I think you are reaching a bit to find something wrong with this absolutely flawless work from Nolan. I would even argue that this film might just be the best of the superhero film genre to date. The only disappointment is that Nolan will not remain at the helm for another installment.
You have great insight and I really enjoyed reading your review of TDKR. I think your observations are spot-on. I especially like your observation of the supporting cast. They actually outperform Bale in both performance and screen time, in my opinion.
Again, nice piece and keep on critiquing.
Your's is the best and most honest batman review I have read in years.
Thank you for making the internet a better place.
But . . . I like Bruce Willis in paycheck-whore mode. Besides, a professional actor's first responsibility is to bring home the bacon. The "art" stuff depends on many factors out of his control, along with a bit of luck.
I hated the movie, too, and was not impressed with Salma Hayek in it, even (plus - catty remark - any Mexican stylist worth their salt would have done something about her dry skin, was it on purpose she looked this bad?).
Anyway, that is a side comment. It was just stupid. Poor innocent American dope growers get pressured into playing, pacifism is only skin deep, blah blah blah. The situation in Mexico is serious and it is insulting that this is the most and best someone with the resources Stone has can do in a story on it.
Why would a movie critic bother to read the book when his job is to review the movie? In fact, if one saw the movie first, and it was pretty wretched, why would they turn around and choose to read the book?
If an awful line is in the book, the script writers don't have to include it.
I really hated this movie, and most of that had to do with Blake Lively's O. The whole time I was trying to find some redeeming quality with her character that would actually make me care what would happen to her, or at least make me feel sorry for her having to cope with being a kidnapping victim; but I couldn't.
'Viewer agony begins right near the start, as she describes her boffing sessions with the battle-scarred Chon: "I had orgasms; he had 'wargasms.'"
Yow. Haven't Writers Guild of America memberships been revoked for less?'
I'm sorry - did you even bother to read the book? Blame the author, not the script writer.
Maybe Andrew Blackheart is confusing Coraline with Sweeney Todd?
For a critic you sure are all over the place when youre rating movies. For example, That's my boy was a great movie. It was a comedy meant to make you laugh and it did just that. If a movie sets out to accomplish what it intended to do then it did its job. I can't believe you gave 73 to Prometheus.. it was full of plot holes and inconsistencies. I really don't know how you go about rating your movies, I picture you as the pretentious hipster who knows shitall about what REAL entertainment is and only rates movies on the merit of whether or not it fits your hipster socialist and politically correct ideologies. fuck you.
You do know that Coraline wasn't Burton or Depp, right?
She certainly should have been nominated with her talent from many roles; it surprises me that it's taken this long for her to get a lead role to begin with. I saw "We Need to Talk about Kevin” last week on one of my business trips during a layover and was thrilled. All the performances were amazing, but John C. Reilly blew me away; he has been coming out of his element in dramatic roles beautifully. I find the entire idea of how tragedies have been dealt with in this country to be close to an American nightmare. Seeing a film that takes the alternative eye through Eva's standpoint is eloquent and breathtaking.
it was a fascinating movie and a super psychological thriller! I really loved Swinton's performance too! and yes, it's a pity that she wasn't nominated for Oscars.
Mister Rogers? The grinning kids' TV host? I don't think so.
Of course, there's Mister Roberts, with Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon. That one's set on a boat.
LOL, Pokeinthenose's film knowledge is about as shallow as his political knowledge.
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