Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Movies on the move

I've been watching a lot of movies on the move over the past month or so and not had the time to write up my little reviews, so here, Kermode-style are some quick-fire critiques:

Shooter: A bit of a guilty pleasure this one, though I don't think Mark Wahlberg did quite enough to score himself a franchise.

Live Free or Die Hard (4.0): More guilty, less pleasure. This formula is certainly dying hard.

Exiled (Fong Juk): Johnny To has certainly taken the Asian action flick to a new place with this noodle western in terms of both sublimity and ridiculousness. Also in terms of location. Some of the street scenes in Macao reminded me very much of Latin America.

The Kingdom: I fell asleep in the mid-section, only to wake up at the moment the FBI appeared to have declared all-out war on the raggies in a preposterous extended action sequence that is very much Jason Bourne meets Black Hawk Down.

Breach: Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe are both superb in this tale about America's worst ever security breach and the curious pyschology of the man behind it. There's an air of sadness and ethical enigma about it, because the traitor has to be well and truly betrayed himself.

The Night of the Sunflowers (La Noche de los Girasoles) : Quite simply the best movie I have seen all year. I'll need to watch it again on a bigger LCD screen and write up a proper review later on. It's a gem thanks to its telling observations of Spanish ways. You could take the plot and the character outlines and remake it in the US and you'd most likely have a turkey on your hands.

Zodiac: seen in three parts on three different aeroplanes as it goes on forever and we kept having to land. As per Girasoles above, loved it, and will have to watch again properly some time.

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