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* The Mechanic – Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, with Donald Sutherland

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Mechanic (2011) Directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)), starring Jason Statham (The Transporter (2002), The Italian Job (2003), Crank: High Voltage (2009)), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma (2007)), with Donald Sutherland.  This violent action thriller, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, follows a professional assassin, or mechanic, as he eliminates, with efficiency, one target after another.  With its occasional touch of a certain humour, its fiery explosions, not to mention the use of all sorts of other weaponry, and ensuing abundant carnage, The Mechanic is not a film for everyone.  However, for the pleasure of watching Statham in action, and if one is willing to suspend moral judgement, of course, then The Mechanic, though far from a masterpiece of the genre, may be worth watching. (PR)

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The Fugitive – Starring Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Monday, 19 December 2011

The Fugitive (1993)  Directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege (1992), Collateral Damage (2002)), starring Harrison Ford (Witness (1985), The Devil’s Own (1997), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), and many more) and Tommy Lee Jones (Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), JFK (1991), The Sunset Limited (2011)).  In this iconic thriller, brimming with action, Harrison Ford is excellent as fugitive falsely convicted murderer Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones is superb as the hard, determined Deputy Marshall Samuel Gerard, a portrayal for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, whose task it is to track the equally determined Dr. Kimble.  Andrew Davis’ directing is tight and sharp, maintaining an exquisite level of tension throughout the film, aided by excellent special effects and highly effective music by James Newton Howard.  The supporting cast is without fault, including Julianne Moore, in a small role as an emergency room doctor.  If you haven’t seen The Fugitive, see it, and if you have seen the film, see it again.  It’s really that good. (PR)

See our posts on the film Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford, and the films In the Valley of Elah and No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, and the film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by, and starring, Tommy Lee Jones.  Also see our post on the film Chloe, starring Julianne Moore.

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Repo Men – Starring Jude Law & Forest Whitaker

Posted by the editors on Friday, 16 December 2011

Repo Men (2010)  Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, starring Jude Law (Cold Mountain (2003), My Blueberry Nights (2007), Contagion (2011)) and Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Catch .44 (2011)).   In this near-future action thriller, with a science fiction touch, artificial organs (kidneys, lungs, eyes and more) bought on credit by hopeful patients are repossessed when the patient/client can no longer make payments.  Enter the Repo Men, known in the film as Union Men, Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker), whose gruesome task it is to, quite literally, and with abundant violence, remove the unpaid for organ, leaving the poor client dead, of course, and return it to the company for whom they work, Artiforg.  A job is a job, as they say.  The premise is perhaps interesting and timely, in this era of mass foreclosures, though, unfortunately, in Repo Men, the premise only offers the opportunity for numerous close-ups of anesthetic-free organ removals, glinting scalpels and bloody gaping holes.  Perhaps it’s the writing, missing virtually all opportunity to become anything better than terrible, or perhaps it’s the rather boring directing by Miguel Sapochnik; after all, neither Jude Law nor Forest Whitaker are hopeless actors, though one is not able to say that for some of the rest of the cast.  In the end, with its rather excruciating gore, pointless final plot twist, and abysmal screenplay, one could easily avoid watching Repo Men, unless, of course, one is an unconditional fan of Jude Law, who, frankly, seems more suited to roles such as he played in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) with Matt Damon and Gwyeth Paltrow, or more recently, Sherlock Holmes (2009), with Robert Downey Jr. (PR)

See our posts on the films Closer, with Jude Law and Vantage Point, with Forest Whitaker.

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Vantage Point – Starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox & Forest Whitaker

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 3 December 2011

Vantage Point (2008)(DVD)   Directed by Pete Travis, starring Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff (1983), The Big Easy (1987), Far from Heaven (2002))Matthew Fox (Lost (2004-2010, Television series)Forest Whitaker (Bird (1988), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Last King of Scotland (2006))Sigourney Weaver (the four Alien films (1979-1997), Avatar (2009))William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), A History of Violence (2005), Syriana (2005), Into the Wild (2007)) and others.  In this relentlessly fast-paced political action thriller, with Quaid and Fox as U.S. Secret Service agents, and William Hurt as the U.S. President and replete with terrorists, bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, spies and a  truly breathless car chase through the narrow streets of Salamanca, Spain*, one is treated to multiple points of view on the same dreadful event.  Through rewinds, changes of perspective and rapid cutting the nature of the event and its participants are exposed and the idea of a single truth revealed.  Many reviewers have spoken of the Rashomon effect, the idea of examining the same event from multiple points of view, used in exemplary fashion in Akira Kurasawa‘s iconic film Rashomon and comparing the use of this technique in Vantage Point rather unfavorably. It should be said, however, that Kurasawa’s premise was that there is no single truth to be found, whereas in Vantage Point, the idea of illuminating a single, clear truth is the entire idea.  Once one accepts this rather reductionist point of view, and accepts that the film is not about intellectually challenging one’s post-modern sense of the world, one can sit back and enjoy its efforts to keep things moving at an entertainingly frenetic pace.  The acting is workable, the dialogue perhaps a bit wanting, and some of the devices admittedly a bit routine, not to mention the questionable and simplistic politics; nevertheless, a bit of breathless, stressful action, with not unreasonable special effects, is at times, just the ticket. (PR) (*: actually shot in Mexico)

See our post on the film Syriana, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, with William Hurt.

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