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Road to Perdition – Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law & Daniel Craig

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 14 January 2012

Road to Perdition (2002) Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008)), starring Tom Hanks (Cast Away (2000), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), and others), Paul Newman (The Hustler (1961), The Verdict (1982), Nobody’s Fool (1994), and, of course, many, many other excellent films) , Daniel Craig (Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)), Jude Law (partial filmography below) and others.  This gangster drama, a Hollywood interpretation of the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins, set in and around Chicago in the winter of 1931, features an excellent Tom Hanks, as a father, hitman, and yet another man of few words, working for regional mob boss, John Rooney, a superb and essential Paul Newman, in his last theatrical screen appearance, who in turn works for Frank Nitty, an underboss for the legendary Al Capone.  Featuring some excellent acting on the part of Hanks, Newman, and to a lesser degree Daniel Craig, as Connor Rooney, John Rooney’s (Newman) deviously corrupt, violent and spoiled son, it must  be said that the exquisite cinematography by Conrad L. Hall is almost the real star of the film: rain, especially, and water in general, is used as an almost ever-present motif, with snow magnificently used to filter the light and create a general Hopper-esque  darkness with discrete pockets of light, and creates an ominous sense of environment, illuminating characters in ways that underscore their moral ambiguity. Yet, with the simplified moral structure of a traditional western, heaven, hell, the possibility of redemption, the film also adheres to the epigrammatic nature of the graphic novel on which it is based, and to the character of its graphic images: much is half in shadow, people, their faces, rooms, streets.  However, it must be said that the Hollywoodian character of the production does at times dominate, with a rather sentimental and falsely moving voice-over and some equally sappy music.  Jude Law, though adequately repulsive as a photographer/assassin necessary to the logic of the screenplay, once again shows his severe limitations, especially in contrast to the performances by the rest of the cast, and it’s a shame the character portrayed by Daniel Craig wasn’t further developed; it may have given the film the edge it somehow lacks despite all of the film’s remarkable qualities.  Nevertheless, for the wonderful acting of Hanks and Newman, and the superlative cinematography, Road to Perdition is a film very much worth viewing. (PR)

See our post on the films Sherlock Holmes, Repo Men and Closer, starring Jude Law.

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The Next Three Days – Starring Russell Crowe

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Next Three Days (2010)  Directed by Paul Haggis (as screenwriterMillion Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our FathersLetters from Iwo Jima and Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and as screenwriter and director: Crash (2004), In the Valley of Elah (2007)), starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), American Gangster (2007), State of Play (2009)) and Elizabeth Banks.  In this thriller, directed by the talented writer-director Paul Haggis, Russell Crowe portrays a junior college English teacher who frees his perhaps erroneously convicted wife from jail.  As good as Crowe can be, however, is just not good enough to redeem The Next Three Days, unfortunately.  The film is slow, at best uneven, with many logical holes, loose ends and poor character development.  The premise of a normal guy pushed to extremes can be very interesting indeed, however, in The Next Three Days, and despite Crowe, Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List (1993), Chloe (2009)) in a very brief scene, as an American ex-con turned author, and a writer-director of Haggis’ caliber, the end result is truly a disappointment. (PR)

See our posts on the films In the Valley of Elah, written and directed by Paul Haggis, and American Gangster and State of Play starring Russell Crowe, as well as our post on the film Chloe, starring Liam Neeson.

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Syriana – Starring George Clooney & Matt Damon

Posted by the editors on Monday, 28 November 2011

Syriana (2005) (DVD) Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan (as writer, Traffic (2000), Rules of Engagement (2000), The Alamo (2004), starring George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), The Ides of March (2011) and many others)Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Departed (2006), The Informant! (2009), Invictus (2009), True Grit (2010) and many other films)Jeffrey Wright (W. (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Ides of March (2011)) in an ensemble cast including Chris CooperAmanda PeetWilliam HurtChristopher Plummer and others.  An astounding, excellent and truly contemporary global petro-political thriller, Syriana, through multiple parallel story lines and diverse locations, is a thought-provoking, and thoroughly emotionally and intellectually engaging look at devious and dangerous international big oil, mixing politics, terrorism, business, assassination, profit and spies.  The acting is very good (Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as CIA agent Bob Barnes), and Gaghan’s writing and directing are sharp and extremely effective.  Complex and hypnotic, Syriana is a must-see thriller. (PR)

See our posts on Solaris, starring George Clooney, and The Informant! and Invictus, starring Matt Damon.

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In the Valley of Elah – Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron & Susan Sarandon

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 23 November 2011

In the Valley of Elah (2007)(DVD)  Written and directed by Paul Haggis (as screenwriterMillion Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008)), starring Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive (1993), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), No Country for Old Men (2007) and many others)Charlize Theron (Monster (2003), North Country (2005), Hancock (2008), The Burning Plain (2009), The Road (2009))Susan Sarandon (The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Thelma & Louise (1991), The Lovely Bones (2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men (2007), W. (2008), Milk (2008), True Grit (2010)) and others.  In the Valley of Elah, a somber, complex and powerful film, portrays a veteran and father’s search for the murderers of his soldier son, and deals with issues such as the war in Iraq, post-traumatic stress disorder, racism, misogyny, and violence.  Tommy Lee Jones is excellent, rigid, harsh, cold, determined, Charlize Theron, as a police detective, is equally good, sober, human, perseverant, overwhelmed.  Susan Sarandon, in a smaller role, as the wife of Jones’s character and mother of the murdered soldier is very good, detached, distraught, lost; Josh Brolin, in a very small role as Theron’s character’s police superior, is, if briefly, perfect.  In the Valley of Elah is not an easy film, and includes some graphic, gruesome scenes in its portrait of alienated, morally lost Americans. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and No Country for Old Men, with Tommy Lee Jones, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, with Susan Sarandon.

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