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The Guardian – Starring Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Guardian (2006)  Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive (1993), Collateral Damage (2002)), starring Kevin Costner (The Untouchables (1987), Dances with Wolves (1990), The Upside of Anger (2005)) and Ashton Kutcher (The Butterfly Effect (2004), Valentine’s Day (2010)).  The Guardian, an action film about U.S. Coast Guard maritime search and rescue teams, with a leathery Kevin Costner as an aging, much-decorated veteran rescue swimmer and Ashton Kutcher as a young recruit, is full of effective, realistic special effects, unchained seas, wind, sinking ships and valiant rescues, as well as a long middle section about the training processes for new recruits.  The film is long, over two hours, the dialogue often a bit clunky and there is an abundance of rather stereotypical characters, yet there are quite a few funny moments, and some harrowing examples of selflessness in the call of duty, and, in the end, despite its shortcomings, one can’t help but come away from The Guardian without a serious impression of the risks taken and dedication required, and a much-merited respect for the Aviation Survival Technicians (rescue swimmers), and all the members of the U.S. Coast Guard teams involved. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Fugitive directed by Andrew Davis, with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones and The Company Men with Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck and others.

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In the Electric Mist – Starring Tommy Lee Jones

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 January 2012

In the Electric Mist (2009)  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, starring Tommy Lee JonesJohn GoodmanPeter SarsgaardKelly MacdonaldMary Steenburgen and Levon Helm.  In this crime drama, laced with magical realism, set in the bayou and back country of Louisiana, Tommy Lee Jones, portraying an recovering alcoholic, Vietnam veteran, parish police detective, investigates the murder of a young prostitute.  Though the cast is clearly top notch and the potential to be more is there in the portrayals by all of the major actors; unfortunately, their acting seems, somehow, somewhat uninspired.  The failure to really come together could very well be due to the poor screenwriting, based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke, that fails to create much tension or develop characters, and is otherwise equally ineffectual and splintered.  (PR)

See our posts on the films The Company Men, The Fugitive, starring Tommy Lee Jones and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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The Company Men – Starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper & Kevin Costner

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Company Men (2010) Starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner, written and directed by John Wells.  Given the title and the cast, one could think that The Company Men was sharp, gritty film about the CIA and its operatives.  And one would be wrong.  In fact The Company Men is a drama about upper echelon corporate American men, of various ages, all from the same global firm, and how they deal with losing their jobs.  Of course, The Company Men could have been about that same subject and been sharp and gritty as well, and it is not, and it’s unfortunate that, with such a cast, the opportunity was missed.  Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner do well with the poor script, especially Jones.  Ben Affleck’s portrayal, on the other hand, leaves very much to be desired.  However, with such poor writing and banal directing, let’s not judge the cast too severely. (PR)

See our posts on the films The Town and State of Play, starring Ben Affleck, and the films The Fugitive, In the Valley of Elah, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones.

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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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Extraordinary Measures – Starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 4 December 2011

Extraordinary Measures (2010)(DVD)  Directed by Tom Vaughan, starring Brendan Fraser (The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)) and Harrison Ford (Blade Runner (1982), Witness (1985), The Fugitive (1993), The Devil’s Own (1997), and, of course, many others).  A bit of a tear-jerker medical drama, Extraordinary Measures, based on a true story, is about the development of a drug to treat Pompe Disease, which damages muscle and nerve cells throughout the body.  While the pharmaceutical industry gets off rather lightly, the difficulties of medical research, drug development and  life-threatening childhood disease is nevertheless brought to the fore.  However, as far as the film itself is concerned, the dialogue is flat, the characters are generic, the directing, frankly, uninspired.  Brendan Fraser is leaden and ponderously empty, while Harrison Ford plays the cantankerous, socially challenged character he has portrayed perhaps too often and, here, in Extraordinary Measures, one has the impression that  things have been reheated one time too many.  Nevertheless, the film deserves attention for bringing to the public consciousness the plight of children suffering from debilitating, often fatal, disease. (PR)

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