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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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State of Play

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 2 October 2011

State of Play (2009)(DVD)  Directed by Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September (2000), The Last King of Scotland (2006)), starring Russell Crowe (Academy Award for Best Actor for Gladiator in 2001, A Beautiful Mind  (2001), American Gangster (2007))Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting (1997), Pearl Harbor (2001))Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris (2011))Helen Mirren (Elizabeth I (2005), Arthur (2011))Jason Bateman (Juno (2007), Hancock (2008))Robin Wright Penn (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011, to be released)) and others.  State of Play, a relatively believable political thriller based on a BBC TV mini-series, offers Crowe as an old-hand, old-school, altruistic journalist, and Affleck as a, at least initially, seemingly altruistic Congressman.  Easily watchable, political, yes, thriller, well, relatively speaking…  Initially cast with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the starring roles. (PR)

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