Welcome to DH film reviews page. DH has written 34 reviews and rated 40 films.
Refreshing to see a film that doesn't try to be too clever by half, or relies on CGI to make an impact. Well paced, it portrays the horrors of 1980s Beirut well, and is well acted. Recommended.
I think that overall I prefer the earlier "The Hatton Garden Job" film, but to be fair King of Thieves has a better cast, some good lines, and is probably more true to life, being a bit grittier and darker than the earlier film.
Overall a good entertaining romp with some clever flashback scenes, recommended.
I should haven taken the critical acclaim for this film as a warning, because philistine that I am, it bored the wotsits off me. The usual arty cliches of angst ridden lead character who says little, moody "atmospheric" shots without dialogue, meandering lightweight "plot".
Sorry, but I didn't get it. Nothing happened, no drama, no suspense, no twists, no real conclusion. It beats watching paint dry, but not by much.
To be frank I didn't see any politically correct agendas in play here. The film starts off promisingly enough, with Jodie Foster's character being strong and interesting.
As it played out toward the end however, it began to unravel a bit. Jeff Goldblum is good though, and it's fairly harmless entertainment.
This film open with a statement that the film has been shot in 1.33 aspect ratio (old school square TV format) because of the directors "artistic intentions". That was the first big hint of the tone of this film. What exactly this choice of format brought to or added to the film is entirely unclear.
Cue all the old arty cliches - Subdued colour palette ? Tick. Long, static camera shots with no dialogue? Tick. Carefully framed interiors, with moody lighting and shadows ? Tick. Angst ridden lead character with a dark hidden past? Tick.
The film is derivative, unoriginal, and most of all, tedious, not being half as clever as it thinks it is. The central premise of the plot is far fetched, and the ending unsatisfactory.
Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.
Certainly different in tone and action levels from the original film, with an emphasis on the politics behind the event rather than the event itself.It certainly highlighted the naivety and hypocrisy of the German terrorists, supposedly acting in solidarity with the Palestinians. While there has been a lot of criticism of the dancing sequences, personally the biggest flaw for me was the anti climax of the Israeli rescue raid, which was very short and largely glossed over. Overall well made and acted.
A bit more of a kids film than I expected, so it has to be viewed through that prism. Having said that, it was watchable, good harmless entertainment with some good CGI work.
The only thing that jarred a bit was that the "real life" street scenes of Ohio USA were actually clearly filmed in the UK, which felt kind of low budget compared to the CGI world scenes.
I struggle to understand how they afforded to hire Cage for this film, as already suggested, perhaps they blew the entire budget on his fee. This is apparently a Canadian produced and funded film, and it really lacks the Hollywood bucks that it needed.
A potentially good story was lurking in there somewhere, but this was a disappointing effort. The plot had more holes than a Swiss cheese, and at the end it left you with that "was that it?" feeling.
One of those films where the director is obviously trying to be clever by not making it immediately clear what is going on.In fact he was so successful that after 20 minutes, not only did I not know what the hell was going on, I cared even less. So I promptly switched it off to avoid wasting a further minute of my time watching this moronic garbage.
I would strongly recommend that you don't even bother.
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