A superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.
With too much material to fit into a 141-minute movie, there are times when the approach feels superficial.
Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.
A stirring drama that incorporates lighter moments with scenes of deeply felt tragedy.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-04-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Vin Diesel, Kristofer Hivju, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Helen Mirren
“Dumbing down” was coined for productions like this: big, splashy, testosterone-fueled monstrosities.
Emotionally satisfying and, excepting some contortions during the final act, intellectually rewarding.
At best made-for-TV quality with stars too big to allow it to go directly where it belongs.
Visually compelling but tone deaf.
Anyone who’s up for something ominous and unsettling could do worse than to choose "Life".