The idiotic ending doesn’t redeem the uneven middle portion. The film's biggest problem is identified by the title.
With its flashy action sequences and Tarantino-wannabe vibe, the movie tries hard to be hip and edgy but ends up simply being uneven.
Poorly constructed endings can leave an unpleasant aftertaste even for movies that are otherwise mostly solid. That’s the case here.
An emotionally satisfying experience that brings to life a group of appealing characters and allows them to grow and expand in front of the lens.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-22
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Christian Bale, Peter Mullan, Timothee Chalamet, Jesse Plemons, Jonathan Majors, Ben Foster, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher, Wes Studi, Rosamund Pike, Stephen Lang
A morality play that has much in common with the so-called “revisionist” Westerns of recent years.
U.S. Release Date: 1995-12-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Director: Michael Mann
Cast: Al Pacino, Natalie Portman, William Fichtner, Dennis Haysbert, Ted Levine, Wes Studi, Mykelti Williamson, Ashley Judd, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Val Kilmer, Robert De Niro, Kevin Gage
Taking the focus off the Pacino/De Niro sequences and allowing the movie to stand on its own reveals a production of uncommon power and intensity.
Rewards lazy, inattentive viewing...another example of why chilling, thoughtful horror is an endangered species.
Artificial and reeking of white privilege, this is the kind of movie that causes people to mutter things about “entitlement” when speaking of the “Hollywood elite.”
Exactly what the average movie-goer would expect from something with this title and these actors and, judged on that basis, it rarely misfires.
More about character and performance - specifically, a career-best turn for Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden - than narrative.