For something based on a Clancy novel, it’s disappointingly lacking in the author’s trademark complexity and detail. This is pure disposable entertainment – nothing more, nothing less.
What starts out as an exercise in absurdist and surreal comedy turns into a serious examination of the artificial boundaries that divide humanity in the name of nationalism.
Slickly made but hollow, offering little to anyone who isn’t deeply invested in the franchise; it may be a good tie-in to the video game series but it’s a bad motion picture.
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By employing nostalgia but not relying exclusively on its effects, the filmmakers are able to tell the story of how the TV program "Sesame Street" started.
Although not a romantic comedy (the central relationship is of a platonic nature), it has some of the rhythms one commonly associates with the genre.
Illustrates what happens when filmmakers take a moderately interesting premise and surround it with witless writing, cringe-inducing acting, stagnant action, humor-deprived comedy, and feckless drama.
Although it might seem odd to call a disaster film “low-key,” the label applies in this case.
U.S. Release Date: 2021-03-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Monster Mayhem)
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Demian Bichir, Kyle Chandler, Lance Reddick, Julian Dennison, Eiza Gonzalez, Shun Oguri, Brian Tyree Henry, Rebecca Hall, Millie Bobby Brown, Kaylee Hottle
What works as a sizzle reel totaling three minutes shows its inherent shallowness when expanded to nearly two hours.
This titanic smackdown, the first of the kaiju cage matches, represents cheese at its ripest.
Never takes itself too seriously, delivers all the goods one expects from this sort of action-thriller, and doesn’t overstay its welcome.