The "plot" is just an excuse to present long, lovingly-filmed instances of sadism and torture.
An example of something that can work well on the written page but loses a lot when condensed and brought to the screen.
Fundamentally, this is about the hunters and the hunted and, if you don’t look too deeply into the backstory, it works on that level.
- Jan 16th 2021 | Rewinding 2020: The Year in Movies (The Top 10)
- Feb 2nd 2020 | Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2020 Oscars
- Dec 31st 2019 | Rewinding 2019: The Year in Review
- Dec 26th 2019 | A Look Back at the 2010s
- Jul 31st 2019 | The 2019 Halftime Top 10
- May 1st 2019 | ReelThoughts Daily Free Preview Information
- Feb 17th 2019 | Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2019 Oscars
Worth seeing for the story it tells, the tension it generates, and the glimpse of potential it offers for future productions employing the "screenlife" technique.
The bad aftertaste from the contrived conclusion diminishes the experience but doesn’t undo the prior 90 minutes of mystery and tension.
All the ingredients seem to be in place for a rollicking violent time but the elements don’t gel.
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.
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.