Director: John Hillcoat
Writer: Matt Cook
Stars: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie
Plot: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 53% Audience 42%
Why I watched it: The cast. Pure and simple.
Thoughts: This film is loaded cast wise, it’s funny how this doesn’t seem to work, truly not enough time for everyone, when movies have this kind of cast someone always gets short changed.
What I liked: The main set up that cops are trying to pull off a heist and would kill one of their own to make it happen. Very film noir like that is. The film is dark and dirty and the technical stuff is good, it’s shot well and the sound is good.
Sadly there’s not many actors who I can point out to giving good performances most are fine but I guess the one stand out is Woody Harrelson, he doesn’t need good writing he’ll flesh out a character on his own, his character is a tad over the top but he’s the best thing in the movie he’s the one guy you’re not sure of, everyone else is a stock character, he’s the wild card and the most fun one to watch it.
What I didn’t like: I really didn’t care for this movie and it kind of pissed me off, it’s a mean spirited and really cliched film. How can you make a boring film with all those actors, I lay the blame at the feet of director John Hillcoat, it’s clear he didn’t know what to do with some of the characters, Gal Gadot is merely eye candy here, she’s barely got a role, she’s a plot point at best, the future Wonder Women and they give her nothing.
Mackie is wasted here as well, he’s a good actor and is given nothing to do, I have no idea what he was about he was just there to move the plot along. The worst performance has to be Kate Winslet with her “Moose and Squirrel” Russian accent, she’s almost laughable, she’s trying so hard to be the villain here and fails better bad. Ejiofor seems lost, he has two facial expressions in this movie, confusion and anger, that’s it. His character makes the least amount of sense, he wants to see his son, and he’s corrupt for who knows what reasons.
The script is a mess and by the end it makes no sense, characters turn, people die and for what? I haven’t a clue and the sad thing is I didn’t care the film was over long and boring, you can’t have this type of movie and have almost every character unlikable, it doesn’t work, the tension isn’t there cause we don’t care what happens to these people.
Final Thoughts: This film kind of came and went and for me it was a huge disappointment, I really liked the cast and the set up but man it was just a bad film from start to finish.