Habit is an abject failure on all counts, a blatantly calculated attempt at Tarantino-esque hipness while neglecting to provide a single reason we should give a damn about any of these characters and the situation they’ve gotten themselves into. That situation has slutty slacker Mads (Bella Thorne) and her two dim-witted besties getting on the wrong side of psychotic, perpetually-screaming drug dealer Queenie (Josie Ho) by losing $20,000 of her money. They decide to disguise themselves as nuns so they can hide-out in the home of a kindly blind woman.
But while none-too-original, Great White is certainly watchable. Viewers might even find considerable enjoyment in its utter predictability. Like comfort food or a Hallmark movie, there’s nothing special or surprising about it, but at least you know what you’re gonna get. Shark fans with similarly modest expectations shouldn’t be disappointed.
In the Heights is filled with a wide variety of other colorful characters whose stories may not get as much screen time, but are just as engaging and wonderfully realized by a terrific ensemble cast. Even running a potentially butt-numbing 143 minutes, there are almost no throwaway moments. Nearly every scene, whether presented in song, dance or dialogue, is an important component to the narrative. There’s even some relevant – and poignant – social commentary to be found, though it never drags the viewer down with heavy-handed sermonizing. And make sure to stay through the closing credits for the film’s biggest laugh.
Occupation: Rainfall earns zero points for originality and goes on a bit too long, but is certainly watchable. It’s slickly-made, has lots of flash and mostly moves at a brisk pace. However, be aware that the film comes to a remarkably unsatisfying conclusion where nothing is actually resolved. Only at the end are we informed by a title card that this is actually Rainfall, Chapter One. The film is an enjoyable enough time killer, but hardly engaging enough to justify a cliffhanger ending.
There might be a good movie lurking around in there somewhere – or at least a shamelessly entertaining one – but everyone’s hard work on The Fatal Raid is so severely undone for English speaking audiences that it’s difficult to tell. While the action is still interesting to look at, the atrocious subtitles seriously diminish the context needed for any of it to really mean anything.
I can’t honestly say I was disappointed. Typical of most sequels, especially comedies, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is bigger and brasher, though not necessarily better. There’s plenty of action, a few big laughs and a serviceable plot, but also a sense that everyone’s trying a little too hard to one-up the original without really offering anything new.