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THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB

Rated: R

Release Date: November 9, 2018

Director: Fede Alvarez

Stars: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks

Plot: A hacker is tasked with destroying a dangerous computer program before it falls into the wrong hands

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

I'm not sure why almost all European-based mystery/action films are so slow and deliberate. This one is no exception. That isn't to say that this is a bad movie. On the contrary, this is actually a pretty decent film. It's not going to blow you away, but it will keep you interested for almost the entire length of the film. However, it plods along at a pace that is a bit too slow for most movie-goers.

 

Claire Foy does a fine job taking over the role from Rooney Mara. She portrays the complexity of her character with great skill. Even while you see her have the strength to stand up against a massive foe, you can also see that she feels insecure and alone.

 

The mystery is good despite using several of the same tired tropes we see in so many films like this. (The bad guys are all trying to get their hands on a bunch of nuclear weapons to destroy the world). It could have been outstanding if they had made it a bit more reckless and fun. It is a bit too dark and depressing to be an entertaining movie.

 

For those of you that saw the first film in this series and don't want to see this one because of the graphic nature of several scenes, just know that this one is much tamer. If you liked the first one you should give this one a shot.

 

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UNSANE

Rated: R

Release Date: March 23, 2018

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard

Plot: A woman being stalked finds herself confined to a psychiatric hospital with her stalker

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it

 

 

This is one of those films where I find myself parting ways with most of the film critics of the world. I keep on hearing things like, "this is Steven Soderbergh's homage to B movies", and "this whole film was shot using an iPhone," and "this is an ambitious film." But here is the reality...

 

This film sucks.

 

The writing is horrendous, giving the actors nothing with which to work, the story is flat with not a single twist, and the reveal happens so early in the film that there is zero suspense for a good hour.

 

I love the fact that this movie was shot using an iPhone. Any time we can get closer to a normal person being able to create a blockbuster film is great. The issue isn't how it was shot, the issue is the crappy story that was shot. It still would have sucked if the whole thing was shot on RED. (That's the industry standard camera for Hollywood films).

 

Oh, and Matt Damon shows up for zero reason whatsoever. 

 

Look, cameos are a lot of fun. Sometimes they are the best part of the movie. But this one was useless, it added nothing to the story, it didn't call back to any of Damon's other rolls, nor was it funny or ironic. In fact, the only thing his cameo did was pull me out of the story and focus on the fact that Matt Damon had a 60 second scene in a really bad movie.

 

Oh, by the way, for those of you that don't know the ins and outs of Film Critic Speak, "an ambitious film" is code for this totally sucks, but I can't say that because other critics have already said that they liked it and I don't want to look like I didn't understand it.

 

UNSANE will drive you crazy.