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THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Rated: PG

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Director: Simon Curtis

Stars: Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried

Plot: A dog spends his life with a race car driver and his family

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

First off, let's just get this one out of the way right away, Kevin Costner is a terrible voice actor. I spent the entire film picturing him standing in a recording booth reading lines over and over again, but always reading them the same way until the director finally just gave up and said, "we've got it." There are so many lines that feel awkward and out of place. 

 

Next, since the entire movie is narrated by the dog (Kevin Costner), it feels like I was watching someone read a bad book aloud. The whole time I was mentally screaming at the movie to stop telling me things and start showing me. Telling is boring and static, showing is exciting and dynamic. 

 

The other thing that is so strange about this movie is that it doesn't seem to know it's target. Is it a dog movie? Is it a romance? Is it a movie about racing? Is it a movie about living life together? The answer is yes to all of them. You can't have a good movie that tries to do all of the things at once. It won't please anyone.

 

Throw on top of that poor dialogue, mediocre acting, and boring cinematography and you have a pretty bland flick that isn't worth your time or effort. If you happen to run across it when it comes out digitally, you might give it a shot just to see if you like it, but don't be surprised if you turn it off before the halfway point. 

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CRIMINAL

Rated: R

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Director: Ariel Vroman

Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds

Plot: A CIA agent's thoughts are transferred into the mind of a sociopath and the CIA must figure out what he knows before a madman wreaks havoc

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

This is one of those films that is a lot of fun and very exciting, until you start thinking about it. If you can manage to keep your brain turned off the entire time you'll find this movie to be quite entertaining. However, if you do happen to engage in critical thinking you'll quickly realize that this flick is full of massive plot holes, unnecessary situations, ans moments of convenience just to keep the plot moving.

 

For the most part the cast does a good job. There are a few cringe-worthy moments, but that is to be expected in almost any Kevin Costner film.

 

Aside from the plot holes, the story holds together pretty well until the end when everything goes off the rails for no reason whatsoever. I'm not sure why the film makers ended this movie the way they did, but it almost feels like it was a last-second reshoot.

 

If you are looking for an intriguing action/spy flick, this one will do okay, but don't get your hopes up too high.