Reviews Of What Is In Theaters Now
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum
Plot: A snow plow driver tries to get to the drug lord that killed his son
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it
They should have named this movie SLOW PURSUIT. This is easily one of the slowest and boring movies I've seen in a long time. After this film was delivered to the studio, the editor should have been fired and someone else should have come in and cut another 30 minutes out of it.
This movie has no idea what it wants to be. It tries to be this tough drug war flick, but at the same time it tries to be a campy comedy. Because of that it fails miserably at both. There were times where I could tell that the director wanted me to laugh, but the content wasn't funny.
And then there is the bad guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Bateman should have to write a letter of apology to anyone that pays to see this movie. His acting is so bad that I was literally cringing when he was on the screen.
The studio should take all of the copies of this movie and go dump them in a large pile of snow, then run them over with a snowplow, then throw them over a waterfall. (That last one will make sense if you are unlucky enough to have to see this movie). Save yourself the mental frostbite and skip this one.
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Plot: A commuter on a train finds himself in the middle of a criminal plot
Clint Says: Wait for the DVD
Look, this is a flick made for Liam Neeson. I can't imagine the writer thinking of anyone else as the words hit the paper. I also can't think of the writer thinking much about the plot either, because it is a thin slice of Swiss cheese in this film.
This is a film where you have to suspend disbelief...a lot.
Basically, the entire movie relies on you pretending that the FBI wouldn't follow even a modicum of protocol. Seriously, if you think about the plot compared to how real people in those situations would react this movie is over in about 5 minutes. (Plus the 3 minute opening that will have you screaming "WE GET IT, HE'S A COMMUTER!!" by the end of it).
Mix in about 100 concussions that don't affect Liam at all, a poor mystery, and the lamest copycat "I am Spartacus" moment ever in film and you have nothing left, but some fun fights and a pretty decent train crash.
There are so many great movies in theaters right now, don't waste your money on this.
MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Director: Peter Landesman
Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas
Plot: The story of Watergate and Deep Throat, based on the book by Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat)
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
If you are old enough to know about the Watergate scandal and fallout then this film will fascinate you.
For those that don't know Mark Felt was a Deputy Director of the FBI and became the mole that leaked all of the Watergate information to the press. He was suspected to be the informant known only as Deep Throat, but it wasn't proven until he purposefully outed himself several years ago.
I don't know how much of this movie is 100% factual, but I can tell you that it is based on the book by Mark Felt, so it is probably much kinder to him than how things actually went down. Even if this is a look at Watergate through rose-tinted glasses, this is still a film very much worth your time and money.
It is a powerful, suspenseful, compelling, and intriguing political thriller.
Liam Neeson is masterful in the lead role, and the story moves at a quick pace. This is the kind of film that could easily get bogged down in the details, but there are very few times where tings get slightly confusing or slow. Overall, it is easy to follow and entertaining.
My only issue with the film is the anachronistic setting issues. There are times where we see skyline pans of Washington D.C. or driving shots where we see things like the World War II Memorial or the African American History Museum. These things didn't exist in D.C. in 2000, much less 1972.
Aside from that, this is one of the best political thrillers I've seen in a long time. I think you will enjoy it as well.