Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey are Chicago PD negotiators; a corrupt conspiracy pits them first against each other, and then puts them together.
Some nice supporting turns (Paul Guilfoyle, David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer, JT Walsh, and Paul Giamatti as an informer), but F Gary Gray (the Italian Job remake guy) doesn’t inject enough tension into it past the first act.
Serial killer comfort food from Michael Mann.
Impressive debut from James DeMonaco (who also wrote the aforementioned The Negotiator, plus the Assault On Precinct 13 remake), weaving together three threads around New York’s least sexy borough.
Ethan Hawke is a blue collar guy who desperately wants to be able to better support his growing family; Seymour Hassel is an elderly, mute neighbourhood butcher; and Vincent D’Onofrio is a local mob boss who has ideas of imperial grandeur. But this isn’t some Altman analogue – the film goes off into some genuinely odd directions, with moments of real imagination.
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Edgar Wright’s first feature minus Pegg and Frost works really well – based on a comic book, dressed up like a video game, full of visual treats.
Michael Cera plays a slightly less likeable version of his usual as self-absorbed musician Scott Pilgrim, who meets the girl of his dreams Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and discovers to win her heart he must first defeat her “seven evil exes”.
Great set-pieces, Chris Evans and Jason Schwartzman are amongst the exes, and Kieran Culkin hits the spot as the best friend gently tiring of Scott’s man-boy nonsense.