A Week In Film #480: Kicking in

Green Zone
Paul Greengrass overextends his jitter-cam pseudo documentary style, with Matt Damon as a kind of super-soldier uncovering a conspiracy in post-occupation Iraq.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi
Like Zero Dark Thirty and Black Hawk Down something of a guilty, visceral pleasure – male-dominant, innately right wing, violence-fetishising, fearful of darkness, yet excellently staged and well acted. Strong performances from buffed up Office alums John Krasinski and David Denman, Pablo Schreiber from the second season of The Wire, Toby Camomile Lawn Stephens etc.

Command And Control
Interesting, old-style documentary about a catastrophic fubar at a nuclear missile silo in 1980.

A late period Nicolas Cage crime thriller that looked like it might be okay – an ex-Irish mob hardman-turned-legitimate-businessman gathers together his old pals when his teenage daughter goes missing after a home invasion. But this is no Full Neeson. The odd nice turn (Peter Stormare as a gangster in a wheelchair) and a sort of decent twist don’t go any way to salvaging what is a turgid piece of crap.

2 Guns
Starts off as a pleasingly old school sugar-and-spice buddy cop actioner in the vein of Busting, Freebie And The Bean, Running Scared, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs and the rest – overlaid onto the plot of Charley Varrick – but quickly tails off into forgettable Big Explosions territory. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg have decent chemistry, but overall it feels like a late series A Team episode with a bigger budget.

Power Rangers
The Breakfast Club-meets-Goonies opening was great fun, with a likeable cast of young outsiders, but once we get into the actual save-the-Earth-from-Rita-Repulsa shenanigans it’s all rather meh.

The Open House
Dark little tale from Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote, taking a recently widowed woman and her teenage son and plonking them in a remote mountain lodge being put up for sale by her sister. Then a bunch of creepy shit happens. And more creepy shit. And then some really freaky shit. And then it ends. Excellent score by Joseph Shirley.

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