Quite enjoyably slow, unadrenalinised heist comedy-drama from Soderbergh, with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver brothers at the heart of a plot to rob a North Carolina speedway.
I wanted to enjoy it, but it just wasn’t good enough. Precious resources – a strong cast, including Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth, plus all the goodwill that comes with the original plot – are squandered, the script is flabby, and director Paul Feig tries too hard with the staged improv shtick.
A Bridge Too Far
Dickie Attenborough does Cornelius Ryan’s book about Operation Market Garden, seemingly with a cast of thousands – Dirk Bogarde, James Can, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Edward Fox, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Larry Olivier, Ryan O’ Neal, Robert Redford etc etc etc. Somehow feels a bit flat, but some notable scenes.
Only Michael Crichton’s second directorial stint, and it’s a pretty solid high concept SF effort: rich holiday-makers in the near future visit a triple-zoned theme park (mediaeval castle, Roman villa or Wild West frontier town) filled with realistic-looking robots, who can be seduced, killed, abused, fought… Only THEY’RE BECOMING SELF AWARE! Josh Brolin and Richard Benjamin find out the hard way that you don’t piss off Yul Brunner.