[Triple Frontier title screen]
So-so action thriller with Oscar Isaac a private military contractor working the anti-narco beat in Colombia, who sees the possibility of a massive payday, and so drags together his old military buds into a team to carry off a risky heist. Ben Affleck is the planner, Charlie Hunnam and Garret Hedlund are the muscle, and Pedro Pascal the pilot. Never quite achieves its potential. JC Chandor (Margin Call and A Most Violent Year) directs from a script worked up by himself and Mark Zero Dark Thirty Boal.
[22 July title screen]
Paul Greengrass gives us his take on the Breivik attacks of 2011; it is much as you would expect, equal parts documentary-style rendition of the massacre itself, and then a melodramatic focus on one victim and the family around him as he tries to come to terms with the tragedy in its aftermath. First time around the disjoint between the two parts meant I lost interest halfway through; but on rewatching, the second act clearly has a lot of power.
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Pokémon Detective Pikachu
TBF I wasn’t really paying attention, and only had it on to keep Middle Child amused during a visit to the grandparents. But it’s got Ryan Reynolds in it so I guess at some point I’ll go back and concentrate a bit harder. Certainly it didn’t scream out <>this is terrible to my unconscious mind.
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Brawl In Cell Block 99
Far superior to what I was expecting – a slow-burning (and yet constantly against the clock) genre B-movie, but with fully committed performances from the likes of Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson and Udo Kier. A former journeyman boxer (Vaughn) and his wife (Carpenter) attempt to keep things together, despite human frailties. For reasons he ends up in gaol with an impossible mission. Much violence ensues. Written, directed and scored by S Craig Zahler (principally a novelist, who preceded it with noirish Western Bone Tomahawk and followed it with Dragged Across Concrete).