A Week In Film #567: Bang-Bang

[Arbitrage title screen]
Arbitrage
Rather boring, enthralling ‘thriller’ about a rich dick (Richard Gere) doing some big-assed white collar crime against a bunch of other rich dicks, whilst simultaneously fucking Someone Who Isn’t His Wife. Really tedious. From Nicholas Jarecki, who co-wrote the script for the pretty decent Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers. Got pretty good reviews, so maybe I’ll have to revisit it.

[The Hollow Point title screen]
The Hollow Point
Seemed like it would be better than it actually was – a small town lawman on the Mexican frontier happens upon a deadly cross-border ammunition smuggling ring. By no means the worst Patrick Wilson film I’ve seen recently, but somewhat pedestrian. With Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Jim Belushi and Lynn Collins, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, and written by Nils Lyew.

[The Thing title screen]
The Thing
John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, aliens in Antarctica, a throbbing score, and the very best in physical effects.

[The MacKenzie Break title screen]
The MacKenzie Break
Turning the normal British POW escape movie on its head, here we have a camp in Scotland full of German prisoners under the control of zealot Helmut Griem, with commandant Ian Hendry powerless against the machinations of his charge. Brian Keith is the maverick Irishman sent in as an intelligence officer to figure out what Jerry is up to. Directed by Lamont Johnson.

[Red Sparrow title screen]
Red Sparrow
Silly accents aside, a pretty solid bit of Cold War espionage throwback bizniz, based on a novel by an ex-Agency spook (Jason Matthews), with Jennifer Lawrence a Russian ballerina forced by circumstance into becoming a honey trap operative for the SVR. A pleasantly convoluted plot, some solid performances (Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons, Ciarán Hinds, Douglas Hodge), some nice photography (Jo Willems – Hard Candy, London, 30 Days Of Night plus some Hunger Games stuff). From director Francis Lawrence (again Hunger Games, plus I Am Legend).

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