A Week In Film #568: Boomerang

The Guilty title screen
Den Skyldige AKA The Guilty
Superb,super-charged little Danish thriller, virtually all contained within a small police call centre on a single evening, where cop-under-a-cloud Asger (Jakob Cedergren) is doing his last shift before facing a tribunal for a shooting death he was involved in. After countless normal calls, he fields one that for some reason hooks him in – and in it he sees the chance to be a real cop again, to redeem himself. But life doesn’t pan out like that… Written (with Emil Nygaard Albertsen) and directed by Gustav Möller with economy and tautness.

In The Shadow Of The Moon title screen
In The Shadow Of The Moon
Somewhat silly high concept SF action thriller from director Jim Mickle and writers Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock, about Philly cop Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook) encountering a series of strange deaths connected to a mysterious young woman who keeps disappearing. Soon we are in 1997, then 2006, then 2015, each time with more deaths, and more appearances from the woman – and each time Lockhart is that much more obsessed. Eventually the truth is revealed, etc.

A potentially interesting and epic film which just didn’t do it for me. Can’t really blame the cast, which features Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael C Hall and Rudi Dharmalingam.

Avengers: Endgame title screen
Avengers: Endgame
More candy for the eyes – absolutely not a Scooby what is going on, but the kids enjoyed it. MCU stalwarts the Russo Brothers direct.

Spotlight title screen
A repeat viewing of the old fashioned drama about an old fashioned newspaper investigation – both long, plodding, methodical – into the Boston Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. Tom McCarthy handles things respectfully, with a good cast.

The Year Of Living Dangerously title screen
The Year Of Living Dangerously
Peter Weir ‘does’ the troubles in Indonesia, when Sukarno was playing a balancing act between populism, nationalism, American-backed right-wing authoritarian elements in the military, and the Soviet bloc. Mel Gibson plays a young Australian journalist completely out of his depth, Linda Hunt is his local stringer Billy Kwan, Sigourney Weaver the British diplomat he falls for. Has its moments, though feels flat in places.

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