A Dry White Season
A so-so Apartheid era flick, with Donald Sutherland as a liberal white school teacher who starts to question the circumstances of the death of a black janitor’s son at the hands of the police.
Notable mostly for the reappearance of Marlon Brando as a world-weary lawyer who takes up the fight.
Technically, this is an excellent film from Pusher mastermind Nicolas Winding Refn, but there is no soul to it. Tom Hardy impersonates ‘Britain’s most dangerous prisoner’ Charlie Bronson to comic book perfection, and it looks stunning, yet it sticks to all the gaolhouse clichés in the book, and doesn’t really say anything, about Bronson, violence or incarceration. Having James Lance as an annoying prison tutor who gets seriously spanked is to its credit though.
Very silly (forgivable) and rather dull (unforgivable) SF nonsense about a near future in which technology has fallen, the weather’s gone bad, etc. Mad Max, Star Wars, The Terminator, Bladerunner – it’s all there.
A decent cast (Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley, F Murray Abraham, and, err, Robbie Coltrane) is not put to any great use by director Stephen Tron Lisberger.
Bladerunner meets Yojimbo, with Rutger Hauer playing off two competing factions of robots in an apocalyptic future. Silly but watchable nonsense from schlock director Albert Pyun (the fellow being sued by Guam).
The New York Times said it blended Robocop, The Handmaid’s Tale and Brave New World, which about sums it up. Christopher Lambert and his wife are sent to prison in a future world where there are strict one child policies in play. He tries to escape. That’s about it. Not great, not surprising, but not terrible for what it is. Horror specialist Stuart Gordon directs.
Bread & circuses & sports entertainment in the near future, with James Caan as a superstar athlete in a hyperviolent motorcycle rollerderby/gridiron hybrid designed by powerful corporations to keep the masses distracted. Powerful, depressing, overwrought, effectively helmed by occasionally inspired veteran journeyman Norman Jewison.