My kinda thing – trashy, disposable, overwrought. Josh Duhamel is a dickish young attorney cheating on his missus (Alice Eve) and doing unethical things to get himself noticed by his boss (Al Pacino). Anthony Hopkins is a dickish old pharmaceutical company boss doing horrible things to his missus (Malin Åkerman) and, etc. Never heard of director Shintaro Shimosawa, but based on this would probably watch more.
Ben Affleck tries to tread on Matt Damon’s toes, here as a mob accountant specialising in forensic auditing. Not groundbreaking, not awful. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, scripted by Bill Dubuque, with Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons and Jon Bernthal. Tips of the cap to The Brotherhood Of The Rose, Three Days Of The Condor and, obviously, Bourne.
So-so franchise retread, with titular rogue assassin (Matt Damon) still on the run and now fully cognisant of his bloody past, but soon to be dragged into shady Langley shenanigans once more via the agency of a now also rogue Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), who Snowden/Wikileaks-style hacks into the Agency’s records and discoverzzzzz… Vincent Cassel makes for an impressively weathered programme asset; Tommy Lee Jones drew the short straw to become this episode’s Haggard Character Actor As Amoral Management Bad Guy.
Tacky, offensive and shallow, but still very watchable – a bunch of middle class suburbanites heading off to watch a championship boxing match get trapped in a dangerous ghetto neighbourhood being hunted by drug dealers. Hints of Assault On Precinct 13, Trespass and The People Under The Stairs, but lacking their wit, charm or social comment. With Emilio Estevez, Cuba Godding Jnr, Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff as the hunted, Denis Leary and Everest from House of Pain as the hunters. Directed by Stephen Hopkins (Nightmare On Elm Street 5, Predator 2) and co-written by Lewis Colick, who previously had worked on the taut yuppie terror movie Unlawful Entry.
Not terrible modern Hollywood take on the SOE mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich – but totally superfluous given far stronger previous efforts such as Atentat. And enough with the crappy accents, Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan! Director Sean Ellis did the excellent low budget drama Cashback a decade back; he still has a flair for strong composition and letting his actors’ faces do the work.
Hell Or High Water
Really strong modern Western with intriguing noirish notes. Chris pine and Ben Foster are a pair of Texan brothers on a mission – and the mission involves robbing banks. Jeff Bridges is the lawman on their tail. Directed by David Mackenzie (whose work includes Hallam Foe and Starred Up, neither of which I’ve seen but will as soon as I get the chance), and scripted by Taylor Sheridan (who played the strait-laced sheriff’s deputy David Hale in the first couple of series of Sons Of Anarchy, as well as writing Sicario).
Significantly less enjoyable than I expected it to be. Joaquin Phoenix as a stoner private detective navigating weird conspiracies in seventies California, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and based on a Thomas Pynchon novel.