A Common Man
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The movie loosely held my interest in spite of the low action level and twist I had figured out after the first 10 minutes. The main problem is that the idea that Kinsley's actions represent "the common man." Certainly his views are reflective of a large portion of the population, but for me, I prefer the statement, "It is not about who they are, but it is about who we are." This film makes me cringe to think about who we are.
The message of this film should have appeal to those typically associated with right wing views. Might make for a rental for those who want to watch an "action/thriller" that is more of a drama.
Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb. No sex or nudity.
The movie begins with promise. Set in Sri Lanka, the story opens as Kingsley travels around town leaving suspicious bags (we'll soon learn that they are bombs) in various public locales like a shopping mall and a train. The last one, he even takes into a police station. He then places a call to the officer in charge (Cross) and warns him of the explosives. After helping them deactivate the bomb in their own office, Kingsley is taken very seriously as he warns of the other devices about town. His demands are simple. Release several prominent terrorists from prison and he'll reward them with the locations they need to save countless lives. He is also using the local media to put pressure on the police. Why is he doing these things? Will his demands be met? What is the motivation? I'm telling you, it's a great story. Everything else, though, is painfully inept.Read more ›
Yes, it's about a terrorist who plans to set off five bombs in a city but that city is in Sri Lanka, where the film was produced. And the film is obviously dubbed - and poorly, since the actors lips are still moving after they speak, and there are no accents for the Sri Lankan actors.
I tried to watch this 87 minute film but gave up after 20 minutes because of the poor dubbing. Obviously both Kingsley and Cross were offered some quick money to make this film. Don't go looking for great acting here.
There are no bonus features here except for a few trailers of other action films being distributed by Anchor Bay.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
The movie has Kingsley placing bombs throughout Sri Lanka in several public locations. He then informs a new reporter to be at the site of the first bomb to go off. Before igniting that bomb he contacts the local DIG (Ben Cross, another actor deserving of better parts) and tells him that the bombs have been planted and that he wants to talk to someone with more authority. In order to give him time and to show he is willing to work with them he lets them know the location of the first bomb.
Phone calls are made and everyone in charge of Sri Lanka is apparently on vacation leaving only Cross to handle the situation. Then again perhaps this is just a way of passing the buck for someone to take a fall should things go bad. In any event it leaves Cross to deal with Kingsley and they begin a cat and mouse game of Cross trying to find him while answering his demands. The demands are to release 4 prisoners currently held because of their terrorist activity. If you don't see what's coming then you haven't seen many films.
The plotline here is thin at best and easily guessed from start to finish. The set up is tedious and takes far too long to get where it's going.Read more ›
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A man set on revenge in a major city and explosives at hand in five different locations with just a button to push. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robyn B. Mcgorm
It's about time someone laid out the common mans views about the stupid gummits that supposedly are running our countries or nations and the lousy job they are collectively doing... Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Darrell Evans
I'm not sure whether this movie is produced for the local audience. The message the director trying to convey is great. But overall production is not impressive.Published on September 22, 2013 by Nish75
"A Common Man" (2013) is not just a bad film. It is a bad film that could have been infinitely better with someone who knows how to direct a thriller. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you were expecting Sexy Beast turn around, don't spend your money, and go home. This resembles a made-for-TV movie and Ben Kingsley looks like a man under deep hypnosis who... Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Conan
Twenty words will be almost difficult to waste on such a film let alone the $3.99 I wasted on the rental and time spent sitting through that mess. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by T2
Alright so this film gets a LOT of flak for being bad. Bad film making. Poorly acted. Poor ADR dubbing/editing. A weak script. Low budget. So be it. I'll give it that. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Dave C.
Why did Sir Kingsley take this role? The other actors are B actors, the plot is good but the other actors make the film a bore.Published on July 29, 2013 by Geoffrey P.