Ghost [Region 2]
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Director Nick Love knows how to pick up a poisoned chalice. In choosing to tackle a modern day take on Alan Clarke’s 1989 The Firm, he risks the wrath of upsetting those who regard the original so highly, while also being accused of jumping aboard the remake bandwagon. As it turns out, though, he gets away with it all. Love’s version of The Firm wisely uses the early film as inspiration rather than a firm template. Thus, while the setting remains underground football violence, Love switches the attention to a different character, the youngster breaking into the crowd. This allows the narrative to focus on his becoming accepted by the group, and then his struggle to break free, which settles into a solid three-act story. It’s very much aimed at an adult audience, but that doesn’t mean that The Firm is a cheap piece of cinema. Far from it, as it happens. Love’s film mixed in sharp violence with sparks of humour, and does so to very good effect. In the process, it sidesteps comparisons to the original by simply going off in a different direction, and works well because of it. It’s a little more tempered than some of Nick Love’s earlier work too, but perhaps as a consequence, it’s also his best film to date.
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Despite its theme of love transcending death, this isn't a deep movie by any means, and the special effects are almost laughable. But the movie does what Hollywood can do so well when it puts its mind to it - make you laugh, make you cry, and transport you to another world for a couple of hours.
This is an excellent love story and it also a comedy when Oda Mae Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, gets involved in helping Sam Wheat warn his girlfriend that he was murdered and that she is in serious danger.
Overall this is a great film and I rated it 5 stars.
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