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Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SPOILERS, AS ALWAYS. IT TAKES FIFTEEN OR SO MINUTES FOR THE FILM TO REALLY GET STARTED. ERGO, I BELIEVE THIS IS WHY THERE WERE SOME NEGATIVE REVIEWS. PATIENCE IS CERTAINLY A VIRTUE. AS TWO TOP GROUPS THAT TAKE ON DANGEROUS JOBS ARE EVENTUALLY PITTED AGAINST EACH OTHER......THERE ARE NO RULES. BRUCE WILLIS STARTS VERY SLOWLY, AND I WOULD SAY SUBTLY AND SUBLIMELY. THERE IS TERRIFIC ACTION, ALTHOUGH I WOULD NOT CATEGORIZE THIS AS AN ACTION FILM BY ITSELF . AS THE DENOUEMENT APPROACHES, THE VIEWER REALIZES THIS IS AS THE END OF A CLINT EASTWOOD SPAGHETTI WESTERN, VERY TRICKY AND CLEVER. IF YOU WILL INDULGE ME PLEASE, MAY I MENTION SOME TRULY EXCELLENT RECENT FILMS. WISH UPON........BEGINS SLOWLY, PICKS UP STEAM AND HAS A BREATHTAKING SPLIT SECOND CONCLUSION. ALSO,......THE DROVING, WHICH MEANS MOVING FROM ONE POINT TO ANOTHER, ....IT BUILDS TO A CRESCENDO AND IN THE FINAL SECONDS IS STUNNING. THE...HEX.....IS VERY SOLID, AND FOR ADULTS ONLY, I AM VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS IS........MIDSOMMER.....AND IT IS SPELLED LIKE THIS. THE ENDING IS XXX, SO EVEN IF MATURE TEENS OFFER TO WASH THE DISHES, NO, LASTLY, IS ....THE STRANGE ONES.....WINNER OF SEVERAL AWARDS. WHAT A FILM. NO SPOILERS. A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD AND A FRIEND IN HIS LATE TWENTIES ARE HIKING SOMEWHERE IN UPPER NY STATE. THE BOY SEES A COMMUNE AND BECOMES ATTACHED TO IT, MUCH TO THE CHAGRIN OF THE OLDER FRIEND. AS THE TEEN FINDS A STRAY CAT AND VENTURES INTO TOWN FOR SUPPLIES, THE FINALE IS A SPLIT NANOSECOND. YOU MAY WISH TO VIEW THIS A SECOND TIME AS THE CONCLUSIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS MAY BE DIFFERENT. I HAVE VIEWED IT TWICE. AGAIN,.......NO, NO, ......TEENS, TOUGH FINAL FIFTEEN MINUTES, ONLY FOR ADULTS.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
The opening scene looks spectacular. Right up until the predictable point at about minute 2:00 where, first we are led to believe that multiple blanks fired at point-blank range (and to the face!) don't cause injuries, and then we have the almost-attractive young woman cast as the disaffected girl with the troubled past as she tries to imitate what a long range marksman might be and talk like, and not only are her lines the worst in the film, her delivery is even worse than the rest of the cast. There is no such thing as a "Three oh eight win mag" and nobody ever got a "sucking chest wound" from a rifle round (other than maybe a Barrett) - she's just spouting jargon that her character would never say, but sounded cool to the director. On top of that, given the next scene as she walks back to her buddies in about 2 minutes, she can't have been more than about 30 yards away. But - like with so many other movies, they make an attempt to try and make yet another girl seem just as tough as all the boys by strapping her up with a cool-looking piece of Navy SEAL kit. This movie is fairly well shot, but the script is predictable, the dialog cheap, and the acting some of the worst I've seem from the three well-known leading actors. Jean-Paul does make an honest effort (at least) compared to Bruce Willis and Claire Forlani - both of whom have seminal work that is light years above this. All said, not the worst movie I have seen, but a very big disappointment considering the cast. I've long been a big fan of Claire - although she seemed to have more class than this, but I guess there are "no small roles, only small actors." I did watch it all the way through to the end though. At least there's that, right?
It's a story about people who are in the business of doing major heists that are worth millions of dollars. These are professionals who at some point worked with each other, but are now competitors. They learn of major financial activities that are worth tons of money, and they all compete to get in on the action by stealing secrets off of each other. They have their own teams and must bring in all the right players to accomplish a job that requires planning and implementation. The story is okay, the action is not bad, but the acting in this movie is bad. Some of the acting seem a bit exaggerated or over the top that it makes you wonder is there really a person who would say or do something that way. As another reviewer said, Bruce Willis does nothing in this movie but speak, so don't expect him to do anything. This movie is okay if you are just looking for a few shoot-em-up or car racing scenes.
I am convinced that Bruce Willis acts not because he wants to but because he can, it's like a hobby for him ya know. He does these random movies where he is ALWAYS the bad guy in a nice suit and can you blame him? He's rich, legendary in his own right, still looks good, still has a fan base, and gets to get paid to wear expensive suits and say a couple of lines in a movie...who would hate that lifestyle and or give it up? He know he's not making any new blockbusters but his name is BRUCE WILLIS and you just can't help but be drawn to him.
This movie was so bad that the three stars I give it are two for Bruce Willis and one for the dog Grace, because she's pretty.
Every single person other than Bruce couldn't act to save their lives. It was like watching a very well rehearsed and produced college movie. The story line was solid albeit stupid but solid - no holes, nothing entirely unbelievable and the characters had they been properly developed were not bad. The entire movie was typical; it was so typical that you reading this can - in about 5 mins - explain the plot of this movie without having seeing it. It's the epitome of cliché, the absolute definition of typical or simple or lack of any kind of creativity.
I watched it.....I paid attention....and I Can't for the life of me remember anyones name but the dogs Grace and Roy and it just went off about 6 mins ago. If you were like me; bored and buying time then sure, go ahead and cook dinner to this one but if you are looking to be entertained, I suggest you go watch paint dry.
Do not waste the money. Very weak story line- no plot. Bruce Willis is terrible and has a minute part. We like Mark- Paul as an actor but he couldn't carry this movie out of its weak plot. Lots of car chases, boat chases etc but not enough action to save this movie.