Ben Affleck cooks the books on this plot-heavy ‘R’ rated thriller and nearly pulls it out of the red. Unfortunately, a deflating third act, a predictable twist and an almost unnecessary subplot keep this one from balancing out.
What begins as an interesting tale told by an unreliable narrator devolves into a pedestrian and silly love-and-murder thriller that never reaches its destination.
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of a remake is visceral, bloody and overstays its welcome. But with such a rich mythmaking tableau upon which to write, one wonders why we need a direct remake of a classic film.
If the filmmakers are going to release an exact replica of a previous movie, I see no reason why I shouldn’t give you an exact replica of a previous review. Here’s the review of both The Bourne Ultimatum and Jason Bourne.
During the subpar summer that is 2016, the third Star Trek certainly goes…BEYOND in the satisfyingly good time department. Finally, we get our first original adventure of the new Starship Enterprise.
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin
Written by: Simon Pegg, Doug Jung
Directed by: Justin Lin
Rated ‘PG-13’ for action, violence, dramatic situations, science stuff, bio weapons and more
Runtime 120 minutes
Paul Feig’s take on the story is neither the worst thing EVER nor the best thing to happen to comedy. It’s a superficial, colorful and amusing summer diversion that in no way diminishes the appeal of the original.
Points for messing with the timeline of the action-adventure genre. Yes, it hits all the same beats, but it does it a little bit differently. It is still torn down by its dour grimness and one-dimensional characters.