Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Home", "The Divergent Series: Insurgent", "Run All Night"

Julien Faddoul

Home **

A fugitive Boov (an alien race that has taken over the Earth) and a young American girl put their prejudices aside to find the girl’s mother.
An admirable if unsuccessful film: Queerly plotted, it gingerly explores notions of asylum and national security while providing characters and situations that never rise above the derivative. As per usual with DreamWorks, the animation is exquisite.

d – Tim Johnson
w – Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember   (Based on the Book by Adam Rex)
pd – Kathy Altieri
m – Lorne Balfe, Stargate
ed – Nick Fletcher

p – Mireille Soria, Suzanne Buirgy, Christopher Jenkins

Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent girl must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance that threatens to tear her society apart.
Endless, shapeless film with no aesthetic singularity to make any of its mythology appealing. Once again, we have to deal with a central character whose deemed exceptional yet spends the film constantly sulking about that fact.

d – Robert Schwentke
w – Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback   (Based on the Novel by Veronica Roth)
ph – Florian Ballhaus
pd – Alec Hammond
m – Joseph Trapanese
ed – Stuart Levy, Nancy Richardson
cos – Louise Mingenbach

p – Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Keiynan Lonsdale, Emjay Anthony

Run All Night *

A mobster and hit man has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie involving his estranged son and his best friend who blames him for the death of his own son.
Slick, engaging action film with a frustrating plot that makes no sense.

d – Jaume Collet-Serra
w – Brad Ingelsby
ph – Martin Ruhe
pd – Sharon Seymour
m – Junkie XL
ed – Dirk Westervelt
cos – Catherine Marie Thomas

p – Roy Lee, Michael Tadross, Brooklyn Weaver

Cast: Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Génesis Rodríguez, Ed Harris, Vincent D'Onofrio, Common, Boyd Holbrook, Holt McCallany, James Martinez, John Cenatiempo, Beau Knapp, Bruce McGill, Malcolm Goodwin


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