Thursday, 16 April 2015

Crisp Criticism - "The Longest Ride", "The Gunman", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", "Last Knights"

Julien Faddoul

The Longest Ride

The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he's trapped in an automobile crash.
Typical Nicholas Sparks hogwash, this time involving Bull Riding and implausible love letters. Lifeless beyond belief.

d – George Tillman Jr
w – Craig Bolotin   (Based on the Novella by Nicholas Sparks)
ph – David Tattersall
pd – Mark Garner
m – Mark Isham
ed – Jason Ballantine
cos – Marry Claire Hannan

p – Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Theresa Park, Nicholas Sparks

Cast: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Lolita Davidovich

The Gunman

An international operative named wants out of the game, so he can settle down with his longtime love. The organization he works for has other plans in mind.
Strictly hireling direction is exercised in this action-thriller with a lead performance that is neither delectable nor frightening.

d – Pierre Morel
w – Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn   (Based on the Novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette)
ph – Flavio Martinez Labiano
pd – Andrews Laws
m – Marco Beltrami
ed – Frédéric Thoraval
cos – Jill Taylor

p – Ron Halpern, Sean Penn, Andrew Rona, Joel Silver

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Peter Franzén

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

They fire up the time machine again but this time go to the future.
Lazy, unfunny and altogether worthless.

d – Steve Pink
w – Josh Heald
ph – Declan Quinn
pd – Ryan Berg
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Jamie Gross
cos – Carol Cutshall

p – Andrew Panay

Cast: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs

Last Knights

When an evil emperor executes their leader his band of knights embark on a journey of vengeance.
Extremely bland medieval-esque thriller with a cast who like to make stern faces. Not to be taken seriously.

d – Kazuaki Kiriya
w – Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman
ph – Antonio Riestra
pd – Ricky Eyres
m – Martin Tillman, Satnam Ramgotra
ed – Mark Sanger
cos – Tina Kalivas

p – Luci Y. Kim

Cast: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sung-kee Ahn, James Babson

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