Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Crisp Criticism: "Hitman: Agent 47", "Irrational Man", "Dope", "Results"

Julien Faddoul

Hitman: Agent 47

An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Idiotically implausible thriller based on a video game with dialogue so crass it feels as if it were mistranslated from a foreign language.

d – Aleksander Bach
w – Skip Woods, Michael Finch
ph – Ottar Guonason
pd – Sebastian T. Krawinkel
m – Marco Beltrami
ed – Nicolas De Toth
cos – Bina Daigeler

p – Adrian Askarieh, Charles Gordon, Alex Young

Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Rolf Kanies, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, Ciarán Hinds, Mona Pirzad, Prince William E. Morris, Michaela Caspar, Jerry Hoffmann

Irrational Man *

On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.
Another unmoored latter-day Allen picture, recycling his usual attitudes to relationships without much apparent enthusiasm but with the occasional good joke.

wd – Woody Allen
ph – Darius Khondji
ad – Carl Sprague
ed – Alisa Lepselter
cos – Suzy Benzinger

p – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson

Cast: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Meredith Hagner, Ethan Phillips, David Aaron Baker, Susan Pourfar, Tamara Hickey, Michael Goldsmith, Tom Kemp

Dope *

Life changes for a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
Messy, bizarrely plotted socio-critique on youthful obsessions with an excess of personality and a lively cast, none of which fully cohere. The ending exposes an ambition that shows what might have been.

wd – Rick Famuyiwa
ph – Rachel Morrison
pd – Scott Falconer
m – Germaine Franco
ed – Lee Haugen
cos – Patrik Milani

p – Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker

Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Kimberly Elise, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel Iman, A$AP Rocky, Blake Anderson

Results *

Two mismatched personal trainers' lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.
No one should expect Bujalski’s interpretation of the “romantic comedy” to be anything less than this kooky. But here, despite gallantly committed performances from his three leads, his refusal to clarify both his intention and his narrative, feels like a cheat.

wd – Andrew Bujalski
ph – Matthias Grunsky
pd – Michael Bricker
m – Justin Rice
ed – Robin Schwartz
cos – Colin Wilkes

p – Paul Bernon, Houston King, Sam Slater

Cast: Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, Tishuan Scott, Constance Zimmer


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