Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Crisp Criticism - "Free State of Jones", "The Infiltrator", "Blood Father", "Don't Breathe"

Julien Faddoul

Free State of Jones *

A white Southerner falls for a slave and consequently rebels against the Confederacy.
Despite some effectively tense sequences, this falls into biographical tedium fairly quickly; content to provide almost all its thematic power through endless onscreen speeches.

wd – Gary Ross
ph – Benoit Delhomme
pd – Philip Messina
m – Nicholas Britell
ed – Pamela Martin, Juliette Welfling
cos – Louise Frogley

p – Jon Kilik, Gary Ross, Scott Stuber

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers, Brad Carter

The Infiltrator *

A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Slick double-crossing crime drama based on fact. It presents itself in the dry tradition and loses its nerve well before the end.

d – Bard Furman
w – Ellen Brown Furman   (Based on the Book by Robert Mazur)
ph – Joshua Reis
pd – Crispian Sallis
m – Chris Hajian
ed – Luis Carballar, Jeff McEvoy, David Rosenbloom
cos – Dinah Collin

p – Miriam Segal, Don Sikorski

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Elena Anaya, Benjamin Bratt, Daniel Mays, Amy Ryan, John Leguizamo, Joseph Gilgun

Blood Father *

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Gripping, but heavy-handed and implausible thriller with dumb revelations.

d – Jean-François Richet
w – Peter Craig, Andrea Berloff   (Based on the Novel by Peter Craig)
ph – Robert Gantz
pd – Robb Wilson King
m – Sven Faulconer
ed – Steven Rosenblum
cos – Terry Anderson

p – Chris Briggs, Pascal Caucheteux, Peter Craig, Sebastien Lemercier

Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H. Macy, Elisabeth Röhm, Michael Parks, Thomas Mann, Diego Luna, Dale Dickey, Richard Cabral, Raoul Trujillo, Tait Fletcher, Luce Rains

Don’t Breathe *

A group of teens break into a blind man's home thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. They're wrong.
To be seen as a fun exercise only: As a frightener, it contains some excellent frissons, but not enough to uphold cinematic gravity.

d – Fede Alvarez
w – Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
ph – Pedro Luque
pd – Naaman Marshall
m – Roque Banos
ed – Eric L. Beason, Louise Ford, Gardner Gould
cos – Carlos Rosario

p – Fede Alvarez, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert

Cast: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Sergej Onopko, Stephen Lang, Emma Bercovici, Christian Zagia, Franciska Töröcsik, Katia Bokor, Olivia Gillies

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