The film’s satisfyingly tactile action set pieces serve to hammer home just how perilous the space race really was.
It takes aim at myriad targets and bluntly satirizing them in disparate styles that never mesh into a cohesive whole.
It ends up taking the furious and bitter perspective that powers the narrative’s ponderous dramatic core for granted.
Pat Healy’s depiction of a man willing to corrode his entire life to provide for his wife and kid feels true despite the script’s silliest moments.
Like it or not, Cheap Thrills does evince a consistent vision, however sophomoric.
What’s ironic about The Reunion is that its plot, though it revolves around a kidnapping set in Mexico, seems blind to current events.
It’s outdated, banal paranoia given a superficial, big-budget contempo polish.
A fierce little spooker with screwy notions of how to salve a wounded relationship.
Get this edition if you like the movie, but stick to the theatrical release available as a feature on the first disc.
At a mere 80 minutes, Vacancy is taut, claustrophobic, and brutally lean.
True to the spirit of the film, the hearty supplemental materials arranged on this DVD set range from the dope to the simply flatulent.
There’s little to distinguish the film from its dope-loving forefathers aside from its shameless shilling for artery-clogging junk food.
When it comes to the cinematic translation of his pulpy adventures, a little dash of “unlikeliness” never hurts.
What isn’t predictably unpredictable here just ends up making you yearn for last year’s Serendipity.