There’s no beauty to this film, little rhythm, none of the physical grace that action-film fans crave even if they don’t know they do.
If it weren’t for all the bloodstains and gaping wounds, the eerie opening shot might seem like the beginning of a party sequence gone wrong.
Cagey strategies occasionally play a role in taking out enemies foreign and domestic, but SAMCRO prefers all-out blitzkrieg.
It’s accorded an uneven transfer that’s reliant on its cult’s relief that it’s available on Blu-ray at all. And that’s really about all the attention it merits.
The film is densely plotted, occasionally bordering on the convoluted, but the clarity and inventiveness of the direction keeps the drama and the action constantly percolating.
If nothing else, the trilogy should afford sufficient proof of the immense differences between Verhoeven and the trigger-happy, run-of-the-mill action directors he is often lumped in with.
Not only the finest work by Albert Finney and Diane Keaton and a major, unwieldy film about breaking up, Shoot the Moon is also Tina Yothers's finest hour.
This mixed bag of a movie is so good on divorce, plate-smashing fights, and the bad behavior of disappointed lovers that it remains a small classic.