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On 09/02/2020 at 08:05, dino_jr said:

Hmmm think I missed the point of this one. Lots of people shouting and ignoring /interrupting each other, over a loud soundtrack that seemed to have been mixed wrong? Was tempted to switch on subtitles!

 

Watched it last night, had to play around with the sound settings on my TV to hear the dialogue. As for the film score, it’s the worst I’ve heard in a while, like analogue synths being thrown down the stairs of a multi-story car park. If the film had be scored differently, it’d have been more enjoyable, IMO.

 

Still, it’s definitely worth a watch, and the film is great at subverting viewers’ expectations at certain pressure points in the plot.

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3 hours ago, dino_jr said:

Was tempted to switch on subtitles!

 

 

Nothing wrong with that. I have them on for most films - it helps me process the dialogue - but I actually turned them off for this after about ten minutes; I found myself immersed and attuned with the hectic talking.

 

 

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I really, really, really liked it but I’m not sure I loved it, but I’m still decompressing and processing..  Saying that, the last act is one of the best things I’ve seen in years.  It reminded me so much of 70s New York cinema, which I grew up loving.  Maybe it’s because we’ve seen this sort of fuck-up before, going from one bad decision to the next, I didn’t find it tense until the end.  (Or perhaps I’m just dead inside)

 

 

I was sure he was never going to get the stone back and that would be what screwed him, with his business partner fucking him.  I’m glad they didn’t go down that obvious route.

 

I was certain it would end with his death but I completely bought the bait and switch.  The tension of the game, the high of winning, Arno’s joyful disbelief he pulled it off, then pop.  Beautiful.

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7 minutes ago, jonamok said:


FTFY.

 

It was made with restraint - it couldn’t be a masterpiece otherwise.

 

You seem to wish they’d made the film a lot more pedestrian than it is for some reason.

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7 minutes ago, Delargey said:

 

It's like some from a 70s sci-fi animation- really interesting choice for the film.

 

Everything about the score is wonderful. And the way it’s mixed so it blends back and forth over and under the dialogue is just delicious.

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That's all great stuff.


I was expecting...

 

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...those two old guys who were hassling him on the street about a fake rolex watch he sold them to be the ones that popped up at the end and ruined things for him.  They appeared about three times during the film, and he easily brushed them off each time. They were even on CCtv in the corridor outside his office near the end. I was sure he'd get out of his shop after winning the big bet and paying off his father in law and the goons, and it would be the weak-looking rolex guys who surprised us all and did him in.  But, that's a real movie cliche, so they were probably only there to set up that false expectation, so the real ending was a proper surprise.

 

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Enjoyable film but...

 

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Why didn't the basketball player go to $200k at the auction for the opal? Pocket money for him surely? Seeing as he was told early on there was a $1million worth of carats in there and he was so superstitious about it.

 

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4 minutes ago, AI1 said:

Enjoyable film but...

 

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Why didn't the basketball player go to $200k at the auction for the opal? Pocket money for him surely? Seeing as he was told early on there was a $1million worth of carats in there and he was so superstitious about it.

 


 

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Because he believed the revised guide price. He said to Howie about him fucking with him and being dishonest later in the film.

He also had his wife/girlfriend there doing her best to rein him in.

Maybe his superstition was trumped by the feeling of being taken for a fool.

 

 

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