Archie Posted October 3, 2004 Share Posted October 3, 2004 One of Empire's free screening thingys. My initial reaction is... Tony Scott has gone insane. I've liked his stuff for a long time but this is shot more like an epileptic music video than a film. Plot isn't much to speak of, Click For Spoiler Broken man haunted by his past (blah blah blah) is employed to protect a girl who of course breaks down his facade, just before being kidnapped. Washington goes on killing spree through everyone involved after she is (not) killed, then sacrifices himself to rescue her at the end. But I don't have so much of problem with that, however well-worn the story may be. I can't take much more camerawork like this - it's as bad as Bourne Supremacy in places, worse in others. Insane use of filters, incredibly shaky handheld work, extreme closeupsTM, blurred zooming, slowed-down and odd-frame sequences, strobe light cuts and constant freeze shots of nothing in particular. Subtitles used all over the place, fading in various 'imaginative' ways, even when the characters are speaking English! I suppose looking back, you could see Scott was heading in this direction with Spy Game but the editing tricks were used in moderation there and I liked the visual style. This doesn't look like a Tony Scott film, and the camera tricks make it difficult to watch. It wasn't bad, decent acting, reasonable writing and action but I expected a lot better. Ah well, at least it was free. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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