Runtime: 121 minutes
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber
This is the kind of action film my Dad loves. It isn’t all guns blazing. It starts with tense music which is perfect and lives you gripping your seat.
The start is great, you’re straight into the action and then…it sort of floats a long, and finally you finish with a fantastic, thought provoking ending. It’s a great idea, but too drawn out in its execution. Spanish is spoken so you will have to read subtitles on occasion.
This movie is about life, not Hollywood action. It’s stark and shocking and shows the cruelty of humans and the world. Not only that, it shows how good people do bad things.
The actors were all mediocre and seemed to just float along with the film. I didn’t understand why Kate (Emily Blunt) was there. She seems as lost and confused as I was, but by the end you understand her purpose. This may be done on purpose, but it failed to reach its mark with me.
Also, Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) is another mystery and spends most of the film in the background and by the time you discover more about him and his purpose, it’s the end of the movie.
I didn’t love any of the characters and I felt they were never in danger and had all the time in the world to complete their goals. I felt detached from the movie, a massive shame because it’s a great premise. It’s a film that, for a moment, leaves you silent.
To sum up, great music, dull characters, great idea, great ending, boring middle.
Was it worth the watch? Yes, but wait for it to come out on TV
Would I re-watch? No