Are the rave reviews of this movie coming from reviewers sympathetic to Polanski's legal plight? Because I can't think of any other reason.
Sure, the film looks absolutely stunningly gorgeous. But the plot is equal parts implausible and confounding yet also obvious and silly. I prefer my current events films to be less overtly realistic than this one. In the Loop is great because it clearly is about Iraq yet it is far enough removed from reality that it doesn't have to hit the viewer over the head like this one does. Oh look - Haliburton. Oh look - it's Condoleezza Rice. Blah.
The suspense was never as suspenseful as it should have been. The thrills were never as thrilling as I wanted them to be. And the twists were either not plausibly twisty enough or too grade school twisty. As Marc pointed out, this was no Three Days at the Condor.
Marc came to see this movie with Jim and me. He never goes to movies. I'm afraid that seeing this movie will turn him off from going to see more. Although since this movie, he's already seen The Green Zone and we're going to see Greenberg tonight.
Don't get me wrong - this movie isn't terrible by any stretch. It was entertaining enough. But nothing special at all.
Directed by Roman Polanski
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