Okay, maybe it’s not *THAT* good. Now that I think about it, it doesn’t exactly break any new ground. And, yeah, watching the trailer, I was able to say “Maribou would totally hate this movie” and, walking out, I knew that it was a good idea that I saw it rather than that we saw it.
Basic plot: Denzel Washington is an aging, but not grizzled, non-descript guy who works at a Ersatz Lowe’s/Home Depot with lots of acquaintances who look up to him and ask him for wisdom from time to time (which he delivers perfectly). He can’t sleep, though… so he goes to a local diner for a cuppa where he makes conversation with the locals (including a high class escort) and reads books from one of the “100 Novels Everyone Should Read” list.
Are you ready for this? Sit down. He’s reading “Old Man And The Sea.”
In any case, the escort comes in the next night with a black eye and this sets in motion a series of events that result in Denzel Washington taking down the Russian Mafia… one monologue at a time.
The movie is preposterous, silly, preachy, violent, and gratuitous. As I walked out, I thought “WOW! THAT WAS AWESOME!”
Now, there are two things about the movie that I think are worth noting. One problematic, one pretty good.
The problematic thing is that we have yet another movie where violence solves problems. Now, they do a magnificent job of cherry-picking the problems… like, the Russian Mafia. I don’t know that that particular problem could be resolved without violence, let alone whether it will be… but, wouldn’t you know it, Denzel solves his Mafia problem by killing people.
The good thing, however, is that we have yet another movie where it’s hammered out how very important it is for good people to fight against evil. This isn’t something for “the authorities” or “someone else” but for the individual who sees something going on. For the most part, I think it’s good that this message still gets thrown out there.
To be honest, when I went into the movie, I was expecting to compare it to Death Race insofar as it struck me as a movie that tells you, right in the title, that whether you think that you’re going to like this movie or whether you think that you’re going to hate this movie: you’re right. However, the craft involved in putting this movie together is so high that even folks who snort at the thought of seeing yet another Superhero Without Superpowers movie might find dissecting how this movie manipulates the audience to be a decent way to spend a couple of hours. (Those folks could probably wait for DVD, though.)
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
even though he thinks he’s doing things for justice
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