Film Briefs is our way of giving our opinion on films we might not necessarily have the time to review in full. This is a column where we sum up our feelings about the last few movies we saw and throw ‘em up just to give you an idea of what’s out there.
Follow the jump to see briefs for The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, and Killer Joe
The Bourne Legacy
Other than an interesting action sequence during the film’s first act featuring Jeremy Renner, a wolf, and a lesson in force feeding, director Tony Gilroy‘s contribution to the Bourne universe left little to be remembered, especially as far as action is concerned. And after all, isn’t the main appeal to these movies supposed to lie in how the action is presented? Not only were the chase scenes and set pieces uninspired, but I would say this installment’s best action scene would be comparable to the worse action sequence of any of the three previous Bourne entries.
As far as the actual plot was concerned, well I would like to call the entire story – along with the character’s motives – ludicrous, but that would be me being way too generous.
I realize that this review sounds like I’m completely trashing it, and that the star rating should be lower, but did I mention there was a wolf wrestling scene?
The Expendables 2
With accent heavy tongues firmly in cheek, Sly Stallone and company deliver another action packed shoot ‘em up adventure. Interestingly enough, this time out the abundance of explosions, clichéd action genre one-liners, and just general machismo were so affecting that everyone in the screening I attended left the theatre with more hair on their chest than they had before the movie started. Amazing, right?
To those of you who enjoy having their action entrée prepared in the simplest and most predictable way possible, I encourage you to eat up. Just be warned, the amount of cheese thrown atop this dish, especially by way of Chuck Norris, might spoil the entire meal for some. I guess it all depends on your taste though.
It’s nearly impossible to list the overwhelming amount of countless visceral pleasures experienced in William Friedkin‘s latest comically dark offering. ***Note to reader; I use the word “comically” loosely, knowing full well that what one person finds humorous another might find grotesque.*** It’s not every day a film comes along that is able to tickle my funny bone with scenes of mimicked copulation with fried food and being bludgeoned in the face with pumpkin spread. Yes, I happen to find those acts of violence, along with the juxtaposition of ridiculous sexy-time soul music, to be quite hilarious.
Part of what made this film so enjoyable, aside from what I mentioned above, was the story itself. It has all the conventions one would find within any good edge-of-your-seat thriller involving a hitman, owed money, violence, sex, and numerous characters being forced into making grave consequential decisions. Now throw atop that a fantastically written story, even more fantastic acting - including what is easily Matthew McConaughey‘s best performance since Dazed & Confused) - timely purposeful editing, and the enthusiastic and daring vision of an already established director (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and it appears that what I just witnessed could be a future classic in the annals of genre filmmaking.