Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green
Last watched: December 2014
Review Date: December2014
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: Blu Ray
Film Noir taken to it’s most extreme comic book levels. Black and grey angles slicing through rain and highlighting eyes. Bright red lips and fluorescent green eyes against smokey sleeze that theatrically defines, no STAMPS the mood and grotesque nature of an underworld perfectly frames with each turn of the silver screen pages.
So you get the gist. It’s stylised, iconic and glorious to look at. Unfortunately the first half then gives way to a more confusing and disjoint second where there doesn’t seem to be any point to anything that happens.
I have to mention the first film, sorry. The first was revolutionary with it’s green-screen effects and in-the-head dialogue. Ultra modern Cool and yet well-worn old fashioned, taken from every Mike Hammer or Bogart flick ever made. The story was confusing but interesting and all the cross overs were fun.
Here there are very few cross overs and the stories are all a bit simple. Nothing matters and it feels to me that the editor/writer might have missed an opportunity to put these connected-by-a-thread plots into a more enjoyable order so that the viewer cares. Oh, the effects are eye-wateringly sumptuous, the sexy moments are eye-wateringly sexy, the violent moments are eye-wateringly violent and all of it is filmed with eye-watering production values. The acting is also rock hard with Mickey stealing centre show and looking massively comfortable doing so. Josh is growlingly good and Eva sparkles in the most enticing ways. Joseph looks so slick and confident that it seems a shame that his story is the most useless. I guess Jessica is the biggest let down for me as she seems to be given too much distracting self-absorbtion. I don’t really care about her after a while.
First half great, second half dull.
Maybe someone should think of this as a movie rather than a TV series.
Blu Ray Extras: Quite disappointing. There are ‘character’ features and then you look at the main one and lots of the same stuff is in there. A few extra stunt and make-up features but really not more than I’d expect on a DVD. Come on BluRay! Get with it!!
I feel like I need to since it’s so stylised but being honest I don’t think I’d that bothered so No.
Watch if on TV?
Yes. It’s such an overpowering show. Maybe not watch it each time though.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog in silhouette with moonlight casting shadows on my bare thighs.