Solid Movie, Well Worth the Watch
Caught this film in Toronto a while back. It has an excellent cast of
characters, who were all well developed, the film takes the time to
give background and history on the characters before jumping into it.
The storyline was good too, it had plenty of twists and turns
throughout keeping the viewer guessing, and managed to avoid
predictability (unlike 'Hollywood-big-budget' films) and really pulls
the viewer in.
The cinematography really stands out, clever shots, great colour use in
some scenes too and really brings a different kind of life to the film.
Most notably for me was the alleyway beating scene, the dark plot
twist/events of that scene are contrasted by the brightness and the
popping colours. Definitely interesting visually as well.
Overall, certainly well worth the watch..
By all the powers invested in me, could it be I am too dense to
understand this movie?
Could it be the noir theme that clouded my vision and imagination so
that at 2:22, I saw but did not see?
Could it be the continuous cold weather and snow of the movie, which
reminded me of those dreary, lethargic days I spent in Russia years
ago, opaqued my fiery spirit and made me slow to understand? Could it
be the story was written in such a way that I kept leaping from one
screen to the next looking for the missing links to put it all
together? I understood, when beginning to watch the film, that this was
a story about a heist gone bad, in fact, incomprehensibly wrong. But
why? I couldn't tell; reasons were hard to grasp. For example, the
story wishes to tell me that due to a couple of very small coincidences
all hell broke loose, things that could easily have been even
overlooked. Come on, now, unless the characters were possessed by some
supernatural instinct, I do not see how they could have pieced things
so quickly and accurately?
Why exactly do we point at 2:22, when the time in question had little
to do with the main story?
The four main characters were supposed to be good thieves, going after
highly valued jewelry and such. How exactly did they happen to know
that The Grange Hotel would have all its safety deposit boxes loaded
with goods on the night of New Year's Eve? I looked and looked at 2:22,
but still at 2:23, SAW NOTHING!
The grunge/new age music was good, yes, it lent an eerie effect to the
movie, especially due to its dark nature. But then, why did we have
Clair DeLune playing in the background during almost half the film? It
became annoying after a while.
The acting was one of the weakest points. None of the characters stood
out, not even Val Kilmer in his role as the fence, which was pretty
lame, I must add, considering Kilmer has played some major roles in the
past. Most of the time I felt the people were waiting to be cued in so
they could say their lines, because that's all they did - just say the
lines. I remember at one point saying: "what is happening here? what's
he doing? I'm lost". This looks like someone trying to put Max Payne
together with The Usual Suspects. Honestly, Gabriel Bryne did nothing
here, except look older, fatter, and tired.
So, I call it 2:22 minus ½ (if there is such a time), because it was
neither funny, nor logical, nor thrilling, nor dramatic, nor ... Aww,
heck, you watch it if you want, and then tell me if I missed something
at 2:22. For the life of me, I'm still looking but cannot see it..