Val Kilmer rocks
Definitely a movie worth watching. Val Kilmer is such a complex and an
accomplished actor that this movie fits him like a glove. The story
itself is an action - crime thriller (where Kilmer is an semi-high
profile thief that plans on retiring "en fanfare") interweaved with the
drama of his personal life, which he plans on rebuilding by breaking up
with his foreign girl-friend and start over with his ex-wife (Marg
Helgenberger) and daughter he knows so little. These two plans come
together in Echo Park where his last job comes down. The only thing I
don't understand is that Antoine kid....his character was a little
confusing and I didn't quite get what his role in the movie was. Other
than that, acting is great, script is OK i guess, keen on details,
overall the movie is very enjoyable...at least for me it was......
Kilmer at his best
Columbus Day - My Review Current mood: hungover Category: Movies, TV,
Val Kilmer has had a strange sort of career. At it's height he starred
in some big movies such as Top Gun , Batman Forever and heat but since
then he had made countless unremarkable films including some real bad
ones , the worst being The Saint. I'm not sure the reason for the
career slump but i think it might have something to with the reputation
he got for being an awkward and moody , on and off set. Whatever the
reason I'm please to announce the The Kilmer is back with undoubtedly
one his best performances seen in recent years!
After the heist of his life, a thief hides out in a city park as he
plans to strike a deal to unload the stolen goods. There, he begins an
unusual friendship with a precocious boy, prompting him to reach out
via phone to his ex-wife and estranged daughter, who he hopes will
reunite with him now that he is about to be rich. As his business deal
begins to unravel, he fights to keep the kid out of harm's way and
escape to Florida to join up with his family.
Forget that this is a heist movie because that is only a sub plot in
what is a superbly acted and directed movie about people , friendship
and the fight with what should be their priorities in life.
The interaction between John Cologne ( Kilmer) and 12 year old (
Antoine) Bobb'e J. Thompson is delightful. At first Cologne finds him a
distraction but the young boys charm draws him in and they end up with
a strong Bond between them.
There are also some good cameos from Marg Helgenberger ( of C.S I Fame)
and Lobo Sebastian who plays gangland boss Jimmy Espinosa
Director Charles Burmeister has made a little gem of a movie here that
may well give Val Kilmer the career boost that undoubtedly his acting
Apparently Val Kilmer had to undergo over an hour of daily makeup to
look older for the role but to be fair apart from putting on a few
pounds he didn't look to different from the old days.
Columbus Day just goes to show that you don't need big budgets and
multi million dollar stars to make a great movie.
8 out of 10.