I'm only putting spoilers here because it's been out for a week.
I was shocked at how completely different this film was from everything I've seen lately. The gimmick of the film is that there is an event happening all taking place in about a half hour, and we get to see all the details unfold from the different viewpoints of the people there. The news people filming what's going on, the Secret Service guy, the president, The terrorists... everything clicks into place as the film goes along to make it a really enjoyable film.
The plot, with all it's twists and swerves felt like it was a action film written by M. Night Shyamalan. One thing that bugged me was that every character except Matthew Fox's felt like it was written for Clint Eastwood. Clint would NEVER play a bad guy. Speaking about that, I was totally NOT expecting that swerve. I hope I'm not alone on that, cause I was completly caught by surprise over Fox being a bad guy.
The only part of the film that felt dumb to me was Forest Whitaker's part. It was kinda sappy and I just can't imagine a guy like that running around with the camera chasing people around Spain, he'd have to stop every block to get his wind back. He's a little to big for the role, sad to say.
Overall, a really good mindless action film that it way better then it should be because of the gimmick of the character storys.
Rating: B - Never a boring moment, tons of action to keep you watching.
I saw it last week (Sunday) and my theater either didn't know what the movie was about or something because there were some very audible groans from a 30-something crowd with every rewind.
There was an older Russian couple behind us and they walked out during Forrest's story and missed the best car chase I've seen in a while.
I like movies like this and I think it's a solid 7.5/10. It is told in a unique way (in this day and age in Hollywood) but there are some unexplained things and the ending seemed a little "Deus ex Machina" but it was foreshadowed a tad early on.
I was hoping it would be more like Rashomon and the like but it was a good time.
I hope someone can explain this but from the very first time I saw Matthew Fox I had a hunch that he was a bad guy. I really don't understand why, seeing as the only real other role I have seen him in was Lost and it's not like he's very evil in that. Bizarre, I know, but I had that feeling the whole movie.
Here was what SERIOUSLY angered me. Why in the blue hell did they expose that the President wasn't actually shot in the preview? I don't know how many people caught on but in every commercial I saw for the movie they highlighted and aide telling the President "You're supposed to be shot". WOW that pissed me off. That's the biggest swerve in the movie, given away in a freaking commercial. It's the worst part about movies these days, over exposure in the previews.
I didn't mind the movie. It was totally unbelievable and unrealistic with the United States using body doubles and the like. But I think my favorite part was the ending, which basically said "you as a citizen would have NO idea about any of the crazy shit that happened". That was a very needed touch that took the movie from mediocre to very goo for me.
Just saw this one today. I liked it for it's uniqueness in story telling. Like "Lost," one POV left you with questions, while answering others at the same time. The only thing I didn't like was the one character (the mayor's bodyguard or whatever he was) got hit by two cars in the chase scenes and didn't even walk with a limp. Aside from the car chases being totally unbelievable (but then, what car chases ARE believable?), I thought the movie was pretty darn good. Kept me entertained and guessing the entire time.
I also really, really enjoyed it. I never read the books, but the film was excellent. The casting is great. Martin Freeman is deservedly the star of the film, and if he doesn't become a huge star after this...there is no God.