If you're into old school, blood-splattering shoot-em-ups, dark humour and a typically twisty crime caper plot, Joe Carnahan's COPSHOP comes good. Yes, it obviously isn't the first of its kind but how many movies are now? Also, who cares? Me likey :)
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David Gordon Green's sequel feels like such a pointless middle chapter of a planned trilogy that was made only because the movie studio mandated it. Throughout, it was easy to tell Green and his co-writers were grasping at straws and hopelessly short on ideas with how to justify its existence. As a result, they just resort to throwing gruesome kill after gruesome kill at the screen, hoping to mask their film's embarrassing impotence or perhaps distract us from it.
NO TIME TO DIE is an epic Bond odyssey and a fitting swansong with admittedly a few bumps (tone & plot-wise) along the way but boasting visually stunning action set-pieces directed with such skill, singularity, confidence and precision by Cary Fukunaga and exquisitely lensed by Oscar-winning cinematographer, Linus Sandgren. Daniel Craig is absolutely brilliant here, delivering arguably his best performance not just as the iconic secret agent but of any role at all in his career, further cementing his status as…
Going into this, I was expecting one of those cut-and-dried Oscar bait titles where the quality of the performances eclipse that of the film overall but I was glad to be wrong. Yes, Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman thoroughly deserve all the critical acclaim they have received thus far but THE FATHER offers a nuanced, evocative and often heartbreaking look at dementia and its toll not just on individuals afflicted with it but also their caretakers (kin or otherwise).