Rafael "Parker!!" Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
...and so a new chapter begins in the life and career of our dear friend Tony.
With all these billions of cuts per second, one would be forgiven for thinking this was a hundred percent terrible thing for a film to do, given the final results in many action films in recent years. But after watching this film, I think this is not only a great idea, it also makes the movie much more thrilling and exciting. To pull off this type of editing you really need the right editor, but also a good director and story.
Luckily for us, all of these ingredients can not only be found in this film, but are almost the basis of the movie itself. A film about paranoia could very well be shot and edited as a slow burn picture, but when you add action, the frenzy style is not just recommended, but justifiable. This is a great example of how Tony pulls that sense of madness to make it feel unsettling, making things very exciting towards the end with some great chase sequences and explosions, though there's this helicopter that constantly gets in the way of almost every shot.
As one of Will Smith's first serious roles, he shines through, not only because he sells confusion and desperation, but also because he delivers some of the humor and silliness due to his inherent charm and charisma. Hackman barely appears in the movie, but he is also great, especially the moments towards the end where we see his most humorous side. I thought it was interesting that Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy, and Seth Green were the heads of the detection work, which for some reason made me wonder if there was some sort of criticism about how this individuals are a bunch of dufus, or maybe I am reading too much into it.
All in all, the film is an exciting and fun techno-thriller that gets enhanced by some great direction and performances, this is one I encourage everyone to watch if you haven't already.
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