I vacillate between 4 and 4.5 stars for this movie. On one hand, it has some technical cliches that make for the occasional goofy moment. On the other hand, it is so iconic that it tends to transcend those through sheer willpower. Whatever you want to say about the rest of the franchise, this film, itself, is a landmark for the post-9/11 adventure film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was originally only going to write a small epigraph for this.. film.. but I decided that I needed to really put on the heavy-weight gloves here.
Back in 2014, I made a list of directors who I saw as being rising stars. I had people like Jeff Nichols, Rian Johnson, and Shane Carruth on that list. I also had Colin Trevorrow, whose only previous credits of note were Safety Not Guaranteed and I Want To Fuck Your Mom (that's…
I’d be remiss if I did not begin this review by stating in a disclaimer that, being from Tampa, this movie struck a deep, unparalleled chord with me, the likes of which really only Loren Cass and The Florida Project have ever hit. Similarly, Amy Seimetz, the director, is both a dyed-in-the-wool Tampon, and also an FSU grad, like myself. So obviously, I’m going to be coming from a place of bias when I say that this film is a…