It is always hard to translate a play into a movie and this one didn't do too well. Mildly amusing at best dated and with a poor sound track and in fact the actors did not speak very clearly either - which considering this was a play really - is bad. The music blairing over the actors voices did not help much.
Starts off with promise and descends into all the regular clichés but with a unique Canadian outlook. Gets quite slow and boring at times because of the dialogue and there is a lot of moralising political correctness bordering on lecturing about it.
A bit slow at times but a good portrait of a down at heals country town with a less than wholesome attitude to 'well' everything. Bana carries the film but it does a good job and has some twists in it. It ends on a grim note but is ell worth the watch, not too much wokeness about it although this has become the norm for just about all entertainment today.
Just a catalogue or mosaic of ludicrous figures thrown together in the hope something humorous would happen and then it didn't. Just another 'zaney' would be comedy / drama made for TV easy to miss and no loss if you do.
What can I say, acting is wooden, casting is dire, the mother looks younger than the sons girlfriend, the diving expert who thinks it'll be ok to go just another 300 metres, (950 feet) over the limit, the plane that has crashed but seems to be in one piece on the ocean floor, the son who hacks into everything with a wave of his arm and the woman that is sucked out of a plane at 30000 feet but survives hitting the sea and finds a life raft, and I could go on but this one just steps way too far over the believability line. Dialogue is stupid and ilogical and the whole is just a mess with btw heavy PC (aka woke) overtones. Avoid if possible.
A mish mash of confused and weak ideas looses linked by action sequences. Although we all expect a large amount of artistic licence in Bond movies this one steps so far off the mark as to ruin the whoe effect. Obviously they wanted to go back to the roots of bond films with gadgets and old enemies but it did not work at all. Such a shame. The actors all did their best but crap is crap and that is wht the story and direction was. 3 stars 'cos of the actors and cinematogphy.
Could have been good but there are too many 'look behind you moments' and 'nobody is that dumb' for example a one point he is trying to free some prisoners the guard is asleep but he has to use a girl to wake the guard up to distract him, whaaat?
He also seems to be assigned to do this job but there were obviously budget cuts 'cos there is no one left to assist him as all his mates get killed and who turns but his boss Morley, obviously there were no other 'agents' or whatever.
Mclean did the script for this one so its all down to him, I've read a number of his books but gave it away as a teenager as they all seemed to require a dumb hero to make the action happen. Sorry its ok for a rainy day watch but not a good one.
Only redeeming feature was to see so many UK actors of the old school in one film. Beyond that the whole was not a very convincing story and the props (ie aeroplane) was just rediculous. It my have been ok back in 1959 but it isn't now, I suspect it wasn't that great back then.
Take away the BeeGees music and the few dance scenes and the movie is a tawdry mess of caricatures from the urban US in the 70's. It does not age well and was lauded in its day because it was loud, contentious and brash but it is like the people of that time old, saggy and out of fashion.
Play the music watch the dance clips but avoid the movie.
Unbelievable because I do not think there is a politician on the planet who would have the ethics or honesty or empathy with the voters to make a true stand against the corporate / civil service et al.
Somewhat bizarre in terms of the chocolate woman and her boot fetish, but keeps you interested and just when you think thats all abit boring there is a twist in the tale. Not a bad effort if slightly quirky.
I did not finish this movie soif it got better aftervthe first 45 mins, well, ok. But the logic behind it is beyond bizarre and really it is just a shootem up alien movie with little or no logic to the supposed story.
There are better films around and it is annoying that the budget spent on this provides so little in the ay of entertainment.
But decends into soapy beige cop show after series two. Sadly the show could have been outstanding but developed into mush with irrelevant non central characters and their lives muddying the central plot.
I won't review this in the usual terms because it was just stupidly bad throughout with no redeeming features at all. I am baffled as to why anyone would make such a film and having made it and presumable reviewed it actually published it. I will leave the lack of realism as to the aircraft as this is the least of the issues with this dreadful apology for a movie. BTW the acting was pretty horrifying too, in fact that was probably the scariest part of the whole mess.