Last month I discovered this neo-noir (which I've known of for years) was and still is available for cheap rental on Amazon and the window to start streaming was about to close so that was last night's entertainment. It was just a coincidence that I chose a film where some elements were taken from The Stunt Man novel (because director Arthur Penn was an early candidate to direct the movie version) and it wasn't until after viewing did I hear…
The storytelling here: unfortunate. To me, finally having checked out The Matrix sequels-but not The Animatrix; more on that later-that fact can finally be confirmed by myself. No wonder at least part of the fanbase felt disappointed by both after the huge (and unexpected) impact that the original had back in '99, a bold story that had a unique style and was presented in a relatively clear fashion and did not have laughable elements such as 100 clones of Agent…
This movie is still a classic and there are still plenty of people who think that this is gore-soaked when you hardly see any violence for the most part; it's more the low-budget sleazy factor and the great atmosphere and mood that make it unnerving to watch. It's still effective today; if only most of the sequels/remakes/alleged sequels went with this style instead of the direction they turned to.
I'll be honest and say that for the most part I avoid the films of Paul Greengrass; that is because I don't care for his style of film making. Shaky cam and too quick cuts... no thank you.
However, while watching this I didn't even really notice any shaky cam or too quick cuts. That is a big endorsement right there. I really knew little about the real life story this is based upon so of course I was always…