Is a bad Michael Mann movie still a good movie? Uh almost. No one cracks a smile in this dour and preposterous film, but Mann gives you some visceral moments that are stirring. Chris Hemsworth is a handsome beast, but I find him best leavened with humor or at least some irony. For Mann completists.
This is a sweet natured and hopeful movie with a jaunty Huckleberry Finn style river trip at the core of the film. Shia LaBeouf is a surprise here, still his surly self but with a likable and sympathetic core that centers the film. There is a nice bit of magical realism at the end which is genuinely touching.