“Nobody Knows Anything” - William Goldman
Ya know, if awards committees had simply shown some more love to Drive back in 2011, Refn probably doesn’t end up making absolute dross like this and we could all be leading much more productive lives.
That said, the visuals in the movie are fairly stunning (as is usually the case with his oeuvre)...and that’s pretty much all that worked for me.
One of the most visceral, downbeat cinematic experiences I’ve had in a long time.
- The seemingly one shot take during the shootout is just breathtaking movie making (from leaving the splattered blood on the lens to the moment when they’re walking down the stares as everyone notices the baby)
- This might be Michael Caine’s best role in twenty years (all due respect to his participation in the Nolanverse)
- That final scene on the boat, wow
- Finally, somebody, please bring back Clive Owen...can’t believe this same man is now squandering his career doing commercials for fucking BMW and management software
Denzel easily gives one of the best lead performances in the last 30 years in this. (However, I do feel like this is the tipping point for him, where he goes from acclaimed actor taking on interesting roles to someone whose just cruising on his charisma for the most part).
And yet somehow, Ethan Hawke manages to keep up the entire time. Him being passed over for best supporting Oscar is still a travesty to this day.