It may have been one of de Palma's gun-for-hire films and a notorious flop but honestly - this was pretty good.
Kudos for this wining Best Picture. It still comes across bleak and odd in 2021. I can't say enjoyed it. Hoffman and Voight are excellent and it was fascinating as a time capsule for New York, but I found the visual style of flashbacks, montages and effects disorientating which I guess was the intention.
Look I know this isn't aimed at me, and a 38 year old man slagging off a Twilight film is actually slightly less dignified than a 38 year old man liking it but jesus, this was terrible. I could go on about CGI werewolves and sparkly vampires but that would be to miss the point, it's not really about all that and to be fair it could actually get away with it, were the characters and script not so irritating.…
Apparently if you make a revenge thriller more realistic you actually make it far more exciting. It's almost as if empathy is a far more effective took for emotional engagement than a line of people queuing up to get punched in the face by Liam Neeson.
Visceral, tense and not mundane at all. Like early Coen Brothers without the knowing wink. Or early Mallick where character and story take precedence over the auteurial indulgences.