Starring: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written By: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 41 min
Tonally, this film is odd, it’s on the same sort of level as Danny Boyle’s “A life less ordinary” in that it’s trying to have fun but is very violent and the film style is a little too self consciously cool. It’s not as assured as “Trainspotting” or a well grafted as “Slumdog Millionaire” but it’s not bad , (I think the director has yet to make a bad film, his films are always worth watching) this just isn’t great. This film delivers a perfectly distracting 100 minutes but it is ultimately vapid and forgettable. It reminded me in parts of “Side affects” and “Eternal Sunshine..” but to say why would spoil the films fun, yet increasingly hard to follow (and believe), reveals and twists. Rosario Dawson shines here as a very believable (and soothingly voiced) hypnotherapist. James McAvoy is a little annoying but enthusiastic, although I wish the film wasn’t narrated occasionally by him and had lingering shots of him looking at us as these go on a beat too long – every time! Vincent Cassel is okay but gets short served by the script and his on screen presence seems diminished when he has to speak English.
This film is essentially a robbery film and a who-done-it with lots of action styling. If you want a cool looking Friday night film that is slick and fun, you could do worse. The characters are constantly trying to stab each other in the back, there’s gadgets, sex and violence as well as trippy visuals and plot twists to constantly distract you.
DVD would be fine as even though it has very cool and slick visuals, the shots are clean, colourful and simple to read.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
There’s a very darkly comedic moment towards the end end where you are certain a character is going to die horribly by burning to death only to think they will die by being shot or blown up and then it goes onto to drowning!! Agonizing and twisted.
Stewart’s two cents:
Who’s the hero? Who’s the villain? This film does a great job of playing with your expectations in a very believable way. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this film. But then I’ve always liked Danny Boyle movies, and James McAvoy. It presents an intriguing set of situations, and picks up the pace nicely towards the end of the film as multiple story points are concluded. Very satisfying.