Eastwood is in fine form as the anti-hero reluctantly forced by fate to defend the weak and oppressed. I found the lack of acting skills by the supporting cast distracting, but the storyline and Eastwood more than make up for this.
In Minnesota, A car salesman hires two thugs to kidnap his wife so that his father-in-law can pay off the ransom and then he can collect a portion of the money to pay off his debts. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and people begin getting killed in horrible and unusual ways. A gory, intense, extreme, funny, and original thriller of a film. Francis McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi are all top-notch in this flawless saga of quirky characters, bland atmosphere, and spraying blood. An American classic. This is the Coen brothers at their best! Rated R: Contains strong bloody violence and gore, strong language, and some sex.
Great Work From the Coens
Reviewed by brendoman for Fargo at 2008-08-28 18:32:20
When I really sit down and think about it, this is probably my favorite from the Coens and probably my favorite black comedy. So many great performances. Minnesota and North Dakota are characters themselves. Beautifully shot, great music really sets the tone.
I'm still pondering why the film always held me at arms' length from its deeply emotional content. The characters tended to spell out their experience too much as they talked about it. The dialogue was a little too calculated for me. Explained emotion rather than raw, living emotion. The one scene that got at it for me was when Del Toro is coming down off a heroin fix and Lopez asks him several times what he needs, what she can do to help him. He tells her he wants "Chocolate" - and the next time she asks: "ice cream." These short exchanges communicate the longing, guilt, desperation and raw physical experience that draws a more striking response from the viewer.
The Snake Pit meets The Cell
Reviewed by KHL for Gothika at 2008-08-06 11:16:07
Not a really original idea, and the visuals are very reminiscent of The Cell, which was pretty groundbreaking visually and preceded this movie by 3 years. Although Berry is the "star" she pales in comparison to Cruz and Downey, Jr., who give great performances despite the lackluster script. OK to watch once, but pretty predictable Hollywood stuff.
HBO and Tom Hanks make a great team with this series, just a superb telling of the ins-and-outs of the massive effort behind the space race. Besides Hanks, there's lots of crossovers between this series and the Apollo 13 feature film.