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THE GUILTY A Fast Paced Thriller

October 3rd, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Exciting and edge of your seat compelling, the movie The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal is available Netflix. A “one man show”, the film takes the audience on an explosive heart pounding ride that keeps on going at a fast pace. Helmed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, he puts as much energy and tension here as he did for that film. Read more…

“Miss Sloane” (Written Review & Trailer)

December 11th, 2016 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Jessica Chastain gives brilliantly “wicked” performance in the film Miss Sloane as a lobbyist caught in the middle of a Senate Bill debate. She’s so good at projecting the persona of a strong woman that the ladies may even have cop an attitude following the show. Just kidding guys. Or maybe not. Right now she’s in my top picks for an Oscar. Read more…

“TRUE STORY” (Film Review & Trailer)

April 17th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

The acting saves the slow moving crime drama True Story from being a dragged out snoozer. Based on a factual account of a murder and the discrediting of a rising star reporter at the New York Times, the film stretches the story making True Story lukewarm at best. While the movie has a disturbing plot involving a heinous killing, the nonchalant way the dastardly deed gets presented reduces the intensity of the unimaginable making it a side note to a con job. Even the long drawn out Casey Anthony trial was a lot more compelling than this “true story”. Read more…

It Follows, a Teen Horror Chiller (Film Review & Trailer)

March 26th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Very daunting, compelling, edgy and different the chiller It Follows takes you on a horror ride where sex is key and death the consequence. The disturbing film takes on a complex storyline and sorts it all out during the finale. Perfect for fans that like a good scare and staying with you for a long time after leaving the theater. The movie should do well at the box-office with the teens and twenties being target audience. Read more…

“Run All Night” Crime Drama (Film Review & Trailer)

March 12th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

It’s father versus father in the exciting action drama Run All Night. The hard hitting crime film gets right into the story of violence and never stops dishing it out. Smart directing, very good cast and intense camera work make this film a winner. If you like Liam Neeson in movies like Taken then you will not want to miss his most powerful performance yet. Read more…

Dead Man Down, The Good, the Moody and the Convoluted (Film Review)

March 11th, 2013 No comments

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DEAD MAN DOWN

Review by Alyn Darnay
Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev
Script By: J.H.Wyman
Cast: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard

I have to admit I had trouble understanding the title. After the film ended I still didn’t get it. But then again, after the film ended, I didn’t really get the film either. What we seem to have here is a revenge thriller that aspires to be more than your average revenge thriller. Unfortunately the film never jells into anything but a big moody shoot’um up with one of the most convoluted plots I’ve seen in years.

Does that mean I hated the film? No, I didn’t, and I’ll tell you why in one name, Colin Farrell. I first became aware of Mr. Farrell in Steven Spielberg’s film “Minority Report”. Thought his performance in that film was terrific and I was looking forward to seeing more work from him. It wasn’t forthcoming; he drifted into mediocre roles that he appeared to be just walking through and aside from his wonderfully strange turn last year as one of the “Horrible Bosses” he just wasn’t worth my time to watch. Now up he pops in DEAD MAN DOWN, and his performance makes the film work for me. Subdued, believable, haunting, and vulnerable, his Victor is a tortured shell of a person trying to make sense of his life through revenge. It’s everything I always thought he could pull off as an actor and more.
Here’s The Storyline:

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down

Victor (Farrell), appears to be a rising gangland hood, he has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Howard), with the sole purpose of making him pay for destroying his wife and daughter. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise apartment, he watches and is watched by Beatrice (Rapace), a disfigured young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. When she uncovers Victor’s dark secrets from afar, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own retribution. Together, they begin to carry out their intricate plans, but the odds are stacked against them.

Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, who created the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, makes his American theatrical debut with this film. That debut is the problem here; his wonderful Scandinavian sensibility does not work in his favor inside a big American Film. Had this movie been made away from the Hollywood machine, say in Europe for instance, it would have been better, easier to believe, less confusing. Along with Oplev on this journey is the brilliant Swedish actress Noomi Rapace he used in “Dragon”. Usually a sure performance, this time she lacks the story and character to let her talent fly. Hard to believe that Farrell is able to upstage her at ever turn, but there it is.

The film is a strange brew of violent vengeance and deep felt heartache, located in a place where death is constantly at hand and love is a hard commodity to come by. Wait for the DVD

Rating: 2-1/2 Stars (out of 5)

DEAD MAN DOWN – Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality – 110 minutes