This flick is basically nothing but a glorification of police duty and state power. I was waiting for an interlude saying sth like "Proudly sponsored by the nypd - Join us today!". It's true that Phoenix plays his role nicely, but I found Eva Mendes to look kind of ridiculous at his side. 0ne star for my favourite scene, the pursuit in the rain, which was somehow unconventional and breathtaking.
A decidedly strange film, this takes a lot of familiar police/crime movie tropes and assumes that the melodramatic plot will help it not feel overly familiar. It doesn't help. Phoenix is as good as ever, the rest of the cast are disappointingly wasted in their supporting roles.
Wow! Joaquin Phoenix never fails to deliver - another stunning and heartfelt performance. Great film, exquisitely executed, tense, beautiful, emotionally charged, and a stellar cast to boot. It's not often the underground world of drug dealing and being in the police force meet each other face to face as it does here. Definitely worth a watch.
I am disappointed. It started so well, a really horny scene, fabulous music, great nightclub. Then, it just became dull. Mr Phoenix mumbles his way through, black sheep, becomes unlikely, unwanted police helper. Such a good cast, but, i thought the writing weak. Nope.
A middle of the road, thoroughly cliched film, with some decent action sequences but little originality. Phoenix and Eva Mendes in particular are utterly wasted on bland characters facing off against Russian mobster stereotypes in heavy coats. Very predictable and constantly explaining its plot to the audience, this is a weak film that would likely be forgotten were it not made by the director of 'The Immigrant'.
Also für Mubi-Verhältnisse ist das wirklich leichte Kost gewesen. Aber das muss nicht schlecht sein. Unterm Strich war die erste Hälfte wirklich spannend (4.5/5), das dritte Viertel ganz okay (3/5) und das letzte Viertel - bzw. das Ende - ziemlich lächerlich (2/5). Ergibt schlussendlich - Pi mal Daumen - 3/5.
The film starts off pretty intense and well made, but ends in the normal us-american law and order narrative which is pretty lame. From the middle onwards everything is laid out clearly and serves all the stereotypes Hollywood has to offer in a black and white good/evil, police, family drama. Not worth watching.
Much better than I had anticipated - but then Robert Duvall never disappoints. There have been better movies of a similar ilk - The Departed, Donnie Brasco, Black Mass, Goodfellas - but why is it that in so many American films the concept of tragedy loses out to that Hollywood staple - melodrama? Someone explain to American directors - they are (very) different things.