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Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root, Lora Kojovic
Director: Gregor Jordan
Genres: Action & Adventure
The most suspenseful thriller of the year explores just how far we will go to protect ourselves and our country. When a nuclear expert-turned-extremist (Michael Sheen, Underworld) plants devices in three separate cities, t... more »
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IVOR I. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 9/10/2012...
Absolutely dreadful, overrated piece of pink propaganda that shows zero faith in its audience. What has happened to American film making one wonders at the end of this fecal pile of cliches, quarter-truths and ridiculous simplifications. Samuel Jackson portrays an undercover terrorist interrogator, Uncle Sugar's Final Solution, who is brought out from under his suburban rock to save the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free from the ultimate threat, a White converted Muslim terrorist, Arthur Younger(Michael Sheen). Sheen is a fine English actor, well known for his performances of prime minister Tony Blair in 'The Queen' and the legendary soccer manager Brian Clough in 'The Damned United.' Sheen is, however, out of his league in the scenery-chewing stakes against Sam Jackson. Worse, his accent, supposedly from Central Pennsylvania veers somewhere between Southern California and Somerset. At any rate, Jackson discovers Younger has planted three maybe nuclear bombs in different locations across the U.S. and must locate them. This is 'the Plot!
Jackson a/k/a "H," has to extract the desired info from Younger and save millions of American innocents from nuclear holocaust by any means necessary. Thus H races against strictures of time, authority and the ethical rules of morality vis-a-vis interrogation. Enter the ultra-butch FBI problem solver/apparatchik Helen Brody (Carrie Ann Moss). While H practices all kinds of perfidious games and modes of physical torture on Younger, Brody mouths every cliché possible concerning integrity, ethics, and procedure. Thus we have three characters played by strong actors in search of an author. Unfortunately, this is all there is!!!
Every rhetorical stereotype is well worn since the time of Aristotle. In this film, the tin-eared writers and its clueless director, Gregor Jordan, literally and metaphorically trip over their dicks as they consider little cartoon bubbles of intellect concerning civilized behavior, the degradation of torture, ethics, morality and religious war. Unfortunately, hackneyed truths about the hypocricy of religion, war and state-sanctioned torture and mass-murder turn this film into a joke. Indeed, this kind of situation, plot-wise can only work when it is portrayed as a Beckettian absurdity. Notions of soldiers, policemen, politicians and terrorists in general as arbiters of philosophy and theology ring about as true as a sow in lipstick and high heels.
On the other hand, if you like your truths simple and your acting hysterical, this baby is for you. If you like violence, this one cheats you, too. There's an especially good scene where Jackson cuts Younger's incredibly good-looking wife's throat. Most of it goes on off-screen, of course.
Another must-see film
Eric L. Willard | FPO, AP United States | 06/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am usually hard pressed to give 5 stars to any movie, game, etc but this movie gives excellent reasons for me to give 5 stars.
The review by M. Himed was excellent except one point. He/she stated that there was a scene where a woman said she had been raped. He said we didn't know if she was Muslim or Christian. He was incorrrect. The woman speaking to Carrie-Anne Moss was Sam Jackson's wife and in the beginning of the movie they clearly state, his wife is a devoute Muslim. It's one of the reasons Sam Jackson is considered to be one of the dangerous people that the Gov reps use to do their dirty work.
Michael Sheen is awesome in his performance. With a large, well known cast around him, he stepped up and delivered an amazing performance.
This movie shows the average viewer that sometimes, the unthinkable MUST be done in order to save the lives of the innocent.
I can't recommend this enough."
Nereida Kusnadi | 06/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is an excellent, thought provoking piece. The characters are not the run of the mill fluff types. The director skillfully depicts the array of human emotions the characters would go through during a catastrophic threat. Whatever your beliefs on interrogation methods and human rights, this fiom shows that it is not a simple matter as the agents vacillate in where they draw the line and what they consider acceptable or unthinkable when innocent lives are lost or in danger."
Kari Murphy | The Horizon | 07/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As stated by many reviewers, this movie is a 5 star "under the radar" supernnova! Samuel Jackson portrays a "non-existent" terrorist interrogator, who is brought out to save the country from a nuclear Muslim terrorist, Arthur Younger played beautifully by Michael Sheen. Younger is frighteningly convincing with a mysterious conviction, a personal and religious agenda involving at least 3 hidden nuclear bombs of mass destruction, hidden in unknown metropolitan America.
Jackson's character is magnificent, simply known as "H," the silver bullet weapon who is the only chance to extract key information and save millions from an impending holocaust. The movie races under a pressure cooker of time, obstacles of authority, and confusion on how far to go in this unbelievable quandry of intensity and horror. What does "H" need to do to uncover and neutralize this madman's design to kill millions of innocents? The military and intelligence teams are portrayed with sublime perfection, especially the supporting actress, Carrie Ann Moss. She is utterly convincing as an icon of righteousness in being Helen Brody, FBI supervisor. Helen is on a rollercoaster of confliction, bound by integrity, ethics, and procedure who undergoes a shattering metamorphasis as the plot unfolds into one of narrowing, "unthinkable" choices.
This movie is more than thought provoking...it erupts off the Richter scale with aftershocks of repercussion that stay with the viewer for days! Shameful, painful, but somehow justifiable degradation of civilized behaviors under the duress of mass annihilation. What exactly will we do to protect our own and how will we justify it after the fact? "All virtue is summed up in dealing justly." ~Aristotle~ The premise remains as to "What is justice in certain circumstances...or does it cease to exist?" How far can we go before we individually and collectively blur the lines of our ethics and morality and revert back to primitive survival instincts? Is survival a matter of virtue or justice? Are basic instincts wrong?
This movie is impossible to watch without churning up inevitable questions of what lies beneath our civilized behaviors. Physical and mental torture are dancing on the razor's edge, the director (Gregor Jordan) is masterful at capturing the hidden, delicate and sledge hammer effects of this incredible and poignant battle. A masterpiece that will haunt our thoughts into analyzing each and every facet in this prescient film. Absolutely unthinkable to miss this one..."