Old ★½

The Missouri Breaks. Big fan of Stanley Tucci/George Clooney’s lovechild.

Some pretty great cinematography… and that is about the only thing that works here. It’s just not remotely entertaining or engrossing for two crucial reasons: a) it doesn’t develop its premise, just repeats it over and over again (which, of course, gets boring after about ten minutes on the beach); and b) we have no reason to care about any of these aliens. The Village and Signs are thriller masterpieces for the exact flip-side of this equation — mysterious set-ups that dig and build up to a crescendo, and memorable characters we spend quiet moments with, get to know, and root for. It really is that straightforward and fundamental sometimes.

It’s no Click.

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