nope. hated the concept, hated the script, hated (most of) the acting. not like one would expect a lot of thematic relevance from a movie like this but just in case, there isn't any of that either. if it wasn't for some of the stunts and practical effects there'd be little worth salvaging imo. i haven't seen any other f13 movies and i understand most people consider this one among the worst but this does *not* give the series a good image.
went in with my expectations too high, i suppose. tasha robinson hits the nail on the head. i didn't find a lot of exceptional value here other than the excellent technical aspects and a fantastic eye and mind for shooting and contrasting nature. compared to something like last year's hvítur, hvítur dagur i think zvyagintsev falls into a sort of "wrong time, wrong place" situation by being unnecessarily overt at some points and unnecessarily vague or insufficient at others.
still have hope for the rest of his filmography.
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another disappointment rewatching craig's bond :(
the shanghai (and consequent macau) scene is great and bardem's character & performance far outweigh mikkelsen's in casino royale. the title song is fantastic. everything else is pretty mediocre. taking one, or rather, a million notes from the dark knight, this bond is battling domestic terrorism and his own demons from his orphan past, while poems are recited in parallel with buildups of more domestic terrorism. bonus points for nighttime scenes in shanghai/hong kong.