Central Intelligence – Review

✯✯

Central Intelligence‘s problem isn’t the casting, nor the premise, nor the humour. It’s the clear lack of effort to distinguish itself from other films of the sort because in spite of the sporadically entertaining moments coming about thanks to the chemistry built between Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, Central Intelligence is never really trying to do more. Not that that’s already a bad thing as the film as a whole could really have been much worse than what we have received, but when one can already predict the sort of route without much else presented worth noting, what we’re left with is a series of tired jokes that in turn, never end up going anywhere because of a clear lack of a sense of direction. At its worst, all that Central Intelligence gives off is really nothing more than wasted potential. Continue reading →

Triple 9 – Review

✯½

There’s a joy to watching heist films that felt so stunningly absent while Triple 9 was going on. Remember how expertly crafted the tension can be at least when done so perfectly under the hands of Michael Mann, Jean-Pierre Melville, or Jules Dassin when they were directing Heat, Le Cercle Rouge, or Rififi? Try to imagine any of those three films which I’ve mentioned without the suspense that kept everyone at the edge of their seat, and within no time, you’ll have whatever it was that Triple 9 was offering. Admittedly, you have two fantastic heist sequences setting the bar for the film, but my only wish was that John Hillcoat, whose own body of work I haven’t particularly been the most fond of, had chosen to handle them in a manner it would really stick within my head. Continue reading →