films seen
3
average score
3.50*
nationality
USA - 53 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Smokin' Aces

by Joe Carnahan
2006 / 108m - USA
Action, Crime
Smokin' Aces poster

A very amusing mid-00s action flick. It's a film that has aged considerably, and one that will no doubt continue to do so in the coming years, but Carnahan's bold approach saves it from oblivion. Some well over-the-top characters, a couple of explosive action scenes and flashy visuals lend the film the necessary flair. The plot's a bit silly and the acting all over the place, but the film refuses to take itself too seriously, which was clearly the way to go with this kind of material. Good fun.

Solid pieces

The Grey

by Joe Carnahan
2011 / 117m - USA
Adventure, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The Grey poster

The inoffensive

Boss Level

by Joe Carnahan
2020 / 100m - USA
Action, Sci-fi
3.0*/5.0*
Boss Level poster

Starts off pretty well, but it seems that Carnahan has lost some of his flair. Truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of the "day repeating" premise, so Boss Level was fighting an uphill battle from the start. But its biggest problem is that it pays way too much attention to the plot, whereas the action is by far its most interesting element.

Roy wakes up every day being assaulted by a variety of hitmen. There's no escaping them, whenever he gets killed his ordeal starts all over again. A good five months in he discovers his wife might be the root of his problem, with infinite time to spend he decides to find out what she got him into, hoping to find a way to stop it.

The action is pretty explosive and over-the-top, the styling is pleasant, characters are larger than life and the pacing of the first quarter is fine. But then the film slows down, we get flashbacks with endless explanations and the pacing drops considerably. I could've done without all that, but at least the film's repetitive nature didn't ruin it completely.