films seen
8
average score
1.87*
nationality
UK - 67 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Worthy but flawed

News of the World

2020 / 118m - USA
Adventure, Drama
2.5*/5.0*
News of the World poster

Quite a bit better than I expected it to be, then again my expectations were pretty low to begin with. I'm not a fan of westerns, I don't care much for Hanks and Greengrass is hardly my favorite director. But somehow the sum here is more than its parts, possibly thanks to the inclusion of Zengel.

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Kidd is a traveling news reporter. He goes from town to town and spreads the news among the people who can't read. On his travels he finds a young orphaned girl. He decides to take her with him to the next town, but there they don't want to keep her. Kidd has no other option than to find her family and reunite her with them.

There isn't much action and the level of machismo is really low, which are definite pluses. It plays more like a road trip through the Wild West, with Kidd and the girl slowly bonding. There's always a whiff of Hollywood kitsch present, and it's far from the most memorable film around, but it turned out to be decent enough filler.

Green Zone

2010 / 115m - UK
War, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
Green Zone poster

A pretty run-of-the-mill Greengrass film. Think Matt Damon in an urban war zone, without the visual bravura of Bay or Scott. It's not a bad film if you like this kind of thing, the pacing is decent and the action is exciting enough, but I couldn't escape the feeling that I've seen this done a lot better before. Expensive genre filler.

The Bourne Ultimatum

2007 / 115m - USA
Action, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
The Bourne Ultimatum poster

Dubious filler

United 93

2006 / 111m - USA
Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
United 93 poster

Plain forgettable

22 July

2018 / 143m - USA
Thriller, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
22 July poster

Greengrass giving his version of the Utøya massacre. If you want a more gripping, more compact and overall better film, then just watch Poppe's Utøya: July 22. If you prefer an elongated Hollywood version with more in-your-face sentiment, this Paul Greengrass version is the one you want to see.

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Anders Breivik is a far right extremist who prepares to shock the nation. After bombing an office building in Oslo, he drives to Utøya where the children of the Norwegian elite are passing their days in summer camp. He wreaks havoc with an arsenal of guns, only to make a political statement.

Greengrass' film focuses way more on the aftermath of the events and the trial that followed it. The massacre itself is pretty minor, instead, we get more personal drama. I can't say I was very impressed with this film, then again, that goes for most of Greengrass' oeuvre. It's topical, just not very good film making.

Jason Bourne

2016 / 123m - USA
Action, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
Jason Bourne poster

A sequel that feels utterly pointless. It's as if the sole reason this reboot existed was to test the waters for people's interest in more Bourne. The actors are static, action scenes are dull (except the car chase in Vegas) and the plot is generic. For a film that no doubt cost a lot of money to make, it's subpar on almost every level.

The Bourne Supremacy

2004 / 108m - USA
Action, Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
The Bourne Supremacy poster

Big nopes

Captain Phillips

2013 / 134m - USA
Drama, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
Captain Phillips poster