films seen
6
average score
1.58*
nationality
status
Alive and kicking
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Dubious filler

The Giver

2014 / 97m - USA
Sci-fi, Drama
2.0*/5.0*
The Giver poster

Salt

2010 / 100m - USA
Action, Thriller
2.0*/5.0*
Salt poster

The Quiet American

2002 / 101m - UK
Drama, War
2.0*/5.0*
The Quiet American poster

Plain forgettable

The Bone Collector

1999 / 118m - USA
Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
The Bone Collector poster

Big nopes

Clear and Present Danger

1994 / 141m - USA
Action, Thriller
1.0*/5.0*
Clear and Present Danger poster

Harrison Ford as a 90s Jack Ryan isn't the most appealing sales pitch for a movie, but this was a pretty big box office hit back in the day. I have no idea why though, because it's a really bland and stale B-flick, made with an excessive budget. The worst part is, that excessive budget doesn't even show.

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Ford isn't really suited to play Jack Ryan and these 90s action/thrillers haven't aged very well either. The action lacks adrenaline, the thriller elements aren't all that exciting and the only thing more over the top than the cheesy patriotism is the runtime of the film. They could've at least cut an hour without losing anything substantial.

At least the finale is slightly better than the rest, but you have to wait more than two hours to get there. The secondary cast is pretty poor too and Noyce's direction feels completely uninspired. A very forgettable and poorly executed film, let's hope time will bury this kind of nonsense, so future generations will be spared.

Backroads

1977 / 60m - Australia
Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Backroads poster

Phillip Noyce's first feature film. I'm not a big Noyce fan and this film certainly isn't going to change my mind. It's a very raw, crude and unpolished flick that probably does a good job capturing a specific place, time and scene, but Noyce never managed to get me interested in his characters and their ramblings.

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Gary is a nobody who just wanders about. One day he runs into Jack, a minor criminal who steals a car in order to travels the back roads of Australia. Gary joins him, on the way several other hitchhikers join them on their journey. And so we're watching a road trip that doesn't lead anywhere interesting.

Performances are poor, the dialogues are trivial and the characters are invariable irritating. I don't think Noyce cared much about the cinematography and the soundtrack is a serious drag. People with a love for the 70s might find something interesting here, I was glad the film was just an hour long.