Monday, 20 October 2014

Crisp Criticism - "Starred Up", "Force Majeure", "A Walk Among the Tombstones"

by
Julien Faddoul













Starred Up ***

A teenage offender's violent behavior gets him moved to an adult prison in Ireland that includes his long-incarcerated father.
Searing prison drama that ranks as one of the best of its kind: It impeccably weaves the grand illusion of virtue in an environment that deconstructs men to their core depravity. The acting is extraordinary.

d – David Mackenzie
w – Jonathan Asser
ph – Michael McDonough
pd – Tom McCullagh
ed – Jake Roberts, Nick Emerson
cos – Susan Scott

p – Gillian Berrie

Cast: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Sam Spruell, Peter Ferdinando, Anthony Welsh, David Ajala, Raphael Sowole, Gershwyn Eustache












Force Majeure **

While holidaying in the French Alps, a Swedish family deals with the ramifications of an avalanche.
Fascinating, immutable assessment on gender roles, staged with a precise eye and a comic edge.

wd – Ruben Östlund
ph – Fredrik Wenzel
pd – Josefin Åsberg
m – Ola Fløttum
ed – Jacob Secher Schulsinger
cos – Pia Aleborg

p – Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson

Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren












A Walk Among the Tombstones *

A private investigator is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped him and murdered his wife.
Brooding, curious crime thriller that inspires to be an urgent work of woe, but ultimately remains simply manipulative.

wd – Scott Frank   (Based on the Novel by Lawrence Block)
ph – Mihai Malaimare Jr. 
pd – David Brisbin
m – Carlos Rafael Rivera
ed – Jill Savitt
cos – Betsy Heimann

p – Tobin Armbrust, Danny DeVito, Brian Oliver, Michael Shamberg

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roche



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