STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0
VERDICT – 2/5
1) A spy-thriller set in the middle-east where relations between a ground CIA operative and his superior are strained over differences in their approaches to track down the head of a terrorist group.
2) In the towering presence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, the applause goes to Mark Strong’s convincing performance as head of the Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Pasha.
3) Alexander Witt’s cinematography is praiseworthy.
4) Russell Crowe’s opening monologue summarizes his character.
1) It’s a boring spy-thriller with a generic plot where on one hand we have a cold-hearted no-nonsense CIA boss and on the other hand, we got an emotional CIA ground operative tired of the travesties of war.
2) After spending more than 2 hours in the movie, the output is close to nothing.
Our enemy has realized that they are fighting guys from the future. Now, ahem, it is as brilliant as it is infuriating. If you live like it’s the past, and you behave like it’s the past then guys from the future find it very hard to see you. If you throw away your cell phone, shut down your e-mail pass all your instructions face-to-face, hand-to-hand turn your back on technology, and just disappear into the crowd No flags. No uniforms. You got your basic grunts on the ground there. They’re looking going, “Who is it we’re fighting?” In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies and your enemies dress like your friends. What I need you to fully understand is that these people, they do not wanna negotiate. Not at all. They want the universal caliphate established across the face of the Earth and they want every infidel converted or dead.