Several hardened cops go to H-E-double-hockey-sticks in this rare modern Turkish horror film.
Only the tiniest, most basic elements of character, backstory and even narrative are offered on the run in a movie whose 95% frantic-action composition has no need or breathing space for more.
Accomplished visually and busy sonically pic nonetheless falls short with a story that scarcely begins to exploit its rock 'n' roll demonic-possession premise.
What played in print as hard-hitting but nuanced now feels like a simplistic, somewhat pandering melodrama that will please armchair Islamophobes.
Julio Medem's film is a smiling-through-tears saga whose generally tasteful execution can't ultimately salvage a whopping load of maudlin contrivance,
However earnest his intentions may have been, German director/coscenarist Floran Gallenberger's borderline-hysterical potboiler ends up a ludicrous exercise in lower-end genre cliches.
The Netherlands' Foreign-Language Feature Oscar candidate has political relevancy, polish and strong perfs. But critical support will be uneven for a film that too often feels like an uninspired…
After moving toward romantic comedy with 2009's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," Miller inhabits that terrain even more assertively here.
As grittily authentic as the street life here feels, Harjo also captures a near-hallucinogenic mood.
This tightly focused narrative can hardly help but build considerable tension and poignancy, as it centers on Axis boy soldiers forced to remove still-live land mines left behind at war's end.
While hectic progress is uninspired, at least this followup ditches the original's obnoxious principal characters — not that it had much choice, since they're all dead, anyway.