Entries tagged with “crime film”.

It’s not easy to adapt Agatha Christie to screen in 2017, and it is even more difficult to take upon ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ which already had a fabulous and stars-blessed version made in 1974 by . The queen of the detective novel created superb mysteries, but there are challenges in bringing them to screen, as her characters are quite theatrical, always hide and seem to be something else that they really are, and the confined enclosure where most of her stories take place does not fit the requirements of dynamics in modern action cinema. It’s a challenge to turn the bright mental exercises in her novels into screen action, especially as most of the viewers would know the ending. A challenge that can be compared with bringing to the cinema screens the text and characters of Shakespeare. So, maybe it takes a director and an actor that already brought to screen the plays of Shakespeare to assume the challenge and the risks. The name of this director is, of course, .


source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/mediaviewer/rm274931968

source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3402236/mediaviewer/rm274931968


The approach chosen by the director for this version of Murder on the Orient Express does not try to ‘actualize’ the intrigue into the present time, but does the contrary – it is very specific about the exact year of the plot, 1934, exactly the year when Agatha Christie’s book was published. While keeping the structure of the intrigue and the format of the ‘train story’ it invests much of the writing and acting efforts into developing the characters. First of all it’s Hercule Poirot’s life itself which is enhanced with the memory of a lost love, although more details may have been left for the following episodes. himself assumes the role of Poirot, with , , , , and a wonderful supporting cast providing color and personality to each one of the characters, whatever time they catch on the screen.


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I enjoyed the experience of watching this version of the classical murder story, even if the solution of the mystery was known to me from the beginning. I believe that succeeded to find the right balance between the old good way of making films with a good story combined with nuanced acting, and the modern visual techniques that place the action in a spectacular landscape adding an aura of fairy tale. The ending alludes to the next episode in what may become a series, and I am looking forward to it.

It took me a very long time to get convinced about the acting skills of . I could not distinguish him in the movies he acted, or between the roles in different movies he acted in the first years of his career and I could not understand what the hype was about. Sure, he is a good looking fellow, but what about acting skills, what about roles to remember after the end credits of the movies he played in, I was asking myself. I started to change surely by definitely my perception as his roles became more consistent, he acted less in the last decade (one film each year and most) and became an accomplished director with Argo, a film which I did not necessarily like but was considered solid and got a good reception.


source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140479/

source http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140479/


Now comes his role in The Accountant, which for me completely turns the cards. It’s a crime story and quite a sophisticated one, in which the main hero is suffering from the Asperger’s syndrome which a dominant father, a dominant personality, tries not to cure, but to build inside the kid the kind of skills that help him survive in the tough world around. Certainly, the films about exceptionally skilled people who suffer of Asperger’s syndrome or other development disorders are not something completely new and they have allowed previous great roles like ‘s in Rain Man or ‘s  in A Beautiful Mind. What is maybe different here is the combination with a the action thriller and, of course, Ben Affleck’s superb performance.


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There is more good acting in this smart and well paced film. Besides we have with not a very consistent role, but providing a solid and sensitive artistic delivery. It’s a pleasant surprise to see an actor I know (and love) from many TV series in a role that gives a special human dimension to the type of ‘chief investigator’ roles he so often plays. Director is not one of the best ranked directors in Hollywood, but this film gives him an opportunity which he uses quite well making of The Accountant one of these action thrillers that has brains and soul behind the action.




My preferred movie critic Roger Ebert spends about half of his review of the film explaining the title of this film. I will not repeat it here in order not to spoil your pleasure of reading it. I will just say that despite Roger’s elaboration I believe that this intelligent crime movie, maybe the most intelligent of the year (and no wonder as it is bringing to screen a novel by Michael Connelly) would have deserved a better and smartest name. Or maybe the title was intended to be one more riddle for the non-American viewers? Just kidding …


source - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189340/


It takes some time to decide whether to love or to hate Mick Haller, the Matthew McConaughey. He is a lawyer, son of a lawyer, he drinks in tune with all Californian private eyes in films and crime novels, he keeps guilty people out of jail, and sometimes innocent people in jail to avoid harsher sentences. Slowly you realize that he is not only smart and knowledgeable about the labyrinths of the system, but that he also would do the right thing eventually and he will do it in a smart way. And then his ex-wife is played by Marisa Tomei and his investigator partner by William Macey, so with two such partners on screen how can’t we end by liking him. (both Tomey and Macey are wonderful actors doing here two wonderful supporting roles.


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With a well written story which succeeds to be interesting and clear to the viewers all the time, with many characters on screen that go beyond the standard typology defined by their roles and find to themselves a reason to be in the movie at the right time ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ directed by Brad Furman (at his second long feature film only) stands one step ahead of the crowd as the best crime film of the season. If you are looking for good entertainment that does not leave you with the feeling that you wasted your time by the end of the screening, this could be your pick. Now, what other good title it could get? :-)