Written May 25, 2008
The title of my review sums up my opinion of the movie in a nutshell. Yes, it starts out well, and ends well, but it was pretty boring and senseless for a significant stretch in the middle. It was like two different movies, with the middle part having little to no contribution to the rest of the movie, and a couple of scenes were clearly just in there for shock value. Basically, about 99% of the scenes with Margarita Levieva could've been cut, and I would have been pleased with the entertaining short film I had just watched. Her accent REALLY annoyed me (I do not know if that is how she speaks in real life, but either way, she sounded like "Natasha" from "Rocky & Bullwinkle"), but her character was annoying regardless of her accent, too. William Hurt, as the buffoonish, power-drunk mayor (seemed to be a "poke" at Giulliani), seemed so out of place--this role was very much beneath him. Tim Robbins was fine, but nothing special.
If you're interested, wait to watch it on cable.
Written January 04, 2010
An Amusing Character Fights Back