Written April 22, 2013
I went to this move with great expectations but certainly was NOT rewarded.
Ryan Gosling is no Ed Norton and Bradly Cooper is lame. The real
acting came from Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta who had way to small of a roll and
keep an eye on Dane DeHaan - he is a true up and coming young star.
The move had no redeeming factors unless you believe, most
American men are booze smoking drug addicted psychos who,
either wind up dead or deadbeats - raise kids that do nothing but
booze - smoke and oh yes beat each other up. WOW - I guess that's the
NEW NORMAL we are expected to 'believe!?' That's UNBELIEVABLE!
Written April 15, 2013
Although the actors in the film do a fantastic job, I did not find it very enjoyable to watch. It seemed to drag on quite a while. In fact, when the credits rolled my fellow moviegoer to my left said "Halleluia."
I typically enjoy or find something interesting in most movies I see, unfortunately this one I could not. I often asked myself during the film what the point of the movie was. By the end, I was trying to review in my mind what the filmmaker wanted to say or what the message was, but there just didn't seem to be one.
Skip it or see it on video if you are curious.
Written April 13, 2013
RG & BC do a great job in this movie. Gosling's role reminds me exactly of his character in drive. The first half of the movie is great. However the second half, kind of drawn out. They could have easily cut the last hour in half. Other than that, interesting storyline and great actors.
Written April 14, 2013
Portrait of America, where the most calculating and ruthless among us always win. However, there are no stock characters--no good guys or bad guys, no apologists for criminals--nor are there kudos for what passes for heroism in our country--the story only shows that beneath the veneer of civilization, the tooth-and-claw struggle for dominance still reigns supreme--perhaps never more than now.
But the movie does not preach, only I am preaching here--the movie is a thrilling epic story so beautifully acted, photographed and directed, with such a fine script, that I wanted to keep watching--I was immersed and in no hurry to re-emerge. Simply wonderful.
Written April 16, 2013
I thought this movie was well acted. As a Schenectady resident, I enjoyed seeing familiar places in a movie like the bank and Aumiller's pharmacy, etc. The scenes shot out in the woods were beautiful. I thought it was realistic in dealing with past police corruption in Schenectady.I thought the movie was sad and somewhat grueling to watch. It showed that when people make bad choices, they will have to deal with bad consequences. This is a movie for adults, not for children.