Producers: Arnon Milchan, Lucas Foster, Akiva
Goldsman, Eric McLeod, Patrick Waschberger
Written by: Simon Kinberg
Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn,
Adam Brody, Kerry Washington, Goliath a.k.a. Keith David
So we are well into the summer movie season, and here we’ve
got a star vehicle ripe with controversy. Before Tom
and Katie or Bennifer v.2.0 became
the media’s present-day attention whores, there was quite
a bit of discourse over the subjects of this flick. That being John
Smith’s Pitt and Jane Smith’s Jolie
(would be another future Mrs. The Vile One, save for the fact that
I have a very close relationship with my AB pos blood, and I’d
like to keep it clean and healthy… as well as just keep it,
period). Because you see, Pitt’s celebrity marriage with Jennifer
Aniston ended and Jolie is… well you know, and the
rest is written record. So pair them together in a high-octane,
hyper-stylized, summer popcorn movie from versatile director Doug
Liman, and you’ve got insta-gossip-tabloid-contro-publi-box
office. Or something.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you pretty much
know the drill here. The movie’s more about pairing up two
big movie stars, one male, one female, than its fairly contrived
plot (thanks Master Kinberg, better luck with X-Men
3, eh?), and at one point I believe it was to be Nicole
Kidman as the Jane character. And it’s not so bad.
Pitt and Jolie are charismatic performers, they do a pretty decent
job of selling the rather mundane banter amidst the overdone action
sequences, and their chemistry is believable. But at times it feels
like the paper-thin plot structure and narrative really take a back
seat to Brad and Angie’s posturing and mugging. The supporting
cast is also pretty dull, save for Vince Vaughn’s
fast-talking Eddie, very reminiscent of Trent Walker from Liman’s
Once John and Jane reach the obvious conclusions about their spouse,
we go into the usual cat and mouse routine, but I guess here it’s
more of a game of cat and cat. This is a PG-13 movie and a summer
popcorn flick, so it’s not going to get too heavy and or bloody.
The big climax is somewhat disappointing. Too many open ends, because
you see, there was this great big conspiracy about John and Jane,
since they obviously have powerful superiors. And other than a cameo
appearance of Goliath’s face and his voice
as Jane’s boss, and just a female voice (Angela Bassett’s)
for John’s, it just seems to be brushed aside in favor of
Not that I despise mugging or anything, it’s just that there
doesn’t really seem to be much going on here between the big
action and the overplayed boring suburban couple with a twist premise
other than that. Don’t be fooled by the hints of drama; this
is really nothing more than typical, superficial, and above all
commercial Hollywood fare. In the end, not a bad movie, but I would’ve
much rather reviewed Christopher Nolan’s
—Jeffrey “The Vile One” Harris
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Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
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