TL;DR – In many ways, it feels like almost a relic of a different time. But there was a lot of work put into this film, and the cast is clearly here for it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Amazon Prime service that viewed this movie.
Without Remorse Review –
I am not sure that any modern author’s works have been adapted as much as Tom Clancy. From movies to TV shows to video games, the late author’s name is everywhere as his works of political intrigue get adapted and then readapted. His works are deeply political, so it is always interesting to see how it has been reinterpreted for a different time. Today, I look at the latest film adaption of his work with Without Remorse.
So to set the scene, we open in Aleppo, Syria, as John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) and his team are sent sneak into a stronghold to rescue a CIA operative captured by government forces by CIA operative Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell). However, when they arrive, it is not Syrian Government forces holding the officer but Russian forces. As they try to exfil from the building, an RPG splits the team, but they manage to escape. Three months later, John is in Washington DC with his very pregnant wife Pam (Lauren London), preparing to leave the Navy. Still, unknown to him, his old team is getting assassinated one at a time across America.
TL;DR – It is a film of great character moments, wonderful music, and an interesting story of someone going from low to high to low and then back again.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
It looks like it is going to be the decade of cinematic superheroes and also of
the musical biopic. Especially a musical biopic of a seminal rock superstar
from England that took the globe by storm only to discover a world full of
drugs and dodgy management. Given they have been so far Oscar gold and have made
bank at the box office we are sure to get a couple of these and today we look at
one that is taking the standard biopic and twisting it up.
So to set the scene, we open with Elton John (Taron Egerton) exploding through
a door in full orange sequined devil glory. You expect him to be doing a grand
entrance into a stadium, but instead we soon find out that he is at group
theory session when the first question was asked “what was your childhood like?” and we drop through the floor back
to the 1950s when a young Reggie (Matthew Illesley) lived with his mother
Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), grandmother Ivy (Gemma Jones) and occasionally
his father Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) when he comes back from the army. Elton
says he had a happy childhood, but we soon find out there is a difference
between what Elton says and reality.