Here is Tony’s reviews on the movies coming out on DVD and Blu-ray.
Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations.
With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division starting to close in, Wolff takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars.
But as Wolff unravels the books and gets closer to the truth, the body count that starts to rise.
“The Accountant” should have been a nail-biting crime thriller that kept the audience guessing until the end, but, unfortunately, the film only gets halfway there. Just as the excitement builds, the story goes flat and becomes contrived and confusing.
Ben Affleck does a reasonably good job in portraying Christian Wolff, who is a high-functioning autistic. But his portrayal is hindered by the film’s gimmicky use of flashbacks and subdued action scenes. Added to the mix is a tacked-on performance by Anna Kendrick, whose character, Dana Cummings, breezes through the film in all too short a time.
All in all, “The Accountant” is trying hard to be more than what it is, a very typical, uninspired and formulaic crime film.
It gets a C and is rated R.
The Birth of a Nation
The film follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
“The Birth of a Nation” is a hard movie to ingest for a lot of reasons, as the film is brutal and unapologetic in its approach to the historical events leading up to Nat Turner’s rebellion, and carries with it the feeling of any “agenda” film. But political and social posturing aside, I will review the film for its acting and directing, rather than any message it may be trying to convey.
“Birth of a Nation” is incredibly shot and offers up some extraordinary images (both brutal and lovely) that will stay with the viewer long after the film has ended. It’s the cinematography in “The Birth of a Nation” that gives the film its emotional weight.
Nate Parker, who stars and directs, puts in a very well-crafted performance, but doesn’t fully immerse himself into the role. Parker, however, is a gifted director who understands the need to take his time with every scene.
All in all, “Birth of a Nation” is a film worth seeing mostly for its technical merits and attention to detail. The film gets a B and is rated R.
The film is set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded April 20, 2010, and ultimately created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The film explores the relationships and interconnections of the crew as they fight this disaster at sea.
“Deepwater Horizon” is a highly entertaining disaster film.
Under Peter Berg’s direction, the film takes it’s time to come to a boil, as the audience is introduced to the main characters and the technical information needed to follow the story. And although this is a very necessary step, the film loses a point because of the long-winded way it was done.
“Deepwater Horizon” offers some of the best practical action camera work seen in a while, as the audience follows the crew into intense heat and explosions as they attempt to save the massive oil rig.
Mark Wahlberg puts in a strong performance as he portrays real life oil man Mike Williams, who was a consultant on the film. Although Wahlberg gives us an everyman turned hero in the face of this disaster, it is Kurt Russell’s performance that pushes the film forward.
Russell’s “Mr. Jimmy” is a strong, wise and no-nonsense father figure to his men. And as much as Russell is crusty and ill-tempered, he exudes a very hard charm the audience finds irresistible.
“Deepwater Horizon” is very much worth the time to see. It gets a B and is rated PG-13.
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