A Film Diary

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Watched: 13 August

Bright and colourful, yes, but ultimately this Oliver Stone thriller is empty and unsatisfying. The story pits drug-dealing, perma-boning surfer-hippies (Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson) against Mexican cartel members and rogue DEA agents (Benecio del Toro, Salma Hayek, John Travolta), and it has a slight 90s vibe as a result of all these shady characters, most of which feel like cheap Tarantino or Elmore Leonard knock-offs. Lots of overacting ensues, as well as a few shootouts, some frankly bizarre character decisions and a good dose of Californian and Mexican sunshine. It’s so forgettable I can barely remember anything about the film as I type this, just three weeks after viewing it, but I kind of admire Oliver Stone for making something so completely unfashionable. (**)



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  1. September 21, 2017

    I had thoughts of checking this out when it was first released (is this the one where two friends/brothers go after their kidnapped girlfriend/sister?), but once I saw the ‘perma-boning surfer-hippies’ in the trailer, I quickly changed my mind and moved on. Druggy teenagers are not high on my ‘favorite lead characters in movies’ list, and your two stars help remind me to skip this one as a library rental, too.

    • Stu #
      October 9, 2017

      Yes, two friends go after their kidnapped sister. It’s a bit daft!

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