Full of clichés and very disappointing
This was one of the movies I saw in Cannes last month during the filmmarket (it was not part of the festival, which is different) andpossibly the worst movie I've seen in a while.
The trailer showed promise. The only reason I went to the screening wasbecause of star Gary Oldman. After the movie ended, myself and mycolleagues wondered out loud why Gary Oldman decided to do this empty,shallow movie which was full of clichés and obvious homages to Leoneand movies like Deliverance that don't amount to much. A chance to playin Spanish maybe ? That is the only mystery we have in this movie : whydid Gary Oldman do it ?
The performances of most of the actors were good except for VirginieLedoyen who still has not showed that she can play more than one style.I wished the producers had chosen a better actress who has depth andmore chemistry with her co-stars. She was by far the weakest actor ofthe 5 main actors in this movie. Paddy Considine was good as herhusband. I'm always impressed by Considine's performances and here hewas the actor that gave the most impressive performance out of themall. Gary Oldman and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon were effective as the othermarried couple. Except for Homar, the rest of the supporting Spanishcast seemed like amateurs doing their first movie.
This is a movie about incommunication and the effects, butunfortunately that theme never gets fully developed. Besides theperformance of Considine, the only other good point of this movie isthe cinematography.
Everything else about this movie makes it more suitable for viewing asa direct-to-DVD instead of in the theatres. The people I work with didnot buy the movie and no one in our company recommended it or felt itwas worth it. I don't think Filmax sold it to anyone at the market.Oldman and Considine are good, but 2 good actors are not enough to savea bad film.
I miss seeing Gary Oldman in good films and hope he makes smarterchoices in the future. Now I will have to wait for the next Batman tosee Oldman in a good film.