The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less. We will be reviewing our favorite Boston Film(s).
According to Ryan’s research, this is probably the best list of movies set in Boston
Here is what appears to be the official/unofficial list of everything related to Boston movies
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to BostonRyan@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Ryan!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Boston Films…
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Apr 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A police detective privately investigating the murder of a loved one uncovers lots of secrets on his journey towards finding justice served.
My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.
This film was Ryan’s choice for me to watch.
When Ryan suggested this film, I was actually quite happy because I had never even heard of this film beforehand and was excited to see if Mel Gibson still had it in himself to deliver another great performance like he was able to do during the 90’s.
I’m so glad I was right.
He was perfectly cast in this role because you can feel the tenacity in him and his adamant perseverance in order to find out and uncover the truth of what happened.
He does a great job here and it doesn’t even feel as if he took an 8 year acting hiatus before getting back in the saddle here.
The premise is great despite not being extremely original.
Ray Winstone is amazing tho and steals every scene he is in as a government agent who must try and clean up everyone else’s mess along the way and he does it with such a calm and collected demeanor the whole time.
The story itself doesn’t give us too many surprises and that’s this films one flaw, that it isn’t really so unique in the way it presents things to us.
Despite all this though, this film is extremely entertaining to watch.
Bottom Line – Gibson shows that he still can be a great actor after taking a long hiatus. The premise is a great one and I liked the way that Gibson portrayed the main character trying to make sure justice is served. Winstone is great here as a calm and collected government agent who has a sense of loyalty and fair play. The story plays out like one would expect and that was a bit disappointing because t lacks some kind of originality in the way it all is presented despite still being extremely entertaining to watch. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joe Don Baker, who starred in the mini-series that this film is based on, and was a friend of Martin Campbell, was reportedly against the idea of this film, feeling that a single film would not be able to capture the essence, story and weight of the original series and do it justice. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close, but the story doesn’t feel unique and original enough despite being very enjoyable.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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