“What do you think you know, big man? Hmm? Because I know a lot of things. That’s the case with being a grownup. You have to make decisions. Decisions like what’s best for the family.” – Gardner
Number of Times Seen – 1 6 May 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A seemingly normal family in a suburban community are visited by thugs which changes everything that happens for them along the way.
My Take on it – This is a film that I was curious to watch due to the fact that it was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by their frequent collaborator George Clooney.
The story is definitely very Coen-esque and moves in directions that one could expect from these siblings.
Matt Damon is great in the lead role and he is helped along by such a talented supporting cast including Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and Gary Basaraba.
The story plays out in a mysterious way and that helps add to the suspense and tension as things progress.
The dialogue is great and helps keep the story moving at a nice pace.
The biggest problem here is that none of the characters are very likable and that takes so much away from the enjoyment of the story because one needs someone to root for and this film fails to give the viewer anyone to try and champion throughout.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – George Clooney screened this film for famed television writer/producer Norman Lear, no stranger to projects tackling explosive or controversial themes like his series All in the Family (1971). After viewing the movie, Lear told Clooney “This is the angriest film I’ve ever seen.”(From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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