Directed by Dee Rees
Starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Willem Defoe
Netflix has really become a big place to find movies. And big names are using the platform to produce movies that are not getting a fair opportunity in theaters. I found this one recommended to me and since I like Anne Hathaway and some of Ben Affleck’s work I decided to see it.
The film is about a journalist covering the elections. She has to take a break to take care of her father. Her father asks her to do a job for him that was supposed to be easy. She gets herself in trouble in a foreign country and with no one to help her.
The film is a thriller with twists and turns and one of those where you really have no idea who is an ally or an enemy. The film was not bad but I can’t say it’s a great movie, it had potential but the film gets tiring and I just wanted it to end and not because I could not take the suspense. The characters felt flat to me, not the performances, maybe just the direction or how they were written for the film. The motivation for the characters actions felt like they had no real reason or purpose. To say anything more is spoiling the plot so I won’t, but I guess I wanted more from the movie.
The performances were good, good actors will perform, though Ben felt like he wanted out and finished it because he had no choice. Willem Defoe was good in the few scenes he was in.
These kinds of films have their audiences and those who like it and those who don’t. I always share my opinions but I know that others might like it. I felt the movie had potential and could have been better.