Oh, the Stupidity!
Lots and lots of loud, martial, “inspirational” music, riveting “action”, tons and tons of sh1t blowing the FCK up(!!), tons of other sh1t smashing into more other sh1t, some of that sh1t then BLOWING UP(!!!), oodles of manly man macho “dialogue”, some of it manly male-bonding, some of it manly-man conflict, 99 44/100 percent pure adrenaline, 100 percent overload of testosterone.
In other words, a typical Simpson/Bruckheimer flick.
I cannot use the word “film”, as “flick” is the appropriate term.
Unlike some of their better efforts, especially ‘Crimson Tide’, this does NOT escape the unbelievably absurd formula-muck most of their films/flicks slog through or sink down into.
‘Crimson Tide’ has less bullsh1t, less “action”, less cr@ppy “dialogue”, some decent characters, and the benefit of two great actors(Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman) and a great supporting cast.
This has Nic Cage and Sean Connery. Scarcely replacement…and the same goes for the supporting cast.
It has its moments…if you can somehow overlook or cringe/laugh through the character/plot “development”, the scenes with Ed Harris/David Morse/The rest of the “bad” guys (especially briefly with Connery) are interesting. And when you throw this much sh1t on the screen trying for excitement, you’re bound to generate at least SOME. Caveat Emptor.
Inspirational Quote: “Patriotism…is the Virtue, of the vicious…according to Oscar Wilde.”
7/14/18: The Great Grade Update. Grade: C-