Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Imitation Game
|09.23.11||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2011|
So... the short before this movie was really good to the point where I thought it was the movie itself until it ended after the first scene. It's called The Candidate and must have some connection to John Gulager since his brother's the star (along with Robert Picardo) and he has a cameo. I didn't really catch any credits, but the short's very good and could easily be the first scene of a feature.
Anyway, the real movie is sort of a Hitchcockian thing from Sweden or Norway about a high-end recruiter/art thief who has to steal to keep is ultra-beautiful blonde model-tall wife happy because he's short and hates his genes. The slimy Jaime Lannister dude from Game of Thrones enters the picture as some rich ex-CEO and awesome cat-and-mouse action ensues.
I quite liked this film for the most part. There's a few twists and turns that are a bit predictable but nothing to major to get in the way of me going along with it. Eh, it may have been a smidge too long but I've seen a dozen movies since then and really only remember the good parts. The main dude's partner in crime is particularly funny as a balding inside-man who works at a home security company and turns the alarms off for the main guy to come in and steal art. Oh, there's also twin fat cops. What are the chances of that? And how do they pass the physical? Or do you think they used to be fit when they joined the force but then both overate? Did they become fat at the same time? So many questions... they are funny in the film though.
I'm finding as a general rule, the films that engage me the most at this fest are ones that insert humor into the tension or horror. The films that grind you down with unease or atmosphere, while they still may good, are simply not fun enough to enjoy in the context of 30 other films. I really apreciate any attempt at levity considering almost every film involves at least a quart of fake blood.