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Old February 19 2010, 09:09 PM   #229
Harvey
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

Sherlock Holmes [B-]
Men in Black [A]
Up in the Air [A]
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [D+]
I'm Not There [A]
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [D-]
American Violet [B ]
Inglourious Basterds [A]
Death at a Funeral [B ]
A Serious Man [A]
The Hurt Locker [A-]
Mad Max 2 (AKA The Road Warrior) [C]
The Book of Eli [C-]
Elegy [B+]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [A]
The Invention of Lying [B-]
Gamer [C]
Timecrimes [A]
Metropolis [A]
Pandorum [B ]
Raiders of the Lost Ark [A]
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [A]
Moon [A]
Fun with Dick and Jane [C]
Sunshine [C]
Stanley Kubrick's The Killing [B+]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1964) [A-]
Ernest Hemingway's The Killers (1946) [B+]
Glengarry Glen Ross [B-]
Gattaca [A]
The Big Chill [B]
The Producers [A]
Rent [C+]
Blade Runner [A]
My Cousin Vinny [B-]
Zombieland [ B]
Infernal Affairs [A]
The Walker [F]

It's pretty clear from the short, three-minute making-of fluff piece included on this disc that the actors in this picture got involved because of Paul Schrader's past work, not because of Schrader's script to this film. Because it is a dull and lifeless one. Set in the world of Washington politics, these politics are so vague, save for the occasional anecdote that seems like it was lifted from a trivia book, that they ring absolutely false.

The Walker also suffers from a conventional and ultimately boring look (complete with a lot of flat images and cheap-looking production design that has no place in a film with a cast like this), with a couple of flourishes that elicit laughter instead of joy because they are so out of place. Most of the dialogue feels very written, and unreal. The best thing about it all might have been Woody Harrelson's aggresively one-note performance, but in the end even it is too much for this viewer to handle.

I have no qualms about issuing an F-grade to this film.
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