Director and producer
Statham definitely adds a very buffed and harder edge to the character. He brings the story and all of its accompanying violence into the 21st century.
There's lots of blood-splattered action but implausible scenes abound. Multiple shoot-outs with automatic weapons occur in crowded urban settings. Somehow, the police are never involved and the bad guys can overkill each other with impunity. The gunfight scenes are technically well done. But it's lots of video-game violence with no purpose or meaning.
One-minute movie reviews
A skeptical young American priest is assigned to follow Hopkins around while he performs exorcisms as casually as though drinking tea. ("What did you expect? Pea soup and heads spinning?")
Have no doubt, this movie gives the devil his due in a quietly creepy way that had me wanting to run out of there midway through it like a little girl.
Barney Panofsky is a boozy, cranky, complicated shlub who meets the love of his life (
"Barney's Version" takes you on a journey of life's highs, lows and annoying in-betweens. It's a shame Giamatti was overlooked for
The Academy did not ignore
Uxbal (Bardem) has little time to live and tries to create some lasting order out of the chaos that is his life. Who will take care of his children? Can he trust his bipolar ex-wife? What about the illegal workers he tries to help, even as he exploits them for money?
"Biutiful" is an ironic title for a film that breaks your heart.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.