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I thought the first one was solid. Besides being unnecessary though, this looks very shoddily put together. It’s stamped with Varma’s rather bizarre visual flair and the contrast with its predecessor is probably severe in this sense. As if someone decided to make a sequel to L.A. Confidential, but hired Michael Bay to direct it.
yes quite like the first one except for the completely anti-climactic ending. Michael Bay reminds me of Joel Schumacher. I was quite surprised to see his name on the credits of one of the House of Cards episodes where the first two were done by fincher! Not that one could tell. Obviously he couldn’t do whatever he wanted here.
I started watching House of Cards this weekend but was interrupted during the pilot. So far it seems good even if I’m not the biggest fan of the device of having a character engage in direct address. Hopefully this is done sparingly.
yes agreed… never thought this worked very well in the original and it’s no different here..
The film seems pretty crappy, and I’m not even getting into the offensive “The Count is on” (we’re talking about people’s lives here!), nor the fact that the film glorifies a figure who, in real life, is himself associated with a lot of questionable behavior and allegations of misappropriation…
One of the best things about the first one, at least if I recall correctly was that the character wasn’t played for this kind of glorification. This was partly due to Nana Patekar’s downbeat performance and partly because of the same tone that Shimit Amin and his writer(s?) sustain. Until the last act anyway, when the film essentially turns this guy into a figure we’re supposed to empathize with and that this new film further exploits: a state-sponsored-murderer-as-action-hero. Always thought this film missed its very obvious chance at a true noir ending with this most flawed of heroes biting the bullet.