Monsters!… or Demons!… or Ghosts! Something is causing people to go crazy when they see them. Now it seems this craziness is acted out in one of two way, either you become so deeply saddened that you kill yourself in the most immediate and likely painful way possible or you are so overwhelmed by joy you want to share their image with everyone. Sharing could mean opening blinds or physically holding a person’s eyes open. Some fun examples of how people killed themselves? Walking in front of a bus, getting into a burning car, running out a second floor window, bashing your head against a rock, just to name a few.
The cast and their acting in this movie is impressive. Sandra Bullock plays emotionally distant with ease. Despite what i’m guessing is botox… she was able to convey the distress of surviving in this world in a way that even managed to touch my heart for a second here and there. The supporting cast: John Malkovich and Trevante Rhodes round this movie out really nicely. John Malkovich plays a drunk asshole with sexy charm really well. Trevante? Heck yes he would be any woman’s dream survival companion.
Don’t expect a linear story here. The choppiness makes the movie feel disjointed but it does keep things interesting. It follows Sandra’s character Malorie either in the present, travelling down a river with two kids in tow, towards a safe haven, or her in the past surviving from the initial breakout of the things until the story catches up. The story does do well with bringing both parts together and unveiling things to you in parts. Almost like they are trying to keep you blind to certain things.
Is this movie popular? The memes say it is! The critical response has not been so positive but who cares, people are having fun, and sometimes being dangerous, to get clicks and likes. I will fully admit that the one of the guy and his dog watching the movie blindfolded was cute and hilarious.
The Lingering Questions:
The American remake of a French experience. This movie is fun but unfortunately the weight of the original French version seems to be too much to let go of for must critics. As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 40%, Metacritic was at 46% and IMDB was at 63%. However, it does seem that those who are able to separate it from the french version and separate Kevin Hart from his usual form of comedy do truly enjoy it and I am one of those.
Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman lead this movie and known characters in new ways. There are a couple others that provide cameos like the wonderful Julianna Margulies and Tate Donovan. Plus Aja Naomi King who I’ve only ever seen on How to get away with Murder before. I was very happy to see her talents on the big screen. All these guys had great chemistry and for a movie like this, where its all about the talking, the feels and the relationships between them all, it paid off big time.
Bryan Cranston plays a very very very rich man (he could buy the mets but not the yankees) who due to a paragliding accident now has quadriplegia. Not only is he grieving the loss of his physical abilities but also the death of his wife (cancer). Nicole Kidman plays his right hand man. She cares for him deeply, could it be love? Then there’s Kevin Hart who has been released from prison recently and needs to find a job to satisfy his parole officer. He also needs money to support and get back into the good graces of his ex-wife(?)/ex-girlfriend(?)/babymamma(?) and son. Due to a misunderstanding Kevin ends up at a job interview to be Bryan’s helper and hilarity and heartfelt moments ensue.
Why you should watch or not watch it:
Watch it! You will laugh and enjoy yourself. If you don’t then not even Kevin Hart’s character could help you realize life is worth living. Heck if not to just let Bryan Cranston’s talent wash over you for a couple hours. Is there nothing this man can’t do? This movie is all about his face and he made me feel all the feels with it.
Don’t compare it to the French version. Don’t compare it to Kevin Hart’s brand of comedy. This movie stands on its own, despite being a remake. It’s a fun and enjoyable time that you won’t regret giving a couple hours towards. Now I’m gonna go paragliding.