Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Little Drummer Girl and Heaven - FILM



Diana Keaton is completely miscast as a militant terrorist that gets in way over her head. Based on the novel by John La Caree. The movie is overstuffed with characters and events that fly by so quickly they don't leave a mark. Keaton's whiny actress is despicable and unlikable. The terrorists are thinly caricatured bad-guys who's motivation is vague. It's all rather confusing as we get double crosses, triple crosses and quadruple crosses. It feels like they rushed through the material, but still found a way to make a dull film. It was part of the decline and final disappearance of Oscar winning director George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

Klaus Kinski shows up as a sadly subdued Terrorist leader. If you aren't going to have the Klaus scream and bug out, what's the point in hiring him in the first place?


Where Little Drummr Girl was unnecessarily complex, HEAVEN is simple. Directed with a detached visual sense by Tom Tyker (Run Lola Run) the movie has a story to tell with all the frills surgically removed. Cate Blanchett's character sets off a bomb to take out a drug dealer and accidentally kills a family in the process. Giovanni Ribisi, her translator, falls in love with her and decides to help her make an escape. The poster touts it as a 'thriller' but it really doesn't move fast enough for that, it's a revenge tale told with a cold unwavering gaze. Forget the stylish excess in LOLA and allow yourself to be immersed.

Originally conceived as the first part of a trilogy.

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