American Pastoral (DVD Review)

15 – 108mins – 2016


 

RIOT REVOLUTION

“Doesn’t anyone care? Doesn’t anyone have a conscience?”

Adapted from Philip Roth’s 1997 novel, juggling star and director Ewan McGregor’s first feature behind the lens is a competent-if-flairless debut which leaves it late to make an impact. The life story of high school athlete-turned-factory owner and family man, Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), and structured with modern-day bench-ends, the politically volatile backdrop of 1960s New Jersey  (black rights movement, the Vietnam War, Newark riots) feels clumsily enforced upon us with inserted news reels and radio transmissions.

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Eye In The Sky (DVD Review)

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15 – 98mins – 2016


 

THE KILL CHAIN

“All done from the safety of your chair.”

London, Kenya, Hawaii, Singapore… usually when you think of globe-hopping movies, you generally think of large scale, highly-kinetic adventures with many a diverse vista and exotic landscape. Despite being spread across four continents, Eye in the Sky is perhaps the most static think-piece thriller I have seen for many a year – with the starry cast largely sat in one room apiece, with all eyes on one key safe house on a dusty Nairobi street.

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