Revered anti war film regarding a boy's odyssey through the horrors of WWII contains some admittedly powerful moments and some amazing cinematography. Unfortunately, this is not enough to overcome the lack of character development, lethargic pacing and overlength of the film. A mixed bag for me in spite of its monumental reputation.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Odd sequel to the 2016 film inexplicably attempts to turn the heinous lead of the first film into a crusader for children's rights. He's forced to defend himself and the girl he cares for when black market organ harvesters appear with plans to kidnap the girl. Violent in the extreme and with nothing new to offer horror fans.
Laura Dern is a fifteen year old heading nowhere fast who gets a taste of real danger when a stranger shows up at her door. It's here that the film takes a turn from which it never recovers. A non ending doesn't help matters and what you're left with is a glorified after school special and not even a good one at that. Inexplicably critically hailed by some. Other than some good performances I found this to be an astounding time waster. Enter at your own risk.
Ken Loach dives into political thriller territory with this compelling tale of an incriminating tape containing evidence of a conspiracy that points to the highest levels of British government. Brian Cox, Frances McDormand and Brad Dourif, the latter only appearing in the film briefly, give commanding performances. Roger Ebert noted that the whole plot of the film could be solved by making copies of the tape and distributing them but nevermind. It's still an invigorating watch.