United States, 2005
U.S. Release Date: 6/15/05 (wide)
Running Length: 2:20
MPAA Classification: PG-13 (Violence, disturbing images)
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman,
Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer
Director: Christopher Nolan
*********** Ok, I watched this picture just now, and I have to say I was
surprised at how ORDINARY it was ... My final score : 2.5/5 (No really)
With all the great reviews I was expecting a lot better.
This isn't as awful as the Schumacher films (that would be tough to 'achieve'
!) but it's still pretty weak comic book material in my opinion, I liked the
two Batman movies made by Tim Burton better than this one in fact, at least I
was having fun watching them, contrarely to this one that was quite boring
imho, also overlong clocking in at 2 hours 20 minutes.
First things last, it takes almost a solid hour before anything remotely
interesting happens, I didn't care at all for all that training stuff with the
japanese master, Liam Neeson Revenge of the Sith rejects mumbo jumbo ... Liam,
you were in the wrong film there, it wasn't REVENGE OF THE SITH anymore ! ;-)
In fact it looked like this was stuff produced by George Lucas and co. instead
of the (once) great Christopher Nolan, lost of long speeches, stuff blowing up,
fancy pyrotechnics and CGI but the story is definitely lacking. Where were
the good flashy villains ?? Compared to Nicholson's Joker or Devito's Penguin,
Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson are quite lame, they're in the minor leagues,
some scary scarecrow mask just doesn't CUT THE MUSTARD, sorry ... Big
disappointment despite the all star cast, the actors are not at fault here
though, it was the weak script instead.
"Can't cut the mustard"? It is an old phrase, and I have often wondered about
its origin. It certainly is not intuitive or self-explanatory. (Mustard, as we
generally think of it, is not difficult or challenging to "cut" - and that's
not what we usually do with it, anyway.) The normal usage of this phrase seems
to mean: lacking in either skill, strength, energy, or willpower, or in
general, "not up to snuff"
"I hear the train a comin' - it's rollin' 'round the bend
And I ain't seen the sunshine - since I don't know when
I'm stuck in Folsom prison - and time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a rollin' - on down to San Anton..."
"When I was just a baby - my mama told me, son
Always be a good boy - don't ever play with guns
But I shot a man in Reno - just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowin' - I hang my head and cry..."
Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues" - 1968
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