The Paperboy - 2.5/10|
It's out now on Netflix US. I really wanted to see this at the cinema but I ended up missing it. On reflection, that fuck for that but I still sat through it at home.
Plot wise, it's something with do with a death row inmate who some people think is innocent, despite being the kind of person who would be one of the inmates on the plane in Con Air.
It's got a terrific cast (I'm not including Zac Efron here). Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack are the main draws here. John Cusack as the badass in prison is just totally miscast. If this film hadn't already sucked the life force out of me , I'd be laughing my ass off at how woeful he is. Nicole Kidman does her best "Look at me, I'm acting!" sort of thing and that doesn't help either. The frustrating thing is she can do these kind of roles easily and make it seem natural. Not in this though.
There are two other things which make this film unbearable for me. The characters and the dialogue. The characters played my Kidman and Cusack just annoyed the fuck out of me. Combine that with their performances and the dialogue and you've got a film that blows hard. That's three things but who's counting?
These kind of films have been done plenty of times before but they can be excellent. This however is easily the worst film I've seen for a good few years. The films got a bit of notorious reputation for the scene where Kidman pisses on Efron's face .
The only one who comes out of this unscathed is Matthew McConaughey. He's brilliant and does that deep southern twang with ease.
I dunno, perhaps I just didn't get it. Has anyone else seen this here? It actually kind of depressed me.
Edited by beastmaster at 16:47:19 29-04-2013
The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.