Bent (I) (2018)
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I'd rather clean all the bathrooms in Flinders Street station with my tongue than watch this atrocious drivel again.
Does anything about this description make anyone want to see this movie? How many times has this been done before? How many different nuances does the government conspiracy movie genre need? Or how about the spy movie genre? There is literally so much going on in this world that would make for an entertaining tale, that no one even has to come up with anything on their own. They could embellish any existing story in our world's history and have a good storyline, but no, they went ahead with another trite, been-there, done-that, man in a black leather jacket fighting corruption, straight to DVD, too boring to watch while stoned, too stupid to watch while sober, movie.
It has an OK plot and I like what they did with it, but they make things way too big and never explain them enough. A conspiracy? Is it Goverment related? Is it only about rogue agents fighting over money? In the end, all that doesn't matter.
It's not an action movie. It's about seeing an investigation unfolds and it's kinda bland. There are some curveballs, but they are rather weak.
Overall, just an OK flick.
I watched this film shortly after viewing "Downsizing," which I knew had received discouraging reviews. I wasn't even particularly intrigued by the story, but it had a great cast and a big budget, so I decided to give it a try. I wound up watching it in about six segments over three days. "Bent" was produced with perhaps a tenth of the budget and without some of the top-level talent, but it held sufficient interest for me to watch it in one sitting, although I admit to engaging in a little multitasking during a few of the slower parts. It is not a great film, but suffices as a pleasant diversion.
Sofia Vergara delivers a credible performance as the femme fatale. Karl Urban does as well as can be expected with the material he's given, as a brooding detective out to clear his name. Andy Garcia delivers a nuanced, multidimensional performance. The major problem is the script, which is underwritten and relies too heavily on exposition.
I'm giving the movie eight stars, which is generous to a fault, but intended to offset a few reviews that seem unfairly harsh.
Then there's a gun scene on a boat with unexpected consequences, and nothing gets explained. Urban meets Andy Garcia, and we have no idea who he is. Sofia Vergara shows up, no clear idea who she is. There is absolutely no character development, so no clue who these people are. Gallagher seems to be on his own, disavowed by the police. He drives here and there and everywhere, but no clue what he's doing. That pretty much explains the movie.
What's worse is that the acting was inexplicably bad. Andy Garcia had this crying scene about Gallagher, with his wife, and you have NO clue why she's upset and why he's crying. There's another scene with another cop who investigates an attack on Gallagher, and this guy was just a terrible actor, like he was reading off the cards. Sofia Vergara walked her way thru lines and her character did some stupid things.
Then suddenly you get to the end and Gallagher has everything figured out, but no clue about how he got there. It was a very confusing movie with really bad acting and poor character development. The scenery and setups were ok, but really a sub-par detective story. There are so many better detective cop stories than this. Really, don't waste your time. Dr McCoy should have just stayed on the Enterprise instead of beaming into this terrible movie.