Here’s a drama abour racial matters in which, just in case we’d forgotten, race matters.
Think of him as an analog operative in a digital universe, an old-fashioned superhero in a new-fashioned world, a square peg in a roundup of the usual suspects.
We’re just not pulled into the come-hither but unsavory, high-stakes world of online gambling the way the lead character is.
This movie’s attempts at slapstick are about as funny as a tax audit.
Gangster Squad is a high-octane true-crime drama – a Pulp Nonfiction wannabe — that chronicles the activities of the special unit created by the notoriously corrupt LAPD to lead its fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s.
It’s not only outlandish but ridiculous and pointless.
That nothing is quite what it seems, a familiar approach in this kind of thriller, is fine. We only wish that the eventual revelations were more interesting and satisfying.
Talk about a ‘by-the-numbers’ romantic comedy.
Is “The Adjustment Bureau” a thriller or a romance? Answer: Yes. And it works splendidly as either or both.
Too much of the time we feel we’re watching something that’s taking place after the drama has already unfolded.