Interrupting the narrative momentum and asking the audience to wait a year for the conclusion may make commercial sense, but it also undermines and dilutes the theatrical experience.
This first sequel delves deeper into the resonant themes introduced in its predecessor, expands the mythology, reflects the horrors in its titular “entertainment,” and further fleshes out the primary characters.
Jennifer Lawrence hits the thespian bull’s-eye once again as the “girl on fire,” carrying the movie on her shoulders with a never-a-false-move star turn.
Our new video releases this week are led by “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with Chris Evans starring as the comic book character with Word War II origins.
However well-intentioned they might be, sword-and-sandals epics struggle to look and seem real rather than fake, sober rather than silly. But that unfortunate intersection is where “The Eagle” has landed.
You know what you’re getting in a Jason Statham flick: a hard-edged action thriller featuring a tough-as-nails actor who can handle all the physical demands and, as a bonus, knows how to stay within his admittedly limited range.