(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 27
2.5 out of 5 🐙
Denzel Washington’s acting ability doesn’t need to be described here. He doesn’t seem to be bring much energy to this role, but a half-powered DW shines brighter than most male stars. I know there has been some rather disturbing information revealed about Marky Mark lately, but I’m not getting into that here. I’ve always found him to be a charming, sincere actor and I think he showed up here and did the same thing DW did: 50% power. There are three nice supporting players: Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, and James Marsden. But they don’t have much to work with in terms of dialogue, so “garbage in, garbage out”.
Other than their solid acting and some solid cinematography (the movie looks pretty good), the rest of the movie is something you have all seen before: a buddy cop movie centering around cops who have been betrayed and have to save themselves and all of mankind (just kidding). The only slightly unique thing about the film is the setup, which is revealed early on. After that, it follows the standard action beats like a zealot who worships the god of conformity.
Like cops always say: there’s nothing (much) to see here.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)