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Inside Man: Most Wanted (2019)


3/10: The poster child for lazy storytelling
Sunday, November 3, 2019

There was a time when people chose to become writers and filmmakers becasue they had something to say. That drive may have been based on their own experiences growing up, their academic endeavors, or their adult life. Perhaps they read voraciously, or traveled the world, or worked a diverse set of jobs on their way to discovering their true calling. That motivation has become a rarity, replaced by a drive to put forth the least amount of effort. The result is people proclaiming themselves to be writers without having anything to say becasue they have virtually no life nor academic experience to call upon. Instead of being inspired by experience they must then try to come up with ideas out of nowhere. That's why so much of the material like this movie is directly based on what came before rather than something new and fresh (and interesting). Worse, their lack of initiative carries over to the writing process, which...

5/10: I was shocked to learn this is a legitimate sequel
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Browsing Netflix I noticed a bank robbery film with a title similar to my favorite in the genre, Inside Man. I thought that it was a cheap trick to click-bait the name of a more famous film to draw attention, but I proceeded to give it a try anyways. To my disbelief, Inside Man: Most Wanted is the legitimate follow-up to Spike Lee's 2006 crime drama. My awe was compounded further by the vast difference in budget between the two films, which presents in spades with the CGI and hired talent of the latest installment. The story had enough going on that you couldn't guess exactly what the outcome was after 15 minutes, but not enough to overshadow its beaten tropes and TV crime drama feel

5/10: Meh, another failed sequel
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Directing by M.J. Bassett was decent, but the writing by novice Brian Brightly was terrible. The 106 run time felt longer - even with the decent pacing, due to many plot and technical issues. The score sounded out of place and too obvious in some scenes. Casting overall was ok, with the exception of Aml Ameen, who was trying way too hard and failing, to the point of annoying. It's a very disappointing sequel to the first film that was directed by Spike Lee and written by "amateur" Russell Gewirtz, and starred Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. This felt more like a B-grade production that went over budget. Sadly, it's a very generous 5/10 from me

6/10: Slow Burn Initially But Final Thirty Minutes Offer Twists & Turns
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Apparently I am better off not to have seen the 2006 Spike Lee original for comparisons sake, so that I did not know where this plot was going. Initially, a slow burn with confusing and convoluted plot elements, but in the final 30 minutes, things picked up considerably with a number of twists and turns that I thought were pretty clever.Overall, the final parts of the movie made it a fairly decent watch for me, although I still was confused about a few of the plot machinations After the initial credits, there's a scene that helps explain it even more, so I'd say look for that

6/10: Not worth it
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This felt like a lifetime movie. Writing was horrible and one dimensional, music/score was bad, lighting was bad, directing couldve been better.the acting was also for the most part horrible with the exception of the girl from better call saul. accents for several of the actors were all over the place.the original was leagues better than this one. they tried to tie it in as much as possible to the original but it just felt awkward.you can easily tell it was a direct to dvd kind of movie. if you're really bored one night or on a plane with nothing to do it wont hurt to watch this but i wouldnt go out of my way to watch it

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