The problem with this movie is that the main character – Vincent has a live that is so depressing that any attempt at being funny or different or having great dialog is going to be lost in light of his incredibly depressing life.
He has no money, he has just run out of all the money in his reverse mortgage. Whatever money he might make gambling on horses he just loses again. His wife is in a nursing home and has dementia. She later dies. He sees this hooker and pays her money, the hooker is played by Naomi Watts, and you will barely recognize her in this depressing move.
Later Vincent has a stroke but somehow after therapy is able to get better, which in light of his horrible life and no money is hard to believe.
Vincent does befriend a neighbor’s kid and there are some positive moments there, but again you are back into the depressing life of this guy and for those main reasons I cannot really recommend this movie.
This is a highly unusual movie in that it has a minimal story and action that we have seen before, but not at this pace and not this fast.
There is not much to say about the acting because its mostly all about the violence and action and blood. If you like violent fast paced action movies this is for you, if not, then stay home.
Overall, I recommend this movie.
Saving Private Ryan which came out in July 1998 will always be the #1 and best movie about the horrors of war. This movie will rank probably in the top 10 of all time, because when it comes to showing the violence, death and the worst parts of humanity, on that front it does score a high grade.
The acting in this movie is very good and it was good to see the return of Shia Labeouf after he has gone through several years of having some emotional problems in his personal life. Brad Pit did a very good job as the leader of the group under impossible circumstances of non-stop life and death which is what war is all about.
There was a scene early in the movie when they showed the partially severed face of a man who was killed in the tank which i thought perhaps was a bit too much, but when it comes to war, you can never try to lighten how bad it was for the young men who fought in a war.
I highly recommend this movie.