5-Word 365 #319 – Thick As Thieves

We had a bit of a turn up for the books with today’s flick.

Thick as Thieves

Might try it again later.

Four times I tried to watch this film. Four times I got Netflix all primed and ready. Four times I poured myself a refreshing drink and got comfortable. Four times I fell asleep within half an hour.

I love heist movies, and on paper this sounds like it should be right up my alley: Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas as a pair of high-class thieves trying to get their hands on $40m worth of FabergĂ© eggs; Radha Mitchell (swoon) as the girl who comes between them; Robert Forster and Tom Hardy as the cops on their trail. And yet Mimi Leder’s first film since 2000’s Pay it Forward couldn’t hold my interest (or my consciousness) for even thirty minutes.

I think we share the blame for this failure. The flick doesn’t get off to a terribly exciting or compelling start, and none of the actors seem to be particularly invested in the story. Also, it’s been a long year here at Casa de 5-Word and I’m feeling the pinch a little as we draw inexorably towards December 31st.

Ryan’s Rules for making a good movie: No.1 – Put Radha Mitchell in every scene.

Known in parts of the world by the even worse title of The Code, I don’t want to call Thick as Thieves a bad movie because I simply don’t know for sure, but I can say that it isn’t a very interesting one.

5-Word 365 #292 – Rogue

As part of my limited bow to the conventions of the calendar, this month has seen quite a few more horror films than usual. Well, here’s another. This flick has the rare distinction of a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, even five years after its release. In case that little fact doesn’t persuade you, read on.

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