21 Bridges

Started by Reg, December 06, 2019, 10:13:34 am

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December 06, 2019, 10:13:34 am Last Edit: December 06, 2019, 10:24:26 am by Reg
Very enjoyable, very well made all around, and not too long (99 minutes). Of particular delight are the beautiful aerial shots of night-time Manhattan which were dotted throughout the film, giving welcome breathers in the action.

The acting and direction all around is great, in particular the 2 main criminals who end up being the subject of the manhunt - they are really well played, and of course, Chadwick Boseman's central performance is bang-on-the-money, even if he does seem to channel Denzel Washington at points (I noticed that Boseman gets a Producer credit too).

Some sharp dialogue too, although there were places where I struggled to follow what was being said, but it wasn't a big problem.
The pacing is quite intense and relentless - in some ways it is reminiscent of "24", in that there were "time and place" stamps at the beginning of scenes, although it wasn't real-time. The principal events occur over the course of about 5 hours one fateful morning, kicking off soon after midnight.

There is nothing new here in the plot/story arena. We've seen it all before so there aren't any surprises.

Given that limitation though, it's a little cracker of a film and pretty much delivers what was advertised in the trailer.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide