8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Stedman has followed what seems to be an increasingly popular route in modern literature of positing 'non-academic' theories in the guise of works of fiction. Whether you enjoy this book or not will largely depend on the extent to which you buy into this approach and also the particular theory/speculation that is narrated.
I, for one, enjoy this particular medium for learning (or being inspired to learn) about historical times/figures etc. And this book offers an excellent exponent of the art.
The essential plot is somewhat tongue-in-cheek yet undertaken with a level of seriousness that enables the reader to suspend disbelief. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio has been… Read more
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
What kept me interested in this film was the face-off between Brolin's character and Bardem's character. This endured for roughly 3/4 of the film. I was able to put up with the wafer thin plot, the inconsistencies and the, at times, slightly random dialogue on this basis. Bardem's portrayal as a psycho was pretty compelling and Brolin's capacity to match him was fun to watch.
After Brolin's character suddenly gets killed off, the film dies just as suddenly. It goes through the motions and it becomes glaringly apparent how utterly pointless the rest of the characters in the film are. Harrelson's cameo seemed entirely meaningless and added nothing to the tension or… Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most intelligent films ever made. It is a metaphor for the prison that is the limitations of the human mind/western society.
The clues throughout the film are abundant. Each of the characters' names represents a prison:
Leaven + Worth = Fort Leavenworth Prison.
Holloway = Women's Prison.
Kazan = Prison for the mentally handicapped.
Rennes = Prison that innovated many prison norms and regulations used today (Hence Renne's creativity in dealing with traps).
Quentin = San Quentin, a prison known for it's brutality.
Alderson = A prison that focuses on isolation as a form of punishment.
Each of the characters has a… Read more