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Slow but good
on 1 January 2012
It seems this film has gained mixed reviews, which I read before watching.
The story is very straight forward, and been done many times before. A hit man (Clooney) is hiding out, as he has enemies who wish to kill him, but still has work on offer. He's a cold blooded killer but still has an eye for the ladies and falls for a local hooker. He likes the countryside, and (seriously) butterflies! He's world wise, weary of people and lives a minimalist existence.
So far it's all been done before in this genre.
There's very little action, other than a few gun shoot outs, a small car chase, and there are large moments of screen time where not a word is said.
The film is perhaps overlong, and 10 minutes shaved off of the run time would have made it tighter and sharper.
That's all the negatives, now for the positives.
The Italian countryside and small town is shot so beautifully, the performance from Clooney is a tour De force in understatement, and shows what a real actor can do with just a small expression change. The music score is perfect for the film, and those small moments of action that are there are pretty tense and brutal in there violence.
As a big action movie fan, and a sucker for a big Bond or Jason Bourne adventure I went into this open minded as occasionally smaller scale flicks can be just as good if treated in the right context and an open mind.
This did not disappoint, it's a very good addition to the lone hit man tale, that yes outstays it's welcome slightly, but rewards the viewer with a good character study of a man of violence perhaps seeking more, and perhaps seeking peace, as well as the aforementioned beautiful photography that adds so much visually.
Slow, yes, a bit too arty, yes, interesting, more often than not, boring, no.