The Son of No One details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan|
The Son of No One
|Rental release:||23 Apr 2012|
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Cold Case That Leaves You ColdBy Jennish (336 reviews) from Rye , 26 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]A dull and contrived morality fable about corrupt cops in New York, again. Everything about this, ahem, thriller, is wrong. It is a real struggle to make the list of failures even half way concise.
Perhaps the lack of a central performance is the best place to start. The lead actor thinks constipated staring is a way of expressing emotions, Katie Holmes screeches without provocation and the director doesn't even let Al Pacino overact with his trade mark flamboyance. Al hasn't been in a bigger dud since Revolution.
If it isn't the acting it is the script. The most annoying feature is that it is set in 2002 for no real reason and keeps jumping back to 1986 for little real reason either. The whole thing could have been handled with a simple flashforward rather than making us sweat for 10 minutes worth of flashbacks that are spread over the whole movie, long after we've guessed the content, breaking up any attempt at tension. The choice of dates seems to have been largely so that an aged Al Pacino could plausibly look like he might have been on the force in 86 and 2002 was chosen so everyone could talk about 9/11 which Americans seem not to be over yet.
The story itself has no real purpose other than some vague 'meaning of friendship/family' line and only works based on the utter stupidity of its protagonist for forgetting there were two witnesses to the murders he committed as a child. Because the audience isn't that dumb they'll be left wondering why on earth it is taking the cops so long to work it out and they'll be utterly bemused as to why Juliette Binoche's loathsome journalist needs to be murdered when all it does is make a nuisance into a crisis?
The only real saving grace for this bland cop movie is that it has a very short running time at 1h22. The director may have been inept but at least he wasn't a sadist.
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Watchable, bit disappointing given the castBy dustyd (23 reviews) , 16 Dec 2013A strange film which should and could have been a classic given the subject matter and the cast. However it turns out to be a miss mash of confusion and gives away all the twists long before the end. While I wasn't bored like some of the other reviewers, its not great but watchable, fairly average.
Boring yawnBy a customer , 19 Sep 2013Poor, no storyline. Wouldn't recommend at all. Big disappointment for Channing Tatum.
Read reviews before you rent it - No worth the time
Not Murder most horridBy TurnipJedi (1 review) , 03 Aug 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideSetting aside the terrible and mumbly acting from all concerned the main problem with this film is 'the big secret' the whole story hangs on isn't really strong enough. The two 'murders' are mostly acts of self defence, one even arguably being an accident it's hard to see how a giant conspiracy cover up tale spins out of it. This movie clearly wanted to be The Departed, I just wanted it to Depart !
Not particularly specialBy majortom2001 (73 reviews) from Worthing, UK , 19 Jun 2013A not particularly special film about a young cop from New York who has a secret from his child hood he wants to keep secret - but it seems some one else has other ideas. The acting is OK in this movie but Pacino is wasted (he was the reason I got the film). Can't say I would recommend it to you.
Best Review! Summary!By ched62 (2 reviews) , 02 Jun 2013Hmm, Not the best of films, very slow, but all action at end. Sad ending and beggining. 3/10 Not really worth watching! :c
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