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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poor attemptBy chasckd (575 reviews) from Telford , 13 Jun 2012was disapointed with this in a way with the actors that was in it there was so much scope there and yet it came across badly in some places in fact in some parts i found it boring
Still son of no one.By nomadicgirl (135 reviews) from Saltash , 31 May 2012Channing Tatum just doesnt do it, he has no carisma whatsoever. This is a B movie and not really worth the watch.
Well worth a watch.By H1 (76 reviews) from London , 22 May 2012A very good thriller, well acted and good production values. Don't expect an all out action movie here, it's not that type. It's more a thriller with action not overtaking the film. Well worth a watch.
For fans of the genre ONLYBy TheWatchman (747 reviews) from Suburbia , 20 May 2012The phrase slow burner was made for The Son of No One. Its about a cop with a secret from his childhood thats about to come back and haunt him while he battles to save his marriage.
Basically, its a cop-on-the-edge thriller. Only its not much of a thriller. Drama would be a better description, as theres not much action in it.
Its not particularly dark and its not particularly gritty. Its just slow. The plot is strung out through use of flashbacks which tell you things that you already know (only longer).
You may be tempted to watch this because Al Pacino and Ray Liotta feature heavily in the promotional material. However, be warned, theyre not in it that much barely passing characters.
Overall, its okay, but only if you dont mind your films slow and brooding. Every actor does his or her job in the film. Nothing special.
Could have been good, but...By pills4menerves (9 reviews) , 14 May 2012I'm afraid I agree with the previous reviewers: A dull, muddled effort, glacially slow and with a central performance of mind-numbing tedium from Channing Tatum. The dialogue is almost incomprehensible at times, the kids especially, and another drug addict character, adopting some weird cadence which is baffling to listen to. Al Pacino phones in his usual guff, fracturing sentences at will, emphasizing wrongly etc. Has he had his lips done? Looks like it.
Binoche... hmmm. Didn't get it. When you could tell what she was muttering/shrieking which was not often, she must have wondered why she agreed to the part.
Ray Liotta looks like someone wearing a bad Ray Liotta mask, so puffy is he. Another bad, strange performance.
A let-down, cliched and boring.
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