I give this movie a solid 3.5 Icees out of 5. Regular readers of my blog would know already that I did not read the book. I don’t read. I can read. I just don’t. I’m actually kind of glad that I don’t because every time someone watches a movie based on a book they’ve read, they complain how bad it is, or how much “the book is better”. If that’s the case, why do you go and see movies based on the book? You know you’ll be disappointed, right? So why do it?
Whereas the first movie was more mental, this one is more action. It’s not Jason Bourne or anything, but did remind me of Bond movies. Guess what? I like Bond movies, so I liked this one. I liked this one solely based on this as a stand-alone movie. Not compared to the most recent one (although all the characters did change, and they made the reporter (previously played by Daniel Craig) much younger and some would say hotter (Svirrer Gudnason)). I thought that Claire Foy’s performance was good (not comparing to Rooney Mara no matter how much you ask).
So what’s good about this movie? I like the suspense and the action. I thought those were pretty good.
What didn’t I like? First, stop watching the trailers. They are so badly done and give too much away. Second, some of the “technology” in the movie is just too unbelievable. Apparently, anything can be hacked quite easily, including organizations that really shouldn’t be able to be hacked. If it fit the flow of the plot, it was hacked. Also, there are some “twists” that are just too predictable.
Overall, I really did enjoy the movie and would recommend it. However, it’s not a “must see” at the theater and if you can wait for Redbox, VUDU, Netflix or however you watch your movies, that’s ok too. Oh… if you’ve read the book, you should probably not watch the movie. You’ll probably be disappointed.
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