...although this messy, preachy film has to be judged a failure, it fails more engagingly than some more polished films “succeed,” says David Larsen.
Robert Zemeckis has had some improbable successes in his career. Forrest Gump’s Best Picture Oscar: who saw that coming? And who else believed Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a good idea, before he proved it was?
So you can see why he’s spent the past decade ignoring everyone who’s told him his motion-capture animation technique produces dead-eyed dross (Beowulf, A Christmas Carol). And you can see why he might choose to return to the live-action fold via something as unlikely as a downbeat-issue movie in action-heroics drag. Denzel Washington as a substance-abusing ...
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