In this film about secrets and deception, Tom Hanks tells his misses he's off to London on a fishing trip. He doesn't have time for fishing however because he and Jake Gyllenhaal have put the 'do not disturb' sign up outside the tent. Its horny work this espionage business.
A lot of talking. A LOT of talking. This film made me thirsty. Each time Hanks would sit down and talk about a prisoner exchange, some slimy middle man would offer him a whisky from the most decorative decanters. The beautiful barrel tumblers glistened seductively and it really got me salivating. I couldn't wait to get out of there and nail the emergency bottle of Merlot I had stashed under my passenger seat. It just goes to show how influential modern cinema can be.
Overall the film was interesting, held my attention, there were some lovely three piece chalk line suits on display. It delivered a discussion on the humanity of war, the ethics and the adversity one can face when attempting to do the right thing. I won't be watching it ever again, especially if I'm on a detox.
Tomato Meter - 91% (critics)Tomato Meter - 90% (audience)
Peter Meter - 75%
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Philippe Petit, a french wire walker that walked between the rooftops of the World Trade Centres. He did that without shitting himself, can you believe it?
What this film doesn't tell you that the documentary (Man on Wire) does, is what Petit did directly after his illegal stunt. It shows him getting arrested, but the second he gets released he plucks some hot 19 year old blonde out from a crowd who are waiting to worship him, hires a hotel room and bangs her straight for 5 hours. This would be perfectly acceptable behaviour except Petit had a girlfriend that helped him every step of the way (pardon the pun). So the film smooths over those edges because we can't have the protagonist come across as a dick in the last scene of the movie.
Tomato Meter - 85% (audience)
Tomato Meter - 84% (critics)
Peter Meter - 87%