Yet another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, this time from director Ross Katz (an Academy Award-nominated co-producer of In the Bedroom and Lost in Translation),
traffics in the typical melodrama we have come to expect from the
master of love disasters.
Craig Gillespie takes audiences into the eye
of a horrific natural disaster as the crews of a pair of oil tankers,
broken and stranded off the coast of Cape Cod, prepare for the worst
while a small Coast Guard squad sets off on an implausible rescue
Jane Hammond (Natalie
Portman) is a typical frontier woman, a hardened wife willing to stand
by her man (Noah Emmerich), a reformed outlaw with his former gang —
under new leadership (Ewan McGregor) — breathing down his neck.
Taking a break from the
exaggerated violence of The Transformers franchise, Michael Bay sets his
sights on the real-life drama and intensely perilous action of the
assault on the U.S. embassy in Libya.
Critics have been tripping over themselves to draw
comparisons between grindmeister Quentin Tarantino and the great mystery
writer Agatha Christie, due to the Ten Little Indians premise that serves as the foundation of The Hateful Eight.