I’m not certain when the feeling set in for me, but at some point during the Flight
screening I attended, I was overcome with the sense of observing the
dark days of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the virtuoso Texas guitarist who died
in the early 1990s after years of working as a sideman (most notably
with David Bowie on his 1980s classic Let’s Dance) and taking
center stage with his own band.
Unlike the action junkies
chopping up the battles to pile on more frames helter-skelter, Tony Scott
would actually slow the moments down, to let us see the beauty of
stillness before the clash. He gave us a chance to breathe and steady
Cinematically speaking, director Tony Scott just doesn't know when to shut up. In this fact-based action drama, he has got an inherently propulsive premise to work with. So what do Scott and screenwriter Mark Bomback do with that story? They throw some utterly pointless background domestic drama at our main characters, played by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. Grade: C-.
Falling on the heels of 'The Road,' here is a similarly themed vision of a post-apocalyptic dystopia where cannibals and criminals make up what's left of the human species. Survivalist extraordinaire Eli (Denzel Washington) is a loner badass with a Bible, and if that isn't good enough for an audience to empathize with, then the exit doors are located at the front and rear of the cinema. Grade: C.
Look, I'm not making any inappropriate allegations. All I'm saying is that, if Tony Scott has scandalous photos of Denzel Washington, it might explain a lot. This is what I'm trying to wrap my head around: How does one of the most universally respected actors of this generation come to trust this particular director? Grade: D.