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March 19th, 2013 [7:21:05]
 6/10

cress: Good film with great performances. But that's it. I don't know why all the love for it. I enjoy political thrillers, but there is not enough thrills or intrigue in this to push it into rarefied air. It's average, at best.

Ben Affleck is serviceable as the lead, but I think a better actor could have played his role much better. He is a bit bland. Bryan Cranston is great in his role. Goodman and Arkin are also good, but Arkin steals it. It's not a big role, but he absolutely delivers with his performance. I was disappointed with the character development of the hostages though. Essentially, only two hostages(husband and wife) are used to represent the anxiety of the group as a whole. I thought this was a mistake. Another scene here and there with different hostages could've illicited more empathy from the viewer.

I now see why Affleck didn't get a Best Director nom--he's average, at best. There is nothing innovative or unique in his approach. This is a film crafted in the editing room. It's a good film, but underwhelming, considering the amount of awards it racked up.


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