THERE WAS ONE MORE FILM THIS WINTRY FRIDAY THE 13TH THAT ACTUALLY DISPLACES THE BYE BYE MAN AS THE WEEKEND’S WORST. BEYOND EVEN LOWER REVIEW STATISTICS, IT ALSO HAD A BIGGER-NAME LEAD WITH MUCH MORE TO LOSE: JAMIE FOXX. AS AN UNDERCOVER POLICEMAN IN LAS VEGAS, HE CLASHES WITH MUCH DIRTIER COPS AND A CASINO NETWORK SECRETLY CONTROLLED BY ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILIES. SHORTLY LATER, THEY SWAY HIM TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROBBERY PLOT, BUT AFTER IT GETS BOTCHED, THE DEADLIEST CRIMINALS IN THE RACKET KIDNAP HIS SON. HE HAS 3 OBJECTIVES: SAVE THE TEENAGE CHILD, CAPTURE THE KIDNAPPERS, AND GET HIMSELF RELATIVELY CLOSE TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF AN INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION.
THIS REMAKE OF A LUXEMBOURGESE-MADE, FRENCH-LANGUAGE CRIME THRILLER IS DESCRIBED AS ONE OF FOXX’S MOST BLATANT PAYCHECK MOVIES, WITH A BINGO CARD WORTHY LIST OF TROPES COMBINED WITH SOME OVER-THE-TOP FARFETCHED ELEMENTS. THERE’S ALSO A REALLY CONTRIVED YET PREDICTABLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD PLOT, TOO-LITTLE-TOO-LATE SET DESIGN, AND A BUMBLING DEPICTION OF THE LAS VEGAS P.D. IN FACT, EVERYONE HERE IS JUST PUTTING OUT AN EASY PERFORMANCE THAT THEY THEMSELVES ARE BORED OF.
BUT ENOUGH SLEEP-DEPRIVED GRIEVANCES FROM ME. SEND SLEEPLESS INTO ETERNAL SLEEP BELOW!
GTAHater, if you see this, I'm curious about something.
When do you deem it appropriate to put a director's name in front of a movie? You only do it a few times, like with The Darkness, you've called it "Greg McLean's The Darkness." Just curious about why you do it with some films.
Worst Actor - Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.)
Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!)
Worst Supporting Actor - Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.)
Worst Supporting Actress (nom) - Marcia Gay Harden (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?)
It's usually the ones with the generic, repeated titles, in order to distinguish them from films with the same name. Otherwise, it would get especially confusing 5 to 10 years down the road, if certain films came out within a couple years of each other. If I have one of these films by the same name in mind, and someone else has the other, they'll get mixed up without the director's name.