Seaton Mclean

Seaton Mclean

Seaton Mclean Quick Links

Film RSS

Formula 51 Review


Weak
If you were suffering from a nasty cold, would you settle for a less-than-soft, generic tissue to soothe your chapped snout, or would you pay a little more to get the plusher brand name? Of course, nothing beats the real thing! Formula 51 is like that sub-standard nose rag - it's just an artificial substitute for a much better British action-comedy.

The plot is loosely framed around the kilt-wearing master chemist Elmo McElroy (Samuel L. Jackson) who has developed a new illegal drug that produces a high that is 51 times better than cocaine, acid, or ecstasy. When McElroy attempts to sell the drug's formula to a mobster named The Lizard (Meat Loaf), the deal goes bad and McElroy flees to Liverpool with only his golf clubs. While there, he meets up with Yankee-hating thug Felix DeSouza (Robert Carlyle) assigned to help McElroy score $20 million for the drugs from a local gangster (Ricky Tomlinson). Unfortunately, this deal also fails. DeSouza and McElroy must now find new buyers while staying clear of other rogue groups who want the formula, and an assassin (Emily Mortimer) hired by The Lizard to return McElroy to the states.

Continue reading: Formula 51 Review

The Good Thief Review


Excellent
The heist movie, or robbery movie, has worn out its welcome in recent years. There's nothing more infuriating than feeling as though you're five steps ahead of the film, with no pleasure found in connecting the dots. The Good Thief doesn't really have anything new to add to the genre besides a sense of style. It's as though visionary filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves) read the script, accepted it as a simplistic morality tale of an aging crook, and pumped up the sumptuous visuals, the seeps-into-your-bones soundtrack of global music, and the iconic figure of Nick Nolte. Those elements single handedly give The Good Thief a sense of purpose when it would otherwise have none, and the stylistic flourishes -- instead of feeling like they're present for their own sake -- add depth to what could have been another boring movie about doublecrossing.

Whenever the plot of the movie feels rote (the thieves assemble their team, plan the robbery, carry out the robbery, and doublecross each other a couple of times along the way) the arresting images carry the day. Cinematographer Chris Menges (who recently shot another existential mystery, The Pledge) finds the right pace: active yet unhurried, kinetic yet wistful. With shadows that turn into lush purples, greens, blues, and all gradations of black, The Good Thief is intoxicating. Indeed, it might be Jordan's most visually stimulating movie, and one has to wonder if the cookie cutter nature of the script set him free to imagine new visual possibilities. Lovers of the visual image will find much to appreciate; plot-driven viewers will find very little to hang their hat on.

Continue reading: The Good Thief Review

Seaton Mclean

Seaton Mclean Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

Occupation

Filmmaker


David Bowie Wins Big, But Grime Artists Go Home Empty-Handed At The 2017 BRIT Awards

David Bowie Wins Big, But Grime Artists Go Home Empty-Handed At The 2017 BRIT Awards

David Bowie and Rag'n'Bone Man both won two awards at the 2017 BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in London last night.

Advertisement
Skepta To Headline Wireless Festival 2017 With Chance The Rapper And The Weeknd

Skepta To Headline Wireless Festival 2017 With Chance The Rapper And The Weeknd

The grime superstar will top the bill on Saturday night at Finsbury Park's Wireless Festival in July, with The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper also...

Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Reportedly Moving To Netflix

Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Reportedly Moving To Netflix

Martin Scorsese's upcoming 'The Irishman', featuring Robert De Niro, is reportedly moving to Netflix from Paramount.

Advertisement

Seaton McLean Movies

Formula 51 Movie Review

Formula 51 Movie Review

If you were suffering from a nasty cold, would you settle for a less-than-soft, generic...

The Good Thief Movie Review

The Good Thief Movie Review

The heist movie, or robbery movie, has worn out its welcome in recent years. There's...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.