All the Money in the World (2017)

All the Money in the World
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: David Scarpa
Based on: John Pearson‘s non-fiction book Painfully Rich: the Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer
Seen on: 1.3.2018
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Plot:
John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), grandson of Jean Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer), one of the richest men in the world, is abducted. Despite his wealth, Jean Paul Getty is unwilling to pay the ransom, much to the horror of his daughter-in-law Gail (Michelle Williams), mother of John Paul. Instead he sends his security specialist Fletcher (Mark Wahlberg) to oversee things. But as time is running out for the teenager, both Gail and Fletcher get ever more desperate.

All the Money in the World is based on real-life events that happened before my time and I had never heard of the story. But it really is a horrible and in parts mind-boggling story that the film tells mostly well. Nevertheless, it didn’t win me over completely.

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Director: John Krasinski
Writer: John Krasinski
Based on: David Foster Wallace’s short stories
Cast: Julianne Nicholson, John Krasinski, Timothy Hutton, Chris Messina, Max Minghella, Dominic Cooper, Will Arnett, Christopher Meloni, Denis O’Hare, Josh Charles, Bobby Cannavale, Rashida Jones

Plot:
Sara (Julianne Nicholson) recently broke up with her boyfriend Ryan (John Krasinski). To cope with the ensuing funk she starts an interview project she wants to use for her dissertation where she interviews various men or records conversations she overhears. The subjects of these interviews are varied but mostly they revolve around sex.

I thought that the film’s set-up was a little weird, focusing away from the interviewee’s and on to the interviewer as it does. That just didn’t work that well for me. But the cast was good and most of the respective interviews very nicely done.

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The Killing Room (2009)

The Killing Room is a film by Jonathan Liebesman, starring Chloë Sevigny, Peter Stormare, Timothy Hutton, Nick Cannon, Shea Whigham and Clea DuVall (it seems I’m on a Clea DuVall roll. In the past month I’ve seen more films with her than in the past three years put together).

Plot:
Emily Reilly (Chloë Sevigny) is a military psychologist who gets called in for a job interview by Dr. Phillips (Peter Stormare) who works for a secret division of the CIA. He wants her to take a look at an experiment he’s been conducting: In this experiment, Phillips locks four strangers into a room. Under the pretense of normal psychological testing. But the experiment gets quickly out of hand when Phillips shoots one of the four.

I like locked room films and The Killing Room is a nice example of one. It probably won’t blow you away or leave you astonished, but it does its job nicely (if you disregard the logical flaws and the bad script) and with good performances.

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The Ghost Writer (2010)

The Ghost Writer is the newest movie by Roman Polanski* (an adaptation of a book by Robert Harris), starring Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Hutton, James Belushi and Tom Wilkinson.

Plot:
After the sudden death of the previous ghost writer, a young author (Ewan McGregor) is asked to write the autobiography of Tony Blair a British politician in American exile (Pierce Brosnan). But soon the author discovers a conspiracy revolving around said politician, the previous ghost writer and the politician’s wife (Olivia Williams).

The movie is a tight political thriller, mostly well plotted even if totally unsurprising. The performances were good and the direction experienced. Just the ending is a complete suckfest.

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