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This movie is a rare oddity for a dramatized undercover police crime drama as it does not glorify the profession one bit. In every instance, it conveys at the very least an underlying mood of dread and terror. Donnie Brasco is in a jungle where he does not belong, yet he must somehow push himself to fit in with the hollow sociopaths around him... Even at the cost of his own family. He is a true hero, not chivalrous, but doing what is necessary at great sacrifice to himself and those he holds dear... And yet there is no reward for him in the end, no glory to behold. He's just another cog in the machine, more meat for the meat grinder, but at least he made the world slightly brighter. What this film does particularly well is its ability to demonstrate that in the ecosystem of organized crime, values such as honour, compassion, civility, and honesty are weaknesses-not strengths. Cunning, backstabbing, greed, and sheer brutal force wins the day. Brasco forgivably comes close to humanizing the inhumane, desperately looking for some manner of good in a somewhat fatherly-figure... Only to be starkly reminded that for the monsters inhabiting this dark underbelly of society, they will gut him like a fish should he reveal himself as a human being walking among them. This film has excellent performances by its entire cast and good direction... My main criticism is that the ending feels a bit abrupt, and left me with the feeling there should have been more explanation for the aftermath of the events transpired. It almost feels tired, but maybe that was the whole point all along.
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The idea of shrinking humans to conserve space and reduce waste and our impact on the environment is interesting but this never seems to reach a climax in its story arc. The romance between Ngoc and Paul didn't seem genuine for me because for nearly all of their time on screen together she is giving him sh**. Decent but nothing more.
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Wow, this movie would not pass today. Not PC at all. As usual for the early bond films, the premise is very cheesy, but Sean Connery’s performance, the fight scenes, and the soundtrack easily make up for it. Besides, cheesiness isn’t always a bad thing. Also very satisfying to finally find out what Austin Powers was parodying.
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This balls-to-the-wall, fear-mongering mock-up of rock and hippie counterculture from 1968 is crude, disposable, and somehow compelling. I completely agree with one IMDB reviewer who all of the characters are unlikable - I actually find them detestable, but it doesn’t stop me from watching how this crazy fantasy world peters itself out.
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This had me hooked straight away. By the second hour towards its conclusion the main character's ADHD, manic depressive-like personality begins to get tiresome as do many of the other unstable annoyances of most of the other characters. The relationships and quick to screw anything weren't surrounded by much reality. Still enjoyable though.
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