Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel works so well thanks to its balance of character study and mystery thrills. Sure, adapting a novel into a movie is no simple task, as certain aspects of the novel are constrained or changed due to budget and run time. But with The Girl on the Train, the movie adaptation derails early on due to story structure issues and certain plot elements that are either rearranged or presented with little to no detail. Along with story structure, any hope of further plot or character development is thrown out the window in favor of mishandled flashbacks, awkward premonitions, and steamy shower sex scenes.
I see what you were doing there, Hardcore Henry. First Person Shooter as a movie genre is fairly original, I have to say. And as a proof of concept, it works, it really does: the FPS plot can be adapted to a movie. Well done. But it didn’t really work for me, possibly because I’m really, really old. But possibly also because watching this movie is exactly like watching someone else play through an entire video game flawlessly but, despite the hundreds of hours of gameplay he must have devoted to being able to do this (without dying once), inexplicably refuses to skip the cutscenes. I spent the entire movie unable to shake the feeling that I was waiting for my turn to play. Read more
From STX Entertainment, director Ilya Naishuller and produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) comes the first person shooter film Hardcore Henry. Starring Sharlto Copley (District 9), Danila Kozlovsky (Vampire Academy), and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), the film made it’s debut at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness and was released nationwide April 8th.