Fantastic review Ralph. You put a good amount of work into this one. (not that you don’t for the others
) Much appreciated.
This film was a fun ride. Political agenda aside, I thought it was very well done. Damon was fantastic, and fit into his role extremely well. I went into this one not caring if it was preachy or had an agenda, because we’ve heard it all before regarding the war. This is nothing new, so I just took it for what it was, and enjoyed the fast paced, intense ride.
At times, the story became confusing with all the names being tossed around. I kept asking, now who is that they are talking about? …and the action is so fast that you don’t have much time to think about it before you are into another intense moment. Not a big deal overall, as much of it is obvious as the story progresses.
You know this film has a decent sized budget when you see all of the military vehicles, and helicopters being used. Some of the shots with the helicopters over Bagdad and landing were very impressive.
Some have commented on the gritty nature of some scenes, but I found this refreshing, and realistic. At least it wasn’t DNR’d out of the film. I think the grain was in the film itself due to the low light, something that naturally happens in those conditions. Flesh tones were fantastic and resolution and contrast in daylight scenes were spot on. There were some awfully good reference quality outdoor shots of Bagdad.
The sound was very impressive, clear and dynamic. Dialogue was extremely clear, which was needed with all of the other sounds coming from all channels. Top notches from me here.
PQ 4 out of 5, SQ 5 out of 5, Film 4 out of 5.