Originally Posted by Kyle_D
Many entertainment journalists have documented how Summit botched the marketing of this film last summer. Guess the studio was too busy securing those Twilight dollars to bother with coming up for a proper marketing campaign for this gem. Thankfully the critical support was strong and pervasive enough that the film was never forgotten or taken out of the serious film connoisseur's discourse over the course of the year; it's widely expected to win a deserved best director oscar and is considered one of the top 2 or 3 contenders to bring home the big prize. Hopefully that will get more people to see it. It's really a great action/suspense film with some insightful character study, but for some reason Summit treated it like a typical polemical arthouse anti-war indie - which it's not. At all. - and only released it in the handful of upscale urban theaters where that stuff plays.
Yeah, it was very strange. I mean, I'm in Seattle where we are thoroughly inundated (thankfully) with indie films, and I had been aware of this film for some time and was looking forward to seeing it, and by the time I even noticed it was playing in the theater it was literally the last day of a 1-week run. I ran right down there to a mostly empty theater, and I was very impressed with this movie, I have no idea why they didn't push this harder because it is a movie that has very broad appeal. It's effective as a suspense/thriller picture and moves along quite well, and yet what really stuck out for me was the character study and the thoughtfulness of the film particularly the ending, I hadn't really seen that before.
The explosions in the film are some of the best ever captured, so I expect the sound to be phenomenal. IIRC, a significant amount of footage was also captured on 16mm so I expect the grain haters to be out in full force on this one.
It wasn't super grainy if I recall, partially because it was a very harsh kind of brightish whitish unsaturated look, bright mostly. But then again I am partial to grain anyway, so it doesn't stick out as bothersome to me. I felt like there was quite a bit though shot digitally, and I think there was a lot of that footage that was pretty clean, though I think there was quite a bit shot at rather low-res, but I'm trying to remember vaguely from articles written some time ago.
But I'm very excited to see this on BD.
This movie was so impressive that it made me go right out and rent point break to see what else this woman has done.