quantumcat42 wrote:I suppose much of this is just up to taste, but I really enjoyed it as well. The dialog was slow, sure, but it never seemed forced to me. The languid pace throughout most of the movie really accentuated the elements of violence; it made the few bits of actual action matter.
Agreed, it was a really minimalist action movie; all the elements were boiled down to have maximum impact. The intensity of the violence, combined with the slower scenes where violence was on the verge of breaking out really had me cringing with anticipation (in a good way). I really liked the music and the acting as well. Albert Brooks really impressed me and Bryan Cranston was as good as I expected. Really one of my favorite movies of last year, although it wasn't a great year for movies admittedly.
Chen wrote:I honestly felt tricked by all the high ratings it had gotten before going to see it.
You felt tricked because people had an honest difference of opinion? Maybe you should have read a few reviews which would have mentioned that it was slower than a typical action movie rather than just looking at the ratings.