Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Academy Screening #10: Hors-la-loi




Best Foreign Film: Hors-la-loi

Will it win? No. 

Should it have been nominated? Hell no.

"Outside the Law" has been raising some controversy at Cannes, apparently, since it is the rare film that deals with France's colonial / imperialist history in a bad light. This must be its only draw, and the only reason why it was nominated. I tried to think of something nice to say about it, but man, it was just a bad movie. Entire scenes play out as a string of cliches. The music does most of the work, but can never quite make anything seem suspenseful. The whole film is self-important and has 'scope' in that way where you never really feel it has any scope. It is a poorly made historical epic that I could not wait to get done with. 

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