Adding to a growing line of movies, I was happy to be pleasantly surprised by another flick that I thought was going to be almost complete garbage.
Hey, I just calls ’em like I see ’em, and sometimes movies are marketed terribly.
This is one instance of seemingly unnecessary length being a good thing. Drawing the fairly predictable plot out into a longer story made it possible to add in a few extra turns that couldn’t have been there otherwise.
Hugh Jackman is a very good protagonist, and Dakota Goyo makes for a surprisingly multi-dimensional child actor.
The constantly-shifting sets and locations keep the feeling of an adventure, without becoming confusing at all. The shooting style in the fight scenes, however, leaves something to be desired from a continuity perspective.
The computer-generated effects were perfectly punctuated by some powerful and visceral sound work.
Although the effects are good, I’m not sure if I agree with the depiction of the violence.