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Complete balls-to-the-wall action fest and visual blizzard. Despite some witty lines and a few moments of very touching thematic content, script is actually pretty weak. Worlds are not well established and much of plot is random. Characters are okay. Parts were clearly in the "intentionally bad" mode and these were only partially successful. An enjoyable time to be sure but not amazing.
every time i have ever put up one of my scripts for review, the reviewer has always cited the godfather for at least half of their examples. that tells you something, and i mean something besides "so that's the only script they study."
de niro's performance is one of the top ten of all time. incredibly deep examination of a disturbed man who finally gives up the fight while bluffing incredible endurance. magnificent direction and cinematography fill the movie with lasting, powerful moments.