If you are the cynical, grim nihilism and the fascist wet dream laziness of “Sicario: Soldier’s Day“You will probably love Amazon’S“Without regrets. “Made by the same script / director couple, filmmakers Stefano Sollima (the Italian “GomorrahTV series) and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario, “”Hell or high water”),“ Without Remorse ”feels like a CIA Black Ops recruiting tool that makes reckless assassinations of faceless foreigners efficient and sophisticated for budding jarheads and military entrepreneurs. Worse as it is based on a famous one Tom Clancy Book (the full title of the film is “Tom Clancy is without remorse“) It feels like a dated relic of the American / Russian Cold War era espionage with a heaped dose of the merciless and repulsive tone of the later era.”Rambo“Films on top. Trump-era election deniers, militiamen, and those who stormed the capital on Jan. 6 are likely to love their no-nonsense approach and distrust of the government, which instead favors the wild lone wolf and psycho-shooters.
Performing a wild Michael B. JordanJohn Kelly (eventually John Clark under a new guise), a senior chief of the US Navy SEAL who is essentially a sleek, mean cold-blooded killing machine. The film begins with Clark’s elite killing squad in a war-torn region of Syria during a CIA operation to rescue a hostage. But CIA officer Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell) didn’t tell him the full story and they are greeted by enemy ex-Russian forces that are almost taking the mission south. Months later, the Russians want a repayment, and in an orchestrated attack, the entire team is hit by a group of Russian assassins. The collateral damage is Clark’s wife, Pam (Lauren London), murdered in the attack in which the protagonist was held for life.
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Clark’s girlfriend and former SEAL team member Lt. Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith), Knight and Defense Minister Thomas Clay (Guy Pearce) Discuss answer options. Ultimately, however, the CIA decides to step down and even name it. This is the point and excuse that infuriates Jordan’s Clark character with a bloodlust for revenge that feels absolutely relentless. From there, Clark rages on all sorts of rampages, leaving a trail of corpses, his ass in jail, and a brief pardon that takes him on a secret mission to Russia to find the bad guys.
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In Clancys pro-military, pro-US. Government novels, American power is right. But with Sheridan as a screenwriter, times have changed and “No Regrets” is shifting to a more shady government conspiracy area. In any case, it is grim for the military-industrial complex, bleak, cynical, utterly humorless and utterly uncomfortable. “No regrets” is also bad and slow. Sollima and Sheridan have already “Sicario 2“Like the pilot of a new spin-off TV series, and much of that idea applies to” Without Remorse “too; only the TV-like plot breaks the whole story, even as it tries to develop character.
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In that regard, it totally fails. Jordan’s Clark is a man with nothing to lose but a single reference to ruthless, efficient killing and a will to transcend every single line of justice and morality to achieve one’s goals. Sollima does good action and ZipTieGuy cosplayers will likely love the tight and frenetic execution of such sequences. Even so, the second half of the film feels like a long relentless, hectic shootout that never subsides. And Jordan is an absolute game to be that wild action star, but he’s barely recognizable as a person. All the humanity, the charisma and the captivating presence that he shows in films as intense as the “CreedThere are no films. Clark, Jordan, and the entire film just feel repulsively brutal, violent, and incessant on their vicious journey to achieve “justice” without feeling guilty.
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“Do you know who won World War II?” says an antagonist in a long monologue just before the end of the film. “Economists, all of this spending lifted the country out of poverty and freed the world from tyranny.” Yes, these are bad guys who are bad guys, but you can’t help but wonder how much of that worldview is part of the filmmaker’s perspective.
There is a lot of talk in the film about “patriots,” a holdover from Clancy’s novels – those in government or the military who have the power to “defend” the nation – but it also comes with the conservative idea of just being patriots , terrifyingly close. No dissidents who were in the Capitol on January 6th. They obviously only really cared about our country, and that misguided, frightening psyche seems to permeate Sollima’s film with its queasy notions of morality, justice and patriotism. Sheridan and Clancy also play with the ideas of peasants and kings; Foot soldiers like Clark, who bid the government, but who can you really trust, the film asks, ultimately turning the suits into the bad guys and the underdogs into the heroes (just so that it aligns with the “good” version of the suits after all) .
Finally, “Without Remorse” has the gall to end on a post-credits scene that tells you essentially everything you need to know about this cynical endeavor: it’s the origin story prequel of John Kelly (now John Clark, da he lives like an Ethan) Hunting-like ghost from the network) and it’s here toRainbow SixFranchise aka, an undercover, government-sanctioned Black Op team of assassins (sorry, heroes) likely deployed in hot spots around the world to kill blacks, browns, and Asians.
Finally, put the questionable politics of “no regrets” aside, even if a simple action thriller is joyless and lifeless, a dry room of empty macho bullshit with a main character who corresponds to a bulging vein meme. Without too many spoilers, “Without Remorse” assumes the Cold War might have been a good thing, and without enemies like Russia, trigger-happy America and its psychotic need for bad guys will turn on each other and eat themselves. Unfortunately, and frankly, that’s not a totally wrong suggestion given where things are, but that doesn’t mean I would ever want to live a gruesome cinematic worldview with these gruesome people again. [D]
“Without Remorse” will be released on April 30th on Amazon Prime Video.