Horrible Bosses is really a tale of two films, one is extremely funny and the other is misguided. The first half of the film hits all the right comedic notes. Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell are outstanding as they take their characters to the extreme. The writing in this section is witty and fresh and really raises the film above expectations. Unfortunately the film does not sustain its comedic high throughout. The minute the murder scene occurs, the film begins to lose its way. The story never gets as dark as the film’s trailers hint at and, worst of all, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) go from being smart individuals to bumbling idiots. The choices they make in the second half of the film are simply ridiculous. Not to mention the fact that Aniston’s character pretty much disappears until a few senseless scenes at the end that are only included to tie up some loose plot threads. Fortunately there is enough laughs at the beginning of the film to make the sloppiness of the last two acts bearable.
Tokyo Gore Police
If you are familiar with the Japanese gore genre then you should know what to expect. If have not encountered the genre before, and are not a horror fan, there will be very little in Tokyo Gore Police that you will find entertaining. The plot involves a cop, Ruka (Eihi Shiina) who is trying to track down a mad scientist, Key Man (Itsuji Itao), who is mutating humans into monstrous creatures known as “Engineers”. The plot is really just an excuse for director Yoshihiro Nishimura to find numerous ways to shock his audience. Tokyo Gore Police tries to take perversion to a whole new comedic, and outlandish, level. While Tokyo Gore Police is one of those cult films that critics and bloggers alike seem to enjoy, the most shocking thing about the film is how boring I found it. Besides the hilarious commercial asking to “stop hari-kari” there was nothing that evoked any reaction out of me. Frankly, I enjoyed RoboGeshia, which many consider a lesser film, far more than I did Tokyo Gore Police.
Tokyo Gore Police is part of our "The Must See List" series. The film was recommended by The Critical Critics
There are times when films can overcome its silly premise, but unfortunately this is not one of those times. I was willing to suspend my disbelief at the beginning, but Limitless’ plot got increasingly nonsensical as the film progressed. For example, Eddie (Bradley Cooper) buys a condo that features impenetrable security yet a local drug dealer and his goons break through the three levels of security like it is nothing. It is also hard to believe that of all the people to use the NZT “make you super smart drug”, only Eddie was smart enough to realize that he should mass produce a supply so he does not run out. I also wish the film had utilized both Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish better. Both are not given anything really challenging or interesting to do. Limitless is a film that works best if you turn your brain off while watching. Unfortunately this was something I was unable to do.