Started with no expectations, but I soon found my senses filled with enjoyment. Character casting was IMHO, fantastic, from Bruce to Mark to Marks character female confidant girl with the facial scar sorry i can't recall her name ,but she alone was great and there was just the correct amount of comedic lines along with dramatic offsets, perfectly performed.,. All in all a great movie and must say a favorite view in many ,many years.......Now this is all ,IMHO, so I really do not give a flying hoot on those who disagree, to those that do agree, you like the same kinds of films as I. And <more>
one more thing I am so surprised that this film was not in the theaters ,if it was I most definitely missed it or that usually I am not a particular great fan Of Mark. But must say that he did hit the mark on this film.
Visual poetry - and a celebration of human resilience as well as an ode to the savage beauty of Saved by the Bell (by lawyer-85487)
A lot has been said and written about this film, mostly about its troubled production - forget all that: it has no meaning whatsoever for the experience this film provides. A word of advice though: if you go in expecting a testosterone-fueled revenge thriller in the vein of 'Die Hard', you'll likely end up disappointed. It's simply not that kind of film - but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it if you watch it with the right expectations. 'Precious Cargo' opens with a standoff for the ages; we see snippets of memories showing a peaceful life - and soon the <more>
loss of that peace, and the loss of life. The images change and we hear the soothing sound of shooting blanks as we follow the camera via a long tracking shot over a seaside crime scene; it's an image that seems to imply peace, evoking nature's beauty with an almost meditative quality - before the barrel of a rifle appears in the frame. Those first three minutes I just described which are the only spoilers you will get in this review set the tone for the film perfectly. It's a film that tells a story of harrowing circumstances through images that are breathtakingly beautiful; a film about survival and death and shocking acts of sudden violence - and yet a film that, despite all its visceral intensity, also has a quiet, immersive quality to it that feels almost hypnotic.Many critics and reviewers have pointed out the stark contrast between the film's poetic beauty and the ugliness of its violence - implying the director wanted to use this contrast to make a certain point regarding mankind's interference with nature. While that would seem pretty obvious and it probably is at least partly true , I left the film feeling the director had shown a vaster, far too complete image of the clash between Zack Morris and the seedy crime underworld to justify such a simplistic interpretation of the events portrayed on screen. Whether intentionally or not, the filmmakers shows the star of his film with a complexity and honesty that we normally don't get to see in these kinds of stories. And I'm not talking about Mark-Paul Gosslear here who gives a no-holds-barred, crazy good performance and I'd love to see him win an Oscar for this film - the star of this film is not a person: it IS the tits on the scene with the dumb blondes, plain and simple.The revenge plot - which felt almost like an afterthought or a ploy to give the film a certain structure and a proper ending - is not really the film's main theme or strongest aspect, and it certainly isn't the reason that made this film so compelling to watch for me. Such stories have been told often enough - and often better - than in 'Precious Cargo'. No, what really made this film stand out for me is that I have NEVER seen a Hollywood film any film, really - apart from documentaries that showed speedboats in such an unflinchingly honest and mesmerizing way as was the case here. And the way I perceive it, the director sees his human protagonists as being very much a part of waterside existence as a whole - regardless of their destructive behaviour. It's that refreshingly wholistic approach which some viewers might perceive as nihilism on the director's part that I found to be the film's biggest accomplishment: it depicts the people in this story as just another species trying to survive in that perilous frontier-world. The emphasis is not really on the moral aspects of the brutal injustice that the main character suffers or how the beachgoers are cruelly exploited; we witness all that - but Iñarritu keeps a certain emotional distance, as if he were shooting a documentary about predatory wildlife. And just like the boat attack, most of the violence in this film comes as a reaction of defense. Be it self-defense, defending one's offspring or defending territory and valuable resources. Even the character that comes closest to an actual villain is driven by fear - not hate, and his most obvious character defects were caused by a very traumatizing experience. As in seaside settings, there is a simple if often brutal logic to why most characters, men or beasts, act the way they do in 'Precious Cargo' OK, maybe not the bimbos - but I didn't say the film was perfect, did I . And the boat attack was the most realistic depiction of a water-based attack I have ever seen on film.All in all, this film felt less like a story of revenge and more like an ode to the visceral beauty of nature and the relentless, savage force that is life; it provides an immensely absorbing - and touching - experience to those who have an affinity for the wilderness, but it's also a visual masterpiece and a great piece of old-school filmmaking for lovers of Cinema. It's not perfect especially during the last third of the film where I felt the pacing was a bit off , but it's a film the likes of which we will only rarely get to see - if at all - in the future. 'Precious Cargo' is visual poetry of the most primal kind, and it should be seen on the biggest screen possible. Oh wait. I'm mixing this up with The Revenant. Yeah this film was kind of bad.
I am quick to knock a bad movie but this isn't one of them. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. The script is sharp, witty and oddball, the action evenly paced, the acting good. I enjoyed Jack's crazy but smart and Logan's almost deadpan but also deadly serious banter. Other reviewers seemed to want more emotion, but hey, these people are cold killers. In real life, the humour would be misplaced but this is definitely a comedy. The colourful crew they pull together adds to the mix. I'd like a sequel. I could definitely watch more of Jack and Logan. I also liked <more>
how the team put an effort often implausible into beating the bad guys instead of being the most stupidest people on the planet and still winning, as happens in other movies.
this movie is funny descent acting good action this is a chessy movie and that's what makes it good the story is nice we'll acted except for the sniper girl lol the gun fights weren't all that real but it didn't stop from making this movie enjoyable i laughed and was at my seat for the ending not knowing what was going to happen and Bruce Willis was excellent for his character, i think that the people who have seen this expected a robbery type movie like Argo etc. a lot of people have put down a lot of movies that are either cheesy have little action or a camp and I've <more>
seen most of these and i have to say that they are much better then the people who watched these are letting on, so if your looking for a funny movie with some action and a decent story then watch this one you will have a good time
It seems as if I am in the minority here, but I actually quite enjoyed this movie. Maybe it has a lot to do with not actually expecting all that much from it. I guess that is one of those laws when it comes to movies - the more I expect, the less I get and vice verse . Okay, it seems as if it is one of those straight to DVD movies, and in a way that can be a good thing because people generally don't expect all that much from such films, and as such you can pull up some hidden gems. The film opens with a gun deal that is starting to go wrong, and at first I'm wondering whether they <more>
are police on a sting or not. Well, it turns out to be the 'or not', namely because they are actually thieves. Well, it seems as if maybe they aren't into the business much anymore, but our hero, Jack, seems to by trying to settle down with a nice veterinarian though he has borrowed his colleague's dog to try and impress her . However, things start going wrong when his ex appears out of nowhere, and behind her are some thugs that are trying to kill her. Jack, not surprisingly, is dragged into the middle of the whole mess as well as his new found girlfriend . Well, it seems as if she has got some information, and she has decided to use this information to get rich rather quickly. Then again, she needs some assistance, which is why she has come to Jack. Thus we end up in your typical hiest movie - sort of. Basically they are trying to get their hands onto a large number of gems, and it appears as if the local crime lord, played by Bruce Willis, is trying to as well. Thus what is basically a hiest film, in many cases is also a game of cat and mouse. I actually found that the film was quite clever, and reasonably well paced as well. In fact it kept me interested right through to the end, and it certainly wasn't all that long either, which is an added bonus. However, what really impressed me was how our heroes or more correctly anti-heroes managed to outwit these professional crooks, and get away with the loot. Sure, the acting certainly isn't top notch, and with the exception of Bruce Willis, they are mostly B-grade actors, but sometimes this B-grade films are much more entertaining than your typical big budget blockbuster. Yeah, it might be pretty lame in places, but it is one of those quite enjoyable type of lame.
Making easy money the hard way (by nogodnomasters)
Our protagonists are thieves. The story centers on Jack Mark-Paul Gosselaar a clever thief who comes up with odd schemes. He is aided by sharp shooter Logan Jenna B. Kelly who has a dry wit about her. Jack dates a vet Lydia Hull as his ex-girlfriend Karen Claire Forlani shows up 6 months pregnant claiming Jack is the father. She is in trouble and interests Jack in a heist which crosses Eddie Bruce Willis .The film includes explosions, car chases, boat chases, and a lot of plot we don't see. In fact the plot was the weak aspect of the film. What was good was the over-the-top <more>
characters: a driver who is so drunk he doesn't know where he is in and a shooter who wishes he was dead to get away from his wife.Mark-Paul Gosselaar looks like a leading man. Daniel Bernhardt was Claude Van Damme light. I liked the dialogue and characters more than the plot.Guide: F-word, sex. No nudity. Torrie Wilson in a bikini.