I stumbled on this movie recently and I wanted to get your thoughts on it.
I enjoyed this movie much more than I thought I would. I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michael Shannon was very good as the crooked cop. Very funny, but also believable as a degenerate gambler.
Dania Ramirez, as Gordon-Levitt’s girlfriend, is amazingly hot (she played AJ Soprano’s girlfriend Blanca for those of you that remember her.). In fact, most of the casting choices were good except for one.
Jamie Chung, the Chinese woman who is trying to import her son from China, is who’s story the plot revolves around, and she is awful.
I can’t believe that she was cast in the movie. She is so bad, I actually looked her up on IMDb, and it turns out she isn’t even Chinese, but Korean. And she was born and raised in California, which would explain why her Chinese accent sounds so stilted and unnatural.
If anyone has seen this movie, can you tell me what your thoughts are, and if you agree or disagree with me on Chung?
It almost feels like she won a contest to get the part, or she had a powerful friend or relative put her in the movie. Because the movie, which wasn’t going to win any oscars anyway, still could have been excellent if it wasn’t for her stiff performance.
A mindless, fun NYC bike messenger service movie could have been a decent sleeper and one of those movies I could watch any time I felt like watching something fun with some dark comedy elements… But I can’t get by Jamie Chung. Every time she appears on screen, the movie grinds down from maybe a 7.5 to a 4.5 (out of 10) for me.
Such a pity. But this is the kind of decision that has always baffled me in Hollywood. A terrible movie somehow gets made… Or a particular actor gets chosen for a role they can’t pull off, and drags the entire movie down with it. How can no one see/hear what I am seeing and hearing when she appears? It’s painful.