Has anybody else seen this?
Short OP either way:
The best thing about this movie was some good gratutitous nudity from the two male leads (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson), both of whom have nice booties.
The worst thing was, to me, Blake Lively’s non-acting as O[phelia]. The entire movie depends upon your caring whether she lives or dies (that’s not a spoiler- in fact her first line is a voiceover saying she’s going to be in a life-or-death situation), but whether it’s the January Jones-esque ‘emotion conservation’ school of acting or whether it’s just the spoiled vapid rich girl way she was written, I didn’t anymore care whether she lived than whether Elena (Salma Hayek’s character) or any other villains survived. (And while I’ll admit it’s an extremely minor nitpick to the movie, it is one reason that I thought O was vapid: how the hell can you be in a consenting menage a trois with two criminals who pride themselves over being non-violent and yet not know the name Etta Place? You wouldn’t call her “that woman in that movie”, you’d have an authentic tintype of her on your wall.)
Travolta was almost too much star power for his role, which is more than a cameo but not a very big supporting role. Benicio Del Toro and must not get many high paying acting roles, because his character wasn’t very fleshed out (and while U.S. projects probably pay a lot more than Mexican, Demian Bichir must get irritated playing drug cartel leaders).
In general I thought this had some odd contrasts with Natural Born Killers, a Quentin Tarantino script that (in my opinion, and it’s an opinion with which many people strongly disagree) was totally effed up by Oliver Stone. This was an Oliver Stone script that he directed himself but that I think Tarantino could have made really work: Tarantino would have added a lot more humor and a lot more cartoonish gore for one thing and it could have used both.