Solomon Grundy @ December 8, 2017 9:49 PM
Embarrassed that I expected much more from this than the soapy Rom/dram chickflick it turned out to be. Given the [wasted] talent of Elba and Winslet, two of the best leads working today, it was not really that unrealistic to expect a much more complex story and better writing. Instead, add a cute yellow labrador and you get Marley & me: backwoods-action-edition. What must have been going through the minds of these two cinematically literate and highly intelligent actors when they were forced to shoot the final cliche'd "run-into-each-others-arms" scene can only be guessed at but likely included mental puke and the fear that it would be edited to run onscreen in slow-motion. You can only hope that the real-life thought bubble over some of their wistful off-camera looks earlier in the film like the ones they used in the above poster ran along the lines of 'Maybe I will re-tile the upstairs bathroom,' and 'I wonder if that Mexican place delivers.'
Solomon Grundy @ December 8, 2017 10:20 PM
I won't patronize a film that even remotely or tangentially attempts to justify the killing of wolves, coyotes, etc. in 2017 for ranching interests given that what is really going on on the ground includes predation subsidies fraud, baiting and poisoning, and the decimation of keystone species and wilderness habitat. Add this one to the scrap heap along with every other studly male testosterone wet dream like 'The Grey' and Sarah Palin's Alaska. As an Avengers side project, this has about the same level of substance as a few Law&Order or Longmire episodes and will likely play best in red state multiplexes.
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