Rick’s Café Américain, a nightclub in Casablanca, Morokko, is a place where many foreigners meet, especially people who are fleeing from the German grasp. Owner Rick not only has to deal with the local police force, but also special interests of his various guests. He tries to not pick any sides and get in the way, but this isn’t always easy.
I apologize to my German readers, but this essay is in English. 😉 It’s also a bit theoretical or may even be boring, if you don’t know either [amazon_link id=“0415253977″ target=“_blank“ ]Understanding Media[/amazon_link] by Marshall McLuhan or the documentary Side-by-Side produced by Keanu Reeves which both ignited this stream of thought. I highly recommend to read and watch them, then come back here. I’ll even embed the trailer, just for you. *g* If that doesn’t stop you, here we go. Lots of text from now on…
This review reportedly contains spoilers.
First thing: I don’t know the graphic novel this is based on. So no comparing with that
Second thing: I don’t dislike Tom Cruise per sé, or as JoCo puts it: „Tom Cruise is Tom-Cruise-crazy, just be glad it’s him – not you, if you had Tom Cruise’s troubles, you might go Tom-Cruise-Crazy, too.“
Apart from that: The film is visually pleasing but the story is quite simple and non-surprising. I didn’t see the clone-thing coming but other than that things take way too long to actually happen although you already expect them to. Take e.g. Morgan Freeman: You know he’s not the protagonist yet he’s going to appear as a leader of sorts, it’s pretty clear from the first ten minutes that the guys on earth are discarded people and bang – ergo their leader is MF. And so it turns out to be it’s just that it takes about two thirds of the movie to get there! Same happens with the erased memory, the aliens that are nowhere to be seen, the fake wife, the actual wife etc. You expect it to happen long before it does.
Straight forward isn’t bad per se but it doesn’t work if you want to make it a surprise, then it just feels artificial.
So does Cruises acting. Well actually, everybody’s acting. The setting is the real star here, but as it’s mainly American rubble I found it boring after the first 30 minutes. At least they did not show the aliens. And I am probably just disappointed because I actually thought I’d need no popcorn during this movie…