God is a bullet review
God is a Bullet (2023) Movie reviewor movie run by Nick Cassaveteswritten by Boston Teran AND Nick Cassavetes and playing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, Jamie Foxx, Carl Glusman, Ethan Suplee, January Jones, Jonathan Tucker, Garrett Waring, David Thornton, Paul Johansson, Brendan Sexton III, TONY Cornelisse, Samantha Lockwood, Robert Craighead, Kola Olasija, Nancy De Mayo, Chloe Guy AND Xavier Declie.
Nick Cassavetes has never been a director who could please everyone. In 1997, he did She is so beautiful which won critical acclaim but was shunned by moviegoers. In 2004, he did notebook which the public loved, but the critics were divided. His latest film, God is a bullet, is so brutal that it might cause you to walk away, but if you stick with it, the film is ultimately intense, action-packed and powerful. It’s over the top, and brutal, sure, but the acting is solid and the cinematography holds your attention throughout.
This film opens with a young girl being kidnapped in a supermarket parking lot by a van full of crazy, tattooed cult members who have no plans to do anything good to the girl. Soon after, another young girl (Chloe Guy) is taken by the cult and her mother is brutally murdered. Detective Bob Hightower (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is the girl’s father and he is determined to find his daughter at all costs. Maika Monroe plays Case Hardin, a former member of the twisted cult who narrowly escaped the wrath of the leader, Cyrus (Karl Glusman). Hardin is the only one who can help Detective Hightower reach his daughter, but it may be too late to save her life. She could have been killed by the evil cult.
Jamie Foxx is also in the film as a character with white spots on his skin called The Ferryman who is associated with the cult and plays a very central role in helping Hightower when he is bitten by a snake in the front seat of his vehicle which is one. of the film’s most disturbing scenes. Action in God is a bullet it is violent beyond any reasonable doubt. It’s disturbing and some of it isn’t as well acted as it could have been. A section with January Jones’ abused character Maureen Bacon feels like it comes from a completely different movie, and while there’s nothing wrong with Jones’ performance, the film sometimes plays like leftover material from a half-baked TV crime show.
The scenes between Coster-Waldau and Monroe are the essence of this picture and make it an overall success. Hardin is hanging on by a thin thread. She has been chewed up and spat out and continues to struggle because of her involvement with Hightower, which may ultimately lead to her spiritual salvation. Hightower is suffering and has nothing to go on but fight tooth and nail to locate his daughter. Hightower must get tattoos and immerse himself in the disturbing world of crime that the film vividly portrays in gruesome ways. Hardin and Hightower’s on-screen rapport is excellent in a film that graphically displays violence, but has a good story line at its core.
Monroe holds a bullet in her hand as her character helps explain to Hightower why the film is titled the way it is. This is a key scene in the picture which is set in a restaurant and helps reveal the layers of Hardin’s fractured character. Monroe has never been better than in her work in this film, and she is incredibly complex in a performance that might have fallen into lesser hands.
The supporting cast is strong, but some of the characters are unnecessarily useless and make the movie’s running time a bit bloated. The film clocks in at over two and a half hours and while there is a lot going on, some of these things seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Virginia Cassavetes is excellent, however, in her powerful role here, and Foxx maintains integrity with a strong turn within the picture.
However, this film belongs to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Monroe is great, but if Coster-Waldau’s character didn’t feel authentic, the picture would have lost the gritty edge that makes it so good. Hightower and Hardin are two completely different characters, but Hightower begins to develop feelings for Hardin, which are believable and well portrayed on screen.
Although the snake scenes are some of the hardest scenes to watch in this film, Cassavetes makes up for some of the disturbing imagery we see in the last half hour or so, which includes some of the best action you’ll ever see. see it in theaters this summer. . A key character goes into hiding as Hightower and Hardin go in a blaze of glory with the villains of the movie with fireworks streaming in the background beforehand. As truckloads of bad guys roll in, this key character tells Hightower to kill every single one of them. You will be tensed watching these exciting scenes, hoping that he does.
What’s an action movie without a terrifying villain that audiences hate? Karl Glusman is great at playing a low life who just wants to secure money and deals as he does with no regard for saving human life and he has zero compassion. You won’t believe how good it is to see him opposite Hardin in one of the best scenes at the end of the movie. Glusman nails this role.
God is a bullet it is not an easy hour. Not at all. But it’s a reward. If you can make it to the end, you’ll be glad you did. Would I sit down again? Not on a bet, but some of the explosive scenes here rank as Cassavetes’ most mature work to date. There are a few lame scenes sprinkled in that could have been edited out (subplots with characters other than the ones I mentioned feel like they could have been cut) but Cassavetes doesn’t disappoint his fans with the central action scenes he delivers here. God is a bullet it’s an intense emotional ride that will get under your skin, but behind all the violence portrayed on screen, the characters here find some peace in their lives that makes this a worthwhile film.
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