Friday, September 16, 2016

Closer to the Moon (2014)

IMDb plot summary: A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.
Directed by Nae Caranfil. Starring Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd, and Anton Lesser.

This is such a great concept for a movie, but something about the execution didn't work. The tone was off, setting us up for a lighthearted satirical comedy about politics and film, and ending in a sappy melodrama where none of the characters from the first half seemed to be comfortable. There's no real discernible character arc -- things happen to our central character, but they don't affect him or change him in any way -- and the ending seems like an afterthought more than anything. Disappointingly awkward.

2.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Closer to the Moon > Rebecca
Closer to the Moon < A Clockwork Orange
Closer to the Moon < The Gold Rush
Closer to the Moon < Hancock
Closer to the Moon < George of the Jungle
Closer to the Moon < The 5th Wave
Closer to the Moon > Life of Pi
Closer to the Moon < Company (2011)
Closer to the Moon > Sex Tape
Closer to the Moon < Cafe Society

Final spot: #1228 out of 2507.

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