Friday, January 20, 2012

Flowers of War

It's always interesting to see what projects Christian Bale gravitates towards.  You never know what to expect, except that it'll be heavy and he'll be giving it all he's got.  Sometimes that means losing a ridiculous amount of weight, like he did for 'The Machinist', 'Rescue Dawn', and 'The Fighter'.  Sometimes he'll be so deep in character that he blows his temper at a member of the crew distracting him, like he did on the set of 'Terminator Salvation'.  And on three occasions he's been intimidating bad guys with his disturbingly loud gravelly whisper voice as the Dark Knight.  And now, he takes it down a few levels to play an unlikely savior disguised as a priest in 1937 China trying to protect a group of innocent young girls from the Japanese invaders who would do them harm.  As always, Bale gives an honest and admirable performance.  But unfortunately the thin storyline and poor character development just isn't enough to keep you caring about the outcome.  And it's just not engrossing or emotional enough to warrant spending almost 2 hours and 20 minutes of your time.

Grade: C

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