Perhaps it’s no surprise that Ross ends up nudging the movie into more generic terrain. He never sells out his characters, but after all the radical power-to-the people talk he finally comes down on the side of compromise and the soft landing. It’s left to Mortensen, who can make menace feel like vulnerability, to keep the movie from slipping into sentimentality. He’s the most obvious reason to see it, although Ross’s insistence on taking your intelligence for granted is itself a great turn on.
July 07, 2016