…Now, as a Mann acolyte, I can see how he’s working out several of the techniques that will come to define his digital work. The shot/reverse shot sequences, especially, are disorientingly close, sides of ears floating in collapsed space. Both this and Ali seem like the prestige films that lead Mann back, from Collateral on, to pulp poetics. Crowe is terrific in ways I didn’t appreciate on first view—a charismatic star wearing a fitted yet suffocating middle-class "person suit.
August 02, 2015