REVIEW: In the Land of Blood and Honey

7 12 2014

Blood HONEYWhen it comes to civically-minded celebrities these days, Angelina Jolie is probably one of the first people that comes to mind.  She’s well-known as a Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, and her recent efforts to combat sexual violence in wartime earned her an honorary title of Dame from Queen Elizabeth II.

It follows that her debut behind the camera as a director, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” would be closely intertwined with her humanitarian efforts.  But while locked in the grips of the seemingly interminable picture, I couldn’t help but feel like her time and my time would be better spent elsewhere.  Jolie’s time would go, of course, to saving the world (while mine would most likely be put towards shrinking the size of my Netflix queue).

Jolie makes a rather color-by-numbers war film, one that never manages to excite or enrage.  Though it’s clear that she’s stridently railing against the use of war to justify sexual assault against women, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” lacks a call to action into which all that anger can be channeled.

The film drags along for over two hours, giving us little history or commentary on the Bosnian War of the 1990s.  All we’re really told is that there was peace, then – BANG! – it’s gone.  The one element that should have been able to gin up some intensity, a forbidden romance between the opposing sides, is never as frightening or dangerous as it should be.

The $13 million it cost to make “In the Land of Blood and Honey” could, quite frankly, have been put to better use.  The film has noble intentions, but Jolie’s failure to capitalize on any of them makes the enterprise a colossal waste.  C2stars

Weekend Update – Golden Globes 2011 Live Blog!

15 01 2012

4:00 P.M.  E! has already started their Golden Globe coverage, so I guess it’s time for me to begin as well!  Time for the best of Hollywood (and television) to come out and get rewarded (or robbed).  Predictions will slowly trickle in as the stars grace the red carpet, but I’ll be writing from the arrivals to the awards to Ricky Gervais’ harsh quips.  With recaps, opinions, and insights, make “Marshall and the Movies” your companion for the Golden Globes!

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