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2023-04-26 02:20:29 (UTC)

One Day As A Lion

There is usually a logical explanation when a movie this good rates this low. Perhaps it was torn to shreds by opposers of its sociopolitical message. But this movie doesn't have a sociopolitical message, so that can't be it. Maybe some don't think actors should write or direct, and instead just stick to acting. But the thing about those people... is that they're idiots. And maybe hater's just gonna hate. Whatever the case, a too large proportion of critiques are made on the basis of the critic's own crippling moral hubris and self-righteous indignation, and not on the quality of the film at all.

Consider this - All of the reviews up to this point rating 7/10 or higher are found to be overwhelmingly "not helpful" by other "users". Every review rating 4/10 or fewer are found to be "helpful" by a landslide. If this doesn't sound fishy to you, you're probably not trying.

Time will tell. By my theory, this movie's obscenely undeserved current rating of 5.2 stars (4/25/2023) will increase significantly over time as genuine reviews roll in and outnumber those of these silly saboteurs.

Why doesn't a person that describes this movie as "Absolutely terrible" include some movie titles that they DO like, so that we might have a point of reference?

Now for something positive - This movie was awesome, and it was fun. IMDb has it categorized as an Action/Thriller, of which it is certainly both, but I don't think it would be a stretch to throw comedy into that mix. It's funny as hell. I'm not enough of a die-hard Scott Caan fan to let him slide on a half -assed script, and fortunately I didn't have to. The dialog was sharp and virtually devoid of cliches or wasted words. It was clever, but not too clever, and that is a hard thing to pull off. He also wrote himself out of his typical menacing stereotype, which I found to be a brave thing to do.

JK Simmons is JK Simmons, and that can never hurt. Same goes for Frank Grillo, Virginia Madsen, and Marianne Rendón, although Marianne Rendón stands alone as the one of the bunch I'd like to see one day become my second wife (please do not tell my current wife). Despite having watched it two days in a row, I could not find a flaw in the acting or the storyline. Without a doubt, a new personal favorite.

I will not attempt to compare this movie with the works of the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino or Paul Thomas Anderson, but I will say that if you like the movies that they make, you'll find this one to be anything but "absolutely terrible"

Let the haters win if you must, but if you do, you're going to miss a great movie.

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