Manohla Dargis pans 'Catch a Fire' | The Moviegoer

Manohla Dargis pans 'Catch a Fire'

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Mr. Noyce, whose career ranges from hack work like “The Bone Collector” to thoughtful efforts like “The Quiet American,” knows how to keep the action in high gear. In “Catch a Fire,” however, the action doesn’t just move; it rushes with such chaotic speed that the scenes don’t have time to develop. They play like commercials for a film that never materializes, as if someone had tried to fix a problem in the editing and forgotten to take a breath amid the slicing and dicing. Despite being reduced to hieroglyphs of gesture and grimace, Mr. Luke’s and Mr. Robbins’s performances nonetheless suggest a more interesting story than the one here, even if the cross-cutting that often brings them together does much to tear the film apart.

Here's the unfavorable review.

 


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