Oliver Stone trash, Savages, that opened this past weekend but that I don't have the time or energy to review just now). I suspect, in fact, that the rest of that beating/car alarm scene did exist at some point in time but was maybe too ridiculous to include in the film, so they simply cut it and jumped to the next scene. (The original Swedish version of the movie came in at 124 minutes; the American version is only 119.)
Safe House, another barely believable thriller with "good action sequences," that hit theaters earlier this year and is now on DVD. Easy Money, made the year before, was undoubtedly the calling-card movie that got Espinosa Safe House, but it is not -- despite the Martin Scorsese presents atop the credits, nor distribution from The Weinstein Company -- anything special.
The Killing, Safe House, Fincher's version of The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, and even The Darkest Hour). Here, he's a slick-backed blond young man who is desperately trying to rise above his Swedish station in life and so tries crime. Silly boy. Mr. Varela, on the other hand, plays a rough-and-tumble type whose escape from prison begins the movie. He's the character we end up rooting for perhaps the most, which makes the movie's end a tad more acceptable.
Dragomir Mrsic, above) whose character comes saddled with a precious little girl. I must say that the females in the movie (Swedish actress Lisa Henne, below, right, plays Kinnaman's love interest, while Annika Ryberg Whittembury plays Varela's upset sister) are little more than clichés used to push the narrative forward or provide an occasional sex and/or family scene. (Oh, and would someone please tell me why the top Serbian criminal kingpin does what he does near the movie's conclusion. This nonsensical move renders super-intelligent just about anything in Savages.)
Film Forum in New York City. I can't find on the film's website any additional playdates, but perhaps, when The Weinstein Company gets around to announcing same, it will post them here.