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Quickie Review: Fatman

Mel, what were you thinking? I know you’re looking for that flick to make the big comeback from bad guy jail, but this ain’t it. I can kinda sorta see why you might have thought this was a fun idea, but jeez! Mel plays Santa, known in this one as Chris Cringle, whose business model isn’t working any more and decides to partner with the US military on the off season so he can make ends meet. Meanwhile, a spoiled rich kid who deservedly got a lump of coal for Christmas has hired an assassin (Walton Goggins, John Bronco, “Justified”) to take revenge on him for the slight. What this setup promises is a dark action-comedy. What the audience gets is something much more muddled and decidedly not funny.

Review: Force of Nature

Take Die Hard and add a $55 million art heist gone wrong, then set it in the middle of a Category 5 hurricane in Puerto Rico, and you’ve got Force of Nature. It stars Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Braveheart) as a crusty ex-cop who happens to be in the building where the heist is taking place. A couple of other cops have come to try to get him to a shelter when all hell breaks loose, and the rest is a cat and mouse game with the art thieves with lots of guns and killing with a wee bit of a romance thrown in for good measure. It all feels pretty predictable, but it is certainly entertaining for a couple of hours.

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is a decent movie that sheds light on a great, little-known story about a war hero who never touched a gun. The film has something for just about everyone — religious convictions for the faith-based crowd, romance for the chick-flick crowd, and (very) intense battlefield scenes for the macho crowd. It’s a hybrid that in many ways feels like a composite of a bunch of war movies we’ve seen before. But it finds its unique sweet spot in the character of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield (99 Homes, Spider-Man).

The Beaver

Mel Gibson is his own worst enemy these days. It’s hard to watch him play a depressed, mentally-unstable guy without thinking about his real-life antics (and let’s face it – they’ve been off the charts). And that’s a real shame. Because The Beaver happens to be a pretty good movie – and Gibson is very good in it, as is director/co-star Jodie Foster and the rest of the supporting cast.