“The Light Between Oceans” is based upon M.L. Stedman’s novel of the same name. The screenplay is written by Derek Cianfrance who also directed this long, dull film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife rescuing and keeping a baby they find adrift in a row boat. With a stellar cast of Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz, you have hope that you will be entertained by a spellbinding story and their performances. Unfortunately, the only way you’ll enjoy this film is if you like preposterous stories and cardboard performances.
“Career Opportunities in Organized Crime” opens with a written indemnification of the filmmakers and the theater from any legal liability. That certainly catches your attention. We are almost promised that by watching the film, we are putting ourselves in eminent danger. Cut to Vladimir Kaminsky, “District Manager, Clan Khordorkovskoi.” Questions immediately rise to the surface as to whether or not this is an actual documentary about the Russian mob! You see, Vlad is making a recruitment video for his organization, hoping to appeal to the younger generation with computer skills. His marketing strategies, however, are a bit, how shall I say this, “unappealing.” No, “petrifying” is more appropriate. As the guy behind the camera begins to fear for his life as he captures the mob’s most intimate workings, he realizes he must complete his job in order to survive.
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