The crimes we are investigating aren't crimes, they are ideas.
Back in 2004, Martin Scorcese released The Aviator, a biopic about a larger-than-life, but enigmatic 20th century figure, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, while that movie was handsomely produced and impeccably acted, it failed to get inside the head of Howard Hughes.
Seven years later, Clint Eastwood releases J. Edgar, a biopic about a larger-than-life, but enigmatic 20th century figure, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, while that movie was handsomely produced and impeccably acted, it failed to get inside the head of J. Edgar Hoover.
Seriously, when major directors are shooting biographical movies about major figures and failing to come to grips with their subject, it appears that their first instinct is to call DiCaprio’s agent.
The filmmakers behind Poseidon said they didn’t want to do a simple remake of The Poseidon Adventure, that they wanted to do something different. If by “different” they meant that they were disposing of a coherent story line and any characters we could actually care about, then they succeeded beyond all expectations.
...a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing...
Stealth had some impeccable B-Movie credentials behind the camera. Screenwriter W. D. Richter was responsible for writing directing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and writing John Carpenter‘s Big Trouble in Little China. Director Rod Cohen helmed the noisily successful The Fast and the Furious and xXx.
The talent in front of cameras wasn’t exactly known for perpetrating schlock. Aside from Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx and actor/playwright Sam Shepard, you have the always solid Joe Morton. Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel each have their share of respectable acting credits, as well.
So how did Stealth make such a huge blip on my suck radar? Continue reading