…and falls unexpectedly flat like a loaf of bread that never quite rises.
Maybe it was the voice-limiting of the protagonist (rasping) and villain (muffled) combined with the protagonist's body-language-masking armored suit for part of the movie and the villain's partial mask for all of the movie? Maybe having three stars and the director of a cool-toned caper heist movie together affected the director's tone of the film? Maybe how to escape an inescapable prison was telegraphed way too soon? Michael Caine crying unconvincingly? An action sequence of a giant three-card monte game honestly worked better for me when the game was used in The A-Team remake, honestly. Not impressed by the score and I really liked Zimmer's score for The Dark Knight Returns.
Not sure why the film didn't work for us. Maybe just too many characters and plots and subplots and reveals: not too hard to follow, but too shallow a spread and not enough to invest in. We weren't really engaged with any of the characters so we didn't have a big involvement in the outcome.
Things I liked:
I liked much of the quick overview of the finale scenes showing what happens afterward, although I didn't like the scene with Fox/Morgan Freeman doing a postmortem on a piece of machinery and I found Jim Gordon's last scene with Batman implausible. I liked Joshua Gordon-Hewitt and and his development. I liked how Tom Hardy looked gigantic. There's a big reveal that I liked, but I can't discuss without it being a huge spoiler.
* The Hobbit - Pretty. December 14
* The Expendables 2 - ALL THE GUNS. August 17
* Oz the Great and Powerful - Sam Raimi's tale of how a traveling stage magician takes a balloon-and-tornado ride to Oz. Fulfills prophecy as the chosen one, saves the land, becomes the Wizard of Oz. ALL THE FLYING MONKEYS. March 2013.
* The Campaign - Will Ferrell movie about a local political run between two candidates, both idiots.
* Man of Steel - Zack Snyder's Superman movie. Reserving judgement.