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Virtual Oasis, and bleak future-Ohio slums where actual bodies reside
Are the two worlds here. Some real clunkiness in the screenplay aside,
So much here's genuinely funny and clever.
I could watch Rylance’s Halliday forever,
Loved the audacious set pieces, and embraced this thrilling ride.

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Seal taking on every gig. Oh, his hubris: 'How can I lose?'
Not much under the hood here, as we follow each deal & schmooze
(Hiding out; night in a cell;
In cahoots with gov and cartel)
But it's entertaining, thanks to the reliably charismatic Cruise.

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Artistry in the choreography (soundtrack with scene).
Elgort: charismatic; battling demons re keeping 'clean'.
Such questionable character motivations
Relating to some third act situations.
Jones stands out, with the best performance on the screen.

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Original, high-concept premise: a great start, But in the latter stages, it all falls apart. An ultra-swift Tonal shift Just doesn't work. (But Hathaway's great: the film's heart).

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Though this film has some flaws (clearly), There were elements I enjoyed dearly: Nods to Curtiz et al; Gorgeous wardrobe; locale. It's old-fashioned, in a good way (sincerely).

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Enforcer and PI doing dangerous jobs for loot. When needed, they'll lie, scare and shoot. Often funny, and good leads rapport, But the script needed more. Highlight: Gosling drunk-acting. A hoot!

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Superhero tale (the old good-versus-bad battle waging) Led by Rudd's Lang (an ex-crim so affable and engaging). The ride is fun. Biggest technical stun: Douglas' amazing transformation (flawless de-aging).

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Action adventure re the world on the brink, With added philosophy to make you think. Young Cassidy steals her scenes. There's much fun with machines, And futuristic setpieces so gorgeous you'll blink.

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