But really it's something more oblique, the closest form of explanation I can give being 'life happens. In the roaring twenties, Murphy is smooth talking petty thief Ray, Lawrence is hapless, hot blooded bank teller Claude, and the pair couldn't be more suited or dysfunctional towards each other. With a story line as good as this one, it was up to Eddie to see how he could develop it. Murphy and Lawrence aged 60 years right before our very eyes. If this film had a flaw, I think this was it.
And that wasn't hard to do. This film gets off to a fairly impressive start; the bootlegging aspect of the film sets Ray and Claude up as a mismatched buddy duo a tired scenario even by 1999, but amusing nonetheless. Many of the Southern characters are dull clichés and sadly none of them get any kind of development and nor are we given any reason to care for any of them. While in prison they try numerous escapes, make some friends, and grow old together. In a film that's as likely to transfix fans of computer gamesmanship as to baffle anyone with quaintly humanistic notions of life on earth, the Wachowskis have synthesized a savvy visual vocabulary thanks especially to Bill Pope's inspired techno-cinematography , a wild hodgepodge of classical references from the biblical to Lewis Carroll and a situation that calls for a lot of explaining. He's yet to falter in my eyes.
After 'Can't-Get-Right' is released to play for the , Ray devises an escape but Claude refuses, upset with the fact that 'Can't-Get-Right' was released without them, leading to an argument that results in Ray and Claude going their separate ways. The only mildly interesting character was Can't Get Right who shows himself to be an exceptional baseball player and ends up getting a pardon so he can compete professionally - although it's fair to presume that he made it big it might have been nice if this was added as a little insert at the end. Reeves plays a late-20th-century computer hacker whose terminal begins telling him one fateful day that he may have some sort of messianic function in deciding the fate of the world. It's probably inaccurate to class a lot of the cast as supporting characters as they acted more like extras than anything else. My only criticism of it is that it appears to have been more fun to make than it is to watch the outtakes are the funniest bit in the whole thing. When it was funny, it was very funny. This isn't all metaphysical work; a member of an earlier group, we learn, choose Disney World, singling out the Splash Mountain ride.
Rayford Gibson and Claude Banks travel south and get ripped off in a card game. With enough visual bravado to sustain a steady element of surprise even when the film's most important Oracle turns out to be a grandmotherly type who bakes cookies and has magnets on her refrigerator , ''The Matrix'' makes particular virtues out of eerily inhuman lighting effects, lightning-fast virtual scene changes as when Neo wishes for guns and thousands of them suddenly appear and the martial arts stunts that are its single strongest selling point. The staff members urge him to think more deeply. And he survives with a certain dignity. While down there, they're set up by a white cop for the murder of a black man and sentenced to life in prison. Their characters are likable, their performances are touching, they age well, they survive.
He uses that chance to provide the film with a backbone. The film's format is a story being told by an elderly inmate about two of his friends, who are both of murder and given a in prison. Ray Gibson and Claude Banks get involved with a local crime boss and end up doing some work for him to make up for their debts. There are definitely funny parts but it also has a lot of sweet elements to it and a good plot. The faces on the screen are so alive, the characters seem to be recalling events they really lived through, in world of simplicity and wonder.
Director Credit Director Writer Credit Written By Written By Principal Cast Credit Rayford Gibson Claude Banks Cast Credit Cookie Pokerface Jangle Leg Can't Get Right Hoppin' Bob Radio Sylvia Goldmouth Biscuit Dexter Wilkins Sergeant Dillard Superintendant Abernathy Willie Long Producer Credit Producer Producer Executive Producer Co-Producer Executive Producer Associate Producer Associate Producer. Once they've collected the alcohol the two men lose all their money in a combination of stupidity and naivety which again was quite amusing. Neat tricks here echo ''Terminator'' and ''Alien'' films, ''The X-Files,'' ''Men in Black'' and ''Strange Days,'' with a strong whiff of ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' in the battle royale being waged between man and computer. The film concludes by revealing the two are again on good terms, living together in. The film has some amusing prison moments - the governor holding his daughter's baby up to each of the inmates to determine who the father is was actually a stroke of genius.
At times it was laugh out loud funny. The solution to that question is contained in revelations I will not discuss, because they emerge sonaturally from the film. Knowing that his premise is supernatural and fantastical, Kore-eda makes everything else in the film quietly pragmatic. On it has an approval rating of 50% based on reviews from 54 critics. Well, when the story line deals with two black men being put in prison for a crime they didn't commit by a white racist cop, it's hard for a movie to be truly funny. If you're not a fan of Eddie Murphy's humor, then skip this one. He eventually comes out the best rounded character in the fractured storytelling.
The film happily leads him through varying states of awareness, much of it explained by Laurence Fishburne in the film's philosophical-mentor role. Life was more of a heartwarming comedy than a straight out comedy. Two adjectives that I have not been able to use for an Eddie Murphy film for a long time. At a time when so many movies feed on irony and cynicism, here is a man who hopes we will feel better and wiser when we leave his film. Claude forms a friendship with Wilkins, and is entrusted to drive and pick up the new superintendent, Sheriff Warren Pike , the same man who framed them forty years earlier.