Hitchcock (2012) – 6/10 biographical movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Screenplay Writer Based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello: John J. McLaughlin
Writer (Book) Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho: Stephen Rebello
Producer: Ivan Reitman
Producer: Tom Pollock
Producer: Joe Medjuck
Producer: Tom Thayer
Producer: Alan Barnette
Alfred Hitchcock: Anthony Hopkins
Alma Reville: Helen Mirren
Janet Leigh: Scarlett Johansson
Toni Collette: Peggy
Danny Huston: Whitfield Cook
Vera Miles: Jessica Biel
Michael Stuhlbarg: Lew Wasserman
Anthony Perkins: James D’Arcy
Ed Gein: Michael Wincott
Kurtwood Smith: Geoffrey Shurlock
Richard Portnow: Barney Balaban

Hitchcock (2012)

Craving a creative renaissance after the success of North by Northwest, feted director Alfred Hitchcock settles upon a lurid little horror story inspired by the life and crimes of notorious serial killer Ed Gein: Psycho. However, his movie-making partners are mortified at his descent into the world of meaningless B-movie exploitation and Hitch will need to call upon all his reserves of self-confidence and the support of his wife and constant creative partner Alma Reville.

6/10

Gentle down-to-earth, rather fictional and unofficial biopic looking at the time surrounding the production and release of Psycho and the important role that Alma Reville, Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock, played in his life and art. Viewers are likely unaware of her importance and, even though he perhaps didn’t always treat her as well as he should, Hitchcock himself knew how critical she was; his AFI Lifetime Achievement speech contains a nice eulogy and they remained, reportedly happily, married for 50-odd years.

This movie contains adult dialogue, sexuality, unpleasant scenes, brief violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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24 7.14 Day 7: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Carlo Rota: Morris O’Brian
Sprague Grayden: Tim Woods
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Coto
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Evan Katz
Writer: Juan Carlos Coto
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.14 Day 7: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (2009)

Jack is on the run after being framed for the murder of Ryan Burnett and asks Walker for help in tracking the real assassin. His next lead takes him to Starkwood, a private military conglomerate, and Senator Mayer, who has been trying to shut them down, will be his best source of information. Meanwhile, Olivia Taylor finds some business clothes and starts working for the President, much to Kanin’s chagrin, especially when the news of the Bauer and Burnett situation is leaked to the press.

7/10

So Jack’s predicament goes from bad to worse and, while this is essentially a low-key episode, does so via solid tension when needed and interesting character musings. Jack gets the opportunity to place his trust in someone new. Ethan Kanin jumps to conclusions about Olivia Taylor (though I think he was right and she is manoeuvring him out of the President’s circle of trust). Morris O’Brian gets to choose between family and Jack. Jon Voight gets a surprisingly strong scene where he talks about collateral damage from doing what needs to be done; a speech which is interestingly mirrored later by Bauer himself. We don’t know what Voight wants to accomplish but, given the pace the show has run at so far, giving Jack ten hours to stop him seems rather generous.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and strong melee violence, gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.13 Day 7: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.13 Day 7: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (2009)

With Jack and the President now under Juma’s control, the President is forced to read a statement Juma has prepared. The FBI are certain that the statement will end with the public execution of the President but the Vice President won’t authorise any action that could result in her death. Jack has a plan to give Bill a chance to rescue the situation but it will probabaly cost his life.

7/10

Last week’s impossible situation is dealt with satisfactorily thanks to director Brad Turner keeping the tension high and distracting us from asking too many questions. Kiefer Sutherland gets a rare emotional scene and, like seeing the back of Clint Eastwood cry in The Bridges of Madison County or Bond blub in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the effect is tellingly powerful. At long last, our big-bad is known to us but a snippet of his intentions don’t indicate what he is trying to achieve. However, what would be sublimely awesome is if the villainous Voight wanders out of his office and it turns out to be inside a volcano.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and graphic broken glass throat-slitting, gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.12 Day 7: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (2009, TV) – 8/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Evan Katz
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Evan Katz
Writer (Story): Manny Coto
Writer (Story): Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.12 Day 7: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (2009)

Juma and his men drill a surprisingly large hole under the White House using just a normal drill bit but the effect is devastating. Juma leads an attack on the White House with the President as his goal.

8/10

Jon Voight pops up again after showing his face in Day 7 prequel Redemption and, in an unusual nod toward Bond villain insanity, plays some darts after delivering a critical idea under apparently intense pressure. It’s a gleefully random moment but it doesn’t undermine the tension of the rest of the episode and the significant feeling that the mid-season clear-out is about to begin. Our heroes are between a rock and several hard-places and I’m itching to see how it’s all going to pan out without decimating the cast.

This 24 episode contains gun violence, unpleasant scenes, brief graphic blade violence.

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24 7.11 Day 7: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Co-Executive Producer: Alex Gansa
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Alex Gansa
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.11 Day 7: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (2009)

With less than an hour to go before the attack reported by Tony’s source begins, Jack feels that only he can extract the information from Ryan Burnett in time and he has to do it under the noses of the President and Senator Blaine Mayer inside The White House. Renee Walker is still at the hospital with Dubaku when he suddenly dies despite his condition being considered stable. She quickly sees an unindentified man in security footage and sets about tracking him.

7/10

Again, commendation for 24 for keeping the torture scenes to a non-gratuitous level and highlighting the ethical quandary it places those in authority in. Here President Taylor has the balance of life-saving information versus the human rights of a suspect shoved in her face and it makes for a set of strong, interesting scenes. Kurtwood Smith makes an unexpectedly strong case but he’s probably still smarting from Robocop‘s violations twenty-odd years ago. What Bauer is doing is unquestionably wrong on a human rights level (whether crims relinquish human rights is another question) but is it acceptable to do something wrong to accomplish something right, to ‘protect your country from all enemies, foreign and domestic’?

This 24 episode contains taser violence, unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.10 Day 7: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
James Morrison: Bill Buchanan
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Rhys Coiro: Sean Hillinger
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Milan Cheylov

24 7.10 Day 7: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (2009)

With Jack and Renee in police custody, Marika continues to meet Dubaku and her doom. The conspirator in Moss’ FBI office is also taking more desperate and conspicuous action to conceal their identity but the gambles appear to be paying off.

6/10

Well, a rather silly episode with lots of holes and a couple of impactless deaths but this brings the organisational corruption arc to an end and, unconvincingly, sets up the plot for the next couple of episodes (something is scheduled to happen at 7:00 PM). It’s still thrilling, though, and, again, the violence is extremely brief and restrained. In an earlier season, Bauer would have been up to his elbow removing the data drive from a still-conscious Dubaku while and screeching the nails of his other hand down a blackboard and criticising his taste in cardigans for good measure. Annie Wersching as FBI Agent Renee Walker does another good job as her character’s trauma catch up with her but neither she, or the audience, get any answers out of a stoic Jack Bauer. Would we want it any other way? Well, yes, probably, but at least we can be thankful that he didn’t shout his answer at her. Kiefer’s throat must kill him after filming.

This 24 episode contains bad language and graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scene.

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24 7.01 Day 7: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Jeffrey Nordling: Larry Moss
Rhys Coiro: Sean Hillinger
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Kurtwood Smith: Senator Blaine Mayer
Co-Executive Producer: Michael Loceff
Executive Producer: Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Executive Producer: Howard Gordon
Executive Producer: Robert Cochran
Executive Producer: Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Howard Gordon
Writer: Joel Surnow
Writer: Michael Loceff
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.01 Day 7: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (2009)

Jack is up before a senate committee and is on the brink of being indicted for his use of methods that contravene The Geneva Convention but a domestic terrorist threat requires an expertise only he can supply due to the identity of the terrorist leader: Tony Almeida. Who’s not dead, by the way.

7/10

Good opener for season seven keeps things even and successfully gets you to go along with the two major eyebrow-raisers: Jack is allowed to join an FBI task force despite imminent indictment and likely imprisonment and Tony Almeida not being dead and being a baddie. Storylines are clearly and calmly put into place, characters introduced successfully and the audience’s interest is piqued by the return of Almeida. Whether the writers are going to pay this off successfully remains to be seen, of course, but I’ll definitely be watching the next hour.

This 24 episode contains bad language and graphic gun violence.

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