Few movies leave viewers as furious as "Kill the Messenger" does, for not only is the entire movie about betrayal and lies on several levels, but the final bits of the story, printed at the end, raise whatever hackles may have remained at rest. "Kill the Messenger" has no hope.
All the ingredients are there for a dramatic, heart-punching story of immigrants in the Twenties of the Twentieth Century. Two Polish sisters, Magda and Ewa, arrive at Ellis Island in 1921, separated when Magda is found to have tuberculosis and is quarantined. Ewa must find shelter when the women's aunt and uncle do not show.
When a film begins in its opening seconds with these words on the screen, "Some of this actually happened," humorous playfulness is on the way. And "American Hustle" does not disappoint with its stellar cast, often playing against type, and a delightfully mischievous approach to the con game.
The Mission Impossible film franchise certainly does not draw viewers for deep philosophical ideas. Instead MI promises a lot of physical action and escapist entertainment, which is exactly what Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol delivers with spectacular inventiveness. Give credit for that to director Brad Bird, the engaging storyteller behind Pixar's The Incredibles and Ratatouille, now making his live-action debut.