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Title: North Star (1996)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 29, 2009, 11:17:49 AM
I had never heard of this film until today. Anybody seen it?
http://www.amazon.com/North-Star-James-Caan/dp/B001O2UTS6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1240861280&sr=1-1


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: Tuco the ugly on May 05, 2009, 03:52:25 PM
It was directed by that Norwegian guy that directed ''Ofelas''. I heard about it, and actually had it in my hands a couple of months ago but didn't have the time (or courage) to watch it. It must be something for snowy landscapes fanatics only.


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: Dust Devil on May 21, 2009, 12:17:43 PM
I found out only now that Sergio Donati was one of the writers of the SP. Perhaps it deserves a chance after all?


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: dave jenkins on May 21, 2009, 01:13:22 PM
I'm thinking "Yes" . . . .


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: Dust Devil on July 25, 2009, 03:05:25 AM
I'll have it in a couple of days, with a little help from my friends.


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 25, 2009, 12:27:08 PM
Can't wait to read your report. O0


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: Dust Devil on July 27, 2009, 01:31:31 PM
Watched North Star. It's a mediocre Western wannabe, not rotten all the way but generally cliched, uneven, uninspired and simple. The acting is awful: James Caan surprisingly being far worse than Christopher Lambert, Catherine McCormack and Burt Young together, which is a notable achievement. However, the biggest problem I have is not the script, nor the actors, it's the director's inability to take any benefit from the snowy landscapes of Alaska (OK, there was one scene when Lambert is climbing a glacier with his knife, but that's about it). There are two reasons for that: a) apparently the movie wasn't filmed in the US but in Norway, and b) they were pushing it too hard with the blizzard when on open space. It's one of those movies that would have been a great SW if filmed a few decades earlier by some nasty SW enthusiast. For some reason the sets stroke me as good (the Indian village, cabin in the wilderness, town), don't know why, perhaps we can blame it on the snow again.

And there's a message... and justice in the end.

Skip it.


(a more than generous) 4/10


Title: Re: North Star (1996)
Post by: dave jenkins on July 28, 2009, 11:25:23 AM
Skip it.
Thanks, I will.