This too-straightforward retelling of history is too mainstream, too dull, and squanders a considerable opportunity.
All these shadowy dealings behind closed doors on Capitol Hill just made me angry and filled with rage, and the film isn’t satirical or edgy enough to examine the narrative in a fresh or meaningful way.
This is a handsome looking, brutal and barbaric film with lofty ambitions and a small budget, and it’s worth seeing if only for these reasons (and Bale’s performance).
There’s not much going on here but a cacophony of indecipherable obscurity that’s masquerading as high art. I struggled to get through this film, and you will too.