By Mandela Wells
It is a real shame that after so many years of great fims from Oscar Isaac that I finally came across one from him that was absolute garbage. This man had a stellar 2015, “Show me a Hero”, “Ex Machina”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, he even won a Golden Globe a few weeks ago. Now to see him in something as bad as Mojave is really disappointing, but then again it is to be expected. Even the greatest of actors who have a streak of great films eventually star in one that finally ends up being a really bad one. This crime thriller “Mojave” showcases some terrible acting and terrible writing. I cant believe the guy who wrote The Departed, William Monahan couldn’t direct a crime thriller equally as brilliant here in only his second effort as a director.
“Mojave” takes place in LA and features a young man named Thomas (Garrett Hedland) who is an artist. For some reason Thomas goes out into the Mohave desert and at night meets a drifter named Jack (Oscar Isaac) who comes off as hostile. Jack and Thomas get into an altercation, which leads to a chase, which leads to a cop getting shot. Thomas Flees but Jack decides to go stalk him and then eventually kill him. The movie focuses on this cat and mouse game except both the cat and mouse are willing to kill each other given the opportunity.
So despite the synopsis I just gave you I still didn’t really know what the hell was going on here? I didn’t see why were these two at odds? I didn’t understand at all. This was appalling directing from William Monahan, an Academy Award winner. However that was only for writing but still his direction was awful. The writing was even worst as this plot just sucked so bad. The music in some scenes was unnecessary as I could tell this is a thriller by the actions and facial expressions alone. you can add some music but for something like this its not needed for the obvious scenes in the movie.
I kept asking myself what was that accent Oscar Isaac kept doing here? It sounded like a bad imitation of Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade“. I couldn’t get read on this character at all. I found myself asking too many questions about him. overall terrible performance. Garrett Hedland’s character was also one I couldn’t get a read on. The movie makes no attempt to explain this character fully and that annoyed the crap out of me. This was yet another terrible performance here in this film. I was surprised to see Mark Wahlberg in here. He was more interesting than either one of the main characters.
I don’t really have much else to say on “Mojave” other than I implore everyone to not even go to a theater and witness this horrid film.
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