Wednesday, July 7, 2021

No Sudden Move (2021)


Streaming Services: HBOMax
Movie Name/Year: No Sudden Move (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Length: 115 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: HBO Max, Warner Bros., Warner Max, Warner Bros. Pictures Germany
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Ed Solomon
Actors:  Amy Seimetz, Brendan Fraser, Noah Jupe, Matt Damon, David Harbour, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm, Don Cheadle, Kieran Culkin, Julia Fox, Ray Liotta, Frankie Shaw, Bill Duke, Lauren Rys Martin, Craig muMs Grant, Lauren LaStrada, Javon Anderson, Claudia Russell, Hugh Maguire, Emily Jane Smith, Lucy Holt, Tina Gloss, Wallace Bridges, Peter Tocco, Michael Adams
Blurb from IMDb:  A group of criminals are brought together under mysterious circumstances and have to work together to uncover what's really going on when their simple job goes completely sideways.

Cat’s Point of View:
I had high expectations for No Sudden Move – so much so that it made my Top 20 list for this month. There was a lot of stiff competition, so it didn’t score at the top, but that didn’t change the fact that I was really looking forward to it.
No Sudden Move certainly met my expectations regarding cast performance, immersive period setting, and a nuanced plot. Don Cheadle (Miles Ahead, Captain Marvel, Don't Look Deeper) and Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy, A Perfect Day, The Little Prince) helmed a story that twisted and turned from one moment to the next. Amy Seimetz (Alien: Covenant, Pet Sematary, The Secrets We Keep) shone in her supporting role playing the wife of David Harbour’s (Black Mass, Hellboy, Black Widow) character, Matt.

That said, I’m afraid I had a bit of a difficult time keeping up with the convoluted story and crisscrossing machinations of the characters. No Sudden Move felt like a solid movie in the moment, though if you asked me now what it was about, I honestly don’t think I could give you anything specific with any certainty. I’m chalking this up to my ADHD acting up – it’s my bad for forgetting my medication this morning. I had things to fidget with to try and keep focused, but I was desperately tempted to play on the phone and let the movie run in the background.

Needless to say, that is usually a good indicator that it didn’t grip me hard enough with the story so that I would be on the edge of my seat and forgetting that things like my phone existed. I wish that weren’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, though. No Sudden Move fit within its genre well, and it was a treat to see Brendan Fraser (Breakout, Trust, Line of Descent) excelling in a role again –even if it was sans his squeaky clean character image of the past and more on the seedy side this time. Three cheers that he broke free from type-casting!
No Sudden move is a decent way to spend a few hours if you’re in the mood for this sort of genre. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 64%
Metascore – 77%
Metacritic User Score – 5.8/10
IMDB Score – 6.6/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3/5
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