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Playing God review
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An average movie

I really had no idea what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Angelina Jolie, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have to admit that I was really surprised by how awesome the concept was. Indeed, it was dealing with a great surgeon who lost his license because he was a junkie and, when the movie began, he started to work for a big gangster who might need a surgeon when his henchmen get shot. It reminded me of 'Breaking Bad' and it was just seriously brilliant. Unfortunately, even though the concept was fascinating, it was rather poorly developed. For example, David Duchovny was actually pretty good as long as he played the main character as some kind of junkie antihero who didn't give a sh*t about anything anymore but still enjoyed the thrill of surgery and of saving lifes. Unfortunately, it didn't last long and, at some point, he grew a conscience, cleaned up his act and outsmarted everybody including the mob and the FBI which was just lame and boring. Same thing with Timothy Hutton, he was not bad but his bad guy was still too stereotypical and boring. Imagine if his character, basically a gangster, would have been the smartest and nicest character in this movie? It would have been so much more interesting. Instead, the nice dark edge displayed at the beginning completely disappeared in the 3rd act and, suddenly, this conflicted and interesting main character became a hero and saved the day which was not only unconvincing but, above all, rather tedious. Anyway, to conclude, it has been a while since I have seen such a great concept in a movie but, unfortunately, it was poorly handled so I don't think it is really worth a look. 

Added by johanlefourbe
6 months ago on 21 May 2018 14:13