New Movies with Colin Farrell this week
Ondine - "A fairy tale for grownups" was the best description I read about this Irish story. Farrell is a fisherman who brings up a mysterious woman in his net one day. His sick daughter likes to hear the myth of the woman from the water, and the whole movie comes together well. You know that it won't end up that she's actually mythological, and perhaps the reality is more harsh than expected, but I still loved this and can't wait to watch it again (okay, I didn't always understand the Irish accent so that is necessary).
Triage - Farrell plays a photojournalist who has gone with his buddy to a war-torn area (Kurdish areas maybe?). They get terrific photos, but can't quite get the money-maker shot until a invasion happens. Farrell is injured and returns home with more unseen scars than he knows. It's a good look at how PTSD can work, but it's all the supporting characters that make the story work.
American Outlaws - Wow, for a movie that got a theatrical release, this movie couldn't look, sound or feel more like a bad version of a made-for-TV movie. I watch and enjoy many movies on TV so this isn't from a bias of sorts, but wow was this un-entertaining. Farrell plays Jesse James and Scott Caan is Cole Younger and they create their gang. Ali Larter is James' love and wife, and the movie is dreadful.
Tigerland - set during Vietnam, this war drama doesn't exactly cover new ground (I was strangely reminded of An Officer and a Gentleman and expected Louis Gossett Jr. to make Farrell do sit-ups), but the movie is a much better drama without the romance. Farrell is a smart bad-ass who helps his buddies work the system to get out of the army. They're in Louisiana doing their last training before shipping overseas. The supporting cast is again terrific and Farrell leads the group without actually overwhelming the film. Good, but not really my favorite.