Sunday, July 15, 2018

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Movie Name: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Year of Release: 2003
Director: McG
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Crispin Glover, Demi Moore, Rodrigo Santoro, Justin Theroux, Robert Patrick, Shia LaBeouf, Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, Robert Forster, Eric Bogosian, Carrie Fisher
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 1
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After the success of the first installment of "Charlie's Angels", which debuted in 2000, a sequel was quickly geared up. This time the story focuses on another case the Angels have to tackle. They must retrieve rings containing encrypted information that reveals the new identities of every person in the Federal Witness Protection Program. In parallel with the case, the Angels are all dealing with the evolution of their personal lives, as some are having family visiting, while others are moving in with their respective partners. All this comes to a halt when they realize that someone they revered may be behind all these assassinations.
Director McG who made a name for himself directing music videos, brings the same type of approach and finesse to the sequel to his feature debut. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" is very much like an extended music commercial, filled with quick edits, glossy cinematography, loud soundtrack and no character development. The film feels like something devised and conceptualized by a teenager, wanting to mix what he deems "sexy", "attractive" and "edgy". There's enumerable fight scenes, clearly influenced by the "Matrix", the attractive trio of actresses in skimpy outfits, and of course humorous situations created by the fact that the film winks an eye at the conventions of macho action films. Sadly the main opponent in the film, portrayed by Demi Moore, adds little to no substance - most of her menace comes from posing with a gun and long flowing hair. This is a film that is so vapid, that even looking at it as a piece of fluff, ends up giving it more meaning than the film actually has. It's a low, albeit glossy, point for the careers of everyone featured on this film.