ALL THE OLD KNIVES
Starring: Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne, and Jonathan Pryce
Director: Janus Metz
All the Old Knives, the second straight-to-streaming, spy-related movie starring Chris Pine released in the past week, is a much better film than the first one (The Contractor). Although it’s slower and quieter, there is a simmering tension (sexual and otherwise) between Pine and Thandiwe Newton that ropes you in. The only real fault is that the film plays its cards too close to the vest, which made me a little lost in the plot at times. However, in doing that, it made for some small twists that I didn’t see coming. It’s a solid, mature thriller for grown-ups, even if it isn’t mind-blowing.
I regret ever watching All the Old Knives. It is, quite possibly, the most dull film I’ve seen in years. The two leads are fine, and some of the scenes are well filmed (especially when in the restaurant); However, the story, which should be interesting, is told in such a boring manner. It has all the parts of a good film, yet it simply doesn’t hit the right notes. Prime Video has taken the mantle from Netflix as the home of bad and forgettable originals.