The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Sheehan's crazed temperament and beatific face sustain the ambiguity when little else does.
Not a single fresh idea, nor the faintest glimmer of hope that something smart is around the corner.
The plot is a meandering mess that drags painfully through the paper thin premise, and then ends just when it starts to get interesting.
Everything's held together by an authoritative performance from Sheehan, who does fine work keeping open the question of whether the ghosts are really there or just figments of his troubled imagination.
A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone.
Sheehan is convincing as the troubled man who has come to resent everyone around him, but in the process he makes his character so thoroughly obnoxious that it's hard to care what happens to him.
Blair works hard to maintain the requisite ambiguity by presenting multiple points of view, but the set-up and execution are too familiar and predictable to be in any way haunting.
Aside from the dynamic Sheehan, it is a lifeless, uninvolving effort.
The Messenger feels listless. It never quite gets off the ground, and the characters come across as two-dimensional tropes rather than people worth investing in. It's a shame, because there's an interesting premise underneath it all.
Disappointingly flat and undercooked.
Sheehan is the standout star of this beautifully crafted film.
Do we really need a "gritty" British version of The Sixth Sense?
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