A struggling movie star takes a personal appearance gig, finding himself in the midst of a CIA operation. Goodnatured meta Nic Cage flick, with the star gamely playing different aspects of himself. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, even if the flick wobbles trying to stick an action movie ending. It’s right about Paddington 2 though.
A computer games designer discovers he’s in a simulation. Meta belated sequel with some fun ideas about reboots, too much clumsy cod philosophy, and plenty of decent performances. However, poor action staging, awkward recasting of key roles, and weak storytelling undo good intentions.
Mr. Anderson once again suffers reality confusion in this complex sequel. Less bible and message laden than some of the others, this refocuses things with a new deeply meta twist. Though a tad bloated and with little new to say, this still manages to be visually compelling.