Director Michael Mann does not like current action movies
The director Michael Mann is the director of the mythical film Heat (1996). A great movie with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, and which had an undeniable influence on the cinema. There are many things to say, but the images speak for themselves for the moment. We retain from Heat the shootout between the robbers and the police. A sequence is more real than life obtained by the choices of Michael Mann’s direction.
In addition to Heat, we could also mention Collateral (2004), Miami Vice (2006), or even The Last of the Mohicans (1992) to stay in a genre, let’s say, “action”. Different films, but in which the director always includes his style and manages to redefine codes. His use of digital technology on Collateral and Miami Vice, for example, gives these films a very particular aesthetic that allows him to film the night like no other.
Of course, Michael Mann has the legitimacy to say what he thinks about cinema. And he recently shared his opinion on modern action films in an interview with Total Film (via Screen rant), on the occasion of the release of his book Heat 2 (which he would like to adapt into a movie soon). The filmmaker did not mince his words when he gave his opinion on the current productions, which he finds “outdated”.
“It bores me. It’s not very interesting. Sometimes the choreography is so extravagant that it becomes fascinating, and quite good. But most of the time it’s not. It’s just stale.
Of course, one would have liked to know which films Michael Mann is talking about. But the filmmaker refrains from giving specific examples. For our part, we’d have some ideas (superhero movies maybe?).”
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