The Son of No One

(2011)

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

Review: The Son of No One

Transcript for Review: The Son of No One

IGNATIY:
THE SON OF NO ONE is the latest from writer / director Dito Montiel, who, in the tradition of many great New York filmmakers—from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee to Abel Ferrara—seems to hate life in his hometown almost as much as he loves it.

Working with Montiel for the third time, Channing Tatum stars as a Queens police officer. As a teenager living in a housing project, Tatum killed a man; the crime was covered up by a family friend on the police force. Fifteen years later, the police department is being anonymously harassed about the killing. It puts pressure on everyone.
 
This is a case where a film’s strengths outweigh a few considerable flaws; I’m giving it a thumbs up. 
 
CHRISTY:
I’m giving it a thumbs down, and I think that because you love Dito Montiel so much, and you love Channing Tatum that you want to like this more than it merits, and it’s clouding your judgment.  This is totally melodramatic, ridiculous, the ending is laughable, Katie Holmes is massively miscast, so is Juliette Binoche.
 
IGNATIY:
Okay, Katie Holmes is terrible in this film.  I think Juliette Binoche is fine in this.  I mean though she playing a role originally written for a male.
 
CHRISTY:
It does not fit her at all.
 
IGNATIY:  
I think it kind of works.  Okay, first of all, I’ve given a thumbs down to a Channing Tatum film on this show before.  Second of all, my…my fondness for the films of Dito Montiel does not cloud my judgment to the same degree that your nostalgia for your Reagan era childhood, uh clouds your judgment when dealing with anything about teenagers or the 1980’s.  
 
CHRISTY:
Everyone likes John Hughes but you.
 
IGNATIY:
Okay, this film, it does have some considerable flaws.  However, I like this idea of a cop movie that is essentially a downer, that is about someone who is very much a part of a corrupt system, and then for selfish reasons, tries to sort of change some instances and just finds themselves getting dragged more and more because he’s worse off.
 
CHRISTY:
Why is all this coming now? Why does this all come out now? It’s so arbitrary that these letters are getting sent now.  It comes out of nowhere.  It makes no sense.