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REVIEW: The Spinning Man (2018) | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: The Spinning Man (2018)

Run Time: 100 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: Good acting, poor script… a waste of a good cast

It seems that Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce are easier to hire for work these days.  Poor old Brosnan in particular has even been hired by the Indians for some bogus mouth wash commercials, that has left Brosnan upset.  Now they’re back on the VOD circuit for The Spinning Man, a movie labelled as a mystery thriller.  Although there isn’t much in the way of mystery going on, it could have otherwise been ‘average’ were it not for the baffling ending.

Guy Pearce plays Evan Birch, a philosophy professor with a keen eye for college girls.  He has colourful history in engaging in extracurricular activities with his students, despite being a family man, so when one of them goes missing, Birch comes under police suspicion.  This is when Det. Robert Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) shows up to hound Birch at every given turn — well, not too many turns, his screen time is sort of limited.  Sort of like Columbo, Malloy hounds Birch for 100 minutes by turning up in random places with not-so-random questions.

The theme of the movie is that Birch has a bit of the old schizophrenia and can’t remember whether he murdered the girl or not himself, after enough questions from the police (and eventually, his wife, played by Minnie Driver).  This is the ‘mystery’ element, and all you can expect from the film.  It’s rote and directionless and the only area of interest is Brosnan’s detective — the better scenes in the movie involve Brosnan taking shots at Pierce. For example his subtle but sarcastic probe, ‘what does a philosopher do, anyway?’  It’s a good question, since Birch lives in a grand house yet is teaching no-marks a bunch of guff on a low salary.

What torpedoes this film though is the ending.  With some decent cinematography and fine acting, you could almost have listed it as ‘forgettable’, until we are left short changed with the conclusion of the disappeared body.  Were I not tired of the film by it’s conclusion (it’s too long), I would have laughed at it.  I do wonder how people like Pierce and especially Brosnan (this is an Irish DreamTime movie, Brosnan’s hand is in the pot, kind of) could sign on without demanding a simple ending re-tool.

A pity.

The Spinning Man is released April 6th in theaters and on demand.

9 Comments

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    Eric Hutchison

    March 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Guy Pearce could have been a bigger star. I loved him when I first saw him in L.A. Confidential and then Memento, and he was awesome in Lockout even though the movie itself sucked.

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      Mucho Macho

      March 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      His character in “Lockout” was phenomenal. He was a funny mofo in that. If you take the movie for the cheese-fest that is then its okay but the character definitely could’ve been apart of something much better.

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        David Barber

        March 17, 2018 at 2:33 am

        My brother liked a film of his called The Time Machine which he saw at the pictures. He was also a decent villain in Iron Man 3 and Prometheus. I’d love to see him as a corporate heavy in the long-awaited RoboCop 2 reboot.

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          Mucho Macho

          March 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

          He’s a pretty good actor 4 sure

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    Mucho Macho

    March 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    A culture that specializes in spicy foods promoting mouth wash!?

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    jonahm

    March 16, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    A culture that specializes in spicy foods promoting mouth wash!?

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      but...

      July 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

      OPC
      Why you repeat other people’s comments?

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    Zeus

    March 17, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Guy Pearce could have been a bigger star. I loved him when I first saw him in L.A. Confidential and then Memento, and he was awesome in Lockout even though the movie itself sucked.

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    Who

    March 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    A culture that specializes in spicy foods promoting mouth wash!?