An extreme adventure thriller with a plot that could have been lifted straight from the pages of a James Bond novel, Centigrade can leave audiences feeling almost as hopelessly stranded as the characters themselves. Set in a faraway and unforgiving alternate universe, Centigrade follows the story of James (Mark Strong), a CIA analyst who is sent to investigate the sudden and unexplained disappearance of his wife and two-year-old daughter. Arriving on the remote island of Centigrade - where only the dead remain - he is faced with the task of trying to uncover the truth about the strange phenomenon that has caused their deaths.
Centigrade is directed by Brad Pitt, who has previously directed several comedies like Dead Man Walking, Planet Earth and Thelma & Louise. Pitt, who previously directed the horror flick World War Z, uses his own expertise in creating a tense thriller that never feels like it is dragging. With its action sequences, gruesome murders and other dark twists, the movie works brilliantly as a suspense film, but it also manages to maintain its ability to thrill despite its many twists and turns.
In addition to Mark Strong, there are a number of other notable actors that lend themselves well to this highly acclaimed film. Mark Duplass as James's ex-wife Amy is particularly enjoyable, as she proves to be a key player in the film. Duplass also shines as James's father figure Jack. However, many of the performances are better suited for the part of the film's antagonists. The likes of Keanu Reeves, David Strathairn, Michael Fassbender and Pierce Brosnan all do well as James's arch enemies, as are several other interesting supporting characters, though they are often too overlong to really be entertaining.
As a result, the movie occasionally drags on, but the great concept, tense atmosphere and high tension make up for this shortcoming. While Centigrade does suffer from some minor pacing issues, the overall story remains captivating throughout, and the ending is satisfactory. Overall, Centigrade manages to be a very effective thriller in spite of being too fast for most viewers.
Despite its popularity, Centigrade is not without its faults. Despite the great premise and thrilling plot, the screenplay is a little too long-winded and the acting seems a bit forced. The dialogue is sometimes cheesy, and the acting is less than convincing, but ultimately Centigrade is an entertaining action/ suspense/thriller that delivers on its promises.
Mark Strong and the cast are both excellent as the leads, and the film is definitely worth checking out if you haven't already seen it. Check out the movie online now!