Alex Cross, which opens this week, represents an early breakthrough in Kerry Williamson's bustling career. I asked Williamson about the process of adapting and relaunching James Patterson's massive series for the big screen.
If we did learn that U.S. governmental agencies were using science and sorcery to make super-soldiers for wet-work, would any of us really be surprised? Does anyone think that something along the lines of Treadstone or Blackbriar doesn't currently go on?
Will Miller find WMD in Iraq? Will American reconstruction efforts in Baghdad go as planned in the face of growing insurgency? Of course not, but there are enough frenetic firefights to maintain a satisfying level of suspense.
Can Matt Damon's half-fiction set the benchmark for a popular history of the Iraq war? Ultimately what gives the Green Zone its credibility is that it avoids any simplistic idea that Iraq could have simply been "got right."
With the always raucous, spirited celebration of St. Patrick's Day on the near horizon here in New York City, my thoughts turn to the powerful mystique of Ireland, and the many outstanding films that reflect it.