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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Little actually happens in talky, violent thriller.

Movie R 2016 93 minutes
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This bizarre, quasi-existential neo-Western thriller is full of brainy chit-chat but doesn't actually offer any real ideas. The characters are so thin that the outcome of their conflict doesn't really matter. There's no one to root for. The second film directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed), MOJAVE gets off to a bad start by introducing Tom, who's famous -- though we have no idea what he actually does (he may be an actor or an artist). He's wealthy, petulant, and deeply unlikable.

Isaac fares slightly better as the sociopath Jack, reveling in both the character's bad behavior and his crazy costume (long hair and bad teeth). Walton Goggins and Mark Wahlberg turn up, for no particular reason, in small roles as smarmy, sleazy Hollywood types. References to Shakespeare, Melville, Fitzgerald, and other greats are supposed to inspire deep thoughts but are only distracting. At least the movie includes a choice clip from Erich von Stroheim's Greed (1924).

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