Christian Bale plays a screenwriter on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. The ensemble cast includes Wes Bentley, Brian Dennehy, Imogen Poots, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer Isabel Lucas and Antonio Banderas. (R – 118 minutes)
Moviegoers have seen “Knight of Cups” before, assuming they were able to keep their eyes open during writer/director Terrence Malick’s two previous efforts “The Tree of Life” and “To the Wonder.” The new ensemble drama is, much like those aforementioned films, the cinematic equivalent of a sleeping pill. The lack of any narrative inertia whatsoever renders the project completely innocuous. There is little-to-no story, leaving stars like Christian Bale and Imogen Poots stumbling around aimlessly while spouting supposedly poetic lines of dull dialogue. Malick may consider himself an artist but I have seen paintings with more life than this motion picture.