Posted on 8/24/11 03:08 PM
This film just boasted potential, and it delivered pretty well. It flirted with the "God's Plan" type vibe to things which I think they could of went a different way with to make it more edgy with mystery like Dark City and the Matrix. Once I got over the fact that these officers or angels made little changes to keep everyone on a sort of specific not so specific path where working for the man upstairs the film begin to loose its appeal.
Though the the fact that you could defy the plan made things interesting, but the message can be taken wrong with just that approach. So the main focus is the love story which is sporadic at best and lakes appeal. Then you look at it as basic as possible, Guys in Suits with powers beyond the protagonists understanding, desired love, and defiance seems to brings things gelling together in a not so epic vibe like the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had going for it.
Watching Matt Damon chase the girl was rather enjoyable however and this film had a lot of directions it could carry it and that's the only thing that keeps you guessing on whats going to happen next. Unfortunately the plot was about as basic as it was going to get with "Suited Angels" chasing you around to keep them on "God's Plan" while the main character chases after his desires. But the entire magic doors was pretty cool. The characters are mysterious at parts and one could dive in with there own imagination very easy.
All in all this film has its identity crisis in mixing genres, but it does well at entertaining and that says a lot.
Posted on 8/24/11 02:43 PM
Rango, granted is a kids movie and I would say it might bore some children. Some things they wouldn't understand, but the film does take a Western Style film approach and turn it kid friendly. It really reminded me of Fievel Goes West, not in the plot and obviously not the animation. However in how a once serious western plot was turned kid friendly. It is the next generations kid version of a western.
The animation was done very well, the characters are enjoyable, the plot is predictable, and the humor seemed to needed hydration (pardon the pun). Some of the best humor in the film a child wouldn't even get (Makes you feel old doesn't it). Plus there are some serious moments such as mild violence and mild death developments in which I think the film could have been rated PG-13. Though I think the world has adapted to some of these things a little better. So if your a little over protective of your child and don't feel comfortable exposing him/her to these things then go rent My Little Pony and work yourself up to escaping your comfort zones.
In reality most children will enjoy this film and most adults will at least walk out and say it was ok. However it is not the next "Finding Nemo" or "Toy Story" by far, but it is the only modern children film that I can think of that has brought a very well done western theme.
Posted on 7/24/11 07:09 PM
Well, it was not my favorite of the films. However it was very entertaining and sent off the series just right. To keep things simple I honestly think they should of made it into one movie. We enjoyed a lot of action in the Part 2, but we also lacked the development we had in Part 1 of Deathly Hallows. One nice thing I did enjoy was the hunting of the horcruxes. However the entire ending seems awkward as the characters didn't look aged all that well. I think they should have brought in other actors for that bit, but I understood they wanted to use the main crew.
Posted on 7/24/11 07:01 PM
I Knew it would be bad, and I still watched it anyways. Thank you Netflixs for taunting me by showing it on watch instantly. This film feels to me like a heavy dose of cloverfield meets Independence Day with a little Event Horizon mood and some left over props from the Aliens series. However I did enjoy the special effects for the most part, but I found the story rather dull. First off it starts off with the beginning of the invasion then we do a time jump into the past that was really unnecessary and wasted time. Another annoying moment was a fast paced time progression scene, which was also unnecessary.
The alien invasion plot gets about as elaborate as "Oh Snap, Run the other way" and the small cast is picked off quickly. The two main characters never really develop substance other than they're lovers. Which deals a nice twist in the end, but the entire movie just bums you out that you end up going "really?" and that is the end. Just when the getting was getting good.
All in all, just say no to Skyline.
Posted on 7/03/11 06:18 PM
It's hard to write a review about a film about an unstoppable train plot, it definitely did not derail from the synopsis.
I however found the film rather boring, lack of excitement, and Denzel Washington and Chris Pine act fine as well as all their co-stars. However it wasn't engaging enough for me, it progressed slowly, and the film came to a quick halt for me just like the last minute saving of the train.
All in all with Washington's and Pine's faces on the cover of poster I half expected some more screen time and maybe some drama with some back story of the characters that get intertwined into the plot for a twist at the end. Like maybe the train was really sabotaged or something, but it as real gets. It's never too show boating of a film, every time I think there might be a twist, there isn't and I found myself starting to think about other things then watching the film. I felt like I had to force myself to finish it and it took away from enjoyment of what someone is suppose to receive from watching a film.
I would not recommend this film to anyone else. Unless maybe they where a large fan of the actors, director, or trains. That's about it. Otherwise it's hard to concentrate on "Oh it's a run away train."
Posted on 7/03/11 06:01 PM
///Quick Summary/// A little dash of pretty, a table spoon of action, and freshly grated Micheal Bay and you get a better then the second film. That is still not so good. ///Quick Summary///
We get the usual formula and quirky story telling following Sam Whitwicky. This is in with the new and out with the old, and for the Transformers fans it struggles to bring them to the forefront of the film and reserve them just for the action. You will find yourself saying things like what the hell was Optimus Prime doing at this moment and so forth. However the plot flows a lot smoother than the last film, still does not give it the right to be called a good film.
There are some continuity problems in the action scenes towards the end that is easy to overlook, the visuals look good, and you get your typical Michael Bay action sequences with a pretty girl and some sparks and explosions in the background. It saddens me that he won the job of delivering this trilogy to the audiences of America. It saddens me even more that it is so well marketed that it is a success. However I have to heed the way for the younger generations that are getting introduced to the Transformers Universe. Which is a way is good enough to satisfy me.
The film runs a little too long and you feel like your watching a trial run at a Halo movie towards the end, but overall the pros and cons of the film I have to say it was an ok film and is worth watching once. Cross your fingers this is the last in the series. Shia Lebeouf deserves a chance to make his hollywood career stronger than being known as Sam Whitwicky.
Posted on 5/29/11 07:23 AM
The fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean needs to be tossed overboard and forgotten. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise had so much it could dive into and deliver us a holly crap no one remembers Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan now, instead we get to celebrate the Jack Sparrow show.
The movie takes off quickly and sets up the plot and takes the audience by the hand to explain the plot and follows it to the T. The film starts out with this entire setup with the Spanish and there was so much they could do with this aspect that it's like they totally forgot about them during the film. If that's not enough to annoy you they bring in Blackbeard the Pirate and could have really made a nice "Villain" out of him and fell so short.
As with all new films and news characters we really wished we forgot we have some old ones, which includes of coarse Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs, Captain Hector Barbossa, and a cameo by the monkey. That's the returning cast, and fans of Barbossa will be greatly disappointed, besides his goofy outfit, his pirate swagger from the previous films is gone. What could one expect from unproven director Rob Marshall, though in any future job interview I would blame the writers heavily. I think the decision to change directors from Gore Verbinski to Rob Marshall was a huge mistake, but Disney is still raking in a cool 100 Million I bet just as the box office.
Jack Sparrow obvious sells, however his witty character could not carry this film any further than my hasty exit after the credits. Speaking of after the credits, yes there is an extra clip after the credits, mainly comical. It's not worth the wait, look it up online if you're really interested.
Posted on 10/12/10 07:08 PM
The concept to this film had me biting the hook. A couple try to cross an infected area inhabited by giant alien octopus like creatures that can glow in the dark. Now the film focused more on the couple then it did the monsters, much like in Matt Reeve's Cloverfield you see very little monster and more of a journey. With a budget of 100,000 Gareth Edwards did an amazing job with the special effects introduced into the film. However as spectacular as they were it could carry a film only so far.
This photographer is instructed by his employer to bring his daughter home. During the journey we get to experience their feelings for each other develop with brief interrupts from the "Monsters" and are left feeling wanting more from the Monsters and Science Fiction which resembles a District 9 style plot without much of a powerful twist, message, of feeling delivered. It's just there.
However a powerful note should be that film makers are doing more with less and if anything should be a strong message for big budget film makers to start thinking about how they approach future films. Edwards is a success story here on the making of the film, but the plot is not up to par in my opinion and I believe will disappoint audiences.
Posted on 6/16/10 03:50 PM
Ju-on: The Grudge
Ju-on was a better story layout than that of the american version (The Grudge). It was peaced here and there and compiled the story of the family and the house rather than some girl with a nice body trampeling from place to place trying to solve something. However the American version did a wonderful job making the ghosts and recreating the scenes of Ju-on.
Actually you will find the story better but the film isn't just as scarey. It's actually almost funny at times. The acting can't be judged from my stand point as an American, but it seemed decent to me. Now only if I didn't need the voice over. Well the film manages to keep you engaged better in my opinion alot better than the American version.
It's not terrible like The Grudge. However it's less scarey. So if your going for a scare you don't want this one. If you actually want to understand the film then you want this one. But I vote for you to stay away from this film unless you just loved The Grudge so much.
Posted on 1/23/10 08:44 AM
I haven't seen a film this creepy since the Ring. While the only creepy part about the Ring was the girl crawling out of a television, this film was not just one trick. It's set in a normal home and the actors feel like they are just living the life and nothing is built up like in huge action shows. I've heard this film compared to the Blair Witch Project and if you didn't like that then don't see it and I would have to disagree. Blair Witch showed us rocks and sticks in the woods. This film delivered a seemingly real couple in the safety of their home and we watch as the haunting happens. Not a haunting you would see in any horror film, but more like what one would expect a poltergeist to do to annoy a homes occupants and we get to see the show.
It draws you into the screen and has you looking to see whats going to happen next rather than just flat out try and catch you off guard. This is what will get the hair standing on your neck as you watch the film you see things progress with the couples relationship and the haunting until you get to the end of the film and you'll have some major crept out vibes. I don't think this film will have you screaming and reaching for the remote unless your just not a scary movie person. But the film is worth watching and unsettling creepy.
The entire editing and ending issues I've read about how there are like three different endings. We only get to see two endings in the DVD, but the theatrical version I think is better. So if you plan on watching the film, watch the Theatrical first then go back and watch the alternate ending if you want too.