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Posted on 3/13/08 11:09 AM
Yesterday, I was in the mood: "Let's rent a strange and/or crappy movie" So I rented Attack of the 50ft. Woman because this movie always intrigued me since I saw a making-of ten years ago.
Attack of the 50ft. woman is a 1993 remake of a 1958 sci-fi movie. It's directed by Christopher Guest (AKA Nigel Tufnel) and star Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Splash) and Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter's Vampire, one of the Famous Baldwin Brothers)
The Movie This movie tells the story of Nancy Archer, a rich but naive young woman with a cheating husband who only wants her money and a greedy father who only wants her business. One night, Nancy encounters a strange alien ship. Nobody believe her until Nancy grew up to 50 feet in minutes. Now, Nancy isn't a naive little girl anymore, but a BIG woman who wants only one thing: Her husband for her alone.
The Review: Attack of the 50ft woman is...well, it's a... an entertaining movie. It's hard to describe: It's a Z movie without doubt, but it has a certain charm. And a lot of laugh. Hey, a 50ft woman IS funny.
The Verdict: Rent this movie if you never seen it. Or watch it on TV if you're lucky. It's a good watch, but only once. or maaaaaaybe twice, if you're so inclined.
Posted on 3/06/08 04:22 AM
Every departement store like Wal-Mart or Target have it: A big cardboard box with a lot of DVD in it, all at 5$ (or less). Most of these are there for a reason: they suck. But if you go deep in the box, you can sometime find little gem you were looking for. Or you can find movie that you never heard of, but you buy it nontheless, because it looks cool and it's the same price as renting it anyway.
So Review from the 5$ bin is just that: reviews of movies I bought in a 5$ bin.
Today, the movie reviewed is: Virtuosity
Virtuosity is a 1995 science-fiction flick starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe and directed by Brett Leonard. Didn't know these two actors worked together before American Gangster? Me neither.
The Movie: Virtuosity tells the story of Lt. Parker Barnes, a ex-cop (Washington) imprisoned for the cold-booded murder of a criminal. Barnes offers himself as a guinea pig to test an experimental A.I (Crowe) created to train L.A. cop in virtual reality. The A.I., called S.I.D. (for Sadistic Intelligent and Dangerous), is a composite of over 200 personnality, all of them notorious serial killer (including the criminal killed by Barnes). When SID, with the help of a scientist, escape from the cyberspace in a sillicon-based artificial body (who can repair itself using glass), Parker Barnes is given a chance to earn is freedom: track and kill S.I.D, who, in the meantime, has become an all too real mass murderer.
The Review: Virtuosity is like a beta version of a great movie. It's an experiment: take two stars-in-the-making, put them together in a somewhat basic story, and see what you get. If it works, do it again 10 years later with a better story, and make big bucks! So, how does this experiment turns out? Well, not that bad at all, honestly. Virtuosity is a basic, straight-to-the-point science-fiction flick with a good concept. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's fun to watch when you're feeling for nothing else but a simple movie with good action, but not too much action. Beside, Russell Crowe is excellent in the role of a psychotic serial killer with a thirst for greatly publicized slaughter. Denzel Washington is okay, but I have seen him in MUCH better roles.
The Verdict: This movie is a good, but not great, science-fiction movie. It's worth the 5$. If you love Russell Crowe, you'll love this movie. If you love Denzel Washington, you'll like this movie. If you hate either one, stay away.