Posted on 10/21/12 07:42 PM
This franchise has managed to stay at the same average rating for me with the same old scares each entry. The 3rd film has been the highlight for me, and the fourth entry was just horrible. Interesting to begin with, but as it rolled along it lost momentum and lost the audience. The ending was horribler and left the audience wondering what the hell was going on.
Posted on 10/21/12 07:39 PM
Never trust professional critics is one of my famous mottos. All the movies I tend to love, they hate. Chernobyl Diaries isn't amazing, but what it offers is alot of suspense and tension throughout in a fascinating setting. The most dissapointing aspet of the film was the ending. The big climax chase was great, but the last minute was utterly dissapointing.
Posted on 10/09/12 12:17 AM
Utterly horrible. Horrible effects, it's not even one of those low budget so-bad-its-good as it takes itself way too seriously. WOW.
Posted on 9/16/12 08:59 AM
Resident Evil is something of a guilty pleasure for me. I usually hate movies that have no plot, but this franchise has the goods. Loads of awesome action sequences with babes, but this 5th film also brough back notorious bad chick Michelle Rodriguez. I saw #4 before I saw the first three, but when I eventually watched them all in a marathon I loved it. So when this flick rolled around I was quite excited. Whilst the opening sequence is pretty much for people who haven't seen the franchise (it's Alice doing a re-cap) it's also good to get a refresh. A paper thin plot is to be expected, but this film kept me enthralled the entire time. I hope there's many more to come. Laugh out loud moments were great too.
Posted on 8/28/12 08:48 AM
So bad it's good. Theres a fine line beween a good and bad film, and on the bad scale, there are many films that are just so horribly bad that they're are actually a joy to watch. Bloody Murder 2 is one of them. The flick has every cliche in the horror handbook, and it is heavily borrowed from Friday The 13th with it's setting, masked killer who was killed by counselors and has a very similar name (Jason Voorhees - Trevor Moorehouse). The weapon is even a machete. This movie is just a low budget piece of garbage, but you keep watching. It's fun to watch. Horrible acting and predictability, the film is just perfect for a lazy night or to have in the background hile your doing something more important.
The plot is simple (and very familiar!). A group of counsellors at a Summer camp are murdered one at a time by a masked killer with a machete who died many years ago because of his counsellors. I'm yet to see the preceeder to this film, which is referenced to alot and is a key factor, but i'd say it has alot of the same just with a different back story. There was a major plot hole I noticed in the film right at the end, when we don't know why Trevor killed certain people but spared others. A hilarious plot hole where the killer is searching for a girl named Sophie, and he keeps yelling out that he is going to find her using the main protaginasts name, who he handcuffed to a tree earlier (he didn't know yet that she had escaped, and she actually hadn't yet).
The acting was horrible. It's like they plucked some models from catalogue and gave them a script. Cheesy dialogue was aplenty, but one thing that actually surprised me about the flick was that the kills weren't actualy too bad.
Overall Bloody Murder 2 is so horribly bad that it is actually good. It's cheesy fun. My rating is 3/5.
Posted on 8/28/12 07:19 AM
Dull. I initially was very excited for this film when it was in cinemas, but missed the chance to see it on the big screen... lucky me. The first half and hour was boring character set-ups and a flashback which finally makes sense at the end. As the film progressed I found the laughable CGI to become too much and the characters all became quite annoying, including the antagonist. The ending was irritating and a pathetic spit in the face to the viewer.
The plot is simple. A plane crashes and the survivors soon discover they are being hunted by a pack of wolves who are hutning them down one by one. Great premise, but I feel it would've been much better if the characters weren't all rugged worker men. If it the characters were a bunch of randoms from somewhere it would've been much more enjoyable to this viewer.
Liam Neeson stars in the film, and he is quite irritating. I've never been a fan of his, but as he ages, his films also start to get crapper. He always seems to play this macho role that doesn't suite him.
Overall The Grey is a dull thriller that ends abruptly and annoyingly. My rating is 2/5.
Posted on 3/21/12 08:25 AM
A serial killer in a coma gets put into virtual reality with a FBI agent so she can find out where his latest victim, who is still alive, can be found.
Wow. This film is mind-boggling. I will start by saying that this is the most disturbing film I have ever seen. It is also the most visually stunning film I have ever seen. There are so many scenes that are brilliant to look at, and them alone makes it worth the watch. The audience is left confused basically the whole time and when the ending comes about, the virtual reality seems rather pointless. The film went for nearly two hours too, which is way too long for a film with a simple plot, however the beautiful imagery and visuals more than made up for it. I definately don't love this film, but I can only reccommend it for it's visual effects.
The plot is extremely thin. Whoever came up with this is definately a sicko. So many non-connected scenes rolled into one movie is just disturbing, and that's part of the charm. The acting was good. Jennifer Lopez was great and Vince Vaughn was surprisingly energetic.
Overall The Cell is the most amazing visual film i've ever seen, and even though it's distrubingly confusing, it keeps the audience watching. My rating is 3/5.
Posted on 3/21/12 08:23 AM
Montag the Magnificent (Glover) is a master illusionist who performs at
underground venues, selecting female volunteers from his rave-like audiences. To
their hysteria, it appears he's dismembered their bodies, but his sleigh of hand
has fooled them. However, female bodies show up dead from the same wounds
performed on stage. Investigators are baffled, and the chase to find the killer
Crap. This film was just a steaming pile of boring. what started off as an interesting film turned into a confusing and dragged out pile of rubbish. I completely lost all interest about half and hour in as it was horribly acted and just plain shit. I was glad when the film finally came to a predictable end. The blood and gore was satisfying for any blood fan, but definately not worth the hassle.
My rating is 1/5.
Posted on 3/21/12 08:22 AM
A scientific expedition sets out for Borneo to seek a flower called the Blood
Orchid, which could grant longer life. Meanwhile, they run afoul of snakes and
I quite enjoyed the original JLO starring Anaconda, but this sequel is on an entirely different level of entertainment. As i've said before, I enjoy a good creature feature, and Anacondas is the perfect example of one. A killer animal, horror, tension, comic relief and some awesome death scenes. This also has some great scenery too, and managed to mix some comic relief in aswell which fitted perfectly. Unlike Anaconda, this sequel used entirely CGI snakes, which was slightly dissapointing at first, but it makes the movie alot more enjoyable as there are many more snakes than the first. The ending was a good nail-biting climax too (for the snakes and audience).
The film is set in the same jungle as the originals, and I love that several times characters in this film reference the original in a urban legend fashion, it gave me quite the giggle. What I found to be a plus with this film is that each character was set-up just as much as the next one, so there is no real predictability on who would die and who would survive, although you do figure two certain people would. The character set-ups also let the audience decide whether they liked them or not, which was just the more satisfying IF they met their demise. Also with this film, the unanswered question of "how the hell did the snake get so big" is ultimately answered, and the films plot is a key connection to this.
The acting was great. KaDee Strickland has the most irritating voice in several scenes, but after the original shock of hearing it, you get used to it. The highlight of the film was Eugene Byrd and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who's antics really gave the film a sense of realisticness with there comical and terrified antics.
Overall Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid is the perfect example of a creature feature with great acting, character development and the perfect balance of comedy with the horror. My rating is 4/5.
Posted on 3/21/12 05:18 AM
I hadn't read the books, nor even seen the trailer for the movie, so my mind was completely oblivious to what the film was even about. The film had heart, action and death. What I found to be letdowns was I think it stretched things out too long. Whilst the viewer is always interested and intrigued, I think it was just too predictable. The ending was clear from thirty minutes in, and even though this is aimed at young teens I think it tried too hard to be this action epic, but when it cracked down to the nitty gritty there really wasn't that much action. With a running time of 2 and half hours it was good at setting up the main characters, it was just average for me.
The plot is simple, and extremely unrealistic. There will no doubt be a sequel green-lit as soon as the films opening weekend in the US is established, and I hope there is because I have many unanswered questions as a non-novel reader.
The acting was great. Jennifer Larence was excellent as Katniss, the strong witted protagonist. She really shone in scenes of emotion. Josh Hutcherson I find to always seem the same every character he plays, but this was an exception.
Overall The Hunger Games is an average teen action film that is enjoyable enough, but it lacks more action scenes and stretches on quite a bit. My rating is 3/5.