Posted on 9/04/13 03:23 PM
This movie only has two redeeming qualities in my eyes. The first is they went with alot more practical effects and it wasnt a compelte cgi fest and the second is the white witch angle.
Other than that this movie is pretty bad. The actors do the best they can with this material which isnt much to say the least. I know the director is trying to do a stylish, dark humor version of the hansel and gretel story but fails miserably
Posted on 8/01/13 05:13 AM
This movie was a pretty big swing and miss. The cast is talented but the script is kind of poor. The movie is kind of taboo but it plays it kind of safe so its too much in between in terms of direction. Also I feel there really wasnt any chemistry and the movie just seemed awkward. There a few good scenes so thats why i didnt rate it lower
Posted on 6/25/13 05:56 AM
This movie started out with a lot of potential. The actual story of the island and the whole cloning idea for body parts and fooling the clones into thinking they could win a a trip to the island is a solid concept. It started out as a modern day logan's run but then devolves into one michael bay chase fest. This movie had so much potential with a good cast that was wasted. Until Michael Bay learns that more action isnt always a good thing he will never be a good director
Posted on 5/24/13 05:59 PM
Finally got around to seeing this movie this weekend and loved it. Definitely not for everyone but this is a movie revolves around bradley cooper who is bi-polar. Knowing someone who is bi-polar, at least from my perspective it seems fairly accurate in how he is portrayed.
All the performances are top notch and even though there is romance in this movie i dont consider it a rom-com. I would call it a dramedy. The best thing about is that its awkward and non traditional. This definitely doesnt follow your normal script which hollywood should take a lesson from.
The movie deserves all the praise it gets.
Posted on 5/05/13 10:40 PM
It probably helps my review that I actually knew nothing about the Argo event. The acting was great, script was tight and any move that has alan arkin in it already starts at a 50 percent rating before i even see it.
The thing that most impressed me about the movie is how well the comedy and suspense part of the movie were spliced together. Neither one seemed to overshadow the other. Just when you think the movie is getting too comfortable when in Iran there is a scene where it ratchets the tension up another degree.
Even if you are someone who gets bored from academy award movies i highly suggest you check this movie out as it moves along at a pretty good pace
Posted on 5/03/13 01:31 PM
This movie was a huge disappointment to me. It started off ok. I enjoyed the pts that stark has from the avengers and they did a good job with that but it didnt seem to really go anywhere after a while which is kind of a theme in this movie.
The acting was good and the movie was slick but to me thats where the praise ends. They took the comedy too far and there is a joke in every scene and even the dramatic ones. I felt the kid was annoying and for some reason i felt like i was watching home alone.
The worst thing is how they handled the mandararing. Id probably give the movie a positive review but was this the worst thing done to a character in a very long time. I dont recommend this movie
Posted on 12/15/12 09:07 AM
Being a huge star trek fan and an avid moviegoer i decided to write a review of a few of the more noteworthy star trek movies. This movie is considered by trek fans to be the best of the movies and to that i say you are setting the bar pretty low.
This movie is decent, dont get me wrong, but there isnt a lot of star trek in this. Its essentially an action movie with the star trek label slapped onto it. The action is great and you get to see how great a strategist kirk is in the movie. So lets go through the movie and see what is good and not so good about it.
The beginning of the movie has some great themes such as facing mortality, knowing where you fit into the world (universe). However almost all of these ideas are never fleshed out. It seems its like filler until the khan battles. There is no real underlying message that most star trek is known for. Sure there is revenge but that is nothing new in movies even in the 80's.
Also since they made it a maniacal revenge story, khan makes a lot of poor choices just because he wants to kill kirk, things he wouldnt of done in the original show. Kirk does out think him to a point but its more of khan's fatally dumb move that causes that to happen. Thats the problem with revenge movies in general though so its not exclusive to this movie.
The acting is over the top and is almost cartoonish is spots. The action is great and there was some great special effects and there was some clever writing for the actions scenes. What really salvaged the movie for me is the escape and spock sacrifice at the end. At this point you really have a connection to the characters and shatner didnt really overdo it in the scene and it was done. Im wondering if this movie would even be allowed by roddenberry as he had no involvement with the movie which is a story onto itself.
This movie could of been great but instead its just good. Its a solid action movie and you get to enjoy the enterprise crew but its not a whole lot more than that
Posted on 10/03/12 06:08 AM
Its hard for me to pinpoint what is wrong with this movie but the movie fell somewhat flat. Im a big fan of the actor involved as well as apatow.
However the movies dragged and it seemed to lack any conviction and i really didnt feel like I had a connection to the characters and was somewhat apathetic to them.
The movie did have a lot of great laughs and isnt a terrible rental
Posted on 9/26/12 12:10 PM
Full of thriller cliches, nothing original but cage has to pay the irs somehow i guess. Not worth seeing
Posted on 9/25/12 06:05 PM
A few years back while i was looking for books to read during downtime at work i came across the hunger games. The synopsis of the story seemed pretty interesting for a read. I then saw it was for young adults so i thought it was just like another twilight so i passed on reading the books.
When the movie came out I also initially passed thinking again it was another twilight. A girl friend of mine actually convinced me to go see it. She has a good taste in movies so i decided to see it.
Personally i was extremly impressed by the caliber of acting and the overall message of the movie. I was so impressed that i decided to read the books afterwords to get me some reference
Ill start off with the bad since this will be pretty short. My only real complaint was that i felt there wasnt enough desperation in district 12 and that well there wasnt "hunger" in hunger games which took away from the lottery scene.
Having been dragged to twilight movies (against my will) the biggest difference is the quality of the acting. Jennifer Lawrence is extremely convincing and she delivers a great performance in what has almost become common place for her as of late. The supporting cast is solid as well.
There are some slight deviations from the book but nothing that really changes anything significant. Part of the problem from going to book to movie is you always end up having to cut things,usually characters, because it becomes bloated.
The violence. At its core the first installment from collins is about kids being forced to kill other kids. The book is alot more brutal than the movies are and the books that follow are even more so. This is what concerned me the most going in. If they watered down the violence too much then the horrific moments dont carry any weight to them. I feel they went right to the edge of pg-13 that they could go. The opening arena scene is pretty intense to watch and i thought was well filmed.
Story: I felt the story did the book justice although the arena part had some pacing issues. I feel that this is an element of the book. The style of the books are done stylistically for teenagers and young adults so pretty much the whole book is done in the first person and there isnt a tremendous amount of dialogue in the book. So they had to add some scenes away from jennifer Lawrence's point of view. The runnning time was at 2:20 i belive so the movie was already quite long. I also feel that you dont really get to know the characters but i feel like that will be for book two anyways as a lot of the book goes more into the individual characters at least the first half or so.
The trilogy is about dominance, a simple act of defiance, brutality, pushing people to their breaking points, war, love and sacrifice, and ultimately repeating mistakes of the past.
The one thing im most encouraged about is Collins has a writing credit in the movie which at least means she has some input. I think if they really stick to the books as much as possible lawrence could end up with a oscar nod before its all said and done.
I look forward to the next installment.