Posted on 5/25/11 07:03 PM
Long ago in the mythical kingdom of Asgard there lived a powerful but arrogant God by the name of Thor (from Old Norse Þórr), Thor is a God who lived for the glory, he lived for the fight, he lived for the the excitement and the pleasantry's that being the son of the king of all Asgard has brought him. But as fate may have it his arrogance and his lust for battle will ultimately lead to his downfall, on the day he is about to be crowned king of all Asgard, the vile frost giants of Jötunheimr have somehow slipped through the defenses and entered the Asgardian armory. In an attempt to steal back an ancient artifact, the Casket of Ancient Winters that once powered their ice covered home world of Jötunheimr. Out of anger and his unquenchable lust for battle, Thor disobeys his father's orders and with the help of his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and The Warrior Three: Volstag (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas), and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) to take revenge on the frost giants for their treachery. But by doing so he has caused a rift between the two races which may erupt into a full on war between Asgard and the frost giants of Jötunheimr, for his insolence Odin(Anthony Hopkins) strips his son of all his powers and banishes him to the realm know as Earth so he may learn humility, kindness and honor. Little does Odin know that there is something evil brewing in the land of Asgard, something that will forever change the land of the Gods and the land of the mortals forever something that will cause an arrogant God to find the hero within and embrace his role as a hero of Earth and of Asgard? The hero we all know he is.
Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" is a glorious visual technical triumph, a stunning eye popping, hammer smashing spectacle that brims with Shakespearean gusto and comic book flare that leaps off the screen in a mix of sound and fury. It is with a heavy heart that I have to say that is where the appeal of this latest Marvel comic book blockbuster ends, "Thor" is an immensely appealing film and quite possibly one of the best looking action/fantasy adventures of the year. What it makes up with stunning visuals it lacks in character and depth it has no ebb no flow it's all just loud action sequences, lame one liners and dialogue that lampoon's Shakespeare's so baldy that it would make literary scholars cry. Now don't get me wrong, "Thor" is not inherently a bad film it just tries too hard to be good and it fails miserably at it. As I have said "Thor" is great to look at and it is great fun to watch as the story of an arrogant God getting his exactly what he deserves and learning a valuable lesson about the real meaning of being a God and the true meaning of power. Let me ask you this, what is the point if all there is is nothing more than just top-notch special effects and a few solid one-liners? A film is about story and characters it's about finding some kind of depth within the characters presented to you on screen, it's about the words a characters have to say. A film should have some kind of meaning to it more than just big, explosive, high tech action sequences and Shakespearean gusto and flare. What is the point? What is the point when everything you have worked for adds up to nothing more that a live action version of a bad animated film. "Thor" is profoundly silly and it has no shame in reveling in its all glorious silliness as it chugs along to its set up ending for "The Avengers" film slated for release summer of next year, in a film with this kind of talent (Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgård and Chris Hemsworth) should not be this bad if only this film had taken itself as seriously as its actors did.
One of the things that took me by surprise while I was watching "Thor" was how amazing the high level of detail and care was taken into designing the worlds of Asgard and the icy home world of the frost giants of Jötunheimr. Both worlds act as contrast to each other the world of the Gods, Asgard, is a beautiful utopia that resembles the architecture of Heaven described in The Holy Bible and the world of the frost giants, which obviously inspired by paintings, and descriptions of hell. There are some very minor biblical themes spread through out the story of "Thor", such as the look of the frost giants are based off that of demons and Laufey(Colm Feore), the king of the frost giants, has a strange resemblance to the devil with his blue skin, raspy voice and chilling presence. While The All-Father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) king of all Asgard has more of the mannerism of GOD himself in how he interacts with his people and disciplines his unruly son. Even though those biblical themes are presents in this languid superhero, film they are sadly the high points in the character's design and the design of the magnificent world that the special effects team has so gloriously crafted for this film. To see their hard work wasted on a production such as this is almost an insult to special effects teams everywhere and the abysmal screenplay by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz & Don Payne does nothing to strengthen the resolve of this film. In the scenes in Asgard we are introduced to his father, Odin, his mother Frigga(Rene Russo and the very likeable Warrior Three( Ray Stevenson , Joshua Dallas and the exquisite Jaimie Alexander). They introduce these fine characters and never give them anything to do or say they're just there to serve the film's plot and nothing more, and it is a real shame too because they are very likeable characters. "Thor" is a shamble of a film, a movie that has the style, the grace and the technical credits and strong cast to make it a slam bang, blockbuster summer fantasy/adventure it should be instead of the inadequate superhero film that it is.
Chris Hemsworth delivers sterling, rip snorting, and steal the show performance as the powerful God Thor. Hemsworth's performance as Thor is the key to the appeal of this film, without him this film would sadly fall apart at the seams by the finale he is the glue, the elastic in this films waistband without Hemsworth this film would be nothing more than a story about a God and his giant hammer of thunder. What I find most fascinating about his performance is how invested he is in it; he puts his heart and soul into this performance and makes the role his own. The way he spits out his words and bears his teeth at the screen gives him that fierce determination that he needs to make it in the cutthroat business know as Hollywood. Hemsworth emerges as a true talent amongst young actors who have gained fame because they have starred in a popular film series ( Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, just to name names) Hemsworth proves that he is a true star and a major new talent to watch. Let us just hope he makes better decisions than "Thor" in the future. The rest of the cast including Ray Stevenson, Joshua Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings turn in fine supporting performances in this rather dull superhero film.
"Thor" had the potential to be something more than just an entertaining film; it had the potential to be a truly great movie about the arrogance of man and the power of life. Instead this film decided to waste its potential and its stunning cast on illogical plot devices(an astrophysicist chasing storms?) dull action sequences(save for the fight with the destroyer) and a script that does nothing but serves the short attention spans of modern audiences. This film has a mesmerizing visual style and a story that should appeal to the kid in all of us instead of boring us to tears.
Posted on 5/03/11 06:40 PM
There are rules for a trilogy that one must abide by 1.) The First act sets up the rules, 2.) The second act bends the rules, 3.) Well let us just say in the third act all bets are off and the real mind games begin. In the first "SCREAM" (1996), a young high school girl named Sidney Prescott, still reeling from the murder of her mother a year prior gets sucked into a hellish game of life and death when a psychopath wearing a ghost face masked terrorizes the high school kids of Woodsboro. "Scream 2" takes place a few years after the Woodsboro murders have occurred a now older, stronger and feistier Sidney is in College with her friend and survivor Randy Meeks(Jamie Kennedy). Life seems to be looking up for Sidney that is until young couples are brutally murdered at the premiere of "STAB" a film inspired by the Woodsboro killings. Now it seems the infamous Ghostface has returned for his grand finale. To complete his blood real life trilogy that he has been working at for the better part of five years. Five years of death, five years of suffering and terror has all come down to this final, blood curdling final installment where everyone is in jeopardy even the heroine of the little slasher series that did, Sydney Prescott(Neve Campbell). All bets are off and when the time comes, Syd will have to square off against the most devious of all the killers to done the Ghostface mask. She will face off against the killer responsible for everything that has happened to her, all the deaths and all the suffering that she has endured all comes down to this final installment, because when the bodies start to drop and the mask comes off your jaw will drop, because In this final installment all bets are off.
While "Scream 3" is basically still the same old story with some new twists and turns this film fails to capture the wit, charm and sheer utter terror that the first two films in this legendary franchise made so palpable. The lack of terror and the almost complete lack of humor is largely due to the fact that the series screenwriter Kevin Williamson("Scream", "Scream 2", "Cursed", "The Vampire Diaries") is absent from his duties as the writer of this final installment to the ground breaking franchise, instead this lesser installment has been written by lesser screenwriter Ehren Kruger. Kruger (the irony) shows his skills as a writer but he conforms to too many horror clichés and plot devices that this final part of the original horror satirical series resembles an average slasher film and it is a real shame to see such a fantastic series end on such poor note. Did I hate "Scream 3"? No, I did not. Did I think it lived up to the standards of this legendary franchise? No, it does not. Is this a bad film? Movies standards it is still far above the norm of the last two decades by the franchises standards this film is far from great. My only complaint is that this installment lacks the Meta humor and the in-jokes of the two previous installments and instead goes for straight out horror blood and gore. Without the humor or the satirical tone that the first two installments established this third film falls short of expectations and instead of going for the throat( no pun intended) it instead decides to settle for average modern day horror instead of the meta-horror this franchise is know and loved for. "Scream 3" is a strong film and it proves that this franchise still has some strength left in it but its lack of humor and its willingness to conform to horror film clichés and that is where its failure lies and also why this film as an entry in the "Scream " franchise fails to live up to its title. " Scream 3" is a hoot but it is nowhere near being scary.
I liked this film for its daring attitude to lean more towards action and excitement instead of psychological mind games and bloody horror(which I prefer) and even though there are still some psychological aspects to this film it lacks the almost nerve shredding suspense and spine tingling horror that made "Scream"(1995) the cult classic that it is. "Scream 3" is a great looking film with a great looking cast of previous cast members and new inductee's this entry is fast paced, bloody, gory but sadly not as smart or as witty as the last two. It also lacks the charm and style of its predecessors but what it makes up for charm and style it has in strong performances from Neve Campbell and its supporting cast and a cameo from former cast member Jaime Kennedy as Randy Meek( is a more than welcomed return). Thanks to In part from the stylish direction of Wes Craven he is able to keep, this film afloat despite the flaws in this films story and the blatant lack of style, humor and class. "Scream 3" is a good horror thriller but it is also a flawed film that has little to no charm or joy in what it is doing or in its on going torture of Sidney Prescott(Neve Campbell). This film has guts but it has no balls to go the distance.
Neve Campbell is the glue that holds these films together without her strong performance this series would have died before it even had a chance to take off. Although the development of Sidney as a character is almost impossible to progress any further than it already has but Campbell is able to add some much needed paranoia to the character of Sidney Prescott sadly there is not much else that she can bring to the table for this character and what she brings is satisfactory. Campbell is an excellent actress but in this role, she is usually looking scared or running away, she rarely ever fights back against Ghostface. However, Sidney has been a positive role model for women over the last decade as she is strong, resourceful, resilient, and highly intelligent. As a horror movie heroine, she still falls under the category of the scream queens even if she rarely does scream in these films. Campbell is one of the best horror heroines since Jaime Curtis she shows those new generation scream queens how it's done. The rest of the cast including David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, and Parker Posey turn in fine supporting performances in this nicely made horror thriller.
"Scream 3" is in no ways a classic but for what it is it certainly a lot of fun and one hell of a ride getting there. I have my doubts and my complaints about this film, I certainly think it is the weakest of the series and quite frankly a damn shame that this has happened to such a prestigious franchise but then again I was expecting it. No franchise can stay original and fresh forever not even one as inventive as this. "Scream 3" is a failure in many ways but it succeeds in giving audiences and loyal fans of the series the closure to this franchise story that they needed grant it may not be the way I had hoped it would end but it certainly was better than I expected.
Posted on 5/01/11 08:06 PM
You wake up on a Chicago Commuter train. You are disoriented you feel out of place in this situation as if this is some kind of surreal hyper-realistic, vivid dream. It feels so real so lifelike you start to look around to try to get your bearings when you hear a beautiful woman's voice calling you but she is calling you by a name that you are not familiar with, she is calling you Sean. But your name is not Sean you have no idea who she is or what is going you try to inquire about the circumstances of your apparent arrival on this mysterious strange when suddenly the train is engulfed in a blaze of fire. You see flashes of images before you; you wake up in a chamber again disoriented. You hear a woman's voice talking to you the voice is that of Capt. Colleen Goodwin(Vera Farmiga), she tells you that you are taking part in secret Government experiment know only as "Source Code" that let's a person travel back into a person's mind in the last eight minutes of their life. Now it is up to you to prevent a massive terrorist attack on Chicago now it is up to you to find a bomber and save millions and the catch is you only have eight minutes to do so. Now the clock is ticking and time is running out before the next attack you have no clues, no hints and have no idea what you are looking for so how do you stop a terrorist in the past when he couldn't be stopped? The only way to save the future is to change the past, good luck.
Duncan Jones' "Source Code" comes at a time during this early year where the quality of films coming out are well... less than average, "Source Code" is a revelation of a film a Science-Fiction action thriller with enough human elements and mind-bending thrillers to please even the most advent of action fans. What is most fascinating is how this film uses a rather standard action/adventure premise of a bomb on a train a renegade terrorist threatening to cause mass genocide and turns it on its head with mind bogglingly twist and thought provoking questions on life, love and how your actions can change the course of your future. "Source Code" is a brilliantly made and well paced action/sci-fi whodunit that deftly blends 70's style paranoiac thriller elements with modern day CGI laden filmmaking and thanks to an intelligently written and concise script by Ben Ripley "Source Code" is one of the years most fascinating films an engaging, perplexing thriller that starts at fast and proceeds to speed up from there taking its audience down a strange and twisted rabbit hole that dares to challenge its audience with its cerebral story of science, love and life. "Source Code" transcends fascinating becoming something more than just a statement on science and love it becomes a powerful humanitarian statement about human life is something that is expendable to service the means of a higher power. If you had the power to change, an event in the past that could save the lives of hundreds of people, would you use that chance to right a wrong another human being made would you do what ever it took to make it right. "Source Code" is a powerfully evocative film with heavy prophetic themes layered with themes of existentialism and the coherence of time that asks the beguiling question. Can you really alter the flow of events after they have already been set in stone and even if you could would it matter.
"Source Code" is by far the best film of the year. This is an ingenious mix of classic Sci-Fi storytelling and intense character drama deftly blended with the A typical special effects now associated with the Science-Fiction genre however, this film is anything but typical movie fare. "Source Code" is what Science-Fiction use to be before special effects, big budget action sequences, scantily clad women, illogical plots and stale dialogue took over this is(to me anyways) what Sci-Fi is all about, what Sci-Fi should be about. It should not be about big explosions or hot women (save that for the increasingly dull "Fast and the Furious" franchise) it should be about the characters, about the story the human story that this great genre can bring to light. "Source Code" is a welcomed return to style for moviegoers who have been aching for a good Sci-Fi/action romp that assaults the senses and boggles the mind. "Source Code" is the best film of the year so far a brilliantly executed Sci-Fi whodunit that breaks the mold of modern Science Fiction by finding the human story amidst the action and the special effects.
Gyllenhaal has become one of modern Hollywood's most reliable and talented young actors sure like any actor he's had his bad days("Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time") and good days( "October Sky", "Brokeback Mountain", "Donnie Darko", "Good Girl"). Duncan Jones' "Source Code" adds another success(or good day as I like to call it) to a rather impressive line of work from the young Mr. Gyllenhaal, In "Source Code" Gyllenhaal delivers one of his most emotional, charming and gripping performances as a solider trapped in a rather perplexing existential crisis. He is forced to participate in a special Military program to find the identity of a mad bomber who is responsible for the destruction of a Chicago Commuter train. Gyllenhaal is equally sensitive and charming as a man stuck in the plot of "Groundhog Day" gone rampant; he plays Capt. Colter Stevens as a dedicated serviceman who will do anything for his men, his country and a good woman. He gives real human depth to a character that in a less talented actors hands would boil down to nothing more than an A typical average Joe hero trapped in a case of dire peril. This is one of the best performances of hid career and it triumphantly proves that he is not just another pretty face but also one of Hollywood's best leading men. The rest of the cast including Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffery Wright all turn in strong supporting performances in one of the best and most challenging films of this New Year.
"Source Code" is one of the most inventive and engaging films, I have seen so far this year. An intelligent, thought provoking look on human existentialism how sometimes one man, one person can make a difference in a person's life and change the outlook on a dire situation when hope seems dim. This film finds the human story and depth of character amidst the action and intrigue to help create one of the first great films of this New Year and a true testament of what we as humans can do when we have something we truly believe and love to fight for the things that we hold most dear.
Posted on 4/25/11 06:34 PM
I want you to picture yourself sitting in a room, it is dark, and the only source of light is a low hanging fixture that is swinging back and forth back and forth. You look down at the steel table in front of you and before you see a gun, you stare at that gun intensely. Sitting across from you in the shallow light is another person. You don't know who this person is or why he or she is there sitting across from you but as you look at that person and then you look at the gun before you the sudden almost arresting thought of what you have to do to this person washes over you like the waves crashing against the rocks. You feel the moisture of perspiration running down the side of your face your palms moist under the crippling pressure of the task that lies before you and without a moments hesitation you pick up the gun and shoot the person sitting across from you. The person's lifeless body falls flat on the floor the sound of the gunshot still echoing off the walls yours hands shake from the rush of adrenaline you have just received from the kill. You place the gun on the table and proceed to examine the body to confirm the kill you grab the light fixture and point it at the body. In that moment you are struck with an almost paralyzing fear at the sight of the body that lays before you for it is not some random person but someone much closer to you... The person lying on the floor is you! You are the body lying before the person you just shot is yourself you shot your own conscious. You feel the fear rack your body, the sweat trickling down the sides of your face, the adrenaline causing your hands to shake like tree branches in a high wind. You feel the fear, anger, confusion of what you have just done about the consequences of your actions. After about an hour the adrenaline wears off your fear subsides and you feel calm, so eerily calm, that you almost scare yourself you look at the dead body on the floor once more just to see it again. To soak in the daring act of inhumanity you have just committed and the expression on your face is not that of horror but a look of pure puzzlement. The face is no longer yours but that of someone you have never seen before in your life. You realize that this was all a mind trick you put the gun on the table and take your seat that you occupied before, you fix yourself up grab the gun and walk away knowing what you have done you feel no remorse, you feel no sorrow for what you have done. All you feel is the almost welcoming silence that surrounds you. As you walk towards a door you never knew was there as you twist the knob on the door and it opens bathing you in an almost cold peaceful rays of sunlight. You know there is going to be another day and that the life that you use to live before is over and your new life has begun as a deliverer of death to those paid to murder for the sake of money. Ask yourself this. After so many years you have been doing something like this will you start to doubt yourself, will you start to question what you are doing is right or wrong? You questioned it before in that dark room will you question your destiny; will you question your path as a dealer of death once more and leave this life behind as you did your old? Would you, should you, can you? You know the answer to the question and you know how your life as an assassin always ends in death and dismay so how would you choose if you could to leave that world behind.
Anton Corbijn's "The American" is one of those rare films that come along only once in a great while. Corbijn's has blended a methodical tale of redemption blending it with the meticulous characterization and absorbing pace of such films as Jean Pierre-Melville's "Le Samourai"(1967) or Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"(1982). Corbjin has crafted such a quiet dialogue driven film with such lush and bleak cinematography that accentuate the dark yet emotional nature of this engrossing character drama. The way he uses colors to highlight the darkness like using green lighting in the dark alleyways or reds in a brothel, how he uses mute grays during the day to give this film an air of foreboding and dread, how death looms around every corner, how at any moment someone could die, he could die. Corbjin and screenwriter Rowan Joffe deftly combine old school drama, techniques, and characterization with modern day style filmmaking to construct a story that not only delves deep into the psyche of a professional assassin but also delves into the psychological aspects of the human condition. How death can play a very important part in how we live our lives and how we choose the path that we will follow for the rest of our days. "The American" is one of the best films of 2010, not solely based on its technical merits but on the merits of its intricately woven story of death, love and life how it spins the of-told story of an assassin trying to escape his life of death. This is a beautifully haunting film. A film that has been grossly overlooked due to its slow pace and lack of explosions, wall-to-wall action that is not what this film is about this film is about life, about love, about death and what is important in life. "The American" is the intelligent moviegoers film a film that must be looked at for more than what it is on the surface. Seen for the dark, methodical psychological outlook on human nature that it is This is one of the very best of 2010 and one of the best throwback drama-thrillers I have seen in a long, a true and shining statement that there is still some magic left in the movie business.
"The American" is-how I would describe it- a thinking man's kind of film. This is a film that depends on your mind to be open too it if you close your mind off to this films deeply layered, character driven story you will loose all the enjoyment that you can derive from this astounding feat of filmmaking. However, if you are looking for a good action espionage thriller than I am here to inform you this is not the film you are looking for I can recommend Brian DePalma's "Mission: Impossible" if that is the kind of spy thriller you are looking for. "The American" is a contemplative psychological chamber drama that delves deep into the psyche of a man whose entire life centered on death. How every move he makes during and after a kill has to calculated down to a T. Everything from where he sleeps, where he lives? Where he goes he has to take account of everything around him that is not the kind of life Jack wants to live he wants to be free to walk around without looking over his shoulder all the time. To truly be free and live a life that he has always felt that he deserves. "The American" is a very thoughtful film in how it plays its characters it doesn't just use them as a clothes line for special effects, sex scenes or dull romantic situations it uses its characters to get its highly philosophical points across on the issues of death, love and life. This is one of the year's best films that take's you down a path that is not soaked in blood but in regret and remorse, this is a story of one man's redemption and how by choosing to leave everything he has known behind he has unleashed a hornet's nest of betrayal, deception, love and murder. This is one of the can't miss films of the new decade, a true masterpiece amongst many inferior films that came out in 2010 and a gorgeous meditative piece of filmmaking that delves deep into the lives of a small group of people who surround a man trying to escape his past.
George Clooney is know best for his roles as smooth talking charmers and good -looking rouges and smooth thief's but as Jack or Edward he has gone to depths I frankly didn't even think he had as an actor. Clooney plays Jack as the kind of man who goes unnoticed wherever he goes, no one pays close attention to him because he doesn't stand out, he doesn't make an impression and by not making an impression, he is able to do his job efficiently and effectively. This is one of Clooney's most low key performances to date if not the most low key performance of his career delving deep into his dark side to create a performance that not only becomes one of his finest but a performance that almost supersedes acting and becomes something more, something deeper. Clooney has surprised me in some of his roles most notably "Intolerable Cruelty"(2003), "Syriana"(2005), " The Perfect Storm"(2000), "Ocean's 11"(2001), "Solaris" (2002), "From Dusk Till Dawn"(1996) "Men Who Stare At Goats"(2009) and "Michael Clayton"(2007). Clooney has played fast talkers, smooth talkers, corporate giants, news men, fishing boat captains and goof balls but in "The American" he takes on a role so different than anything he has ever played before, this is the role of a lifetime and his defining role as an actor in one of the best films of 2010. The rest of the cast including Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund and Johan Leysen all turn in strong supporting performances in this beautifully filmed contemplative psychological drama.
Out of all the small number of great films I have seen in 2010 and the massive number of terrible films I saw that year "The American" is one of the definitive films of a rather abysmal year.This film is the dark beacon that shines through the grim and the dirt of the bad films coming out of the gate a glimmer of hope that filmmaking has a chance to still amaze and wow us. This is one of those films.
Posted on 3/25/11 01:19 PM
Picture your life as perfect as anyone could have ever imagined. You have a great high-ranking job you have subordinates that think the world of you everything is going perfectly your life could never have been better if someone had planned it yourself. What if someone had planned everything in your life right down to the T; What if what you are meant to do is part of some higher plan to shape the course of coming events to avoid a disaster or to change the flow of history? What would you do if you knew that a group of mysterious men who monitor the whole world are trying to keep order and peace has nudged everything you have ever worked for in your entire life in the right direction? Would you try to change your destiny? Or can your destiny really be altered at all? Can your fate be predetermined to have an outcome that benefits the whole world or would you fight back to change their plan to create your own destiny, to create your own fate to create your destiny not controlled by a higher authority. Would you fight for that? Would you fight for your freedom, fight for you're the people you love, would you fight for your right of freewill for your right of choice? Would you fight for your fate?
Director/writer George Nolfi's thought provoking examination of predestination and fate is a film that tries and slightly succeeds on its attempt to show audiences a world where your choices are not yours. And the path you walk in life is predetermined for you from the very beginning by a higher power that has a certain plan for your life that you have no idea is being put into motion to either avert a massive disaster or to change the natural flow of events. Nolfi(Writer of "Ocean's 12,"The Sentinel" and co-writer of "The Bourne Ultimatum") blends themes of political intrigue and mind-bending Science Fiction -via the world of master Sci-Fi writer Phillip K. Dick - has the ambition that rivals that of some of the best of Science Fiction's paranoiac tales. But it lacks the focus needed to really elevate it from good to legendary instead it kind of meanders it way through its plot all the while trying to find a smooth pace and a consistent tone. In the end it is able to smooth out its pace but the tone of this film seems to be all over the place, like director Nolfi was trying to hard to give it the feel of a dark paranoiac with very romantic overtones and then tries to insert the feel of a Sci-Fi chase thriller coupled with political intrigue. This film juggles all these genre themes without ever settling on one causing this film to have a lukewarm presentation. You feel involved and then you don't then you do and then you don't, the tonal shifts are this film's one major weakness and almost cripple any enjoyment you may try to take away from this beautifully made intelligently written film. Thanks in part to strong performances from its leads, intelligent dialogue, and a thought-provoking premise that brings up intriguing questions about destiny and fate this film is able to keep its head above the water instead of sinking like a stone. Director George Nolfi may not have the whole directing gig down to a T with "The Adjustment Bureau" he shows more promise than I ever imagined. This film has all the bells and whistles and even though some of those bells may be broken or don't sound as sweet as they should this film still is able to be music to an intelligent moviegoers ears.
"The Adjustment Bureau" is what I would like to call a morally complex film. This film does not dwell on action and it does not implement an abundance of special effects to try and mask the holes in its story or to enhance an otherwise dull film in terms of F/X this film is rather simplistic in its storytelling is where is true strength lies. Director/writer George Nolfi shows immense talent with his ambitious first film he shows a flare for the dramatics, an eye for romance an ear and intelligence for finely written dialogue Nolfi displays some very impressive skills in this sometimes murky film. He shows he has the skills to be a strong competent director but he lacks true focus and a sure hand. Nolfi has trouble deciding what he truly wants for this film or where he wants to take it he is not daring enough to put himself out on a limb therefore the film stays in its comfort zone, making this a very enjoyable film. However, seeing the material that inspired it and talent involved it could have been so much more than what it is. "The Adjustment Bureau" is a smart, taunt, romantic, morally emotionally complex film that deals with heavy themes such as fate, destiny, and choice lacing them with heavy romantic and political overtones this film has all the trappings and the pedigree to boot. The only thing that holds it back from greatness is the sheepishness of its director who tries to make a statement but refuses to take the initiative to put him out on a limb. This film is not daring enough for Science Fiction nor is it daring enough for its intriguing story and premise from the legendary Phillip K. Dick, Nolfi displays the talent but to be a great director you mustn't be afraid to put yourself out there and challenge yourself. Nolfi challenges the audience now all he needs to do is challenge himself.
Matt Damon is one of the greatest actor's working in the business today. He has proven repeatedly that no matter what the role he is game. In George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau" Damon turns in a stirring performance as Congressman David Norris an honest, honorable senatorial candidate living out his childhood dream, the question is however is it really his dream or some higher up's plan? Damon plays Norris as a man of principles a man who knows what he wants and seeks to obtain it but some blemishes in his past have recently given him the appearance of having a reckless personality. However, throughout this film you see David as more of a man who fights for what he believes and will stop at nothing to gain the love of the beautiful and extremely feisty Elise (played by the lovely Emily Blunt) the woman who has changed his perception on his dream. Damon is flawless even if the film is not as flawless as he is, he never falters and delivers a stunning performance as a man challenged to fight back against a system that seems to have everything and everyone working for them. Damon is strong, forceful, and honest and determined his character David Norris is a character who many can identify with and understand why he is fighting so hard for his fate for his future for the love of his life no matter what the personal or professional cost. I will not lie when I say that I have a massive crush on Emily Blunt (I mean come on who wouldn't?) she is sassy, funny, witty, and charming. Those are just the characteristics she is displays in some of her best roles, like in "The Young Victoria" and "The Devil wears Prada". Blunt has displayed an almost natural charm and appeal that very few actresses have these days. In some ways I would have to compare her to Katherine Hepburn or the late Elizabeth Taylor, she has that kind of appeal to her. That draw that from the first moment you see her you know that she is the kind of woman that you want to sit down, have a nice cup of coffee with, and just shoot the breeze. That Blunt persona is the kind of infallible charm she brings to the screen and to this very crucial role in this sometimes-murky Science Fiction cautionary tale. The rest of the cast including Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Anthony Ruivivar, Michael Kelly, and Terrence Stamp all turn in fine supporting performances in this excellent if not at sometimes-distant film.
I have seen very few films in this young year, but out of all that I have seen in the last two months George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau" stands out as one of the most original and engaging films, I have seen in a long while. This may not be a perfect film grant it it does have its flaws but as an avid Sci-Fi fan and a film aficionado this film proves to be one of the better Science Fiction films I have seen lately, as I said it may not be perfect .. Then again, this film may not need to be as it deals with themes of fate, choice, and predestination. "The Adjustment Bureau is as smart and engaging as films come but its curious distance from what it truly needs to say is almost(at times) perplexing but it is never disengaging. This is as good as movie making comes and rarely does filmmaking get this skillful and intelligently done in these days. So why is it that "The Adjustment Bureau" isn't a stronger more daring film, Is it because it's director George Nolfi is not daring enough to put himself out there like Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg or Robert DeNiro(Director of "A Bronx Tale and "The Good Shepherd"), or Christopher Nolan. If he was a little more outgoing in his ideas then maybe, just maybe, this would have been a stronger film, maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part I don't know. For what this film is it astoundingly well made and well photographed with strong performances from its talented cast and intelligently written "The Adjustment Bureau" is a better film than you think and quite frankly more satisfying than you could hope for its perfect spring entertainment for people who are tired so seeing bad Rom-Com or lazy Sci-Fi films. If you want to see a movie that works this is the film to see not just for its story but for its underlining theme of what it means to be in control of your own fate and how sometimes our choice-albeit not always right- can effect our path in life no matter what we do.
Posted on 3/22/11 03:31 PM
While T-3 nearly failed at giving a good look at the near-end of Humanity by SKYNET It did succeed, barely, and that is saying something. McG's "Terminator Salvation" delivers the beginning of the end of the war for Earth and the survival of mankind. But while this is what Terminator fans have been waiting for for almost twenty-five years it falters on many levels and almost falls flat on it's face when it needs to stand strong, but none the less It's an entertaining entry in the long beloved genre.
"Terminator Salvation" while nowhere near as good as "The Terminator" and "Terminator 2:Judgment Day" It does give us what we want and delivers what it promises. An action packed, mind blowing action/ adventure but even that may not please you if your a first timer or not a faithful lover of the first three you may not be too pleased with the robotic script and acting, but like the third this one doesn't truly disappoint it just doesn't live up to the story as well as it should. But all in all it's a pretty good installment in the new trilogy and a good continuation of the original story but it falls short far too many times to really be called great.
Chrsitian Bale who rocks as Batman but fails to impress as the legendary John Connor, his performance is too mechanical and only helps in bringing down the film instead of lifting it too new heights. Sam Worthington (who I have never heard of until I saw this movie.) Is actually the savior of this film his performance is more human and emotional and he alone saves this film from being a total waste of 200 million dollars. But all in all the cast does pretty good, most of them saving the film others bringing it down but mostly they do alright in this and make this actioneer a must see.
McG's "Terminator Salvation" is taunt, gritty, atmospheric, stylish and a thought out film, but not thought out well enough when being filmed. It falls short in some parts and in others in soars.But all in all T-4 is a must see action film steeped in dark nostalgia of the old films and a high grade visual style that will enthrall you if not make you completely forget about the bad script and robotic acting, "Terminator Salvation" delivers.
Posted on 3/22/11 12:22 AM
When someone loses a loved one there is always someone who asks you if you are alright or how you are doing and to try and be kind to be hospitable to that person you tell a bold face lie that you are doing fine and dealing with the lose well. That is a lie, everything you say when a loved one dies is a lie your doing alright, your coping well, your dealing with the grief fine is all a lies in truth no one deals with grief well but we do deal with it in our own ways. Some cry some don't some watch old home videos to quash the unbearable pain that they have lingering inside them and there are some people- people like me- who just keep all that anger, all that sorrow all those unsaid things inside. Them until one day you see a picture of that person a picture of that person when they were at there prime. When that person was at the peak, of there health and you- as a child- had no idea that in a few years that person was going to die in the middle of your house from brain cancer. You try to hide your feelings brush them aside, you try and deny the fact that it happened that it was all just a dream and that person will walk through the door at any moment with there hands full of groceries or there arms full of bags from shopping at some clothing store. Or is at church with your dad and she will be home any minute but she won't be home so now you find yourself sitting in an empty house day to day wishing you could come downstairs and know that she will be there waiting for you. However, she will not. There is no escaping pain. There is no way of dealing with it except over time you will learn to accept the fact that that person who you loved so much with all your heart and soul is gone. That that person is never coming back once you can accept that you can move on and learn to deal with the lose of that person so whenever you see a picture or watch a video and you see that person's face you smile instead of feeling sad. When you can do that, when you can look at a photo of that person and not cry then you know that you have let go of some of the grief that was waning on your soul. You start to feel better about your life you start to feel like life is worth living again and when you do that you have taken a step closer to finding your way out of the rabbit hole and back into the world feeling good without all the grief holding you down, facing the world becomes easier.
If someone ever asks you if it becomes easier to deal with the loss of a loved one the answer you will most likely get is no. It does not. You learn to bear it and put on a face whenever someone you know asks you how you are dealing with it, you just smile and lie as you always do or you act as if it still bothers you (which it does) and go on with the rest of your day like usual. In John Cameron Mitchell's adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play examines the end stages of a couple going through the worst kind of grief you could imagine, the loss of a child. In this case there four year old son Danny who was inadvertently hit by a car, you watch as this young couple suffers every waking moment they experience from the loss of there son. They experience anger and sadness sometimes at the same time, they feel as if their world has grown cold and that there is no one on the planet that knows exactly how they feel. What they are going through day in and day out is more than most could bear to fathom how painful it is each and everyday to walk by the room of there beloved son and know that nothing in this world is going to bring him back to them just eats them alive inside. As the audience watches this film, the viewers eaten alive as well as they experience the painful journey these two are going through. You feel every moment of anguish and sorrow every moment of regret they feel over their sons death, the regret of what they could have done differently that would have prevented their sons premature death. What they could have done, what they should have done that probably runs through there minds every single day. You can't shake that feeling that your responsible like you are the one who mowed down your own child like you killed him and now you are paying some unjustly price for sins from your past. This is a painful film a painful film about an even more painful subject that most people who have lost a loved one will find excruciating. Trust me when I tell you this film is excruciatingly painful to watch. Not because this is a terrible film this is an exceptional film, but because the subject matter is so tough so raw that you feel like you are not watching a film anymore but experiencing a real life event told in a short amount of time. "Rabbit Hole" is one of 2010's most powerful and most painful films a true testimony to the unflinching power of filmmaking, how sometimes the best stories told in motion pictures are sometimes the simplest. This moving picture about loss, love and everything comes after it. How sometimes what you need the most to pick yourself up after such a painful loss is the love of someone and how moving on doesn't mean you have to forget the one you lost but learn to live your life without that person being there all the time to give you a warm smile or to comfort you when you need it or to show you love when you least expect it or even think you don't deserve it of how you sometimes need to let go of the past and embrace the future before you.
John Cameron Mitchell and David Lindsay-Abaire's masterful film "Rabbit Hole" is as brilliant as it is heartbreaking a true gem amongst the overly melodramatic crap that comes out from Hollywood each year. "Rabbit Hole" redefines the meaning of the word drama and puts back some much needed old school touches in the genre that it has lost over the years to mushy romantic drama's and war drama's that beat the genre with a stick till there was nothing left but what you see in almost any dramatic film. This is the kind of film that twenty years ago would be marked as a classic by today's audience, and truth be told this little film with a big heart is-to me- what filmmaking is all about, what making a movie is all about. "Rabbit Hole" is a traditional drama in the best sense of the word. A true film about something other than sex, lies, drugs and aggression it is about something much deeper and more meaningful than that. This film is the kind you think you know what you are getting into. You expect some sad tale of a young couple going through the stages of grief but what you don't expect is how powerful and moving this film is, how swift and yet simply told its magnificent story is of how this couple deal with the ends stages of their grief for their young son Danny. "Rabbit Hole" is not only one of the best films of 2010; but one of the most moving, powerful and evocative films I have seen in years. This film is truly a work of art and a true labor of love from everyone involved a brilliant film about love loss and everything that comes after it, "Rabbit Hole" is what filmmaking is all about and a true shinning reminder of why we as moviegoers go to the movies in the first place.
Nicole Kidman's performance in "Rabbit Hole" is one of sheer and utter brilliance she gives it her all as grieving mother Becca is just gripping. Kidman does not over play the part or under play the part she instead seek a level that supersedes both, she aims for neither. Kidman does not need to under play or over play; she simply plays the part as if she was really living it. Like it was her child who had died and she was mourning his loss. This is a tough subject matter for her seeing as she has children of her own, but the level of excellence in this performance is just astounding. From the first few moments that she is onscreen, you instantly know that she is undoubtedly going to be nominated for the Academy Award. Kidman never falters not even for a second she is always on the very top of her game pushing this film along to its calm melancholy ending. Aaron Eckhart delivers what can be called the defining performance of his entire career, Eckhart is all moody aggression and sorrow as Howie Becca's overly grief stricken husband. I use the word overly because out of the two of them he is suffering the most from the tragic loss of their young son. Eckhart is firing on all cylinders delivering an Oscar worthy performance in one of the most understated films of the year. Eckhart and Kidman are a remarkable sight in this no holds bar motion picture. The rest of the cast including Tammy Blanchard, Miles Teller, and Sandra Oh with Diane Wiest all deliver outstanding supporting work in this beautiful if often painful masterpiece.
"Rabbit Hole" is often too painful for most normal viewers but for the select few that can handle this film's touchy and at sometimes-tough subject matter of loss of a loved one. "Rabbit Hole is a powerful and moving portrait of a couple just trying to get by after a tragedy. This movie is one of the very best of a rather unimpressive year a true gem and work of art amongst the blockbusters (most of them God-awful) and jokey rom-com is (do not get me started on that subject) that lack any sort of substance to them at all. "Rabbit Hole" is a surefire Oscar contender for best picture and is going on my list as one of the ten best of the year, this is a beautiful film of loss, and how sometimes the best way to get over the lose of someone you love is not to forget them but to learn to live with that tragedy. So whenever you look at that room or see a photo of that person the pain will not be as strong, it will not be as burdening.
Posted on 3/08/11 04:31 PM
When I first saw this movie I didn't like the concept, I didn't like the idea of an American solider turning on his kind to fight with the enemy. Boy was I in mature! Now seeing it again now more mature and more knowledgeable of history this film has allot of meaning to me. It's epic, sprawling, beautiful, intelligent, brutal, honorable and most of all heart breaking.
The Last Samurai chronicles the story of a beaten and battered Civil War hero who's seen one too many people killed during his service in the war. Now in 1870's he accepts an offer to train Japans modern army to battle the samurai's, but soon in some strange twist of fate he finds himself learning form his enemy. It's an intense and heart breaking piece of film making that is of the highest caliber, it's a great and powerful film that tells a story of honor and respect and the way of the samurai. It's grand and spectacular and it gives so much of it's self and of it's story the power that it releases is in small capsules that slowly but surely open one at a time releasing strong and bracing scenes from each of them.
Tom Cruise deliverer's one of his finest performances of his career as the battered Civil War hero. Tony Goldwyn is fantastic in the scenes he's in he gives a very good an very convincing antagonistic performance. Billy Connolly(in his small role) does good as always and puts on a very commanding show as the good sergeant. But it is Ken Watanabe who steals the show, his performance is absolutely fantastic and stunning as the leader of the Samurai, he pulls no stops to prove himself and take his game to the next level, he is utterly fantastic. All in all the cast does extraordinarily well in this handsomely mounted film.
The Last Samurai is a blend of old traditions and honor mixed with American military strategies. This film put's up a very good fight and pulls no punches when it comes to story, characters, scenery it put's it's self in the middle of the fight as the Samurai did. It's a beautiful and grand film that needs to be cherished as much as it needs to be respected It's powerful in it's execution, beautiful in it's scenery and production and a staggering piece of film making at it's finest Edward Zwick tops all his previous films and creates a great and magnificent portrayal of what true honor is. All in all The Last Samurai delivers a truly great movie going experience that will not be forgotten.
Posted on 3/06/11 09:14 PM
Comedies are more common than a two-legged dog. Every year, every month, every day a new comedy releases in theaters some are funny some are less than funny and then there are those rare comedies that are so god-awful, so nasty, so cruel so shamelessly unfunny that after seeing it you absolutely cringe at the slightest mention of the name of the film. Todd Philips' "Due Date" is such a comedy, a comedy that takes no shame in ripping off one of the best comedies of the last 20 years "Planes, trains and Automobiles" starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy. This is comedy of the lowest level; an unbearable and undignified piece of comedy that tries its hardest to mask itself as comedy of the highest level but only comes out as nothing more than what it appears on the surface. "Due Date" is what I hate about comedy the most of how they can take a great premise, a fine talented comedic director and two of the best stars around and put them in one of the most disgusting and grudging comedies I have seen in years a comedy so lowbrow so disjointed you'll want to shoot yourself before it is over.
After the huge critical and commercial success of Todd Phillips'(Director of "Old School", "Starsky and Hutch" and "School for Scoundrels") "The Hangover"(which already has a sequel in the works and will be released this year) Phillips' became a worldwide sensation. He took the box-office by storm with his widely inventive- If not at some points- lowbrow instant stonier comedy classic "The Hangover" literally redefining the meaning of the hangover. With his newest comedy, Phillips has devised an extraordinarily lowbrow update of the classic Candy-Martin classic "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." The only difference between these two films is that "Planes, trains and automobiles" is considered near and far as a classic and "Due Date"... well let's just say classic is not the word I would use kindly to describe this travesty of a comedy. This film lacks any dignity at all it has no shame in what it does or who it is doing it to, it lacks any shred of emotional connection between these gloriously mismatched stars in Robert Downey , Jr. and the bushy bearded funny man Zach Galifianakis. Who in a more respectable and laughter inducing film they would have been an amazing team instead of a groan inducing, cringe worthy one. "Due Date" should work it should be funny sadly, it is not. "Due Date" tries to be a kind of bicker until they become friend's kind of comedy but here is the sad part that premise ran itself into the ground about 35 years ago. The last great comedy to attempt to use that formula and succeed was the great "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and after that film almost all comedies tried to recreate the formula that made that comedy a classic; they tried to no avail I must say. Now I won't lie to you this film had it's moments there were a few scenes in the beginning that made me laugh but sadly those scenes in the beginning that worked however, as soon as Peter(Robert Downey, Jr.) met Ethan( Zach Galifianakis) the whole film took the "Twilight" approach when Bella met Edward and went downhill from there. Now this very well made good-looking film that has the talent and the attitude to be a great buddy comedy. However, the overall Ricky Gervais-Golden Globes- feel atmosphere that the script from the script by Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Adam Sztykie, and Todd Phillips wrote never seems to give its characters or the audience much reason to care. You feel disjointed and almost utter disgust as you watch the despicable Peter and the insufferable Ethan go on a nausea inducing road trip. So Peter can go get home to his young pregnant wife (played by Michelle Monaghan) who is going to give birth in a few days so he can be there to welcome his child into this world. Personally after seeing Peter's treatment of other people's children I think that child would be better off being given up for adoption to a mother and especially a father who would not sock him straight in the stomach if he/she got annoying. "Due Date" is what comedy in this day and age has come to annoying, soulless characters who are bickering more than they should and falling into A-typical comedic pratfalls and fights that are some of the most disgruntled I have ever seen put to film to date.
There is a scene in "Due Date" is deplorable, so low down, so laugh free is when Peter is with Ethan at his drug dealer's(played by Juliette Lewis) house to obtain marijuana Peter is left with here two kids a girl and her extremely annoying brother who keeps pestering Peter. In a complete lack of morals, Peter sucker punches the young boy right in the stomach then proceeds to place him on the couch. That concisely explains the whole mood of the film where every pratfall every slapstick, overly mundane piece of shtick that comes flowing from this film is laden with malice and hatred. How anyone especially Todd Phillips could think that punching children and a constant air of hatred could actually induce laughter is beyond me this film obviously thinks that this is funny so, why not? I'll tell you why not because in comedy you are not suppose to hate the characters on the screen you are suppose to be at least have some kind of feelings towards these characters and there plight. With this film, all you feel is nothing but disgust and hatred towards these not so likable fellows. "Due Date" has all the ingredients for a perfect road-trip comedy but what it is missing is the secret ingredient... a sense of joy. This film nor its characters takes any joy in what they are doing they just look like they are going through the motions without a care not even stopping for a moment to consider the irrevocable harm they are doing to both there film and the audience. "Due Date" has the right stuff if only it had taken the time to use that to its advantage instead of making it advantages its disadvantages.
I have been a huge fan of Robert Downey, Jr. for some years now in my opinion he is one of the best actors working in films to date. However, even great actors like RDJ have there off days as well Todd Phillips' "Due Date" is one of those days. In "Due Date" RDJ plays such a deplorable, nasty, mean spirited, self-centered like cuss that from the very first moment that you meet him you want to knock him up side the head. RDJ plays Peter like a guy who doesn't care about anything but himself and if you see this film (which I hope you don't). You will get that feeling as well Peter is so self-absorbed and so vile that you hate him the very first moment he speaks the rest of the film only serves to deepen your hatred for this despicable character. Peter has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, I am sorry to say this but neither does RDJ's performance. I don't really like Zach Galifianakis I think to me he is a Robin Williams meets John Candy knockoff, now don't misjudge me Galifianakis has shown to be a talented actor in such films as "The Hangover" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story" but in "Due Date" he is singing the song on all the wrong keys. Galifianakis' performance as the overly obnoxious and quite frankly irritatingly stupid Ethan Tremblay is quite possibly one of the most grating "comedic" performances I have had the displeasure of sitting through in a long time. Galifianakis lacks all senses of his surroundings his dimwitted character just seems to plow through one contrivance after another after another after another without even stopping for a second to use his brain to try and find out a logical solution to Peter and his situation. Sadly, Galifianakis just goes through the motions of the lowbrow script and derivative plot affords him, he never seems to get the chance to really make an impression or at least create an interesting character you can care for. Galifianakis has talent and definitely has a chance to make it big in Hollywood but if he keeps making low rent comedies like this he will end up having a career mimicking that of Nicolas Cage, I know that is wrong to say but hey its the truth and the truth sometimes can hurt. The rest of the cast including Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, RZA, and Michelle Monaghan give some adequate performances in this grossly overblown comedic failure.
"Due Date" is a film with so much potential that it is almost a shame that it is wasted on such an idiotic script and such mean spirited atmosphere that you almost feel sad for the actors and creators. You feel sad that they have created such an interesting idea and roped in such talented actors and in the end; they give them nothing really to work with beyond the dull execution of this derivative tale of opposites attracting. Sadly, they only repel each other "Due Date" is one of the most misguided nasty films to come out in 2010 it has no redeeming qualities and it revels in its own mean spirited nature almost daring the audience to love it or hate it. The outcome in the end is much clearer then you think.
Posted on 2/13/11 11:55 AM
In an era where sex and violence rule over power driven stories Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond delivers an old school punch and a massive wake up call in story. It centers around three people: a smuggler,a fisherman and an American journalist who by fate, or destiny get caught up in one of the bloodiest chapters in African history over the one thing in Africa everyone wants, diamonds.
Blood Diamond is powerfully moving, brilliant, taunt and a movie going experience that will stick with you long after it's over.
Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond centers on three individuals: A diamond smuggler(DiCaprio), A fisherman(Hounsou) and a reporter(Connelly) all are caught up in someway or another in the diamond trade in 1999 Sierra Leon during the civil War that was being fought there over none other than,diamonds. The story while interesting and engaging is, at sometimes rather dull and bland. But that easily is overshadowed by the mind blowing performances the bullet proof plot and heart breaking scenes. It's the kind of film that you just can't experience once but must experience twice to fully comprehended the story at the very center of it all. All in all Blood Diamond is a mind bending movie with a great heart that project's itself well onto the screen.
Leonardo DiCaprio does amazing in this film and serves up one of his best performances to date as a diamond smuggler with a heart. Djimon Hounsou is phenomenal as the fisherman/father Solomon who risk everything to find a rare diamond he hid in the mountains, Hounsou's performance is crucial to the film and makes it worth the watch. Jennifer Connelly is also great her and proves an amazing contrast to her male costars she brings the heart and the deep rooted soul to this film and is another class act in this handsomely mounted motion picture.
Ed Zwick's Blood Diamond sets out to make a statement and it does. It brings to mind the very questions we have about life, death, greed, family and love It puts it all up front for us to see and let's us take in the power and strength of this picture. All in all It's a motion picture you can't miss or ignore, Blood Diamond delivers.