Posted on 2/22/11 07:05 AM
Qui-Gon sure loves his action thrillers set in Europe. "Unknown" is like "Taken" with more twists, that's a good way to describe this movie. Qui-Gon's performance doesn't go past the occasional cheesy line(I remember how to kill you! LoL!)and kickin major ass but that's ok. The plot is a pretty outlandish and the twists don't seem to stop but if ignored, you'll enjoy the film for what it is, an entertaining little popcorn flick.
Jedi Master Qui... cough! cough! I mean Dr. Martin Harris and his wife Elizbeth arrive in Berlin for a conference, forgetting his briefcase, Harris goes back for it, only to get into an accident. After four days in a coma, he awakes to find his wife doesn't know who he is and another man in his place. Is he crazy or is there something fishy going on here? So Harris searches for the truth and kicks some ass on the way, oh and Diane Kruger comes along for the ride too.
The acting isn't amazing but this ain't "The Kings Speech" so it don't matter unless everything has to be perfect in a movie for you. Qui-Gon is pretty badass though, with his funny little lines and kickass moves. Frank Langella and Bruno Ganz turn in some mysterious and interesting little charcters which is a plus. Diane Kruger is really just here to look hot, January Jones is hot too.
The ending was a bit of a let down, it built up to an ending that didn't live up. Sure the twists are shocking but this has been done before, there's nothing fresh here. It's pretty much generic and it all ends well and happily ever after. Again, the premise is outlandish and the twists are a little too much but there are some pretty thrilling chase scenes here and there. It's pretty much identical to "Taken" in a lot of ways. It's set in Europe, something bad happens to Mr. Neeson, he can't trust anyone and he goes to find whatever he's looking for and kicks some ass. That sums it up, it's just an enjoyable little flick to catch when your in town, not "Citizen Kane" so just buy some popcorn, sit down, turn off the logical parts of your brain and enjoy.
It's not Hitchcock worthy but it's entertaining, much like "Taken" which also had Qui-Gon in it. I don't mind if Qui-Gon keeps churning out these kinds of movies set in Europe, I just hope none of them suck and at least one of them turns out to be better than average. Hahahahahaha! "I remember how to kill you!" Oh Qui-Gon!
Posted on 2/14/11 10:28 PM
It's sweet, touching moments do not balance well with the unfunny jokes, never ending characters and unnecessary side stories. It's cliche, predictable and every other word you can use for cheap rom coms but I actually enjoyed it, believe it or not. It's far from good but it ain't the worse thing ever.
I'd tell ya about each and every story but that'd take forever and it would drive me absolutely nuts. I'm not a real critic, I'm not going to give a full synopsis. So it's about a buncha people who experience love and heartbreak on Valentines Day. It's "Crash" for sad and desperate lonely women who eat lots of ice cream on that day.
Performances... hahahaha that's a good one, there isn't anything here screaming Oscar. So I can just easily skip this one. You'd think that with some pretty good actors, there'd be at least one good performance but no! There isn't enough time for all the charcters and sometimes you even forget about some.
It's no secret that this movie has too many multiple storylines. There's that one with Ashton Kutcher and Jess Alba that intertwines with the Jennifer Garnner and McDreamy and George Lopez is there too. There's Julia Roberts with Bradley Cooper that intertwines with that other Greys Anatomy guy and Emma Roberts and the little boy and their grandparents. There's Jamie Fox and Jessica Biel and so so on, you get the point, there is too many damn charcters. Oh yeah haha! I forget the Taylors! Sharkboy and the girl who did that song "Can't you see ee ee? You belong with me ee ee! You belong with meeee" and yes I have that on my iPod but at least I ain't in the closet about it. It just gets too clunky, there are characters and scenes that just make ya go "WTF mate? What's the point of that?" and that's kinda it's biggest problem. It could have worked if it just focused on half of the charcters of this movie, there's a buncha unfunny and unnecessary humor as well. It's not art, it's just passable entertainment, it's somewhat funny and it has some genuinely sweet and touching moments here and there. Whatever is good though, is undone with the never ending cliches, you think "oh maybe they'll say something meaningful about modern relationships" but in the end, everyone gets together and happy ending.
I don't hate this movie but I don't think it's great, I'm done pointing that out so don't worry. It's tacky, predictable but it's enjoyable at best, I don't need to see it again but I didn't feel as if it killed me to see it. It's entertaining but there ain't a whole lotta substance or good acting so if that's what your looking for, don't look here but of course no needs to be told that. Oh yeah I forgot! It's a tad too long, 2 hour rom com!
Posted on 1/30/11 09:00 PM
Australia makes movies? I went into this, not knowing what to expect and I was blown away by this dark, suspenseful, unsettling crime drama that makes the family from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" look like "The Teletubbies". Crocodile Dundees skin would crawl if he met Andrew 'Pope' Cody, my skin certainly would. I used to think the funnel web spider was the scariest thing in Australia, now it's a character in a movie. First time writer and director David Michod creates an gut wrenching horror film against the backdrop of a crime story. It's all about power in the animal kingdom and the ferocious lions are on top.
17 year old J Cody(James Frecheville)is pale and emotionless, even though his mother has just died right in front of him from a heroin overdose. Not knowing what to do, he calls his enstranged grandmother Smurf Cody (Jacki Weaver)an insane mother who doesn't mind her sons being cold blooded criminals. He moves in with the rest of the Codys, a family of bank robbers, Darren(Luke Ford)a kid only 2 years older than himself, Craig(Sullivan Stapleton)who does drug dealing on the side and Andrew(Ben Mendelsohn)or Pope as many call him, a psycho who has no discriminations when it comes to murder. J's only normal companion is his girlfriend Nicky(Laura Wheelwright)who is unaware of the predator who desires her, Andrew. Popes main man Barry(Joel Edgerton)decides it's time to leave the life when he is suddenly killed, sparking a war between the Codys and the cops. As the heat closes in on the brothers, Andrew becomes more and more paranoid, making him more and more dangerous. As it all comes crashing down, J must either go down with the family or join Detective Leckie(Guy Pierce)and rat on his family, both contain uncertian futures. J has been thrown into a warzone, a crime infested hell, the animal kingdom.
The cast is amazing but the stand outs are Jacki Weaver as Smurf and Ben Mendelsohn as Pope. Weaver is motherly yet at the same time you sense that if you cross her, she'll have gutted like a fish. Her face resembles that of an aged Harley Quinn without clown makeup. She also has a more than loving relationship with her sons, it's motherly and then it borders on incestious. Ben Mendelsohn embodies all that is evil, his thoughts must be what nightmares are made of. His character is unstable, your not sure if he'll just go into the kitchen for a beer or to slash your throat. The scene that is creepiest is when he stares at J's girlfriend Nicky while she sleeps and then carries her into the room.
If you love "Goodfellas" or bank robbery flicks like "The Town" or "Heat", don't expect shootouts and car chases. The pace is very slow which is good because this ain't the feel good movie of the year. If it were full of excitment and action scenes and humor, it wouldn't feel so dreadful, this is a very dark and dreadful movie. The cops and robbers are both equally animalistic, there is no black and white, just shades of grey. The kingdom is run by the most dangerous animals and J is all but a cub. It's a film about power or an illusion of power, when the heat moves in on them, they panic, they think they are the lions but are they really? These animals will stop at nothing to get power, lions in nature maybe but not lions in terms of power, on the food chain.
With performances that make their charcters disturbingly real, a brilliant edge of your seat script and direction by a bright new face in film, "The Animal Kingdom" makes a killing. It shows no mercy and doesn't try to be cool, it is cool, it's not wise cracking like "Goodfellas" or glamorous like "The Godfather", it's dark, serious and real, it's all it's own.
Posted on 1/01/11 11:47 AM
"The Fighter" is no "Raging Bull" or "Rocky" but it's well written and it's director David O. Russell and cast bring it to life. It's performances are solid but one stands out and of course it is Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund. It is a bit predictable and cliche but the relationships between the characters are what matter more than the boxing.
This is the story of Micky Ward(Mark Wahlberg), a down and out boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts, his crackhead brother/ex-boxer Dicky Eklund(Christian Bale), mom Alice Eklund(Melissa Leo)and the rest of their crazy family. Micky lives under the shadow of his brother who once had a promising career but is now a complete mess. After a string of bad luck and the arrest of his brother, Micky must move on from the family as they have proved unreliable and finds a new girlfriend, Charlene Fleming(Amy Adams) and support from others outside the family. The outsiders are a threat to the family but the family is a threat to Mickys career and so Micky must choose between what's best for him and the loyalty he feels he owes to his family.
The performances are all very good, not a bad one but only one that is truly amazing. Amy Adams and Melissa Leo do respectively well, neither felt out of place and fit their roles perfectly. Mark Wahlberg is as always: Mark Wahlberg and I can't help but laugh because I think of Andy Sambergs impression of him on SNL, haha, "Say hello to your mother for me." Christian Bale, as of late hasn't done much aside from the weird, harsh Batman voice, "I'm Batman! WHERE ARE THEY?!?". In "Terminator Salvation" and "Public Enemies" which were both disappointing, he gave very wooden performances and seemed like he wouldn't change from just being known as Batman. He proved me wrong in this little knockout by again, like in "The Machinist", he immerses himself in the role by looking like an actual crack addict, he feels so real and is the highlight of this film.
The fight scenes are intense and hit you like a shot of adrenaline. They're shot like real ppv matches and feel authentic putting you on the edge of your seat and get you biting your nails off. I was lucky to see this with an energtic audience who treated it like real boxing matches, yelling at the screen, cheering and high fiving. It made me feel like actually boxing with someone, I felt pumped! It was friggin awesome!
Sure it is a bit predictable, you can't make a movie based on a true story and keep the ending from being predictable but hey whatta ya gonna do? It works though, it is about boxing but mainly about the characters and the relationships between them all. I wish they bothered with Micky and daughter a little more and I kinda wanted him to punch his bitchy ex-wife but oh well, haha LoL! This film is called "The Fighter" but Micky is really trying to be piece maker, it's everyone else around him that fights. He has to do what's best for himself but his brother taught him everything he knows. Ultimately he has to find a balance even though everyone around him makes his life chaotic.
It's not perfect but it's pretty darn good enough, like it's characters, it's flawed but there's good things in there as well. It has a great script, a great director, a great cast with a greater performance by one individual and it all comes together. It's a hell of a movie that floors you, ko. ****
Posted on 1/01/11 11:41 AM
"The Town" is proof that Ben Affleck is not a one hit wonder. Affleck shows he can direct good movies and his acting wasn't too bad either.(Desperate laugh: ahaha!)With good performances that make the characters come to life and a thrilling storyline, "The Town" makes a big splash in Hollywood's pool.
The film follows a group of bank robbers lead by Doug(Ben Affleck)and his loony friend Jem(Jeremy Renner)as they make a living in Charlestown, a gold mine for their kind. Things get tense when Doug falls for a hostage they took named Claire(Rebecca Hall)whom Jem suspects to know something. Meanwhile FBI agent Adam Frawley(Jon Hamm)closes in on the group and chaos ensues.
Not a bad performance plagues this crime flick, no not bad at all but not all amazing. Affleck does his job right but Renner makes noise with his screwed up character by doing things in an uncontrollable, violent and insane fashion. Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper do well respectively. Rebecca Hall does alright and is on my 2010 List of people to stalk and even Blake Lively does alright, also on list. Jon Hamm doesn't do much, he just acts like a dick and shoots a gun. Overall the cast is solid which makes the film even better.
The action scenes are thrilling and intense, the acting is great but I feel as if there is something missing. The film didn't exceed my expectations but it was definitely worth my money. As the relationship grows between Claire and Doug, so does the tension between them. I wish it were played with more and with a wee bit more suspense but it's good enough. I also wish Hamms character was explored more but oh well. This isn't exactly an emotional roller coaster of a movie but who asked for a tear jerker anyway? There is just enough, not too much but not too little, just enough melodrama. I did find myself on the edge of my seat, I cared about these characters and so whenever they were in danger, it was suspenseful.
With it's pulpy violence and melodrama, it sort of mirrors the gangster flicks of the 30's in a way. It should have been better than just good, it shoulda been great but it's interesting characters and suspense keep your eyes glued to the screen. "The Town" is gritty, tense, exhilarating and shows great promise for Mr. Afflecks directing career. ***1/2
Posted on 1/01/11 11:35 AM
I'll bet you $100 dollars we'll still be talking about this movie in 20 years. Inception can only get better with time and repeated viewings. Dare I say it! Dare I defy the critics! Slam me if you will! Inception is an instant classic!
Inception is about a man named Dom Cobb(Leonardo DiCaprio)who is best at his profession, extraction. Extraction uses advanced technology to go into peoples dreams to steal their ideas in a corporate war between rival companies. Dom is a wanted fugitive so there are no other jobs available for him, framed for the death of his wife, Mal Cobb(Marion Cotillard)he had to leave. Being a fugitive, he cannot see his children, so when Saito(Ken Watanabe)a businessman, offers Cobb a job in return for a clear slate, he cannot refuse. The job though is not easy, instead of stealing an idea, he must plant one, this is inception which is said to be impossible. The target is Robert Fischer(Cillian Murphy)son to Saitos dying rival Maurice Fischer(Pete Postlethwaite): The Mark. The idea is to make Fischer break up his empire. Cobb ensembles his team starting with his partner in crime, Arthur(Joseph Gordan Levitt): The Point Man. To create the world of the dream, he recruits a newbie, Ariadne(Ellen Page): The Architect. The funny man and the chameleon who changes his appearance to fool Fischer is Eames(Tom Hardy): The Forger. Yusuf(Dileep Rao) is the man who sedates them all into the dream: The Chemist. Saito also tags along to oversee the job: The Tourist. Together they embark on a dangerous mission, making things worse, Cobb is haunted by his wife in the dreams, raising the stakes. Cobb won't let her go, so she lives within his dreams, she stands in the way of this job. As the team delves deeper into Fischers subconscious, they delve into Cobbs as well.
Of course unlike Michael Bay movies or typical summer blockbusters, it's not all action, it has a mind which is true. Multiple viewings should follow to peel back the many layers of this complex masterpiece. It's a process, we tear threw it all to find what this film is all about. Many theories are out there and I could tell you mine but I'd only give it away if you haven't seen it.
Leo shines as the ruined man haunted by his dead wife(reminds you of "Shutter Island" doesn't it?). Marion Cotillard is beautiful but the beauty fools you, her performance is intense, the beauty hides the dark disturbed woman Cobb once loved. Tom Hardy is the one to look out for in the future, he provided the laughs in this serious piece of work. Cillian Murphy seemed a little underused to me but his little time on screen showcases his talent. The others, Page, Levitt and Rao don't get much well round characters but enough. Levitt does his job well, the guy is dedicated, jesus he probably got beat up in the hallway. Page also does well, respectively.
There is a lot of explaining so a second missed and you'll be lost, it's not hard to keep up if you don't have ADD. The action set pieces are extraordinary, it's movie magic. An original idea instead of a sequel, adaption or remake is refreshing, it's performances, puzzling plot and exciting action scenes make it worth anyone's time.
Awesome action sequences, great visual effects, good plot, amazing performances from the whole cast and a mind blowing concept. A great film with a mind, finally! A heart? Emotionally gripping? No? What a shame...
Many have said that the film is emotionally hallow but why does it have to be emotionally perfect? Does it have to be as sad a Pixar flick?(glad it wasn't didn't want to ball my eyes out like I did with "Up")It's enough, emotionally hollow my ass, I beg to differ. Yes the film is a heist film, a sci-fi film, an action film but at it's core, it is a drama about a broken hearted man. He is haunted by his wife and longs to be with his children. The film has it's flaws but what's a film without it's flaws? What is anything or anybody without it or their flaws? The supporting characters aren't fleshed out, there is no real main antagonist, the film doesn't explore the dangers of stealing ideas from the mind. I give this a perfect score, I praise it but it doesn't mean I think it's the greatest film ever and/or without it's faults. The film has flaws yes but those flaws truly do not matter because the rules to criticizing a typical narrative film do not apply here because this isn't a regular by the book movie. This is about a team implanting an idea into a businessman but at it's heart, it is about a man drowning. He struggles to keep his head above water, it's sink or swim. It is about a man trying to let go of his dark past, to move on. It is about a man who just wants to be with his children. Like the end of Nolan's Batman masterpiece "The Dark Knight", the end is the most powerful segment. The music gave me goosebumps and excited me, I cared about these characters and a certain scene almost had me in tears. Tell me whats emotionally hollow about that? Those who find it emotionally hollow must be emotionally hollow.
Blade Runner, The Matrix, James Bond, Heat, Spellbound, anything by Kubrick. The list goes on and on about movies with similarities to this film but I believe it's in a league of it's own. Some will definitely disagree and not like the film which is their own right but I truly feel they miss out. With dazzling and thrilling action scenes, a tad bit of humor, an emotional journey about letting go of the past and an ending that will have people talking for years to come, this film succeeds at what some wish their films could. This film is epic, it's a grand scale brain stimulator, this is why we go to movies, one word describes it all:
Posted on 1/01/11 11:34 AM
From the pointless gory action scenes to the laughable acting, Punisher: Warzone is now one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Crap acting, crap story and even crap action scenes, it isn't a very good movie but eh... I'll watch it on tv if there's nothing on.
So Frank Castle, Punisher, yada yada, something about accidently killing a undercover cop and endangering the cops family by scarring the pretty boy criminal dood. Haunted by death of family, one last job, crazy war on Castle, gore, explosions, cheesy emotional scene, gore, explosions. That about sums it up.
The acting is pretty bad, Ray Stevenson(Punisher)doesn't do much than blank face and unconvincing emotional breakdown. Everyone else is meh as well, the villian dood, Dominic West(Jigsaw)is very cartoony and I oddly kind of enjoyed him that way. No one here will be winning Oscars soon or ever.
The story is nothing extraordinary, it is poorly written by a 13 year old. Whatever emotion they tried to shove in is not geniune. All emotional scenes are done with bad acting and cliche music, boo hoo. There's this scene where Castle confronts the wife of the cop he killed and she utters one of the funniest lines I've heard in a movie ever! "Who punishes you?" OMFG! LOFL! That's the highlight of the movie! Whatever they try to say with Castles morals is canceled out by uber gory violence. There's a scene where Punisher looks for his kidnapped homie and finds his bros disabled mom with her head blown off. WTF? WHAT THE FUCK!?! Ok with the criminals being blown away but come on, that's just in poor taste.
The action sequences feel half-assed with violent deaths like something out of a bad horror movie, including a guy being punched in the face and then his head explodes. I watched these scenes scratching my head with confusion. Along with these pointless scenes, we have weird scenes where the Loonie Bin Jim freak is jumping around and breaking mirrors and a gang doing acrobatics. All to the sound of heavy metal and club music and a Rise Against song. Again written, produced, directed and released by 13 year olds.
This flick is just terrible, it's not the worst thing ever but it's pretty bad. I'll watch it on tv if there's nothing on but I won't buy this on Blu-ray anytime... scratch that, never. 4 outta 10, it's gory, unfunny when it tries to be and funny when it doesn't. **
Posted on 1/01/11 11:32 AM
Watchmen, this gens "Blade Runner?" No but an underrated, well done, uncompromising, faithful adaption of the graphic novel but that is also it's downfall. Having done a rare terrific remake of a film but not just any film, a Romero classic: "Dawn Of The Dead" and a semi-awesome, entertaining but not great adaption of "300", I was excited for Watchmen. Being a huge fan of the graphic novel, I loved it but then again I hated it. Could have been better but also could have been worse.
Watchmen is group of retired superheroes in the 1980's. The Comedian, Edward Blake(Jeffery Dean Morgan)a retired hero is killed so Rorschach(Jackie Earl Haley), the only one not in retirement investigates, uncovering a plot to get rid of the other heroes: Nite Owl aka Daniel Dreiberg(Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre aka Laurie Juspeczyk or Jupiter(Malin Akerman), Dr. Manhatten(Billy Crudup)and Ozymandias aka Adrian Veidt(Matthew Goode).
The beginning starts with a beautifully stylized action sequence when Blake is murdered and one the greatest opening credits in a long time. From there it's all downhill, being faithful to the novel, it's pace is a little slow, there just isn't enough time to explore so many characters and cover the entire story.
There are several cuts of the film but the theatrical cut is superior in my opinion than the directors cut. The directors cut is too long, instead of meaningful added scenes, there is meaningless added scenes, a wasted 24 minutes which could have been used to add some things missing in the film from the graphic novel. The theatrical cut is the better cut but is very flawed.
Faith to the original graphic novel is both it's strength and weakness. I'm glad Snyder kept it faithful but the graphic novel was never meant to be a film so there's no fitting all that complex story in there, from main storyline itself to the side stories with the citizens of NYC(which was cut) and The Black Freighter comic within the comic(also cut but made into an animated movie). All these components are needed to complete this masterpiece but you can't fit it all into one 2 hour or 3 hour or 3 1/2 hour or hell! even 4 hour film. My biggest problem was the changed ending, original was better which although very outlandish, was just more shocking and crazy than the rather boring new ending. As a graphic novel, there is no limit so the film seems too slow because of not too needed flashbacks of The Comedian. Time is not a factor in a long book or graphic novel but it is in a film. One memorable scene is the sex scene which could have faded out before it started but instead was shown. It's very cheesy, overdone and laughable. The mystery and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat but it'll go from exciting to dull, back and forth. Still, whether the ending was changed or not, it is still shocking.
The performance of the entire cast as a whole is extremely uneven from Haley's amazing performance to Malin Akerman who can't act very well, well... she's f***ing horrible. Haley shines in this, as well as Morgan, both convey that disturbed human under the mask that you don't see in most comic book movies. Morgan is able to be evil yet show he is still human, Haley is Oscar worthy in my opinion, the last scene he is in is heartbreaking. Billy Crudup is always good but then again you could just give this role to Keanu Reeves and he'd be perfect, just emotionless, haha, just kidding. Everyone else is fairly decent, Patrick Wilson is ok and Matthew Goode is also ok, I guess? Then Malin Akerman comes and ruins everything.
It's visually stunning, it has a sort of Blade Runner, neo-noir look to it. The slow motion sequences were very unnecessary as well as the over the top violence(arms chopped off, meat clever to head, etc...) Snyder does a great job creating this alternate world where superheroes exist and his attention to detail is nice.
The film explores the messed up sort of psyche of a superhero. Rorschach played by Jackie Earl Haley is a very conservative and very fascist character. He truly believes he knows right, his back story shows how he became the psycho that he is. The Comedian is a vile man who only does his job because he takes pleasure in hurting people, Dr. Manhatten was once a man but now is not and has lost his humanity and Dreiberg and Jupiter get a sexual thrill out of being heroes. Many odd things about these people push you to ask: what goes on in the mind of someone that makes them put on a mask and fight crime? This is something that X-Men and Spiderman have not asked, it's not pretty and very dark but something new. It's nice to explore a different kind of superhero film but ultimately it doesn't cause an impact like the graphic novel did.
It's stylish but style and action can only get you so far. In the end, it's not perfect but it's a good effort. The blue penis is a little distracting as well. The theatrical cut is a more less bullshit cut but I have yet to see the Ultimate cut with the Black Freighter reedited in but I doubt it makes it any better. Well! I'm sure whoever reads this might have a little geek fatigue from my rant on comparison between the film and graphic novel, my inner geek just pops out and I can't control it. Uneven performances and a little too faithful but dark, different and visually arresting. Oh and the MCR song at the end was a plus... ***1/2
Posted on 1/01/11 11:31 AM
I wished this was a throw back to all my favorite cheesy 80's action flicks I grew up with. I liked what I got but something didn't click, it was enjoyable and entertaining but clunky, messy, loud and dizzying. With my dood friends and in my guy mentality, I can talk about it without criticism but outside that box... eh... I'll say I have problems with it.
So Sly is this leader of a bunch of mercenaries(Li, Statham, Crews, Lundgren, Couture). They take up a job somewhere in South America to overthrow a cruel dictator.
The characters aren't very rounded characters, they're just themselves I guess? You don't know much about them except Statham has lady problems, Li supposedly has a family or not? and yeah................... Characters are flat........
The only real performance here is Rourke's as Sly's bro in one scene where he talks about a regret in a certain experience. They never really go into the little relationship between the South American girl and her brother and father, it's just like "Yeah they're family, now...
WATCH THIS EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Really explosions is all the good that comes from this but explosions can only get you so far. I really didn't care for the story or characters so everything between... what's the word to describe my feelings... "Meh!" which isn't a word but that's how I feel about everything else besides "KABOOM!". No story, just "KABOOM!", which is just alright I guess? I don't know who the hell would go see this for anything else but the action. There are great actions scenes for all the hungering beasts of action flick lovers. What takes away from the testosterone filled action scenes is the fast moving camera. Like Michael Bay movies... things happen within the blink of an eye which hurts my eyes, boom, boom, boom... ah! It's like looking at a bright light flickering on and off.
If this were an average movie without it's stars, it'd be just another action movie but really the cast is what sort of saves it. Sure they don't give Oscar worthy performances and they have bad lines but what would this be without them? Just another action flick...
I liked the effort but I didn't get my cheesy 80's nostalgia but I got a cheesy modern day action picture. The lines are laughable, the performances hokie, story not very memorable but if you accept it for what it is, you might enjoy it. Nothing special, it's just a bloody, action-packed, no holds barred guilty pleasure. **1/2
Posted on 1/01/11 11:31 AM
Okie dokie then... Episode III... boy... what happened? Why George? Why? Well at least you somewhat saved it with this one... I guess? At least there ain't no damn... ugh! I DON'T EVEN WANT TO SAY IT'S NAME! AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CURSE YOU JAR JAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's just a movie Deanno... sorry... I still have trauma from Episode I. Well this is definitely the best of the prequels but it has serious problems that keep it from Empire Strikes Back status. So this is the tragedy and like all great tragedies, it ends tragically... hehehehehehhehe(Peter Laugh)
After three years of fighting in the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker concludes his journey towards the Dark Side of the Force, putting his friendship with Obi Wan Kenobi and his marriage at risk.
I think this is the one with most potential but it never fufills it's true promise. The story is so damn well done, Lucas went all out on this one.(unlike Episodes I & II)From that epic opening sequence to the tragic ending, it's pure gold. We know these characters and we care about them(except their bad acting)so the darkest parts of this film are truly heartbreaking. Anakins inner struggle is what we all go through, everyone, you, me, everyone. We all battle ourselves within, we all try to do what we think is right, sometimes it isn't right, sometimes it is and sometimes things are not black and white. We all have the capability to do bad things as well as good things. He starts with good intentions but ultimately he loses himself.
Ultimately though, like Anakin, Lucas starts with good intentions but things don't always go as planned. What ruins this movie from perfection is the acting. There really isn't Oscar worthy performances here, are there? Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman are amazing on screen... in other movies. With bad dialogue contributing... they appear half-assed, no they are half-assed. Of course our star Hayden Christensen doesn't give much here, he didn't in Episode II, why would he now. Apart from the performances, this didn't disappoint me.
Nowhere near as good as the original trilogy but it's still an amazing movie and the only good one of the prequel trilogy. Plagued by terrible acting but blessed with a powerful story. What has been done, can't be undone, I can't go back and warn George Lucas of the unfortunate truth that the prequels aren't anywhere as good as the originals and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this as it is, flawed, like Anakin, like George, like myself, like humans. ****