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Posted on 2/12/12 04:49 AM
As a dedicated fan of the games since the original's debut, I knew my seeing this was inevitable. The one definite plus?--It's NAMCO Pictures.
While the plot centers around but a few characters, those who did make it into the movie were voiced, portrayed (and rendered) beautifully--especially Alisa Bosconovitch.
And from what the movie shown, appearance wasn't the only quality true to the life of the games; their personalities seemed spot-on, giving us a better grip on those of main characters in the film such as Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa, Jin Kazama and the Williams sisters.
Xiaoyu's budding friendship with Alisa is among one of the best (and cutest) features of the movie, Anna and Nina are hot as ever, the fight scenes, visuals and sound effects are superb, and the final "Mishima bloodmatch" with Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin is epic as ever.
Now the downsides. After Xiaoyu is recruited by Anna to spy on Shin Kamiya, the scenery around campus often lacks severely in "background action". Also, the general plot revolving around Shin is a bit of a shady stretch from start to climax, and while Lee Chaolan's inclusion of any kind was a plus, it almost seemed as though he was sort of... just there. Lastly, not enough characters made appearances.
Overall, it's probably not the best storyline or movie NAMCO could have delivered, but it's a must for most any fan of Tekken and for those of this type of animation style.
Posted on 9/30/11 12:45 AM
It seems this X-Men movie has become known as the one wherein the subtextual becomes textual, and after watching it, I can definitely see why - the way so many character relationships & how they formed are brought to light is one of the film's best and most fascinating attributes.
It connects very well with some of the earlier films in many places, poorly in others, but knowing the X-Men there will be more additions to the movie franchise within the years to come that will help tie-up the lose ends.
Posted on 9/30/11 12:03 AM
It lived up to my expectations, but I also have to admit it didn't quite surpass them.
The 3D effects and action-oriented nature of the film are rather outstanding, the plot's solid, the characters are all likable (or dislike-able) in their own ways, each with established background stories, and the storyline itself is fantastic.
While many have named this the best film of the series, however, I'm somewhat inclined to disagree. Harry Potter's what the story's all about, I know, but in the later installments especially, some of the characters whom would have been considered "main" became "minor" ones by the end. Also, the film had a slight "scene-jumping" problem.
Nonetheless, it's still a very excellent movie, and the peek into Professor Snape's past coupled with the film's ending scenes are more than enough to grip a person's undivided attention in a very good way.
Posted on 9/29/11 11:57 PM
I was a bit skeptical in knowing this film, unlike the first, was not directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but the fact that it has returning actors (including Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates) was enough motivation for me to give it a spin.
Norman, now declared clinically sane after electroshock therapy has zapped all remaining memories of his mother, is released out into the open where he will attempt living a normal life -- much to the objections of Lila Loomis (Vera Miles) and her supporters, consisting mostly of family and friends of Bates's known victims.
Norman starts a job at the local diner, where he meets a young waitress (Meg Tilly) who has no home to go to after her boyfriend "breaks up with her" over the phone. Lonely, Norman invites Mary to stay at the Bates Motel, and then into his mother's old house. However, a mixture of notes and phone calls from someone claiming to be Norman's "real" mother along with a sudden new string of murders and disappearances begin stirring up an old way of thinking in Norman that isn't quite as gone as he had hoped.
Norman's relationship with Mary is among one of the most interesting concepts of the story, and does seem to explore sides of his character not displayed with Marion in the first film. Sadly, Mary's alliance with her mother, Lila, and the effects of their plans to "drive Norman crazy" backfire on everyone, including themselves.
Near the end, the movie almost has an old-school Wes Craven influence to it due to how fast the bodies begin to drop coupled with the plot's progression from slowly-unraveling-mystery to sheer insanity, and Norman, well... looks like he got his "real" mother back. Sort of.
All-in-all, I thought the film was pretty "okay", especially for a sequel to a cult classic with a different director. For these reasons, it's hard to believe the movie could have been anything better than what it is, though it probably could have been much worse.
Posted on 9/22/11 01:39 AM
As a hardcore fan of the games since the debut of the original, I have waited over a decade for a live-action film-adaptation. But, there's one major problem... the storyline of the movie doesn't fit in with the games -- at all.
Jin Kazama's character is the main focus, and while that's pretty on-track, everything else is off. Most characters from the games didn't make the cut into the film, including Hwoarang, Ling Xiaoyu, and Lee Chaolan. The characters who are in the film are portrayed quite differently (for the most part) than they are in the games. Christie has no aforementioned connection to Eddy but is a love interest of Jin, Steve Fox is Jin's much older fighting rep and personal trainer/advice giver, and Heihachi comes off as somewhat of a likable nice guy/secret hero. The devil gene doesn't play any part in the storyline, and, in a disturbingly stereotypical way, Anna and Nina are portrayed as a couple of bimbos...
In a positive light, however, some of the acting is relatively good and there are some nice fight-scenes. Raven and Bryan Fury are portrayed rather accurately, much of the costuming is true to the game, and Kazuya and Bryan have a seriously funny talk about robots.
So, the movie's worth a watch from any Tekken fan merely for being the Tekken movie, though once is probably enough.
Posted on 8/29/11 01:22 AM
I was excited when I saw the cast of characters for this movie, because it included actors from many other franchises I was familiar with. Then the movie got started. I liked the way the franchise tried to keep up the "Xena" effect by casting Renee O'Conner in the sequel whereas Lucy Lawless was in the first, but this wasn't a good role for her. Tobin Bell's role reminded me of that given to a cheesy slasher fic that threw in Robert Englund just to show it could. The movie reminded me a LOT of Asylum, since the plot is basically the same - a bunch of young people are in a building where an antagonist will force them to "face their fears." Strangely, the film did have somewhat of a twist, since the antagonist isn't exactly who he/it was in the first, but twist or no twist, this film had too much unnecessary gore and not enough interesting aspects.
Posted on 8/29/11 01:04 AM
Initially, the film started out "okay," the way many movies of this nature do, before, like many movies of this nature, it quickly began to progress from "mildly intriguing" to "moderately ridiculous."...
Tim, once a young boy who had witnessed the death of his father via the Boogeyman, is now an adult who has been encouraged to believe that what he had witnessed fifteen years before was really a delusion he had created as his way of coping with his father's "explainable" disappearance. However, his retained fear of darkness, closets and cabinets is more than enough to let everyone know he still suffers from a fear of the "Boogeyman." Tim's psychologist suggests a night spent in his old house will help quell his fears of what simply is not possible, but, as Tim had feared, the Boogeyman is very real, awaiting him at the old house where he will stop at nothing to claim the life of the child who had once managed to escape -- but not without first making an effort to claim those closest to Tim.
I'll give the film props for relying more on plot and less on state-of-the-art special effects to draw its audience in, but... unfortunately, the plot progressed into the ridiculous zone a little too quickly for me, especially once Tim started to experience those Boogeyman-blackout moments.
Posted on 7/23/11 11:32 PM
Of all the Pumpkinhead sequels, this was the only one I found to be any good.
I appreciate horror flicks that take time to develop the cast of characters before they're killed off, and this movie did take the time to give many of the characters some back-story and personality. The plot's also interesting without being overly-ridiculous, since it's hard for a horror movie to go wrong as fast when the killer's (or creature's) motive is good old-fashioned revenge.
There were some cheesy parts here and there, especially when Tommy takes his second fall into the mineshaft, and some of the repeated background music didn't help in this department. The plot itself was also quite a stray from that of the original's. However, compared to many sequels in the horror franchise, this one really isn't that bad, and is much better than the latter sequels.
Posted on 7/23/11 11:19 PM
I'm not normally big into comedies, but this is one that managed to grab my attention in a good way.
While the plot is fairly implausible in that they'd-never-actually-be-able-to-pull-that-off way, the humor the actors incorporate into their individual roles is more than enough to make up for any technical errors in the plot.
Queen L. and Diane Keaton are especially funny in this film, as are all of the character interactions. It's also a tastefully-done comedy, which is a rarer breed these days.
Posted on 6/05/11 02:21 AM
I was relatively disappointed with this film. The movie itself seems to rely more on 3-D effects and less on a well-developed storyline.
The plot is also fairly boring, as there's not much to it overall apart from a camera crew and some lakeside goers trying (and usually failing) at not being eaten up by killer piranhas.
As a 3D film, it did a good job, but all 3D-ness aside... it seemed like "just another horror remake which did not surpass the original."