Absolutely amazing! Gritty and yet at the same time horribly brutal. It can all pretty much be summed up with the death scene of the movies villian I can't say I have ever seen anything so beautifully filmed and yet so horrible. Kudo's to Urban and Heady who do a great job with their parts.
Typical movie in the Mike Judge genre quirky off beat characters in a real world environment where everything kind of falls apart. However, unlike some of his other films like Idiocracy or Office Space this one never quite catches fire comedically. Jason Bateman does his best but the other characters never quite get to the place where they endear themselves to the audience.
Bloodier second coming of this group of action stars and again it delivers exactly what it promisses. I would say it is a touch better then the first one possibly due to the absence of Mickey Rourke crying.
A lot about this movie works, in general it is pretty funny so since it is a comedy, the mission is more then half accomplished, also it has a lot of bite as a social commentary. The treatment of this girl based on rumour and speculation is pretty true to life and has a dark overtone that is reminiscent of some of the better biting teen satires like Heathers. Where it falls down is the tacked on happy ending because this girl loves eighties John Hughes movies the whole thing eventually winds up in the same manner and it so doesn't jibe with the rest of the movies tone. Still not bad.
American fantasy movie: This is a specialized subsect of movies produced in America where there is a great belief that ultimately the system will magically take care of itself because pride in ones country will eventually tear down anyone trying to take advatage of the system and raise everyone else up. The rich and greedy pay for their crimes and the disillusioned or the loser class find their feet and become strong. Examples can be seen in The Campaign, Swing Vote, Trading Places etc. flying in the face of all historically recorded evidence so far. That being said it's a pretty funny movie in parts and is short enough you don't feel the drag a lot of current comedies have.
The funny thing about reviews and when you hear them is how ultimately they are just as subjective as the art form they are trying to quantify. You'd think that someone who has dedicated their life to determining arts merrit scientifically would hold themselves and their reviews to the same standard. This isn't going anywhere but I just thought it was funny that of the 2 reviews I saw for this going in 1 my local newsaper lambasted it giving it a 1 star out of 5 and this other guy Harry Knowles said it was so much better then the Dark Knight Rises. Neither held true for me, this movie was definitely middle of the road all the way entertaining without rising to anything special completely empty calories and this was also true for the 6 people I went to the movie with for the comment "Yeah.....it was alright." flew around in a big circle. Ultimately I think that is most movies, it takes something special to make a movie either bad or good there is so much money and time and energy put in to films nowadys that it takes something exceptional (like stupidity or genius or just plain luck ) to make a movie fall one way or another. So ultimately reviews are a waste of time and so right now I am wasting time and thus this is funny to me and so well worth my time.
When you watch this movie you have to decide what is real, is it the highly unlikely but happier spy saves the world single handedly or the more likely unhappy factory worker who's tired of his marriage lost in a drug fantasy dying slowly in a coma lost in his happy dreams. In the original I was kind of split as to what happened but in this one I am pretty convinced he is dying because most of the movie is pretty unlikely and that is saying something being in a more unconvinvcingly real action movie then Arnold Swartzenegger. Still the action is pretty good and you can't go too wrong staring at Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.