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Four Brothers

Four Brothers

(2005)
13 months ago via Flixster

This is a good movie in terms of the bonds of brotherhood, family, etc.

Yet it lacks the most simplest of reality. I mean, I know that Detroit is the ghetto and it often lacks police intervention but walking into a school with you're guns loaded in the middle of a basketball game? Shoot outs in the middle of the streets like general warfare? All I could keep thinking at some of these moments was, "Where the hell are the cops?" Better yet in some scenes it' was like, "Is there any other people in this city other than the main actors?"

The weird thing is I really liked this movie but I wish they would have toned it down just a tad and used the morals and emotions of the story a little more realistically and relatable to a real life scenario. I mean, this COULD happen, but not likely!

The Purge

The Purge

(2013)
13 months ago via Flixster

"The Purge", is one of the most amazing concepts for a movie in years! I absolute loved the idea of this. The movie itself was decent, but lackluster enough, that it didn't really capitalize on such an amazing concept. It isn't that I didn't like the typical and predictable action based plot of surviving a lock down, but, I really wish it would have expanded past one single families situation. The best way to wrap this movie up in a quick review is: A nearly perfect concept with a mediocre delivery of that concept.
The actors done well, the plot was ok written, but all in all it really could have been so much more. Still, I wouldn't let this stop you from checking the movie out, as it's worth a watch and it does get your head spinning about what a real purge might be like.

War Horse

War Horse

(2011)
2 years ago via Flixster

What I really loved about 'War Horse' was the entire different angle on warfare. For once, we didn't focus on a single being or a single 'side' but yet we seen the horrors of war from both perspectives and not only from the different soldiers perspective but from the civilian perspectives. Furthermore, the movie showed a ton of different angles within the war (not stuck on a single foot soldier, air unit, etc).

I was totally skeptical about a 2 and a half hour movie that done nothing but follow a horse around the war but the insight in which it gave us to the war and numerous viewpoints while also keeping us intrigued from the perspective of an animal's role in the war, it presented its piece well, and I truly enjoyed it. It was a beautiful film that I would without a doubt recommend to anyone interested in this historical period or just in horses in general.

The only way I'd recommend not seeing this movie is if you cannot stomach the ill treatment of animals (not a fault of the movie however; simply reality) or you just don't like long movies. As I said, I felt it did a pretty great job at holding someone's attention, all the same it was quite long and I don't know if it's a movie I could sit through numerous times at that length but it without a doubt is worth a watch.

Chronicle

Chronicle

(2012)
2 years ago via Flixster

Chronicle posed the question , "What are you capable of" , taking an interesting approach by using the potentiality of that question and telekinetic powers to follow a boy who was pushed too far in terms of 'bullying' and acted back towards the world with his new found possession of powers.

It was an interesting way to tackle the subject but it seemed a little over the top to me. Judging from the trailer alone, I thought the movie was actually going to be about 'What are you capable of' and show more of the telekinetic ordeals more so than the usage of such to tackle more moral questions on the grounds of bullying. As courageous as the attempt to mix the two was, I think it failed.

The actors were mediocre at very least and the plot as much potential as it had was limited by its lack of ability to choose one topic or the other for the movie. There were a ton of loose ends, unexplained scenes, and just a whole lot of jumping around that made little sense in the terms of a good movie.

Chronicle was a film with high potential, a decent watch if you're bored, and get's a couple stars for mere creativity by approach, but all in all it didn't capitalize on its moral or telekinetic basis.

Bad Company

Bad Company

(1972)
2 years ago via Flixster

Bad Company was an awesome glimpse into one of Jeff Bridges earlier roles.

What I loved about this movie it the fact that it was filmed in 1972 giving it true western feel and realistic approach (likely because it wasn't filmed as much in Hollywood Studios as truly out in the open), but more so was, it was filmed before we lived in a overly sensitive society where as the movie was able to be completely gritty with the times using terms and outlooks to be as authentic as it truly would have been if you were actually watching these men in the 1860s.

The plot itself was a well done following of an Ohio Boy who started out as a good Christian Hillbilly who deserted before he was drafted into the Union Army; partially because of the sacrifices his family had already gave (his older brother). It truly captures the essence of the time and how many well-behaved individuals were changed into ruthless out-laws solely based on the ruthless era in which they lived.

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