In what could be known as his career defining role, Leslie Nielsen stars as Frank Drebin, an officer of Police Squad who has just returned from saving the USA from terrorism to learn that his partner of nine years has been put in ITU from a sort of intense shoot out. Vowing to find out who did this to him, Frank carries on with his work while also learning of the Queen of England's arrival and his role in protecting her. Little does he know that there's an assassination of the queen being planned and it might not be as far apart from his partner's attempted murder as he thinks. Next to Airplane, The Naked Gun is one of my favorite spoof films of all time. Coming from the same makers of Airplane and the Police Squad TV series, the film is loaded with many gags that are bound to make someone laugh. There's pauses between each joke, but their brief in order to set up for the next, which works almost flawlessly. The best scene in the entire film is near the end at the baseball park. From the baseball bloopers to the final showdown, it's easily the part with the most gags and most laughs. Nielsen does an amazing job as Frank because of his comedic timing, which almost always lands. Even if it doesn't land hard, it will still make someone laugh. The acting among the others is good for a film like this and the action is exciting when it wants to be, while adding a comedic spice to it. If there's anything to complain about in this film, it would be some of the sexual gags. There are quite a bit in here, but a couple of them can be groaners, so keep a look out for those. The Naked Gun is a classic spoof film that demands to be seen. If you've never heard of Leslie Nielsen before, watch this film first! It's a great introduction to the master of parodies!
I think that this film proves that the spoof subgenre of comedy has officially died, pun intended. Marlon Wayans of Scary Movie 1 and 2 fame stars as Malcolm Johnson, a man who's girlfriend has decided to move in with him. Wanting to document everything they do together, he decides to buy a video camera to film everything. However, when spooky things begin to happen around the house, the couple must find out what's going on and figure out how to put an end to it. Now, I understand that the film is R rated and in today's world, sex jokes and cursing jokes are inevitable. However, when these kinds of jokes fall flat and come across as stale and predictable, it's not funny! I don't know how many times I rolled my eyes at all the "jokes" that this film tried to dish out because they were just painful to sit through. It's quite clear that this film's target audience is the people who laugh at farcical jokes very easily. This may seem funny to them, but it wasn't to me. I've seen these kinds of jokes done before and I'm sick of seeing the same thing over and over again, and this is coming from a person who loves seeing horror films which dish out hundreds of sequels in their franchises. Marlon Wayans is the only saving grace in this film, but he only had about 5-6 minutes worth of funny material. The best part of the film had to be the last scene before the end credits started to roll when **spoiler alert if you really care beyond this point** he celebrates the fact that he lived before he's pulled away by the possessed Kisha. The rest of the characters were severely unfunny, especially Nick Swardson's psychic role. The whole point of his character is to say that he has a huge crush on Malcolm, but it just comes off as stupid. It wasn't funny to begin with and it certainly wasn't funny by the end when all the characters come together. Like most spoof movies, the plot is lazy but that's because it's a parody of Paranormal Activity. Normally, I'd welcome a spoof of this awful film series. In fact, I loved how The Simpsons made fun of it last year in Treehouse of Horror XXIII. However, because it was becoming even more boring than Paranormal Activity, I couldn't stand it. Stay as far away from this film as you possibly can. It's a shame that a sequel is already in the works because this film is not funny AT ALL!
Nearly a decade after Great Britain redefined the zombie genre with their revolutionary film 28 Days Later, a filmmaker from Germany decided to create a film similar to it. In Berlin Undead, a love sick man named Michi decides to visit his ex-girlfriend to try and rekindle their love for each other. When he arrives, she doesn't seem to be home and the only person in her apartment is a man fixing the heater. About a minute after he begins to leave, the repairman starts to convulse and gives in to a virus that enhances his anger and causes him to want to bite people. After Michi takes shelter with the teen assistant of the man, the two realize that this is happening all over Berlin as people one-by-one get taken by the virus. This was surprisingly a very good movie. I don't speak German, so I couldn't tell whether or not the acting was good but I did think that the script was very well written with twists around every corner. What I loved about the film most was how each person's personality was revealed through what they were doing outside their window. The most surprising was Manfred's reveal near the middle of the film, which was highly unexpected. I enjoyed the zombies or "infected" that were used in this film because they seemed incredibly menacing, even for fast zombie standards. The only real complaint I have for this movie is that the ending comes across as very cheesy for a serious film that this is. I was rolling my eyes by how silly it looked, but the rest of the film is well worth watching. With only an hour runtime, Rammbock: Berlin Undead doesn't outstay it's welcome and the story is fun to follow. It's not a waste of anyone's time and is a welcome addition to the zombie film series.
Space...the final frontier. This reboot chronicles the lives of the Starship Enterprise as they quest through the stars to stop a villain named Nero, who poses a dangerous threat to planets. When I first saw this film in the theaters, I had never seen any Star Trek film or TV episode. To this day, I've only seen bits and pieces of the older films. After seeing this again tonight to gear up for Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, I think I'm going to need to revisit the originals because the stories are so interesting. If you're new to Star Trek, you don't need to come into the film as a huge Trekkie. Even though this has the same characters and a fantastic cameo from the original show's most beloved actors, it establishes a new take on the story, hence the term "reboot." The acting among the new cast is terrific, especially the banter between Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock. The way that they interacted was so interesting to watch and never created a dull moment. The action in this film pretty much defines a summer film with some really impressive visuals and intense action sequences. There's not really many time differences between the set up scenes and the action filled moments. If I had to complain about ANYTHING from this amazing film, it would be that I felt the villain, while not bad, was a bit weak. He did pose a serious threat to planets, but not in a way that made me fear him. Star Trek is an example of a reboot of a classic series done right. If you're thinking about seeing Into Darkness this weekend, make sure that you see this first! J. J. Abrams did a magnificent job recreating a classic.