September Tapes is a film that claims to be a documentary to sucker you in, but instead is a poorly acted, unrealistic movie that takes advantage of a very serious event. When September 11th happened, I know everyone who had a soul in The US was deeply saddened and wanted nothing more then to catch the horrible people who took 3,000 innocent lives.
In this "documentary," filmmaker Don Larsen, who in real life is George Calil, is on a mission to hunt down Osama Bin Laden with a translator/guide, and a 16 year old cameraman. Only this "documentary" doesn't even border reality. Somehow, these three men are the only Westerners to make it as far as they have come, and throughout the film we see them act as soldiers themselves as they try and shoot down Afghani rebels to get to their ultimate goal of tracking down Osami Bin Laden. It gets to the point where Larsen actually has a camera in one hand, and is shooting with the other, making it look more like a first-person shooter video game, then an expedition to try and get some answers on the whereabouts of Bin Laden.
9/11 is a very drastic event that should be taken pretty seriously and the last thing I want are some C-rate actors making a mochary of it to make some money. I'm sure their intention wasn't to piss people off, but the fact that they claim for the film to be a documentary when it really isn't, makes September Tapes a shitty war version of [i]The Blair Witch Project, [/i]and frankly, I'm not impressed.
So far it's the best comedy of the year. The top-billing cast delivered, especially Robert Downey Jr. Even Tom Cruise was funny. A great satire that just keeps the laughs coming. The whole idea of it was funny. Kudos to Ben Stiller for directing and acting. I'm a little surprised this has only made about $65 million though with the big names and the fact that it's actually funny.
The cast blends real well together and if you like the usual Judd Apatow characters, you'll like this. Seth Rogen plays the same character in every movie it seems, but he does it so well it has never gotten old. James Franco was also pretty good and so was the other guy who was also in Tropic Thunder. The supporting cast with the exception of the three leads however were very average, Rosie Perez (come on) and the movie is a little long. However, if you want some nice laughs and a little over the top action, [i]Pineapple Express[/i] is for you.
With this being maybe the most anticipated movie ever, The Dark Knight decided to deliver. Let me first start by saying that Heath Ledger was so good, that I think if he was not in it the movie, it may have been something I had not thought about seeing twice. He may very well win an Oscar, and it shouldn't just be because of his death. In fact, by the end of the movie, my friend and I discussed if he in fact might of been the main character, and not Christian Bale; how crazy is that? The man just stole the show. The addition of Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent was also great and the action scenes and just overall darkness of the movie not only make it a great comic book film, but a great and exhilarating film that you want more by the end; everything you want in a summer movie. One thing I will say is that this could be one film that could've benefitted as a whole from being rated R instead of PG-13. I totally understand that PG-13 makes more money but god dang, imagine the things they could've done. As of now, probably the best movie of 2008.
It's just another new era horror film that subsitutes blood and gore for fright. I've heard the book is a lot better but I won't read it now thanks to this. Once you find out what "the ruins" are it just isn't that scary and even the 90 minute run time seemed long.