Probably the most fun I've had at the theaters EVER was when I saw [i]Shoot 'Em Up[/i]. The uber-action movie starring Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti is a spoof of action films and accomplishes its goal of being absolutely ridiculous. Outlandish deaths, babies, and Clive Owen killing everyone pretty much sums up the movie. This film had the most intense action I've ever seen and was one of the funniest action/gore films I've seen since [i]Planet Terror[/i] (part 1 of [i]Grindhouse[/i]). It reminded me a lot of [i]Planet Terror[/i] and I think it really worked as a film. It's hard to critique a movie like this on its plot, acting, and other elements when its ultimate goal is to do the opposite of that. [i]Shoot 'Em Up[/i] is a great action movie that, along with [i]Snakes on a Plane[/i], doesn't take itself seriously. Oh, I almost forgot about Clive Owen's Schwarzenegger-esque jokes he makes after he kills people. Golden.
[i]War[/i] is the story of an FBI agent (Jason Statham) who hunts down the killer of his partner. The killer is a Triad hitman called Rogue (Jet Li). The film delivered in action, but lacked in just about everything else. The fantastic martial arts and gun fights were pleasing to the male eye, but the simplistic story line and even simpler characters make for an overall disappointing film. Jet Li was as he mostly is, with few lines and many fights. Jason Statham probably should've had less lines, since I haven't really cared for Statham in any film since [i]Snatch[/i]. The feeble attempt at a plot twist at the end intrigued me when I first saw it, however, the more I thought about it the less I liked it. It seemed unrealistic and just thrown in at the last minute. [i]War[/i] should have just taken the route of films like [i]Snakes on a Plane[/i] and not taken itself too seriously. Instead of being just a fun, mindless actioner, it was an actioner that thought it had a shot at being deep.
I just got home from watching one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. That movie was [i]Superbad[/i]. This vulgar, raunchy, and overall fantastic movie is definitely in my top three comedies of all time. Judd Apatow is a complete comedic genius, but I can't give him all the credit (afterall he's just a producer). Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are deserving of most of the kudos for their hilarious portrayals of Seth and Evan. Seth Rogen as Officer Michaels was great as well along with Bill Hader. Greg Mottola did an amazing job with this movie to top it off, but I can't finish dishing out credit without covering McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). This movie was not only hilarious but I thought it also had a good story about lasting friendships and the drudgery of high school. I can't really find much wrong with the movie. Seth and even Evan seemed a little one-dimensional, but other than that I thought it was flawless. Great movie, go see it now.
I just went to the latest installment in the Jason Bourne series, and I was very pleased. Paul Greengrass did a great job keeping everyone's interests piqued and upping the anty when it came to the action. There were better fights, more car chases, high-speed gun fights, and even a scooter pursuit. I can't stress enough that the fight sequences were outstanding. I think this is definitely the best of the series, but my beef with it was that it was too much of the same. With the three movies combined, there's about six hours of Bourne on the run and different CIA officials pacing in their command centers, frantically trying to find everything about him. I thought that since Bourne was on his way back home and piecing his past back together, there would be something different. [i]The Bourne Ultimatum[/i] is possibly the best action movie of the summer and for good reason.
The first movie by Christopher Nolan I ever saw was [i]Insomnia[/i], which exceeded my expectations. Then came [i]Batman Begins [/i]and [i]The Prestige[/i], films that I enjoyed more than [i]Insomnia[/i] and became some of my alltime favorites. I however never saw his first real effort as a filmmaker, so I set out to see [i]Memento[/i]. I literally just got done watching it about 20 minutes ago and I just had to talk about it. I thought it was easily one of the best crime-dramas I've ever seen and one of the best overall films I've ever seen. The backwards narrative, the plot twists, and the established characters all made it very enjoyable. I found it very easy to become engrossed in Leonard's life and feel sorrow for him and his predicament. I saw how easily manipulated he is and how little he actually knows about his life. When I started the movie I knew pretty much what the plot was: guy who has short term memory loss tries to get revenge on his wife's killer. I never knew that the twist in the end would be so great and completely change they way you feel about the characters. Christopher Nolan can do no wrong and [i]Memento[/i] is one of the films that exemplifies that.