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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids

(2011)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Starts a little slow. Ed Helms plays a fairly awkward guy, and it makes the beginning drag a bit, but once you get the other characters in there, the movie picks up a lot. If you like Ed Helms, comedy, and didn't particularly care for The Hangover, this might be a great substitute for you. It's a fun movie with heart, so I definitely have to give it a decent rating, but I would of been fine with waiting 'til it comes out on video.

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

(2011)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The film fails at everything it tries to be. People wanting to be free from a prison has nothing to do with girl empowerment, but dressing in whorish clothing and painted up in make-up does, and not in a good way. In the first fight scene, it is established that Emily Browning is invincible. In the second fight scene it is established that the rest of the girls are invincible. What's a terrible way to make a fight scene? Having characters that cannot lose. The action was mostly boring. I did like the things about the first fight scene with the samurai, and, later, the fight scene with the robots on the train. But, overall, they weren't that great and not even my favorite scenes in the movie. The music was cool, but not for this movie. In fact, the music made the movie childish, because the music was so incredibly on the nose. The acting was flat, Emily Browning looked like a doll most the movie. Her face never changed expression and she had a ton of makeup on. Also, I don't know anything about psychology, but Emily Browning goes into the insane asylum being perfectly sane, and she's only in it for 5 days, how is it she's having these fantasies? I've never been raped before, but I don't think I'd go crazy in under 5 days. Not to mention, she let's loose a girl who probably is crazy into the world. The film ends leaving a couple questions about the reality of what really happened, but not in a way that exudes confidence. Zach Snyder is clearly not a writer, and, though, I'm not entirely ready to dismiss him as a director, I certainly don't find him the great artist that many people seem to think he is.

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