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Oddity of a movie that is nothing new except that its approach is unique. It's basically another film about retribution except that viewers are completely oblivious about who's good and who's bad until the film is progressing much further. At the opening, has a dead body being discovered stuffed in a freezer. As we find out that it's one of Alphonse's (Terence Howard) men, and that two other of his men had been killed earlier making Alphonse to assume that it must have been one of the tenants connected to crime who's arguing about rent increases. After some gunfire ensures, the star, Victor(Colin Ferrell) ends up saving Alphonse's life, before attempting to try to assassinate him later. Very slowly we get to understand his reasoning why he's doing this. For the director by the name of Niels Arden Oplev of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series, he's attempting to link the correlation between, Victor situation with Aphonse and his female neighbor, Beatrice(Naomi replace) who just lives on the other building next to his, as she's also seeking retribution as well for the drunk driver who left a scar on her face.
Although some of the action sequences are well staged, it would've been nice if the director gave viewers the understanding almost immediately instead of asking viewers to figure out the situation themselves since this is not the kind of movie that should have those type of fancy gun scenes- those gun scenes belong in a movie where the good guys and bad guys are evident immediately, otherwise the film isn't that bad.
"D-Day" as the title indicates doesn't serve nothing but a backdrop for the fictious romance between 1 American sergent (Robert Taylor), 1 English woman (Dana Wyte) and 1 British sergent (Edmond O'Brien)- for almost a whole hour and a half are three people blah, blah, blahing, leaving with only 7 minutes of actual combat- yes folks I actually timed it( with the war focusing on the two sergeant's, of course). What makes this film worst is the fact that it's all made up-not even based on actual people, which would at least would've made the story much more interesting. I swear I can be more entertained from listening to actual veterans on "PBS" or the "History channel", for that matter. There is some great acting but my expectations should be met at least by looking at the movie's title which in my mind it's like false advertising, from my perspective anyway.
Although there were many films made about the way African Americans used to be treated when slavery was condoned, I don't ever recall a film that was ever based on an actual person before, since "Roots" as well as other films about 'slavery' were classified as novels with some of it based on fact and fiction. "12 Years A Slave" is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of slavery ever put on film solely because it's from the experiences of an actual person. While we all know that slavery actually happened, and that we've always read about it, we had barely see it. Adapted by a book "Twelve Years A Slave" written by Solomon Northup, directed by Steve McQueen who was synonymous for directing, "Hunger", it'd make sense that he'd be the one directing this film.
At the opening and at this point, Solomon Northup, played memorable by Chiwetel Ejiofor has already been captured and sold as a slave, but as he's already in chains lying down, he's revaluating how it all came about since he was initially supposed to be a professional violinist living in Washington. And for some reason we're suddenly seeing him in chains treated less than human. Solomon is not like other African Americans because he has already received the education needed as opposed to his fellow African American counterparts. He's soon made to realize though, that it's against the law for African Americans to be "learning" as he makes attempts to free himself by doing just that. It's quite an unbelievable journey as he's moved from one plantation to the next. Solomon does get his revenge by writing about it, and we the viewers are grateful that he did just that so that it can be acknowledged because we all know what used to happened. Winner of 3 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress for a Supporting Role for Lupita Nyong'o out of 9 nominations.
Although, I was exceptionally entertained for the most part, I thought the movie still had consistency problems. It mainly has to do with the credibility factor as a whole, but from little tidbits. And yes, I do think it's better seen on 3D visuals than on 2D, except that it sometimes feels that was exactly what it was intended for. It stars Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone as she's on a routine mission with her fellow astronauts, and seem to be the only female there out of 4 or 5 people. They then get notified that a Russian missile had hit one of their own satellites, with debris expected to come to their direction. As I was watching this, I couldn't figure out whether the information they were receiving was coming from the planet earth, Houston or from the shuttle since Ryan was working outside with Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) aiding her. Then the satellite remnants are coming straight to their direction creating havoc and panic. And as the film had noted right at the opening , because there's no "gravity" there's no sound, but as the movie is progressing that was exactly what viewers are subjected to be hearing, such as the use of a fire hydrant up at space, and the hitting of debris while dangling in space, for the only sound we "should" be hearing is from whatever is in the space suit the Sandra Bullock character is wearing. We're then informed later that she was supposed to get to the ISS(International Space Station) since the USS shuttle is pretty much destroyed with zero communication down below, for the only people she can correspond to as well as anyone else who's stranded up in space are the people who're up in space along with her. At first, I thought it said that it was supposed to be the Russian ISS that she was heading to, but then when I saw the American flag, I then assumed that it must be an American ISS after all. Then she was supposed to reach the Chinese space station, but by the time she finally got to it, it later looked like it was an American space station too since by the time I saw what kind of flag it was it resembled an American one than a Chinese one. Also, the fact that theirs almost zero communication from where she was from the people of planet earth is kind of a stretch. The fact that no one from the planet earth is attempting to reach her is also another stretch, for viewers are oblivious about the time this movie took place on since technology has advanced so much. And how come the flying debris only comes at it's most crucial time toward the places she was heading for securement, making it's credibility factor to be too convenient with too many coincidences.
The parts that do work is Ryan going on a panic mode and attempting to grab anything she can get her hands on, but other than that, it does carry with it some consistency problems. The overall feel of the movie is reminiscent of me as a young kid and going on one of those carnival rides- a shuttle look-a-like model with a huge theatrical screen inside. And upon sitting down was a seatbelt customers are supposed to wear, with the shuttle replica rocking back and forth side by side with the huge screen showing things blown up by space ships and so forth with asteroids flying around. "Gravity", the movie reminded me about that kind of experience except that it's intentioned for Imax with 3D visuals with the only thing missing is the rocking back and forth part.