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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

(2008)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After watching this film I can draw the final moral of the story; Do what you love, even if it can get you killed. The Hurt Locker features some b-list actors and depicts the first couple years of the Iraq War from the standpoint of a bomb-defuser named Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner). In the first scenes, the main character is seen as an over the top, doesn't-play-by-the-rules loose cannon with an uncanny ability to defuse bombs. We begin to fall in love with this character immediately due to his charisma and attitude towards life. We really see this character evolve later on in the movie as he starts to care and feel sympathetic for others. After he serves his duty in Iraq and returns home, he realizes that doing what he loved was more important than being with his own family. A little disheartening at first, but a good lesson nonetheless. The overall camerawork for this film was actually pretty outstanding. Intense and extremely drawing, yet clear and focused at the same time. In some cases, war movies feature some pretty shitty camerawork and lack of focus. The musical score was also intense and gripping. Not a moment where I didn't feel the suspense that was intended. The connection I felt for the characters in this movie was also intense. I found myself actually giving a damn when someone got shot or blown up and that's what makes a good movie. I'd say its up for some awards for sure.

The Last House on the Left

The Last House on the Left

(2009)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm really not a horror/thriller guy but I'll give this movie an honest review. Last house on the left could have allowed me to make it fresh had it not been for the unnecessary rape scene and the lack of overall interest. Things started out slow and relatively normal -as most horror movies do- but never really picked up in terms of pace until the final twenty minutes of the movie. It failed to hook me with the story even though it had a excellent idea for what a good one might be. There was a definite sense of good and evil, and the feeling of irony really permeated. What this film did do right was keep me interested for about the last ten minutes. The average guy dad dishing out payback to the criminals who wronged his kid gave us a good feeling of poetic justice. Enough of a feel good ending to earn Last House On The Left a 30%. Not awful, not terrific, but very watchable.

Avatar

Avatar

(2009)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

With no disrespect to James Cameron, this movie was all hype. Set in the not too distant future, Avatar depicts a world in which greedy earth corporations have hired mercenaries, ex-marines, and scientists in order to extract rare and apparently extremely valuable resources from the planet Pandora. The hired Scientists have created genetic copies of the planet's inhabitants (The Na'vi), that can be controlled remotely by humans. In an attempt to migrate the Na'vi from their resource enriched nesting grounds, these 'Avatars' begin their morally questionable exodus. While Avatar will keep you on the edge of your seat due to it's beautiful 3D effects, the plot is tired and drags on. The longevity would have sufficed if the story had had some appeal, but at points in this film I found myself not really giving a damn and hoping that someone had the balls to invoke manifest destiny. Many can credit James Cameron on his originality for this film, but I strongly believe that if this movie can be considered good at all, it is from a technological and visual standpoint.

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