U-571 is a thrilling and powerful war film from writer/director Jonathan Mostow. The story follows the crew of a US Navy submarine that is sent on a secret mission to recover an Enigma decoder from a disabled German U-boat. Starring Matthew McConaugey, Harvey Keitel, and Bill Paxton, the film has a strong cast. The writing is also rather good, and does an excellent job at creating suspenseful and intense battle scenes. Additionally, the directing is impressive, and brings a lot of energy and excitement to film. Well-crafted, U-571 is action packed and delivers an incredible high-seas adventure.
Jason Statham takes one last drive in Transporter 3. After refusing a job, Frank Martin is abducted and forced to drive a mysterious woman to Odessa. While Robert Knepper gives a great performance and creates an intense and compelling villain, newcomer Natalya Rudakova is bland and doesn't have any chemistry with Statham. As usual, the stunt choreography is especially well-done; featuring a lot of dynamic and creative fight scenes. Transporter 3 is a predictable action film, but it still manages to be entertaining and a bit of fun.
Chev Chelios is back for more mayhem and violence in Crank: High Voltage. When Chev Chelios awakens to find himself being kept alive for organ harvesting he goes on a wild rampage throughout L.A. to get his heart back, which has been sold off to a Chinese gangster. Writer/director team Neveldine & Taylor take everything to an extreme, and it doesn't work. The film is a chaotic mess, and there's no time to get to know or care about the characters. While its audaciousness is impressive, Crank: High Voltage doesn't amount to anything but a bunch of noise.
Yet another mundane and formulaic paranormal thriller, The Prophecy: Forsaken has no passion or originality. Continuing the story set up in the previous film, a church layman named Allison must protect an ancient manuscript called The Lexicon from a new faction of angels intent on using it to discover the identity of the Antichrist. Tony Todd gives a solid performance, but overall the acting's weak and colorless. The directing is also poor, and doesn't carry any intensity or suspense. The Prophecy: Forsaken is a generic and trite film that adds nothing to the series.
A poorly made and pointless film, The Prophecy: Uprising is a pathetic entry into the franchise. Though it calls itself a Prophecy film, it really isn't; as it doesn't abide by the mythology of the series and has no relation to established story arcs. This film follows two fallen angels that are searching for The Lexicon, an ancient manuscript that has the power to change the outcome of the Apocalypse and turn the tide in the celestial wars. It's a poorly written story that doesn't make sense, and the acting is awful. The Prophecy: Uprising is a worthless piece of garbage that tries to attach itself onto a series that it has no business being a part of.