For once, the critics and viewers agree, that this is an awesome movie.
The film, aptly titled "Chronicle," is a recorded journal in the lives of three ordinary boys turned extraordinary when a chance encounter with a meteorite gives them superpowers. You watch as one of them becomes a better person because of it, and another uses it to unleash his darker side that has been fed by years of abuse and social isolation.
While not original, it's a well told story (and standard cautionary tale) and the characters are enjoyable for all their flaws and typical teenage shenanigans. The visual effects are somewhat lacking, but all can be forgiven by good writing.
Particularly notable is how the film's eventual antagonist misunderstands the concept of evolution; he believes himself to be an apex predator, or the dominant link in the food chain. The problem with his rationale is, the lion kills the gazelle because it must eat, and the fly is swatted so it cannot transmit its germs. Predators without self-awareness kill because they have to, not because they want to. It is this fundamental flaw in thinking that causes the main character to descend into wanton destruction, unable to express his inner hurt in any other way.
It's teenage comedy, it's drama, it's superhero goodness; there's something for everyone to love about this movie.
I was so psyched to hear they were finally making a sequel after a few years of silence, especially since Selene wasn't in the last movie (what the heck was up with that?). It didn't disappoint, because Selene is more awesome than ever.
I think after Evolution and Rise of the Lycans, they really needed to focus LESS on story, because they were punching huge holes in their continuity and trying to make all the background information too complicated. Awakening was way more easily digested, with a simple plot, some kick-ass action, and a surprise or two along the way.
And let's face it, this franchise came before Twilight showed up on the scene and ruined vampires and werewolves for the masses. Underworld: Awakening is taking back its spotlight and showing vamps for what they really should be: gritty, violent killers, not sparkly, self-loathing control freaks who have a thing for teenagers without personalities.
I think this movie is awesome. First contender for worst movie of the year? What standards do you live by, Mr. Roeper?
The characters are well played, especially Joey and Angie. Their scenes are the most memorable from the entire film. Mercer did an excellent job too. Nick, unfortunately, loses points for Sam Worthington's lack of grasp on the American accent, but other than that he did well.
Sometimes the movie has trouble keeping a grip on its plot and needs to present the details more clearly, and the ending was a little too breezy for everything that happened.
Mark Wahlberg is entertaining playing Mark Wahl... err, Chris Farraday. If you walked into an R-rated movie of his expecting anything else but sarcastic comments peppered with swear words and a couple of beat-downs, you don't know this guy very well! If you like it, see this movie. If not, why are you even on this page? Giovanni Ribisi provides an artfully done villain who isn't a maniacal ham but gets his point across, and Ben Foster riddles yet another character with humanity and deep flaws.
The movie isn't original and you can see a couple of the twists coming, but it's not so much the destination as the journey as we tangle with drug lords, counterfeiters, and one J.K. Simmons who delights as a meddlesome jerk. There are things to enjoy about this movie, even if it's got some downsides here and there.
It sticks close to the 80's rom-com formula, but there are some points where it's not a total cliche-storm. It's got a few funny jokes, and there are times where you really relate to the characters. It definitely doesn't hurt that the retro factor is a plus for anybody who understands the pop culture references and can chuckle at the slang.
This movie is not the best in its class, but it's really not the worst, either. It falls somewhere in the middle, just on the right side of entertaining.
Okay, I'll be willing to go against the grain here: I actually liked this movie. Why? For one, it was a creative spin on the alien invasion genre. Secondly, I walked into the theater predicting most of the shortcomings of the film. When you know what to expect, and are willing to accept it, then a movie can still be entertaining. I mean, how else can you explain how dumb-humor comedies do so well?
Anyway, I found the movie to be exciting, what with invisible aliens at all that can strike at any moment. I thought the script was kept pretty tight, in that there were very few or no "just because" moments. The science was cool and basic enough for most people to understand. The whole "people turned to ash" was a clever way to avert the need for blood and guts, and was just as creepy, in my opinion. The characters are stock, but at least the actors were trying.
I mean, the only thing I really didn't like was that the whole "final showdown" was kind of lame, and they needed the CGI on the visible creature forms to be a little better. I didn't even know it was in 3D, though, so I saw it in regular format.
Horrible? Maybe to most people, evidently. I guess you have to have a taste for this flavor of movie. I do.
You know, there's movies that you really, really want to like, but they just don't end up satisfying you. "In Time" is such a movie. I mean, how cool is the idea of a lifespan clock from a literary perspective? There is so much you can do with that concept to create a story.
Unfortunately, the movie was one giant allegory to the unfair aspects of capitalism (not necessarily a bad thing, seeing as how most of us - including myself - can relate to that), and that is all you got. The analogy was great, but nothing else was; not the characters, the dialogue, the pacing, the love connection... nothing. I give it points for use of theme and the supporting cast, namely Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, and Alex Pettyfer. Otherwise, it's too much posturing and not enough substance.
So sad. I hate being excited for something and then let down.
This was not on my "must see" movie list, but I ended up watching it anyway... and I'm really glad I did.
This is by far the best movie in the franchise, with great action scenes, developed characters, cool gadgets, and a few heartfelt moments, mixed together with a dash of humor. Sure, you'll have to put your "suspension of disbelief" goggles on once or twice, but isn't that part of the fun?
It not only does the first movie justice, but it keeps in line with the original television series as well. Brad Bird breathes new life into the series, and the studios couldn't have picked a better director for the job.
For a more in depth look at this movie, take a look at my blog.