Dance films fall into two categories: God-Awful and Good. This one is thankfully the latter. The films main character Torrance Shipmun (Kristen Dunst) is a cheerleader who discovers that her cheerleading captain stole all the dance routines that made their team so good from another team. Now, Torrance must prove their team's worth in a competition. The only problem I can really say that I have with the film is that the plot is a sort of "has been there done that" affair, but the characters are still likeable and believable. One of the best things about this film is the humor, it really isn't a cheerleading film but more of a spoof of cheerleading films, and it works really well. It addresses what I've always thought: That if you are a guy, you will think that cheerleading is stupid. The film admits some of the stupid aspects of the "sport" and uses it to great effect; the jokes are really funny and put a really big smile on my face. Never once did I ever feel bored, I was always entertained. The acting is good, but the real star is the dances, which look spectacular and are incredibly fun to watch as well. Hell, this whole film is plain fun, guys on dates will think its fun, and girls will be having a blast with this. As a film for regular moviegoers, it is good, but for girls who like these dance movies it is spectacular.
You would think that with a talented actor like Lance Henriksen on board, and a new cast and director that Alone In The Dark II would be better than the previous installment... bad news folks: It isn't. It is even worse actually, as unbelievable as that may sound. The only one who gives a damn is Lance, everyone else just gives performances that make those in Troll 2 look like Al Pacino in comparison,and the effects look worse, and it is just flat out boring. STAY FAR AWAY.
Avatar... the biggest movie of all time. Made $2,782,275,172 worldwide. Is it worth the hype? Let's find out.
"Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. (RT summary)
This movie has incredible computer effects. It truly is a breakthrough in animation, everything from the creatures to the world and plants, everything looks photorealistic, and I could believe a world like Pandora exist (Even though it doesn't) It is truly pure eye candy. Also the action scenes really kick serious ass.
The script is what a lot of people have a problem with. And I more or less agree. The script is so cliche and it is all basically "Dances With Wolves meets Aliens". Now having said that, despite having been told a thousand times already, the story itself is really good. The script is full of likable characters, and the dialogue is also good. Also, it hits you over the fucking head with its "Save the enviroment" message, which while I agree with it, it kind of gets annoying. And as for the runtime: I did not mind it. And the pacing was pretty quick and kept the film moving forward.
The acting is also a mixed bag. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana ,Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez do terrific in their roles. But Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Lang .... not so much. While not horrible performances, they are kind of "Eh... I'm just here to collect my check".
While it certainly isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, James Cameron's Avatar is a pretty darn good sci-fi flick.
Silent Hill is one of those series that I could never get into. Silent Hill 2 was good, but the only other Silent Hill game I have played is Downpour and that one was abysmal. I know a lot of people are going to say that I should play the games first, but I'm going to dismiss that because it really shouldn't matter. A mother and daughter flee to a strange abandoned town to seek out answers to the daughter's nightly psychological turmoil in Brotherhood of the Wolf director Christophe Gans' adaptation of the popular survival horror video game. Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) is a very sick child, yet rather than seeing her child suffer the cruel indignities of the medical profession, Rose (Radha Mitchell) ignores her husband's (Sean Bean) pleas and absconds with her ailing daughter to the fog-enshrouded town of Silent Hill. A town drenched in darkness and inhabited by a strange collection of menacing specters, Silent Hill seemingly swallows young Sharon whole upon arrival. Determined to get her daughter back at any cost, Rose sets out to explore the mysterious Silent Hill, only to discover an evil so powerful that it possesses the ability to transform anything it wishes. With the deeply disturbing history of the town slowly coming into focus through the dense fog, Rose soon realizes that both she and her daughter may be little more than simple pawns in a much larger, and seemingly supernatural, game. (Jason Buchanan, Rovi) Let us talk about the things the movie gets right: The music. They got the composer from the games, Akira Yamaoka, back to do the music. It is a great, creepy soundtrack, as expected. And they nailed the LOOK and FEEL of Silent Hill, it is a gorgeous looking film. The monsters look really good and the best monster of all makes an appearance: Pyramid Head. However, everything else about the film falls apart. The script is a cobbled mess, with no clear idea of where it is going and why. They leave things under-explained, or explained to the point where it doesn't make any sense. (For example: What the fuck was up with that ending). Also, there aren't really any scares, which is irritating to me. Also, the acting is pretty mediocre. The little girl does good, but everyone else it feels like is just phoning it in. And the film's pacing is all over the place: at times it goes too fast and you are like "Wait what? Why did that happen?" and other times it is so slow you're like "Can we please move along?". I know some fans are going to tear me apart for this, but I'm sorry: Both this and Silent Hill Revelation are terrible movies, video game adaptations or not. But on the other hand: This is a masterpiece when compared to the piece of shit sequel that came out just last year, IN 3D!!!!