They Are Among Us Reviews
Now, to the reviews.
They Are Among Us = crap. An alien movie with hardly any violence and no gore. What is the point, I ask you? I believe this was a made for TV movie. It follows a teenager on the eve of his 18th birthday who thinks his parents are acting strangely and decides to investigate their behavior. It turns out that the whole town has some secrets and that he is an essential part of their plans. I did find this movie oddly fascinating. Like when I'm watching TV and happen to pass by Mutant X. I know it's not a good show, but I feel strangely compelled to watch it. Until the commercial comes on and I am free...
Bride and Prejudice = delightful. As a Bollywood musical version of Jane Austin's novel, it is breathtaking in it's colors and dance numbers. Some of it is cheesy and many of the side characters are over-the-top, but that's how I see most musicals. I wish more of the songs had been in Indian, but the opening dance number won me over right off. And, as a fan of Lost, it was especially fun to see the serious Sayid (Naveen Andrews) dancing, singing and frolicking about. Also, there's a Gilmore Girl (Alexis Bledel has a bit part). I can't wait to see more from director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it Like Beckham").
Kicking and Screaming = blah. I do love Will Ferrell ("Anchorman"). At times, I believe he is a comic genius. But other times, he's just an overgrown child. This is one of those other times. Ferrell stars as a man who's been bullied by his father, Robert Duvall ("Secondhand Lions"), all his life. But when his father trades Ferrell's son to a losing soccer team without a coach, Ferrell decides to take a stand and coach his son's team to greatness. And you've seen all the funny parts in the preview. (Oh, dear lord, I just read on imdb that the director, Jesse Dylan ("American Wedding"), is Bob's son. I know, useless trivia fills my brain.)
Unleashed = awesome. Written by the fabulous Luc Besson ("Transporter 2"). Why, oh, why has the man stopped directing? This film follows Jet Li ("Cradle 2 the Grave") as Danny, a man raised to be a fighting animal. When his "owner" takes his collar off, Danny goes for the kill. But when his owner is apparently killed, Danny starts to make a real life with a blind piano tuner and his daughter. Li does an excellent job of seeing the world with the eyes of a child. And the fight scenes are outstanding. The best action movie I've seen in a long, long time.
Undead = entertaining. This came out around the same time as Land of the Dead, but it never hit theaters in my neck of the woods. An Australian fishing village gets hit by a meteor shower and those who are killed won't stay dead. There's a farmer Vampire Hunter D type, aliens, loads of gore and cheese, and Miss Catch of the Day. Good times all round.