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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
8 years ago via Flixster

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor marks the death of The Mummy franchise. For me anyway...
(To be completed...)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
8 years ago via Flixster

I'm not a fan of The X-Files. I've never watched the series and I've never seen the first movie.
Unfortunately, this second outing, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, doesn't persuade me or encourage me to be a new fan.

Basically, when it comes down to it, this sequel is one for the fans only. It has a disappointing, slightly boring story for a movie, but I believe that for an X-Files episode it would be fine, but this is a film and unfortunately it just doesn't work for me.
Beside the story being a little bizarre, even for X-Files, the two main characters aren't introduced entirely well and it assumes that we all know these two people well and that we are all familiar with their characteristics. Unfortunately, for people like me, who don't know the characters at all, we are left to work it out for ourselves what these characters are like and what has happened in their past.

The main aspect that I was disappointed with was the story. I know I've already talked about it, but I think it needs mentioning again. If you are expecting a story about an alien conspiracy, then go watch Signs or something, because the plot is as far from aliens as you can get.

Enough negative then, lets talk positive. I did give it 3 stars after all.
The best actor for me is surprisingly Billy Connolly. Not actually being a professional actor, he did a great job with his character.
I also liked the way the mystery unfolded and was revealed. This was done quite well. The mystery itself however was disappointing.

Overall, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a movie for fans of the series and although some non-fans who like mystery, action and drama may enjoy it, it's certainly worth remembering that the movie feels more like an extended episode than a feature length film.

Scarface (1983)
9 years ago via Flixster

Scarface is another one of those classic movies, like The Godfather, that you have to see.
I'd heard about this movie and had seen the famous black and white poster everywhere for years.
Finally, I decided to buy the DVD and now I understand what all the fuss is about.
The film has a very unique and fantastic crime story with a brilliant character portrayed intensely by Al Pacino.

Being a fan of the Grand Theft Auto video games, I immediately realised where the game developer, Rockstar, got most of their inspiration from for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
The style of the game is almost identical to that of Scarface and some of the sets such as the club and the mansion are actually identical to some of the locations in the game. It was like watching a film version of Vice City!

The film has a fairly long running time, but it never feels drawn out. Its great watching the main character go from low level immigrant, to high profile drug lord. The story is told brilliantly by Brian DePalma too.

The script is another element that is also very special. Some of the dialogue between Montana and his friend is just genius.

The only complaint I have with Scarface is that sometimes it's very hard to hear what some of the characters are saying and some scenes did feel a little slow.
However, this never ruins the brilliant style of the film and the fantastic classic finale.

Overall, Scarface is brilliant and you should watch it if you love action, crime and gangster movies. You should also definitely watch it if you were like me and want to know what all the fuss is about. You won't be disappointed!
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Saw II
Saw II (2005)
9 years ago via Flixster

Continuing my Saw marathon, I review Saw II.

Personally, Saw II was fairly disappointing. I was hoping for a sequel that was just as good, or better, than the original. Instead, it was a bit of a let down due to mediocre characters and typical outrageous violence that you normally see in ordinary hack and slash horrors.

I did, however, like the initial scenario of this group of people stuck in a house and falling for these cruel 'Home Alone' style traps. These were all very clever.
The twist at the end of the movie was also very well done and very clever. I think this element is going to be the strongest part of the Saw franchise for me, and will be the main motive for me to continue watching the remaining 2.

However, these elements can't save Saw II from becoming just another hack and slash horror.

Although my review is fairly negative, it still shouldn't stop you from seeing it as it still provided me with thrills and excitement.

Overall, anyone who enjoyed the first Saw and who enjoy all types of horror/thrillers should see this movie. I don't think you'll be that disappointed...