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Battle in Seattle
6 years ago via Flixster

It's quite hard to write a review on a movie that covers issues so close to my heart, but I think it did a fairly good job. To my shame I have to admit I don't know as much as I probably should, and certainly could about the WTO protests in 1999 (I was only 9 at the time), but the little I did know was reflected in the film, and I'm hoping that the rest that I didn't, and was covered by the film, will be proven to be accurate after further reserch.

On the downside I feel while the portrayl of what being in a protest, and the police tactics used to both disperse and divert attention away from the issues are very accurate, believe me I've been there, I know, they could have done with making the script a little less hollywoodized, the main characters (specifically the activists) come off a little too much as "perfect little protestors". Also I feel lengethening the movie by say thirty minutes through extending the scenes where protestors and police clashed would have far improved the accuracy (and ok, also the spectacle). I say this not because I felt there wasn't enough "action", but more because they felt very fleeting, which really is not the reality, quite often police will charge blocks of protestors over and over again, and even end up backing them into a position where they can neither disperse or avoid confrontation even if they wanted to (and believe me by that point a large section of that block usually woild be more than happy to do both of those things), I doubt seattle was much different in that regard so I was a little dissapointed that wasn't reflected in the movie. Again it just made the clashes a little glorified and hollywoodised where as the reality is that they're almost always drawn out and grueling experiances, not all that fun at all... well unless you enjoy that kind of thing, which many people do.

But those are the only downsides to the film, and on the whole as a piece of entertainment, and for educational value, I can only give this movie a firm reccomendation to anybody who is yet to watch it.

The Shining
The Shining (1980)
6 years ago via Flixster

Enoyable at times but certainly not all that scary or horrific, and in the end kind of pointless in my opinion, plus at just under two and a half hours, it outstays it's welcome.

Avatar
Avatar (2009)
6 years ago via Flixster

You'll hear mixed things about Avatar, across the internet there are people attempting to rip it to shreds, attacking the price it took to produce, it's depth and it's less than constant action. Personally now having seen the movie, I will ignore such remarks, and encourage others to do the same and give it a go, because Avatar is in no way, shape or form a "bad" movie. It's also not quite a masterpiece, and so commences the review.

First off to get it out of the way, the 3D. I watched the movie in 3D and was pleasantly suprised. Personally I've always been a bit disdainful of the implementation of 3D, dismissing it as a way to distract viewers from a shoddy movie with objects flying rather unconvincingly out of the screen at their eyes. You won't find that here. All the 3D is really used for, and believe me every scene is in 3D, is to add a feel of visual depth. It's hard to explain, but enjoyable to experience (having said that I'm not sure how keen I'd be to watch TV, play ten plus hour Games etc... in 3D) and definitely added to the movie. Couple that with the absolutely jaw droppingly Beautiful world that Avatar is set in, and you're in for a visual feast. If you want a simple description, think HD, now think of one step further, this was it, however bear in mind, it'll hurt your brain after a while.

The performances were actually surprisingly solid, my personal picks would be Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez. The script, well it's no masterpiece, and the characters don't really exude depth, but at least there are characters present which is a step up from most action orientated movies, and coupled with the generally strong performances they did quite nicely. With one exception which I feel I have to mention, the character of Colonel Miles Quaritch played by Stephen King was over the top for me, and cheapened the movie as a whole, not a death blow but it certainly annoyed me, and anyone who likes perhaps the more sophisticated movie experiences will probably have the same reaction.

The story is pretty much of the same mould, cute, solid, well structured, there is action, and it's good, but it isn't the point of focus, it just provides a support for what this movie is focusing on, the characters and story it's depicting, and a few fairly strong themes flowing underneath but while I picked up on them I'm not sure the majority would (although certainly a large minority). These are themes of the intricate workings of ecosystems, the interconnected nature of all life, and both the fragility and in some ways strength of these relationships, not to mention the responsibility to preserve, and yes, you guessed it, Global Warming (well, that and a fairly light but most definatly presant dig at American foreign policy both past and presant but hey, I won't go there, even if I did enjoy and welcome it), the underlying message that I took away from the movie, the world is beautiful, we are destroying it, we can stop. Not an original or even particularly needed message seeing as people are more than aware of our planet's environmental direction and our hand in this direction, however the way that it was presented was outstanding and the fact that Cameron has been working on this movie for so long (he claims this is the movie he's always wanted to make) these are themes, theories and issues close to his heart, and therefore this movie is in no way exploiting the situation we find ourselves in today, just using it as a convenient excuse to be put together and presented to us.

All in all some quite riveting stuff, the score of 8/10 is a high one, and one I'm a little uncomfortable about, however whenever I consider knocking it down to a 7 I feel a wave of guilt, and remember how much I enjoyed this movie while watching it, as well as how much this movie has tried to say, even if the presentation could have prehaps been a little more sophisticated. If that's not recommendation enough I don't know what is, so give it a go, you may well enjoy it as much as I did as long as you go in with an open mind, no real expectations, and expecting a bit of a 3D glasses induced headache.

The Final Destination
6 years ago via Flixster
½

Death is getting pretty up his own arse it would seem. I could have killed that list off half an hour ago with time to take a break in the middle, put my feet up and have a nap, but no, the all powerful death decides to come up with the most elaborate and finely detailed, and what's more easily avoided plans to smite those to put a spanner in the works of his all powerful destruction.

Time to put Final Destination to bed I think, this was one sequil too many for me and any more it'll become a complete joke, hey I won't pretend I didn't enjoy it at all, but not enough to really reccomend it to anybody who hasn't sat through the first three, and even then, only if you're a total completionist, other-wise I woulden't bother.