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Virus X
Virus X (2010)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Virus X has promise for approximately ten minutes before it completely devolves into direct to DVD mush. The premise is sound enough: a wealthy woman with nothing to do commissions scientists to develop a potent strain of H1N1. It is unleashed in the lab and then all hell breaks loose. The problems in Virus X are many: aside from money-which this woman has plenty of-why does she do what she does (one answer mentioned late in the film is to be seen as a savior); none of the characters really have a personality and therefore are impossible to actually empathize with; a blonde Chris Kattan-like "enforcer" is supposed to be a boogey man but has no proverbial teeth; the film forgets to show important events at the end...oh heck, who cares. Stay away from Virus X.

Chrysalis (2008)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Eighty-four minutes has never felt this long.


Dredd (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I think there's enough in the Judge Dredd remake (called Dredd) to warrant a recommendation for certain audiences. For one, it is full of action: fisticuffs, gun battles, car chases...all kinetic and frenzied. Even in moments when action is not at the forefront of the movie's mind, there is a simply splendid production design to this post-irradiated world. It is slummy, dirty, downtrodden...ghettoish. Also firmly in Dredd's favor are a few slow motion sequences. This isn't bullet time, per se; it's something different. While it can't be adequately described, it is gorgeous, much more detailed and realistic than anything of this nature we've seen before. Sure, the plot of the story is standard, but the movie does largely confine the action to one location, helping to create the illusion of claustrophobia. The only downside to Dredd is really Karl Urban: we don't get to see his face through the entire film. Otherwise, this is a guns out, blood flowing, violent, hard R adventure.

Bullitt (1968)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ya know, this may be heresy, but I don't love Bullitt. There's not a lot to the movie or story which isn't commonplace on television these days. This is, though, a 1960s/1970s movie through and through, from the distrust of authority to the way the film ends on an unknown note. McQueen displays next to no emotion throughout the picture, which isn't a bad thing per se; it's just unexpected. Otherwise, dialogue is generally sparse, requiring the viewer to keep track of what's going on without the characters connecting the verbal dots.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo (2003)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The movie aside, the 3D conversion for Finding Nemo is more than a little underwhelming. One would thing there would be a signature moment or two where the three dimensional effect makes the jaw drop, especially under water. But it's not here. There is depth, no doubt, but nothing "wow" worthy like the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast.