An emotionally powerful movie, it's very easy to get caught up in this one. All the characters are portrayed extremely well, and Eastwood's direction, while subtle, is still extremely impressive. Heartwrenching storyline that will likely stay with you for quite awhile.
Cute for the kids, I didn't get much out of it. It's definitely the sort of movie where you really need to see the original to understand who the characters are and what they're going on about - there's just too much going on that requires more information than this movie provides on it's own.
I would have loved to have seen this movie's earlier 'time travelling' scenes added to - ie., have more 'stops' between the centuries, millennia, etc., so we could have a better idea of how things had changed over time. That said, I loved where most of the movie took place - the Eloi's rugged, wooden-structured home upon the edges of an extremely steep ravine is just gorgeous, much more textured and (in my opinion) interesting than their home in the original film. I like these Eloi much better than in the original movie, too - the others looked like they were cut and pasted out of a 'Perfect Aryan' booklet from the 1940s, and just seemed too spaced out to be realistic. In many ways, this movie was far more complicated than the original, which wasn't always a positive thing. (A second viewing of Irons' scene is probably required in order to really get - I know I needed it.) Still, I liked the movie.
Nicely done - not as good as the original, but still a good watch. The storyline was forced, especially on the topic of marriage, but I guess the given it was set during a time where not getting married was considered unacceptible, it's to be expected. Still, it was nice seeing the characters essentially following their own hearts, despite all the rigid traditions surrounding their lives.
Though not a Catholic by any stretch of the imagination, I have developed a taste for movies based upon Catholic religious beliefs/ideas - and especially for the way that they are portrayed within movies in the last decade or so. Constantine (along with similarly styled movies like 'The Sin Eater'), is very gothic in style - dark, eerie, and full of an 'otherworldly' kind of life - which is precisely what gives it so much strength. It's an escape from the brightness of reality, and I love it. The storyline's not bad, either.
I love the saying 'the perfect murder' - very rarely is it truly perfect, as this movie shows. All the same, it's interesting to watch how the characters relate to each other, especially between Pitt and Gosling's two young men, who are both portrayed particular well by the actors.
This is worth watching just for Ben Kingsley alone - he did remarkably well at capturing the torment that his character was experiencing, especially given it was something that he couldn't just turn off at will. The movie had an interesting topic overall, made all the more interesting when you could see it from Kingley's perspective.
I love how M. Night Shyamalan can take even the most obscure of subjects, and make it remarkably watchable. Sometimes his movies aren't portrayed as well as I'd hoped, but I always find myself looking at them to see what topics caught his eye this time. In this one, I loved the crop circles and the mystery bordering on horror that they produced from the various people who saw them - they had a remarkable atmosphere all their own. And yet, the alien aspect of the story completely disinterested me. I guess the idea of the 'great unknown' really appealed to me in this one - once it was answered, it felt a little like a let down. The principle family, trying to figure out what's going on, while dealing with their own personal issues re a death of the wife/mother, were interesting yet felt almost like 'filler' - could have been removed from this movie, and placed into another one, and still been good.
I actually liked the twist re which characters lived and which died, it gave the movie an interesting perspective and gave the hallucinatory nature of the plot something to build upon. Sure, it was choppy and bizarre at times, but wasn't that the whole point? Perhaps watching it a second time might give it some sense for many people, having taken in the reason why things were so odd during the first viewing. Oh, and the nameless, scar-faced guy from the club who looked like a wrestler - I really liked his ominous presence, but I kind of wish he had been given something to say at some point, so he could at least sound threatening as opposed to just looking it.
I'm genuinely struggling with how to score this - low for it's constant onslaught of violence, or high for it's technical work and near-epic feel? There's no doubt that this was a very well-made movie, but if they'd lended a little more time towards actually showing how Greece united due to the Spartans' sacrifice, I'd probably have found it more fulfilling, personally.
Urgh - Toros, Torrance... who scripted that?! Nevermind. I thought that this movie would certainly find appeal amongst cheerleaders, but not being one, I just couldn't warm to the cheers, jumping around, appearing false and over-the-top, etc... Underneath, however, lies a storyline that's not bad - a girl's horror at finding her team's routines had been stolen from another team by her predecessor, and her struggle to put forward something genuine at the championships, while showing that she's good enough to retain her position of captain. My favourite character in this movie was definitely Isis - a strong, confident female role, albeit only seen in small doses, I'd love to have seen more of her in this.
I actually found this movie to be flat - it felt empty, barren, not unlike the location in which it was filmed in. My favourite part of it was the touching moment where Alice finds the pit full of her clones (or what's left of them, rather...) - Jovovich's face can be wonderfully emotive.
On a technical level, this was much, much better than it's predecessor. The storyline was only marginally better than the original, but the fact that it felt like a better movie overall kept me watching. The path of the Nemesis was fairly predictible, and I'd love to have seen more of him and Alice's character's interaction.
I'm admittedly not a fan of Tom Cruise, and his place within this could - in my mind - have been replaced by any number of actors. That said, the special effects of this movie more than adequately retain a good review from me. The sheer size of the aliens' tripods lends a somewhat 'epic' feel to the scenes featuring them (I loved the mechanical sounds they made - very ominous), and almost the movie itself, but the fact that so little is known about them (a given, really, since they literally just pop up out of nowhere with only a little backstory to explain it) is also the film's drawback.
LOVED this. Pixar really are phenomenally good, and this example of their talent is no disappointment. Wonderful graphics, voicework, character design, humour, music, and even some poignant social commentary added to the mix that works very well. Found nothing to complain about here.
A not bad teen horror. Didn't find myself particularly connected with any of the characters, nor their fates, but watching it wasn't a bad way to pass some time. I particularly liked the 'dream sequence'-like vision Alex had of the plane's fate.
Some great jumpy moments in this, very effective. The storyline itself was alright, and I definitely love the ending with the younger woman 'revisiting' Ford's character underwater, after the accident. Pfeiffer was briliant as a woman who's genuinely spooked by the occurances she's experiencing, and struggling to deal with them.
I like the whole payback aspect of this movie and how the woman trained herself, instead of going through the usual channel of getting a mentor, etc. What I didn't like were the accents of Fitzpatrick (too forced English) and Rhys (sounded like a trainwreck between English and Australian that just hurt to listen to...)
A great ending to an excellent series that packs the punches all the way through instead of lagging in the middle (which I feel a lot of series have a habit of doing.) Damon once more is brilliant as Jason Bourne - I seriously can't imagine anyone else within that role. It's great to finally see why Bourne was in the business he was, and the misleading 'ending' matching the very first scene from the first movie was a nice touch. Nicki's hinted past with Bourne was not entirely unexpected, but it was nice that it was only hinted at and not gone into in any particular detail, since Bourne's double was always really Marie.