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Well how many big budget movies have you seen beaded off an 80s video game? I will assure you without any spoilers this movie actually has depth. Sure there are plenty of explosions and buildings falling down yet there is also value of life and the innocence of nature. You can tell from the trailer something went wrong and the reason it went wrong was because humans made it happen. This is telling of our current normality. Everything from animal slavery/meat industry to global warming. Maybe this movie will get through to people that every creature except humans have always preserved this place we call earth. It was great to see Dwayne Johnson who is ridiculously smart play a more gentle role. He has an incredible range as an actor and is often judged based on his macho physique. Naomie Harris is also very lovable in this film. Because there is so much involved it's hard to give it a specific genre because it blends. It has action and adventure and it also has romance and a story of friendship and loyalty. This movie may not have 5 stars but it's a must see bundle of fun for the whole family. So watch it then thank me later. See another good review without any spoilers... Oh and last but not least Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in this movie, which only adds to its versatility.
To sum this movie without any spoilers it is a roller coaster. Afterwards you don't question anything or want to have any deep thoughts beyond the artificial. It's pure fun. It reminded me of Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children. Sure the CG is great but the characters don't stick. It's the world they live in and the fantastic realm of Oasis that is at the forefront. Sure this movie is based off a popular book of the same name but maybe this movie has a deeper message afterall. There is an underdog trope in this which most heroic movies do yet why is Parzival aka Wade Watts aka Ty Sheridan holding up a clinched power fist. Is this Speilberg's way of challenging a system of inequality? It's no surprise that the movie is a tribute to 80s nostalgia yet has a funny way to view reality. Your true self is not what you see. Fortunately in Oasis that is your true self allowing you to escape the woes of life like domestic abuse or neglect. Remember in the movies when the main girl was like super hot and dreamy well this is not the case. No office to Ms. Cook but her birthmark was not setting her back at all. She reminded me of a character in the Adams Family meets A character in Alice in Wonderland. Parzival was like anime all day without trying, I did like how they combined pop culture in one big pot of colorfully seasoned soup. It cave you just enough of a taste and it switched gears in a Delorean to the next item to place on the palate. Would I watch this movie again. Sure I would with a group of people while enjoying each other's company and not too entirely focused on the movie. All in all its good to see another fantasy movie even if it is just a cheap thrill .
Well... This movie is a rising star type movie. The term rising star pertains to actors that are fairly new such as John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. There is a girl that I totally forgot her name but my whole point is these actors have not solidified amongst the wider audience that they should go watch their movies. Seasoned Vets are Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Denzel for example. Yes the latter performers are much older yet even youngin actors like Michael B. Jordan and Dylan O'Brien demand mass audiences based on their performances. John Boyega is widely known for one character in the Star Wars franchise. He has a sense of the ideal that he has made it even though making it is not based off one role from one franchise. Yes he is talented and all that stuff yet his acting chops with different roles has yet to be proven. For example if Wil Smith only did Fresh Prince of Bel-Air then it wouldn't be as great. But Will did Bad Boys and Independence Day. Both blockbusters and both different roles. Top it off with MIB and you have a real star. Let's move onto Scott Eastwood. His up and coming is based on being the son of Clint Eastwood. The ironic thing about Pacific Rim is that John Boyega's character repeated the phrase I am not my father. This was reference to Idris Elba's character In the prior film. We all know Clint Eastwood as an icon who glorified Westerns and vigilante justice in Dirty Hairy. But what is Scott known for? He has yet to find his stride. Because for now he is living in his dad's shadow. It's a pretty big shadow. It's an anthem for any actor who has a parent actor that was a superstar. Unfortunately most audiences can't relate because most of America let alone the world the offspring have gone leaps and bounds pas their parents. The idea of family was thrown around in this movie like a hot potato. Yet most of it was not believable. It was a power ranger knock off especially since it was such a younger cast. So yea you can watch this movie if you want but I had to give it two stars at best. Cheers and happy movie watching!
Rotten Tomatoes launched in summer 1998. That year many a great movie shifted consciousness towards higher levels such as The American History X, The Big Lebowski, Mulan, Blade, Pleasantville, Belly, Ringu, and yes Wild Things then in 1999 we got The Matrix. This history bit is to reveal that many movies prior to 1998 may have fallen under the radar. A film that didn't have that big of a budget became almost invisible as far as review sites go. I meet people everyday and most have never even heard of Virtuosity. So idc what Rotten Tomatoes rates this movie because it's really good. Great cast and I actually own it on DVD.
SPOILER ALERTS(so watch the movie already)
Sure Denzel WA and Russell C. were not huge Stars at that point but they were above average and had a solid fanbase. This movie didn't have any exotic locations and was literally filmed around the LA area. This fact which makes sense because the setting a futuristic Los Angeles.
Yes this is a good movie. There is action, amazing visual fx for the time, great special fx, solid story that keeps you wanting more, good characters that have flaws and fit well with the pace, suspense and it foreshadows our current world of virtual reality and realism with electronic gaming. We got Nintendo Wii and Xbox Move and Playstation Kinect that all involves a hands on virtual presence of gaming.
Yes you should watch "Virtuosity(1995)" not once, not twice, but three times within a 3 week period. You can even watch it with different people and then talk about the movie afterwards.
I can't get over how within the movie you see Denzel have a makeover going from wrongfully accused inmate to reinstated future cop protector of the innocent and enforcer of the law. And I like how the future looks very similar to our present so it's not so far removed stylistically. I'll admit Denzel is in a million cop movies, but what other excuse can you get to chase and shoot people then flip your badge when you need to. In this instance I would deem it acceptable when you have a serial killer with multiple personalities of other serial killers on the loose in one of the heaviest populated cities in the country. Parker Barnes(Denzel) is an anti-hero who is pretty optimistic all things considered. I love the fact that he is very flawed and uses crayon doodling as therapy. What Denzel does best is plays a controversial character that does the best he knows how yet does it smoothly. High emotional content really gets you to feel and empathize. The score is pretty good as well and the films editing which is what really captivated me aside from the story. Now let's talk about S.I.D.(Sadistically Intelligent and Dangerous)6.7 (Russell)who is the complex villain from a computer program and is now an android what we call reality free to do whatever he wants. He is nasty and can kills people for sport and is really what we all are a big kid. S.I.D. 6.7 wanted was attention and Parker knew that was the way to beat him. It's funny that our desires are also our weakness. We even have a lil feature of MMA before it became as popular as it has now. Lots of cold-blooded murder, yet what do you expect from a sci-fi crime drama. We are talking about a bad guy that is really a bad guy. His design is to destroy and torture people like a game. Oh and bullets won't stop him. Nowadays we have bad guys that have a conscience and can change their mind but programs don't have that concept or ability even if they are artificial intelligence, intelligence is intelligence artificial or not. Love the tagline "Justice Needs A New Program".
Another part of the reason why I enjoy this movie is because not that many people know about it. It's like my own secret that I can share with the world. I first saw this movie when I was in 5th grade and I watch it as an adult gather new insights and it's just as enjoyable if not more.
Many movies you guessed it have a forced love story. Those movies try and squeeze it in. Like oh we can reach a wider audience with this. Yea not so much. Thankfully this was not the case it was natural and didn't try to be anything that it wasn't. Kelly Lynch plays Madison Carter a not too shabby looking therapist tags along and plays babysitter. She is a professional in the Mental Health field and provides tons of insights to the investigation of tracking down someone who can kill and charm in the snap of his finger. Between Madison and Parker it's very professional/intimate working partner relationship and the movie could have taken it there but they didn't which is cool and believable especially since Parker was in prison and may have wanted a lil female luvin yet you see the range of what relationships can be in this movie. Why can't you cuddle and be friends not like this happened in the movie but thats beside the point. Denzel was a father figure to Madison Carter's cut little daughter Karin played by Kaley Cuoco in her film debut! There is such a range of acting and emotion and also themes in this movie. There are comedic moments and very serious moments that keep you guessing. I think every film should have comedic moments.
so only 30 reviews? That's like a classroom of 5th graders all putting in a vote and only 10 of them gave a good review. Maybe those kids were the legit ones that will actually contribute to the benefit of others. So try me. Watch this movie and if you think it deserves a 4.3 out of 10 so be it. Won't change my mind or anyone else that voted exactly the same way I did. This will always be in my top 5 and I don't know why I have not wrote a quality review on this film yet. One of my favorite quotes is in the Prison Fight scene and heavily tatted racist white dude yells "Who wants dark meat?!!" while holding a sharp knife-like object.
following Denzel says one of his famous lines after he disarms his attacker "Pick it up, c'mon pick it up!"
He also says that in "Magnificent 7(2016)" and I don't think I'll be giving that movie a rating but I would recommend watching it after you watch this movie, Chris Pratt is solid!
Take care of your movie watching and catch you on the flipside!