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Source Code
Source Code (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of the better recent Sci-fi films, Duncan Jones really shows his powers of direction, making another fantastic film.
The film itself skips over a lot of the explaining of the technology involved in 'Source Code' and also tends to skip over a lot of the plot of the action parts of the film. What makes this film so great is it's emotional side.

The basic plot is that there was a terror attack on a train in Chicago and this attack is meant to be the first of many in the city. The US Military has a technology called 'Source Code' which allows soldier Jake Gyllenhaal to travel back in time to 8 minutes before the explosion so he can find the bomber as the technology doesn't affect the future, it only allows you to see into the past. The plot of the bomber is extremely predictable and the technology idea is fairly similar to a film called Deja Vu starring Denzel Washington.

I thought Gyllenhaal was superb in this film as was Vera Farmiga. They played off each other really well and seemed to have decent chemistry. As usual Michelle Monaghan's acting skills weren't really on show. I can't make up my mind whether she cannot act very well or whether she just isn't given a part where she is required to act to a decent level. The rest of the cast were pretty good and Jeffrey Wright was probably the best of the rest, though Scott Bakula is always cool.

All in all, I really enjoyed this film. The terrorist part was very predictable (the first person whom I thought could be a terrorist was a terrorist!) but the rest of the storyline kept me guessing. I think Duncan Jones could well be on his way to being one of the great directors alongside Spielberg, Nolan etc.

The Blind Side
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I really enjoyed this film. I don't often enjoy 'overly-emotional' films, but maybe I am maturing.

The story is about a boy named Michael Oher (who plays currently for Baltimore Ravens), who is enrolled into a private school. He has had a tough upbringing having been taken away from his parents and has gone through many foster parents. Well now, he is homeless living out of his school gym but one of the parents of some other children allow him to live in their home, and soon he becomes one of the family. They also allow him to reach his full potential as an athlete when he becomes a left tackle for his school football team.

The story is a remarkable one, and it is made even more remarkable as it is (roughly) a true story. I really disliked Sandra Bullock's accent but her performance was very good. I actually welled up when ***spoiler(ish)*** Bullock asked him if this was the first time he had a bedroom and he replied saying that he meant this was the first time he had a bed. That was immensely sad.

All in all, the film plays on stereotypes a lot, probably slightly more than it should. Some of the performances were fantastic (not the little boy's though) and the scripting for the most part was pretty good. I thought they over did it, when they showed the newspaper with that random, young black man who had been shot, but other than these few minor details, it was a good film, better than I thought it would be.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It could have been a lot better, it could have been slightly worse. Hugh Grant had odd moments where he was extremely funny; some of his one-liners were hilarious. However, everything else about this film sucked. Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the least funny people on Earth and it showed throughout this film. Not much more you can say about this film.