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Clash of the Titans
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A comedic, romantic, action-packed retelling of the epic struggle between men and the pantheon of Greek gods.

Despite the fact that the entire premise of the movie is based on "how the cruel gods have wronged us", not a single example is given and in fact the movie starts off with a group of soldiers inexplicably tearing down the mighty statue of Zeus. Okay?

The "council" of gods on Mount Olympus is rather simplistic and, to put it bluntly, stupid. It's only the grandmaster Zeus giving orders to everyone else or just doing everything himself -- nothing at all like the actual relationships found in Greek mythology. A more pointless group of deities you would be hard-pressed to find.

In fact, the true conflict is not between men and gods but rather between Zeus and Hades, and while both characters are well designed and acted, the rivalry renders much of the rest of the plot meaningless. For example, Hades tricking Zeus to "release the Kraken" when apparently he could do this any time he wished anyway. And if Hades feeds off of the people's fears while the rest of the gods feed off their prayers, it would seem a thousand times more logical to go into the city of men, "Argos", and destroy it himself, which he was clearly capable of doing.

And of course the laughable idea that even though the King of Argos refuses to sacrifice his daughter to appease the gods, they take no further action and simply wait for the Kraken to appear and destroy them as the deadline looms. Okay...

The worst part, however, has got to be the dialogue. Absolutely atrocious, unbearable, and bland beyond belief. Here is a para-phrasing of one particularly bad sequence:

"You are a demi-god"
"I don't want to be a demi-god"
"You'll always be a god"
"But I choose to be a man"

And that settles the argument. Yeah, it's that bad.

But with all that said, there are is a good amount of redeeming value in this movie. Skip the first and last 10 minutes of the movie and you actually have a great adventure story full of palpable action and drama.

Overall, however, the movie tries to go in too many directions and yet still leaves so much unexplained and head-scratchingly void of logic, despite its Greek-era setting.

Alice in Wonderland
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The familiar story about a Victorian-age girl falling down a rabbit hole and encountering a fantastically imaginative and compelling world inside.

The hectic pace and hidden emphasis of this movie is completely different from the Disney version, a version that many of us are most familiar with, which I believe has caused the majority of negative reviews for the movie. With an open mind for the director's own personal message and direction, I don't believe that enjoying this film is difficult.

There are times when Johnny Depp's dialogue is difficult to understand, and the narrative sequence just a bit too hurried, but overall it's not a bad piece of moviemaking. The climax and ending are surprising enough to leave the viewer with a inspirational feeling of making the impossible possible.

The Crazies
The Crazies (2010)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A story about a town that is infected with virus that "destabilizes the population" and the resulting coverup / containment by the government.

While cliche in the many typical ways that most zombie movies are, in this particular case the plot and suspense are executed almost flawlessly. It plays it safe for the most part, never letting the developments get out of hand and beyond what the viewer might reasonably expect. I was even able to anticipate what would happen in the next few seconds on several occasions, and yet mysteriously that didn't prevent me from enjoying the event.

For the avid zombie-flick fan, this will be a welcome addition to your collection. To the average viewer, this will be a reasonably enjoyable experience that won't rock your sensibilities too far.

Shutter Island
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The story revolves around a U.S. Marshall who is called to an island off the Washington coast that houses criminally insane patients to investigate an escape attempt.

Going in one solid direction, the movie suddenly shifts gears and heads along a completely different path. While normally this would have adverse effects on the power of the movie, Scorsese pulls it off flawlessly and stays very loyal to the plot of the original novel (so I'm told). It gradually builds towards one expected climax, then completely reverses itself and you are shocked with an entirely different outcome. I am not one to "jump" at movies, no matter how many zombies jump out of dark corners. But this movie truly made me jump at one point, rocking me to the core.

There are also a number of historical elements that I also appreciate -- pulling you into the era and setting in such a way that you really get a feel for the psychiatric industry in 1954 -- not humankind's best hour, unfortunately.

The Wolfman
The Wolfman (2010)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A movie that attempts to explain and demonstrate both the origins of the werewolf and how its curse spreads from one person to another.

Instead of saving these points for perhaps a final dramatic "revelation" or "surprising twist", these ideas are laid out in a nonchalant, ordinary manner that is neither surprising nor amazing. The appearance of Gollum from Lord of the Rings is especially troubling.

The love story seems forced and contrived; the only real tension is between the son, the father, and the investigator. While these three actors (Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving) do their best trying to save the muddled flow of the movie, ultimately the entire project fails to deliver any meaningful suspense or drama.

Speaking of which, the audience is not given a single victim of the massive violence that they would be remotely concerned about, which, given the high body count, is actually quite a remarkable feat.

The only merits of the movie are the relatively high production values of the CGI action and backgrounds, such as the climax between two werewolves and the moon sequences. But even the climax leaves something to be desired...that sticky feeling in your mouth after drinking a warm can of flat diet soda.