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I REALLY wanted to like "Edge of Tomorrow." I didn't have a problem with the acting, the action sequences, the directing, or even the time travel stuff. My biggest complaint is the writing and the characters.
"Edge of Tomorrow" fails to connect the dots for the audience. It drops the viewer into the film, and expects everyone to pick it right up and follow. There's no "show don't tell" going on. It trips over its own feet, and it's FRUSTRATING!
In order for a film to connect to an audience, the viewer must feel connect to the characters involved in the story. "Edge of Tomorrow" completely drops the ball on this. There's hardly an introduction to Cruise's character, and the audience is asked to follow him through the film. Moreover, the rest of the cast (including Emily Blunt's Rita) are merely game pieces in this video game of a movie.
It may have been just me, but what's up with the camera work and lighting? In most of the action scenes, I can barely tell what I'm looking at, and in a lot of sequences I can't tell what's happening because I can't see a damned thing! LIGHT YOUR MOVIE SO THAT'S IT'S WATCHABLE!
Finally, the writers did a poor job at tying up the loose ends. It felt like they were really rushing to piece everything together. That's never...NEVER going to work if you've already tangled up your film in time travel and plot twists.
I wouldn't recommend watching "Edge of Tomorrow." 1 and a half stars.
"Starship Troopers: Invasion" doesn't stray from the usual fare for a "Starship Troopers" movie, but fans of the series will find some enjoyment in it. It's full of mindless shoot 'em up action, gore, and gratuitous nudity, but it's missing some key elements. For instance, the voices of Casper van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, and the rest of the crew. This one's strictly for fans of "Starship Troopers." It's nothing too exciting, but it's a fun bug hunt to check out.
"Lilo & Stitch" ranks up there with one of the best Disney movies, for me. The characters are relatable and lovable--especially the hilarious Stitch. The story is well paced and balanced with plenty of humor and character development. Not to mention, the inclusion of family issues, adding some weight to the story. This one's enjoyable for everyone.
"Muppets Most Wanted" was a lot of fun! Great songs, a fun and entertaining story, and some good laughs as well. It's a good time all around!
Jose Padilha's "Robocop" is a complete mess. The plot gets convoluted, the twists go unnoticed, and the characters are very flat.
As far as action goes, you'll get enough here, but nothing really stands out. Everything is very flat and bland, I can't name one memorable scene.
Overall, I would recommend seeing the "Robocop" reboot when it comes out on Netflix--If it even gets there! This doesn't hold a candle to the original, at all! Barely 2 stars from me.