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This Means War
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is one of the movies that I would never go back and watch again. I like the actors and the actress, but the trailer itself made me not interested at all, because two men share a woman, a woman cheats to have two men is just wrong. However, my friend convinced me to watch it since we had the advanced screening tickets.

The movie itself was expected, bad storyline, I'm just not quite sure what the movie was about? the ending seems wrong, it passes out a not so good message, and I think film industry is potentially the biggest propaganda. It's just after watching the movie, I felt it was a valentine movie, but I also felt I learned nothing from the movie and I remember nothing interesting from the movie.

Confusion: There was one scene where the actress changed into a purple dress when she slept over with a white top? how did that happen? (I could be wrong)

Pros: There were some laughs and the action scenes were great, definitely sexy and if you enjoy looking at good looking people, this movie has it all. Two girls sat next to me enjoyed it very much and said it was worth watching.

Overall, I do not recommend this movie, especially to young adults. I do recommend to movie lovers and ladies, you'll enjoy the romance, it is perhaps a chick flick.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

When I first heard they were making a sequel to the first Ghost Rider film, I have to say that I really had no interest in seeing it at all after the first installment. Then I heard the directors from Crank would be directing the film and it gave me hope that the movie might actually be good. I then saw the first trailer and I suddenly became excited! The special effects looked better, the tone was darker, and the action looked bad-ass! I was all the sudden on board with the film and even if it wasn't that great, I figured there was no way they could make a film as bad as the last one.

Sadly, I was wrong.

Now let me get something clear: While I did enjoy watching this one more, I can't really call it a better film. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in some ways is actually worse than the first film. But, some things in it are also better.

The action for example, is for the most part better in this installment. There's a lot more of it than the last film and when it is going on, it's pretty bad-ass. However, some of the action (espicaly early on in the film) is actually really slowed paced and frustrating to watch. The trailer also gives away many of the good action shots so there's not a whole lot of cool action in here that you haven't already seen in the trailers. The effects here (espicaly Ghost Rider himself) actually don't look that bad and fit the tone of the film well and the soundtrack sounds incredibly bad-ass! Sadly, thats all the good stuff I can really say about this film. The plot here which involves Johnny trying to save a young boy from the devil is horrible! I didn't mind the cheesy plot at first, but the film invest way too much time into what already is a horrible story when it should've been focusing on action. Going into this, I actually wanted the film to be cheesy, but it gets to the point where the film is no longer cheesy and just plain bad. The acting is awful and Nicolas Cage's performance is so awful that it's unintentionally hilarious although he does have a few good moments where he goes over-the-top. The dialogue is absolutely atrocious and is easily some of the worst i've heard in a long time. I couldn't believe how bad some of the lines in this movie were. The editing and camera-work is also done very poorly here and gives the film a sloppy messy feel to it that it does not need. The film also just stops instead of having a real ending to it similar to the way Transformers 3 ends.

I really tried hard to enjoy this film but I just couldn't. I am rating it a bit higher than I should though because the film did make for a fun time since I spent most of it laughing at how bad it was. But, there were small things in it that I did enjoy. Still, Spirit of Vengeance is only slightly better than the first film and in many ways even worse than it. Those looking for an over-the-top stupid action movie will be let down by the lack of action the film has at some points and the sloppy filmmaking. Not even the Crank boys could save this one.

Killer Elite
Killer Elite (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

You know from the get-go that if a movie like this claims to be based on a true story, it is anything but. Loosely based on a book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Killer Elite is essentially a Jason Statham vehicle that his fans will enjoy.

In 1980, Danny Bryce (Statham) is an assassin who quits after killing a target in front of his young son in Mexico. After a year away from the bloody business, he lives quietly in rural Australia, when his friend Hunter (Robert De Niro) is taken hostage by Sheikh Amr (Rodney Afif), who looks a lot like Osama Bin Laden. In Oman, Danny is given the mission to assassinate and get confessions from three SAS soldiers who killed his sons during the Dhofar Rebellion. If he fails, Hunter dies, but if he succeeds, Hunter will be freed and he will get $6 million. As Danny and his team start hunting down these men, a secret society of ex-SAS soldiers become worried about the death of their former companions and get their enforcer, Spike (Clive Owen), to investigate and stop the assassinations.

Killer Elite is basically The "Bourne" series if it was louder, dumber and bloodier. Most of the action is shot similar to Paul Greengrass efforts using shaky cam, tight close-ups and quick editing. It is similar in tone because of its intelligence espionage setting, but not done as well. Director Gary McKendry shoots in a gritty style, very much like a 1970s thriller or Tony Scott's Man on Fire, but that gritty tone is undermined by silly scenes such as the meeting of the Feathermen club, which uses terrible dialogue to explain their origins. It was really clunky seeing as their men know each other.

This movie has a number of action thriller clichés: a job that goes wrong, an assassin forced to leave the underworld and forced back into it when a loved one is kidnapped, and the timeless killer with a conscience so that innocent people do not get hurt. It is hardly an original action movie, but there are at least some fun shoot-outs and chases.

Because of the period setting, the use of a shadowy organisation and the involvement of a real person, Killer Elite reminded me a lot of another Statham movie, The Bank Job. Its style and look makes Killer Elite "The Bank Job 2" in all but name. Fans of The Bank Job will get a kick out of this movie.

De Niro is in this movie for the paycheck. He gives a phoned-in performance and it shows with his little screen time. Statham is his typical gruff self, but that is what he is good at and he is always impressive in a fight scene. Owen is the best performer in a movie filled with average performances.

Overall, Killer Elite is a loud, typical action thriller that is not going to set the world alight, but it is still entertaining for Statham fans.