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Chronicle
Chronicle (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

For once, the critics and viewers agree, that this is an awesome movie.

The film, aptly titled "Chronicle," is a recorded journal in the lives of three ordinary boys turned extraordinary when a chance encounter with a meteorite gives them superpowers. You watch as one of them becomes a better person because of it, and another uses it to unleash his darker side that has been fed by years of abuse and social isolation.

While not original, it's a well told story (and standard cautionary tale) and the characters are enjoyable for all their flaws and typical teenage shenanigans. The visual effects are somewhat lacking, but all can be forgiven by good writing.

Particularly notable is how the film's eventual antagonist misunderstands the concept of evolution; he believes himself to be an apex predator, or the dominant link in the food chain. The problem with his rationale is, the lion kills the gazelle because it must eat, and the fly is swatted so it cannot transmit its germs. Predators without self-awareness kill because they have to, not because they want to. It is this fundamental flaw in thinking that causes the main character to descend into wanton destruction, unable to express his inner hurt in any other way.

It's teenage comedy, it's drama, it's superhero goodness; there's something for everyone to love about this movie.

Also, GO SEATTLE!

Underworld Awakening
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I was so psyched to hear they were finally making a sequel after a few years of silence, especially since Selene wasn't in the last movie (what the heck was up with that?). It didn't disappoint, because Selene is more awesome than ever.

I think after Evolution and Rise of the Lycans, they really needed to focus LESS on story, because they were punching huge holes in their continuity and trying to make all the background information too complicated. Awakening was way more easily digested, with a simple plot, some kick-ass action, and a surprise or two along the way.

And let's face it, this franchise came before Twilight showed up on the scene and ruined vampires and werewolves for the masses. Underworld: Awakening is taking back its spotlight and showing vamps for what they really should be: gritty, violent killers, not sparkly, self-loathing control freaks who have a thing for teenagers without personalities.

Long live Underworld!

Man on a Ledge
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I think this movie is awesome. First contender for worst movie of the year? What standards do you live by, Mr. Roeper?

The characters are well played, especially Joey and Angie. Their scenes are the most memorable from the entire film. Mercer did an excellent job too. Nick, unfortunately, loses points for Sam Worthington's lack of grasp on the American accent, but other than that he did well.

Sometimes the movie has trouble keeping a grip on its plot and needs to present the details more clearly, and the ending was a little too breezy for everything that happened.

Other than that, it's still worth going to see!

Contraband
Contraband (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Mark Wahlberg is entertaining playing Mark Wahl... err, Chris Farraday. If you walked into an R-rated movie of his expecting anything else but sarcastic comments peppered with swear words and a couple of beat-downs, you don't know this guy very well! If you like it, see this movie. If not, why are you even on this page? Giovanni Ribisi provides an artfully done villain who isn't a maniacal ham but gets his point across, and Ben Foster riddles yet another character with humanity and deep flaws.

The movie isn't original and you can see a couple of the twists coming, but it's not so much the destination as the journey as we tangle with drug lords, counterfeiters, and one J.K. Simmons who delights as a meddlesome jerk. There are things to enjoy about this movie, even if it's got some downsides here and there.

Take Me Home Tonight
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It sticks close to the 80's rom-com formula, but there are some points where it's not a total cliche-storm. It's got a few funny jokes, and there are times where you really relate to the characters. It definitely doesn't hurt that the retro factor is a plus for anybody who understands the pop culture references and can chuckle at the slang.

This movie is not the best in its class, but it's really not the worst, either. It falls somewhere in the middle, just on the right side of entertaining.