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God's Not Dead
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Summary: God's Not Dead is filled with dull performances, stupid characters and random situations. 30/100 [D+]

I can't believe how successful this film was at the box office. Of course I know that a lot of movie goers are interested in this kind of religion matters, but c'mon $62 millions worldwide, that's a lot of money for a movie that cost only $2 millions. Anyway, it has a huge premise and it has Shane Harper in it, so I decided to see it. A few performances were likable but the whole film is a strange mess. It has lots of uninteresting subplots and most of the performances were dull, although I have to admit that at least the young actress Trisha LaFache and Disney's star Shane Harper were good during the film; that's why I give it a 1.5/5 rating, they both made this movie a little bit better; the rest of the cast is just plain awful.

The script is somewhat uneven because the movie kept me entertained at times, especially in all those power-point presentations that Shane's character had to explain; but there are several moments in the film where the dialog is just unbelievable, stupid and mindblowingly awful; for example, there is a scene where a girl tells to his boyfriend that she has cancer, and he answers: "Who cares?" or something like that I don't remember. I was like... are you serious? Who wrote this atrocious pile of crap? The whole movie is filled with moments like this one. Yes, it was interesting at times and it makes you think about your beliefs and the existentialism, but it is a shame that the film ended up as cheap propaganda.

The director Harold Cronk has no idea of how to treat these delicate themes and issues in his movie, such as: religion, abuse, etc. It is an empty, heartless and surreal flick. Although I enjoyed some moments with Shane Harper and Trisha LaFache, I just can't recommend it to anyone. It doesn't even live up its debatable premise, because the direction is so careless and the writing is uneven. God's Not Dead has some interesting power-point presentations very well handled by its main character, but it is sad that the movie ended up being cheap Christian propaganda when it could be a more thought-provoking film. It is a very pretentious movie; and the ending could not be more selfish, disgusting and ridiculous. [D+]

Neighbors (2014)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Summary: Neighbors is likable and wickedly funny. 80/100 [B+]

Even though I have some issues with "Neighbors" such as the characterization and the character development, I really enjoyed the movie, especially the performances; all of them are quite likable, except Seth Rogen he is just a "meh" for me, I don't even remember his name in the movie, anyway, he's just OK. Moving on, the plot moves quickly and there are a lot of funny moments during the first 30 minutes. It has a decent running time (96 min) but it feels very short, the movie is so entertaining and funny, 10 minutes more would be great.

The dialog is a little bit overcooked and quite insane sometimes. Neighbors is for a very specific audience, it's a very crude comedy. Also, I loved the cast, Rose Byrne was terrific! there's a scene involving her boobs and it's definitely the best scene in the movie. Zac Efron gives his most standout performance since "Hairspray" and Seth Rogen as I said he's just watchable. In addition, Dave Franco was great too and he has the most realistic character in the whole film; finally, there's a cute baby called "Stella" and she will steal your heart. [B+]

Anna (2014)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Summary: Mindscape is a decent thriller that delivers some twists and surprises. 70/100 [B-]

A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma. I saw some of the trailers and they were very interesting to me, however in spite of its boring trailers, I saw the movie and I really liked it. It may be predictable for some people but not to me. The premise is interesting and the cast did an awesome job during the whole film.

The entire cast is so damn talented, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Mark Strong (Kick-Ass) did an amazing job here. Moving on, the concept is awesome and original to me but I have some issues with the script, because some of the dialog was predictable and the film becomes somewhat silly in its third act. Anyway, the most interesting elements in Mindscape are all the "visions" that the film shows us, some of them are very disturbing and strange.

The movie cares about its characters and their previous story. In addition, all of these characters are very well developed. I actually felt sorry for Anna's character, her story is quite sad; also, Taissa Farmiga does an excellent job performing Anna's role. Moving on, the film keeps you guessing the whole time and I liked that; you don't trust in some of these characters and you don't know if Anna is crazy or she's just an innocent girl.

It is entertaining and it makes sense. Another thing that I like about it is the ending, Mindscape ended up being entertaining, interesting, different, well filmed and superbly acted; in spite of some weak dialog and a messy final act. Its final act has its ups and downs, but the last 5 minutes are quite good, the ending is perfect and well done. I also loved the art design of the end credits. I think that it deserves at least a 7/10 rating, it's a very underrated flick. [B-]

World War Z
World War Z (2013)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Summary: World War Z is thrilling, scary and fast-paced. 82/100 [B+]

Who hadn't fun watching this? Seriously, the first minutes of the film are so damn good, everything happens so fast. I saw it at 2am and believe me, it was an experience. World War Z is an exciting movie filled with intense sequences of violence, horror and fun. I'm not a huge fan of the zombie sub-genre and I haven't read the book. However this one was very surprising to me, I felt engaged with the main character and I cared about his family.

Yeah it has a few flaws but it delivers lots of astonishing moments, memorable action sequences and great performances. Brad Pitt performs Gerry Lane's character and he does a pretty good job during the whole film. His character is believable and well... he's actually the smartest character in the movie. In addition, shout out here to Daniella Kertesz, she performed "Segen" a very important character in the film. She and Brad Pitt are awesome here.

WWZ relies on human perspective and how we would react if something like this happens. Moving on, its final act is scary and makes you feel claustrophobic. Even though the ending does not explain some important issues about the plot, the whole film was pretty solid and never dull. I recommend you to see it on a huge screen with a loud sound system. So, overall, it is a good flick. World War Z is a tense thriller, decently directed and terrifying at times. [B+]

Godzilla (2014)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Summary: Godzilla is a slow-burn film with a huge emphasis on human perspective, and quite similar to Gareth Edwards' previous work "Monsters". 91/100 [A-]

It makes me happy that Edwards directed this movie. I liked the way he did not show Godzilla throughout the film, that was very clever and suspenseful. This film felt very similar to Edwards' previous work "Monsters". I highly recommend you to watch "Monsters" before watching this film. I have read a lot of negative comments from the audience, it is sad that people do not appreciate the awesomeness of Gareth's work. Godzilla (2014) is not your average blockbuster, and the best thing about it is that it does not rely on the special effects. It focuses more on the human perspective and cares about its characters.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson did a pretty good job, but his character was somewhat boring and I would be okay if he died. Elizabeth Olsen was fine, even though I did not feel 100% engaged with her character, I still cared about her. Bryan Cranston was terrific in his role, his performance gave me the chills. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins were excellent too. Also, there were some little roles in the film that were very effective: the bus driver in the bridge sequence, and a little girl in the tsunami scene. This movie has a few flaws and one of them is that spends too much of its running time developing its characters.

It is a film with a huge emphasis on realism and human perspective. It requires a lot of patience, you have to wait an hour to finally see Godzilla, and that is not a bad thing. The movie has a bunch of exciting moments throughout. There are a lot of people saying that there was not enough of Godzilla in the movie. The big guy had 12 minutes of screen time, and that was fine to me. I left the movie theater completely satisfied and happy because the payoff was huge to me. I was on the edge of my seat during the last 20 minutes. The third act was a huge payoff, a mind-blowing spectacle of dazzlingly special effects and an epic battle between the three monsters.

I saw it on 3D and it was an awesome experience. The visual effects and the sound mixing were just breathtaking. Just imagine all the work that was required to make the design of the MUTOs and Godzilla. Gareth Edwards and his team clearly appreciate the monsters. Moving on, the fight sequences were bold, exciting and the CGI looked so neat. These monsters are masterfully designed, and they look scary as hell to me. I am so glad that the trailer did not show too much of the final act. Also, the musical score by Alexandre Desplat was great and fits with the tone of the film. The tsunami scene includes one of my favorite tracks.

Another strength of the movie was the beautiful camera work. Edwards wants you to feel as if you are right there seeing a monster through your eyes, with his camera movements. I felt like I was into the movie. Also, there was a scene that reminded me of the 9/11 attacks. It was very short and many people missed it, but it is one of my favorite moments in the movie. It was just a plane crashing into a building and it looked quite real. Overall, Godzilla is a slow-burn spectacle with a huge emphasis on human perspective and empathy, very similar to Edwards' previous work "Monsters". Despite a few dull characters, it delivers exciting action, stunning camera work and a payoff. [A-]