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Should have watched it sooner, great film. Characters are what makes the movie what it is above still else, the spot on acting and script make the film, Christian Bale playing the lead actor was a fantastic choice, and all throughout the whole cast had us guessing on who they loved and sided with and what their motives where. No action, not super full of excitement either to be honest, but the story and how it was filmed keeps it moving at a steady pace and a need to know what happens next carries us through. Really was impressed I must say, will defiantly watch it again, and for the rating there really wasn't anything overly inappropriate, not much for sex or violence, just adult themes I suppose and would bore most kids. Not sure how factual the story is, but it's believable enough, and it's hard to choose which characters are the good and bad guys, as the main characters are arguably bad guys, but so are the guys they are going after in a sense. But in the end it's the FBI who are bad ones, or rather the FBI guy in charge of the operation played by Bradly Cooper, as the 'criminals' he's going after are only cutting a few corners for the good of their people, which is the truth. But I loved it.
The success of the first 2 films is followed upon well by this film from the get go, the opening scene is intense and well done, action packed with great CGI and effects. But the more the film moves on, the more it loses all it's built up to be. The story is still interesting and important, the revenge by Caesar is much like that if Koba in Dawn, but now it's apparently ok. The plot and story are good and interesting until about half way through. The reveal that there's a virus that makes humans lose their voice and (become beasts) is not the way I was hoping the rest of the humans would be eliminated by, and seems out of place and unneeded. The Colonel is a great character and has a good story and Woody Harrelson is a great actor, but he is unfortunate let down by limited screen time and never doing anything all that badass, besides killing Caesars son and wife that is, and dies to the virus.. what a way for the big bad villain to go. The soldiers are all blind as bats, they don't notice the cages empty as the apes escape, or the apes escaping all around them for that matter. Then the whole complex magical explodes after one gas tank does, which causes and avalanche that conveniently kills the rest of the attacking human army, who huddle in the bottom of the draw. Caesar then survives this avalanche by clinging to a tree that stays standing. What? I feel that most of the credibility of the series has been more or less ruined at this point, and if that's not enough, Caesar survives the whole trek to the new home location and seems fine only to lay down an die when he gets there. He couldn't even die a real death either, or during the massively long journey, no they skip all that so he can get there, say some inspiring words and die. The end of this movie ruined it in many ways, I wish they had done this film in a completely different way starting when they got captured, as that seemed to be the centre of all the issues. Seems like far less of a war than even Dawn was, and the action at the end and beginning is nothing compare to the middle where seemingly nothing exciting happens, apes just walk through the snow or get whipped in prison, the most war like scenes are the short action sequences in the beginning, which last at most 15 mins. The little ape they find whose basically a comedian seems very forced as well and only there to add some cheer somehow, when in reality its kinda stupid doesn't really belong. Anyways, ok film, second one was far better, will see how they revolver from this as we were already promised more films..
I've always been a fan of the Alien franchise, and although this movie does take a little more than I would like for inspiration from those films, it was still a ride to watch. It does maybe lack a little in the character development department, the film gets off to a fast start and the alien is there from near beginning which did effect my hopes for it early on, it certainly redeemed itself as it went. The alien was a cool little creature, it maybe learnt to fast, and I didn't really like the idea of it developing a face at the end, it was a fear inducing killing machine. It's first kill by going down a crew mans throat was pretty brutal and hard to watch, and as a whole most of the scenes including the alien were very well done. The whole ship made it feel very claustrophobic (more so than the alien franchise due to the more modern small ship design) and helplessness of the crew. The acting was top notch I would say, they all became better developed as the film went on. Effects and CGI were great, I think there was some physics issues in a few moments but overall it all felt like it was taking place in space and we were actually there. The ending was predictable in a sense, I saw it coming, but when we are shown that the twist ending does actually happen it opens up our minds to what would have resulted next. Overall I really liked this one, it was well made and scary, not by the fact that the alien looked scary or anything, but just that it couldn't die, and the possibility of it showing up at any moment kept you on constant edge.
Pretty good sci-fi flick, enjoyable watch. The story is pretty cool, good idea, decently original, but doesn't exactly feel super new while your watching it. It's filled with CGI and special effects, which all look good and convincing, and make a good futuristic space environment. The ship feel like something out of Wall-E, but all the angles and exterior design make for a pretty cool design. The cast of 2 whole people buts a lot of pressure on them, and what they can pull off is kinda what the movie is resting on. Luckily they both do very well, they are convincing and are full of emotion and energy. The trailer, although well done in bringing interest to this film, does give some stuff away, and the movie is relatively predictable even without that. So although the movie is exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat in a way, it also has you playing a game of telling yourself what is going to happen next, and not to your surprise seeing exactly that happen. Otherwise great movie, has a good concept and the cast of 2 does a fantastic job, and it's mostly them who pull the movie off. Doesn't feel super new in the midst of all these new space travel type movies, but when you think about it it's something we haven't seen yet that's fairly well done.
I have always liked the King King remake of 2005, and figured I should go see this one as well, although the the trailer I was expecting something pretty corny and cliché that wouldn't go great with audiences after the 2005 blockbuster. I was more impressed than I admit I think, the acting was generally good, as was the script, and the action and effects were up to modern standards and looked good. It got off to an interesting start, wasn't a fan of the Into with the pilots and their first encounter with Kong so early, lacked a grand reveal of any kind. Then the scene with the helicopters and Kong battle was a pretty impressive start to things, the action was there and it was intense and one sided to set the tone for the danger they were in. I was a bit confused as I could count 6 helicopters on the deck of the ship, and then about 10 were destroyed in a few short minutes, and 3 more in the final scene makes me wonder if they decided they hadn't had enough carnage and kept blowing stuff up. The scene also was happing in daylight then with the sun going down and back and forth a couple times. After that the complaints get fewer. I like the setting, was maybe to consistent though, and the animals although cool and creative (like the spider) are a little to far fetched for me, and I liked the dinosaurs and creepy crawlers of the 2005 movie better. Having the military was nice and I did enjoy that, being a war movie fanatic, and showed how powerless they can be against such foes, unless of course there was some tanks or rockets or planes it would have been different, but nobody apparently thought to bring anything of that sort. The final battle was a throwback to the last movie, and was a good fight to watch, really enjoyed it, violent and filmed well. A couple of general things I missed from the last one: I miss the creepy scarier scenes like the canabals boarding the ship and killing people, and the deep ravine they feel in with the blood sucking worms and such, would have liked to have some scarier darker moments. Also King was massively bigger than last time, which isn't bad per say, but maybe it was too much? Otherwise a good movie, better than I expected and worth seeing. Not as good as 2005 but the different time it look place in was neat and not having him chance love or die was also new, and liked the change, but can't beat what we already had a decade ago.