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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.
A classic ish war comedy, enjoyable enough to watch, but could have been funnier. Taking from many movies like Platoon and other good Vietnam war flicks, this one just makes fun of them all, but not in a way that's too far. It is fun to watch, you get some good laughs, but some could be improved in some comedy aspects. The acting is typical with these actors, so just blah no depth. The characters are city boys in the movies just as they should be, and the action is confusing. I can't tell if they know they only have blanks or not through most of it, as they mostly just shoot in the air, but it's not meant to be realistic so hard to go off on that as well. The explosions and helicopter scenes did look good, enjoyed them, the classic Vietnam war scenes we all know and love. Overall it's a decent movie to watch if you like war flicks and can handle some comedy thrown in, but don't expect much for real action or good war movie moments.
A very violent and enjoyable movie indeed. It was highly appraised when it was released, which was a surprise due to how often movies in this category just fall flat, due to acting, poor action, introducing nothing new at all to the genre, and so on. Well this one although not necessarily something completely new, although having the killing spree sparked by the death of a dog is a new one, it's the basic action movie we are familiar with. But the cinematography, acting, soundtrack and killer action scenes make it downright impressive. Haven't seen something at this scale in this genre for a while, since the classics like Die Hard and the new Equalizer, and this one surpasses at least the later. The action scenes are common, and balls out crazy and fun and exciting to watch, are filmed impressively with very little change or camera angle, which plays a big part in how good it looks. The blood is everywhere as Wick dispatches his enemies skillfully and like a badass, while club music blares in the background going smoothly with the excitement. It's all very well done, and the ending is good as well. Some of the acting for John wasn't the greatest, but that's more due to the script I think, and the Russian mob looks badass a always. There are also some good laughs or moments that put big grins on our faces, and that's nice also.
I had no idea what to expect with this one, and didn't have the highest expectations by any means, but when it was finished I was very much impressed. For a movie that didn't stray a block away from the phone booth where Stew stood for the duration of the film, it was intense and caught your full attention, with an urge to know what happens next. It's intense in the way that out shooter talks and takes charge of the situation, with that calm and deep voice over the phone, and the excellent acting of fear and stress and helplessness of Stew by Colin Farrell makes it really deep and watchable. This movie would have been very hard to make perfect, and somehow they got it pretty much as perfect as it could have been made. The acting is excellent, Colin Farrell steals the show, everyone else is simply supporting, and the shooter is mysterious and calm and witted, everything a good bad guy should be. It's not fast paced, but not slow by any means, it's the right pace without to much action and Is generally done in a way that is believable and intriguing. The ending Is really good too, had no idea what the outcome would be until Stew was in the ambulance, then knew what was going to happen, and it was a very good way to end a good story, and leaves a little for use to think about in terms of what would happen if the story went on, but in a good way. Anyways very well done, a hard subject to get right and hard to make I'm sure, so a thumps up to the director and actors who did a great job, was then who really made this movie what it is after all
Didn't get the action I expected out of this movie to be honest, but it had more story and was deeper than I expected. The story was good, somewhat original. The script was ok, and the acting was also quite good. Natalie Portman did a great job, and so did the others, loved seeing Ewan Mcgregor as well, would have been nice for him to have some more screen time however. I expected more of a just shot em up revenge story with this, and am glad I didn't, it was nice to have an actual good story and all. However the main issue is there doesn't seem to be any beginning, middle and end. Yes once Dan Frost shows up to help Jane you could argue that's the beginning of the middle of the story, but it feels like it's just one long bunch of kind of nothing until the final shoot out. They share their stories, have some flash backs and prepare for Colin McCann and his crew to arrive, but nothing big really happens and it just feels bland, at least the story is interesting. The final battle is ok, of course they win against all odds and being completely out numbered, and then kill Colin and live happily ever after. It was pretty predictable that one of 2 things would happen, Dan would sacrifice himself for Jane and Bills love, or Bill would succumb to him wounds and Jane and Dan would ride off into the sunset like that had always planned, the second one is true. The final fight is ok, the only real complain I have besides the fact they would Never kill that whole crew just the 3 of them is that sometimes it's really dark and it's really hard to tell what's actually going on. Anyways ok movie for the story and cast and acting, although lacking in many other important areas.
This movie was never gonna be great, I think that can be agreed on, but in all honesty it does succeed in at least being quite entertaining. The story and script are obviously not the centre of the movie nor it's strong suits, having Paul Walker is a good addition and the reason anyone watched this I think however in the first place, not to mention he died before it's released. The only reason to watch this film at all is to have some decent mindless action with a few laughs, and at least the action is entertaining. Is it at all believable : no, and you don't have to watch more than the trailer to know that. It does at least keep you busy watching something while not needing to give all your attention, it can be fun to watch, but also some of the action is just super dumb and you kinda wonder why you bothered watching it at that moment. The end is predictable honestly and not a bad ending in any regard. Overall the movie doesn't actually seem low budget or anything of the sort, some of the bullet sounds and such are pretty fake but not awful, and there isn't a whole lot of gunshots anyways because most is hand to hand. So all in all ok movie to watch for mindless action and to see on of Walkers last films, not much for new story anywhere in it but does have a good uplifting ending.
This movie just isn't really special in any way. There's so many like it now, why they keep get putting out with hopes of high praise or getting any sort of special recognition is beyond me. Overall the movie isn't horrible in most categories, the action is entertaining for sure I'll give it that, but the script falls dead flat, as does the acting. The setting, also the same as most every movie like it, a city in Europe. Our main character is of course a retired CIA agent who gets dragged back into duty to save someone due to past missions, blah blah like every movie ever from this genre. I know it's based on books, but still, common throw something new out there for us, books are never the same as the movies. In the end it's one of those movies that you can watch while multitasking, still be able to predict what happens, and forget about it right after. Like I said before, simply falls flat, nothing new, crappy acting and script.
I like Sean Penn, and as one of his first movies, I gotta say I'm pretty impressed. It's done a couple of years after Taps, which I believe was his first big time film, and he did great in that one, and it's no exception here. It's definatly an old feeling movies, and Penn is very young, but I like the old feel and kinda cast of younger kids living in different harder times, like the street gang movies The Warriors from around the same time frame. The kids prison and all is a cool setting, but in the end it's basically a prison and revenge movie but with kids, as the same thing kinda takes place throughout. However the prison seems to be very lacking on the proper security, as the doors don't lock at night, there's only one guard at a time, etc. So the final duel is pretty unlikely, but the rest is believable and convincing and well done. The acting and script is typical of the timeframe, yet fitting and classic, along with the sound effects and cinematography. Overall it's a good fun movie, a classic that doesn't seem to be overly well known, but should probably be due to the age of the characters and how it could have been relatable to the teens at the time in certain parts of the cities.
From what I heard this is a very good and quite famous movie, well received and known. After watching it I still don't really know how it got to where it is. Sure it's good and all, but it doesn't seem like that I was promised from all the positive reviews and pop culture that praise it so much. Maybe it's because of some deeper meaning that I don't understand, but it just seems so-so to me. It does have and good cast, Jeff Bridges seems a little crazy and his hallucinations are just weird to watch, and hard to follow. Sometimes I laughed just wondering what was going on, and I couldn't tell if I was meant to at all. The acting is good, and the script is impressive, yet the plot is nothing special and extremely unrealistic, I'm not saying that's a big issue however. It was amusing at least, the story was ok but an interesting watch, although it's nothing overly special. Overall it's a ok movie, it's still in my genre, but maybe just not my style I guess. Don't know why I didn't find it as good as I thought it would be, but glad I can say I've seen it now at least.
From what the trailer showed me this was going to be an unrealistic yet funny movie, about the war in Afghanistan from the perspective of a journalist. It did however, show pretty much every funny scene from the movie in that trailer, and left us with a less full of laughs but more serious review of life as a journalist. It does seem unrealistic as hell, and although it is to an extent, the fact that the real Kim was there during filming to confirm events and act as a advisor makes it more convincing. The script is still kinda so-so, and the acting good for the most part, but it is filmed well and the story is portrayed well. I would say it's of course dramatized for obvious reasons like any based on a true story movie, but from the way it's described in the making of part, it all has some truth and sticks Dailey close to real events such as the parties, and patrols and such, with some stuff about her love life and interesting relationship the General of Afghanistan or whatever that man is. However it's a good story, it's filmed well and is entertaining to watch, although it's only semi convincing. Would have wished there were more laughs thrown in, but otherwise I got what I expected and am actually quite impressed by how it turned out in terms of the story and plot.
Yet another movie about what I believe is still the 2008 stock drop, where thousands of people lose their homes to the banks. This one shows the side of both those whose homes are being forclosed and the ones who make major money off these closings. It's an interesting story, as one man who loses his house joins with the one who is closing them to provide for his family and get the house back. It's a good story that shows what people will do to provide for themselves and loved ones when it comes down to the wire, and seeing both sides of the line is cool. I do think Nash wouldn't have admitted to what he did in the end if it were in real life, but it's completely possible. I think many people would have done what he did in his position, no matter that hate he initially generated for Rick Carver. The acting and script are both good, and the events that go down are interesting to watch. There's always something going on which is good, keeps the pace up, and overall plays along nice. It has a realistic feel and atmosphere, even if Nash starting to work with Carver is unlikely to begin with. Overall it's a good watch, interesting and something different, and combined with other movies, Margin Call and The Big Short which both cover the same events but in different areas, makes for a good overview of the 2008 housing market crash. The only issue I have is my lack of understanding for the details of the crash and technical stuff involved, such as all the numbers.
It seems I've run into a few movies now focusing on the events of the 2008 stock crash, and they all focus on a different aspect of it. This one on the brokers I guess, to be honest I don't know their roles exactly, they sell insurance bundles or whatever. That my main issue with these movies, I don't know enough about what these people do or what their selling and how it can effect so much the economy. The movie overall is well done, it's scripted and shot well, and they do explain the situation well, expecting the audience may not know in full what is happening. I am one of those people. I do wish I understood it all better, as then this would be a very good movie. It's still interesting and actually gets your attention even though it's all talk and numbers and stuff, it's still and interesting watch, and Kevin Spacey's character and his acting make it all the more better. When combined with other movies The Big Short and 99 Homes it gives a good in film overview of the 2008 stock market drop. Overall it's good, not much feels like it's happening, but it's still interesting stuff even if you don't understand it, with some good acting, actors and script to back it all up.
I always seemed to think this was a comedy instead of an action thriller suspense that it is, until I recently discovered what it was all about and decided I hate to watch it. I wasn't disappointed, however I did have a rough idea about how it would end. I will admit I haven't seen a great deal of Kevin Spacey's movies, however i found out here that he is a great actor, and stands out as the top dog for this one. It's a more or less basic common plot, nothing special there, but became known for the twist ending and narrative, as well as the movie that won Kevin his Oscar for best actor, a title he deserves. The acting and script here are good, combined with a good pace and great deal of unknowns, that you have to watch closely to catch anything that may be hidden in the dialogue. The action is amusing and decent, with an older than 1995 feel with the sound and bullet effects, but it's fun to watch and pretty well done, but at the end of the day we are here for the mystery and the twist ending. Although I did have a good idea of how it was gong to happen, I must say even then I had my doubts, so obviously Spacey did his job well. Overall it was a good movie, should have watched it sooner.
Wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this one, but very glad I went out to see it. Was nice how it focused on untold stories like Christianity and the war and how the beliefs conflicted, as well as a medic instead of a rifleman. It's not all behinds the gunsight, but there's still a fair amount of it. The beginning was good, slow, gives a good background and the struggles of being caught between a war and what you believe, which is well portrayed, and the fact that it doesn't shy away from showing how people can treat each other of that stuff is also good. The boot camp is interesting, it seems kinda stereotypical and I didn't like Vince Vaughn as the choice for Sgt, as a well known comedy actor he just didn't really fit the role the greatest, he did ok, but just seeing him there was weird. Otherwise boot camp was good, the love story was cheesy but good as well. The action was actually quite impressive. I though it would be kinda crappy, and the explosions were often more fake than I would like, and it had the CGI look of blood when people were shot same as Fury which is disappointing but ok when it's as intense and crazy as the action was. Right off the bat going over the top of the cliff the action was seemingly non-stop for the duration of the film. There were bodies everywhere, explosions and gunshots filling the screen, I was actually quite impressed at the level of intensity in the action. It was jammed packed full of it, there was no lacking to the amount of actors getting killed, and the scale of the battle seemed massive as well. It was just well done, shot well, cinematography was good and everything looked like chaos, it was impressive and stunning, and held your eyes to the screen. Some parts with Pvt. Doss seemed a bit u realistic but it seems to be a true story to some extent so must have some truth, or so I tell myself. Also during all the action Doss isn't the centre of the screen the whole time, just the battle in general takes centre stage, and everyone throughout the story gets thrown into it all the time. Has a good ending, as well. Overall it's a good enjoyable movie, has something for everyone, it's something new to us who love war movies, shows new stories and has good intense action, so would watch again for sure
I'm sure there's plenty of movies out there about struggling with drug addiction, although I haven't seen many that focus as much on that topic alone. This a good one that stands out among what I've seen, with a good cast, Ewan does a great job as the main character, and it also has great supporting characters, played by some colourful and amusing actors. The subject matter is dark however, and in some cases hard to watch just out of how well it is portrayed when Ewan is trying to break free of his addiction and locked in his bedroom, and the pain he goes through. There's plenty of lessons to be learnt from it, but it's still a good amusing watch, with some funny moments, helped by the interesting soundtrack added into many of the scenes. The ending isn't what I expected it to be, it's less of a true story scenario, him trying the drugs again without getting hooked, giving into giving his friends drug money, then running off with all the money they earned off reselling it. Overall it is a well done and good movie, doesn't seem like it took a large budget, but by no means seems fake or underdone, it has a more realistic feel.
I love the older gangster movies, in particular Goodfellas and Heat, and now I can add this one to the list of the ones I love. It's very similar in feel to that of Goodfellas, with the narrative, filming style, age, actors and namely the attitudes of each actor. Joe Pesci plays the same short tempered badass who will shed no tears or waste a minute on someone who he thinks is outta line, and beat them to a pulp. De Niro is the same quiet and very kind, yet ruthless head of a small band of friends within a much larger operation. It's a great story, and that is the highlight of the movie. It gives a good impression of the lives of real gangsters, and is a compelling and intense story throughout, and strays from being stuck just inside of the Casino which is its namesake. The acting is of course top notch and impressive, which in the end makes the film, along with the story, script, and narrative. The action is more of story and brutal killings or tortures, which are portrayed well, although when someone is shot it is a bit lacking of bullet effects, unlike the other movies mention all above. Overall great movie, does take a third place behind Heat and Goodfellas for its genre, but it's a high ranking list only for the best.