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Seventh Son Movie Review!
So, a medieval/fantasy epic with a strange gimmick backing it up. How could this possibly go wrong? In many fucking ways. Let's find out how many, shall we?
The premise is thus: A falcon knight by the name of Gregory (played by Jeff Bridges) imprisons a powerful witch for good. She breaks out when the next blood moon approaches and comes to attack once more. Hope lies within Gregory to train a new apprentice who is the seventh son of a seventh son.
The acting. Before getting to the rest of the people. Someone who easily stands of is Jeff Bridges. What in the hell is up with his speech impediment in this movie? The man does not talk like that. The cast is nothing impressive at all, and it is a waste truly. Some big names here. It was kind of disappointing.
The visuals. The scale of the movie is grand, it looks impressive at times. You can feel in an actual medieval world. But the CGI rears its ugly head and ruins it with so much over the top bat shit crazy, it takes the immersion right out. The monsters could definitely have used an upgrade considering the 70-100 million dollar budget the movie had.
The story. So, it can certainly get convoluted, even crazy at times, but it's more silly grandiose that I certainly expected. There's so many bland and obvious turns on this flick, I'm surprised it didn't fall off into its own Limbo. It's too predictable. That's the sad thing. Guess 2015 didn't start out so good, did it?
I have hope for the future, so let's see what else is in store.
2 out of 10.
American Sniper Movie Review!
A movie about the life of one particular soldier skilled with the arts of marksmanship. Can it deliver on such a story and still maintain its plot clear? Let's find out.
The premise is thus: We begin to see the life of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) and how he grows up to become a soldier for the United States Army. Amongst it all, he falls in love and is soon by deployed into Iraq.
One thing to quickly say is that props and honours should go for the performance of Bradley Cooper and the directing of Clint Eastwood. The acting is very well done and the directing is impressive. The rest of the cast also exceeds expectation to make this an all-around acting hit.
It's a little dangerous to tread to the story of this flick. Especially when one knows about the thoughts on the actual Chris Kyle towards the Iraqis. Easily enough, the man is displayed as a hero in this movie, when it can clearly be debated. This is an American film after all, and it's an American director with a certain view on the character. I guess what I can say is, that it's an American's wet dream to see him in action.
The visuals are clean and immersive, but something that caught my eye was the bullet holes. I'm not entirely sure whether or not they were effects or lack of thereof. Either way, it doesn't take away the fact that what you see is well executed, just something that could catch your eye every now and again.
One thing about this movie that I personally disliked it is how it tends to sometimes mix the past and the present. Not that it's bad, but it can get a bit distracting from the movie itself and the story that it is trying to show you. But I digress.
It's a good movie, but it's far from being a perfect one.
8 out of 10.
I, Frankenstein Movie Review!
A blockbuster epic that focuses on a newer version of Frankenstein while still keeping up with the times? It is any good. Why don't we find out?
The premise is thus: A scientist called Victor Frankenstein makes a monster and then tries to destroy it. The result is the creature surviving and enduring many years of life hunting down and defeating demons.
The most obvious of things, first. The CGI. Is this really 2014? Why does the CGI suck worse than a late 90s movie? You be the judge. It's fairly obvious and it's more than an eyesore.
The special effects, man. They are so tacky. It makes the movie unintentionally hilarious. To see great actors like Bill Nighy and Aaron Eckhart with the "effects" that they give him is the funniest part. Especially when it's being taken seriously. The gargoyles are probably the funniest thing.
With the script that is given, the acting is just beyond ridiculous. And I say that with much hesitation considering one of my favourite actors, Bill Nighy, is in this pathetic attempt of a movie. The movie is trying way too hard to be serious and it just comes short.
Oh, I'll remember this movie; not because it was bad, but because it was laughably bad. I hope to forget it really soon.
1 out of 10.
Left Behind Movie Review!
Well, a Christian movie depicting The Rapture. Starring Nicholas Cage? What could possibly go wrong?
The premise is thus: We follow the story of a pilot (en route to London) and his daughter who are both witnesses of The Rapture; taking thousands of people off the face of the Earth and into the Gates of Heaven. Hijinks ensue.
The story mostly focuses on the people of the plane alongside Nicholas Cage (as the captain of the plane). I would've thought a story about The Rapture would be more upscale; grander. But no. It's mostly compressed into just one fraction of a city and the plane itself. It honestly feels more like a movie about some plane surviving an attack and trying to land.
Oh boy, the acting. I don't think this is the worse Nicholas Cage performance, but it's just not good. It feels so bland for something as big as The Rapture. I sincerely believe that Cassie Thomson (daughter of Cage in the movie) is looking to take on the over-the-top acting of Cage himself. That'd be something.
The visuals. Well, when they aren't using CGI, it looks fairly well. But like so many movies that use the effects, they are poor. To the point that sometimes it cuts away the tension and/or drama of the moment (or whatever little bit of it there is in the first place).
And finally, the preaching of the film. If it is trying to teach you a religious thing, is that either you believe the inconsistent story of Christianity, or you perish. And even that is heavily buried under all of the nonsense of the movie.
There are better religious movies to watch. The Passion of the Christ is just one of many. I leave you with that.
1 out of 10.
Endless Love (2014) Movie Review!
So, can this movie be the one epic that can bring the source materialize to the silver screen? Hell to the no. This was worse than the first incarnation; and that was bad! Lets dive in.
The premise is thus: A young woman meets a boy who works in a valet and they instantly hit it off. The story just follows their relationship in its ups and downs.
Lets start with the obvious. If the first one had clichés, and a predictable plot, then you are going to be in for a sad surprise. This movie has more and then some. To the point that its just sad. I started out so angry in this film and I just ended up so sad.
The acting is a somewhat improvement of the first, but its so bland and obvious. Everyone falls into their perfect little cliché box and never stand out. And the characters of the source material have been so bastardized that it is appalling. I refuse to believe I saw a movie that is titled Endless Love. Call it whatever the hell else you want, but this isnt Endless Love.
The story. The freaking story. The story just completely went so far south, it is beyond amazing. One of the most iconic scenes of the story is the fire that goes awry. This movie butchered how it is supposed to go. Creative differences and just fucking going whichever direction you want to go and still call this Endless Love is sick.
When it was finally over, I completely hated this movie. I cannot express that enough. Its full of clichés, full of shit, and as a standalone film, it gives nothing new to offer. For gods sake people, try!
This gets a 0 out of 10.