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Less creative than the original. Louder and more obnoxious (if that is even possible). I especially didn't like the constant cuts to the real world. It was distracting and mucked up the flow of the story even more so than the original. Given that the storyline was still kinda all over the place, it didn't help.
That said, Batman was great, of course. He tailed off a bit at the end in his spangly costume, but still as fun to watch as always. The movie is so packed with reference humor, you could probably watch it two or three times and not catch it all, so there were lots of laughs.
One of the great action flicks of the 1980s - Aliens delivers creepiness, action, and a compelling story line. This was the last of the really good Alien films before things just went crazy. I think one of the reasons this works is, despite the crazy plot line and the space stuff, the movie is believable. Look at the clothes. There are superficialities that say 'I am in space', but otherwise, they are just regular street clothes. Ripley is wearing Reeboks. Vasquez is a homey with a teardrop tattoo Spanglishing it up. The company execs all have regular suits, and Reiser's evil yupee might have well been in 'Die Hard'. They just took America from the 1980s and put it in space. The plot, too, despite all the space stuff, is just a mom fighting for her kid.
Weaver is good in this film, although I don't think great. She makes a pretty good normal person who rises to the occasion, and the action scenes are good. Her 'getting angry' acting kind of falls flat though.
I am going to Add that Bill Paxton does a GREAT job being a weasel. To this DAY, when shit goes south in my life, I quote the MAN: 'we're all gonna die, man!', 'game over man, game over!' and 'why don't we put HER in charge?'
The final showdown, while full of suspense and well done, goes on way too long. By the time the monster hitches a ride up to the ship, I am rolling my eyes. And the forklift fight scene was really good, but wasn't there a GUN lying around somewhere on the WARSHIP?
Mood movie. The female population has all been killed by a plague. Casey Affleck tries desperately to protect his surviving daughter by constantly running away from everything and everyone. This film is SUPER slow. Suspenseful, but slow. There is a gray depressing look and worldview to it. Random groups of men are randomly grabbing for his daughter. Is that REALLY what men would devolve into? There are no women, so let's all go Mad Max? All women = Amazon Wonder Woman island. All men = rampant pedo gang rapists. That seems a bit sexist. Are there no police? Why aren't crimes against any remaining women now the most heinous thing imaginable? Why does the father not arm himself? I don't think Affleck really thought this through when writing this. At least the Tom character is presented in a positive light - there is apparently ONE non-pedo man out there. And the film doesn't revolt from Tom's Christianity either.
Anyway, the film just sort of abruptly ends where you would not necessarily expect, although there is a resolution of sorts, as the father realizes he cannot keep doing what he is doing.
Competently acted and filmed.
Think low-rent version of 'The Arrival'. The screenplay feels like a rough draft - they were gonna fix all the plot holes and flesh it out in the final version, but never got around to it. Acting, special effects and internal logic are all lacking. It isn't horrible, but if you don't have the budget, you want to make a movie like 'Time Trap' or 'Coherence'. Don't waste your money on a bunch of mismatched army surplus uniforms.
Nightcrawler revolves around Gyllenhaal's character Louis Bloom, a down and out low-life psychopath with a penchant for business jargon. Channeling his best coked-up, emaciated Jim Carrey, Louis falls into filming gruesome crime scenes for TV news stations, and finds he is really good at it, on account of he just doesn't care about anything except getting the shot. Of course, his psychological issues are going to push him to cross the line, which he does without hesitation.
The movie is very slow to get going. The first hour was a yawn fest. Louis is clearly not the hero, and very obviously a creep, leaving the audience wondering what we are hoping for - Louis to succeed or fail? Things kind of pick up in the second half as he starts manipulating everyone around him - cops, co-workers, criminals. By about the 90 minute mark, I was hooked. It was obvious the whole scheme was going to go south, you just couldn't tell exactly how yet. Most crime thrillers at this point would focus on the cops making the bad guy squirm in his guilt, but Louis walks out of the police station like he was buying a pack of gum.
There seems to be a bunch of commentary about the callousness of the media, and I guess something about how psychopaths who run companies abuse their employees while smoothing it over with business jargon. The end of this movie is compelling, although it is neither fun nor enjoyable to watch.