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What to do with so many actors?
Because of the amount of actors to X2 and because the trailer stunk, I was not so sure of this sequel. Once again, I believe X2 underdelivered of what people really wanted from the franchise but they have picked up on many things. The action (particularly the curtain opening fight between Nightcrawler and the government), has improved. More references to the comic are displayed and the actors have settled in to an almost episodic feel that works. Just too bad the acting sucked to high Heaven.
After a mutant attack on the White House, the President of the United States allows a government program to go into effect to halt what the human population believes to be the end of their existence.
James Marsden's career just took a nosedive. I was not too impressed with Halle Berry trying to save the script either with some similar melodramatic acting. Patrick Stewart was next to non-existent and that was a shame. Overall X2 was a good movie and delivered on the action to combine with the countless amount of talent littering the screen. X-fans should not be overly disappointed.
My brother was laughing at the terrible dialogue and the dull action throughout the movie, but VIRUS wore very thin with me. The movie is garbage pure and simple and it is a waste of time writing about how pathetic this piece of dirt was to watch.
Thing is on ship, wants to take over world and many people die trying to stop it.
Sutherland is not so much a 'dominant actor,' anymore, let alone a 'dominant life form.' Funny how the suits the females wear are pretty tight fit. What was everyone thinking? What a waste of film spent on such a disaster. This movie sucked. You may laugh but be honest.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Well done remake of Kurosawa's classic.
SEVEN is one of the better Westerns to come out for the aging genre. Also, for any genre, it has much better characterization; from the cowboys, to the farmers, and even the outlaws themselves, everyone gets their own fair share of camera time to make MAGNIFICENT SEVEN a classic in its own right.
Outlaws steal from a small Mexican farming town every once in awhile. Since the authorities do nothing, the farmers enlist the aid of seven gunmen to solve their problem.
Compared to THE SEVEN SAMURAI, I would have to say MAGNIFICENT is less dark and reflective. An outlaw such as Calvera is hard to hate seeing him as a character on screen. Also, a better motive to explain why the outlaws continue their attack on the village is shown here, as opposed to Kurosawa's classic, where the raiders relentlessly never gave up, not once thinking (or admitting) the village is well fortified and they were not going to win. The scene and spirit of the old west, combined with the philosophies of the far east, have made a fine movie.
If you loved the first two ...
Before I say everything positive about TERMINATOR 3 (because out of prejudice towards the TERMINATOR franchise, I loved it), artistically I have to say the movie sucked. Take either the first or second TERMINATOR movie, cut out and add certain parts of the script such as change location and amount of vehicles chasing Connor, or change location of weapons stash, or change Terminator and killing methods, etc. Everything TERMINATOR-like that made the first and second movie is back, so do not expect much at all. You will not be wowed or blown away by a well established franchise. TERMINATOR 3 essentially adds everything from the gay nineties (girl power to T-X, gay undertones to T-800's outfit, CGI, CGI, CGI!, etc.), and applies it our audience.
Another Terminator arrives and starts killing people in the quest to kill the supposed hero of the future.
The sound is great, the action is intense, the computer effects are excellent, the dialogue has not changed, the Terminatrix is just as clever as the T-1000. If you love the TERMINATOR franchise, the third one will not disappoint. Could they thought of a more clever, less predictable subtitle than RISE OF THE MACHINES? Gee, I wonder what happens in this one? Anyway, everything about the TERMINATOR franchise is the same here and Mostow, I have somewhat forgiven him here for U-571. Good job, keep the multiplex hordes coming.
Jûbê ninpûchô (1993)
Who else wanted more?
NINJA SCROLL has most of everything you would like in an anime: excellent art, explosive animation, unusual characters. From me and just about everyone else, there is no complaints there. Brutally violent, NINJA SCROLL has made a lasting mark in its genre. But the story itself is lacking and I believe it should have been made into something more. It had the potential to be something more than just a couple hours of fighting.
A small village is wiped out by a plague of some sort. Meanwhile, a vagabond is tricked by an agent to stop a shift in government and prevent a possible civil war.
I really wanted to get to know more about the eight demons and about Jubei's life. Something in a video series could have been nice (and more profitable) but the movie suffers from the lack of character study. You want more but never get it. Artistically NINJA SCROLL is nice and there is never a let down in action, but the character study is too lacking to ignore.
The best comic book movie yet.
I went to the theater with low expectations and to get a good view of Jennifer Garner. I came out very impressed and surprised at the level of effort on behalf of all the actors. Everyone, I felt, was at the top of their game. Yes, even Ben Affleck when he utters in court that he wants, "JUSTICE!" or when he quietly mentions how beautiful Elektra is. DAREDEVIL answers the questions that SPIDER-MAN and the later BATMAN films would never think of: what does being a super hero do to you next to making bad movies?
We are shown the origin and life of Matt Murdock, a blind man born, raised and living in 'Hell's Kitchen', New York who uses the special powers that cost him his sight to dish out, "JUSTICE!"
Sure, there's something to be said about two grown adults kicking the daylights out of each other in front of kids in a playground, or when the hero just happens to be laughing and cracking jokes at the villain when he is about to be steamrolled by a subway train, but these methods are explored in DAREDEVIL, whereas every other hero in comic book movies just goes through the motions. Good job by Farrell actually making Bullseye an intriguing, if not odd, character, same for Duncan, Garner and everyone else. DAREDEVIL was better than SPIDERMAN.
Tears of the Sun (2003)
Still waiting on that second half.
TEARS surprised me in the first half. There was a nice tense pace that kept you interested and Willis' miserable attitude actually held your attention. But the whole darn thing becomes a hokey mess later, where the movie changes into a melodramatic, implausible dull movie.
Bruce and his troops get orders to extract a few American citizens from Nigeria before the new dictator in the country wipes them out.
Sooner or later, Bruce's whining will get to you and the climax was too much. It just looked stupid. I would not recommend TEARS simply for those reasons. If the first half held promise, you would expect the rest of the movie to hold up, no? Bonus points for anyone who can explain to me how Waters' commanding officer reached the border of Cameroon from the aircraft carrier at about the same time the F-18s did.
28 Days Later... (2002)
Absolute, utter garbage.
With people walking out of the theater on opening night, heckling at everyone dumb enough to stay (and myself the only person defending everyone's $13 spent and pride), 28 DAYS LATER has been the hardest movie to watch since ENEMY AT THE GATES, and that is saying plenty. THIS MOVIE IS NOT SCARY. THE TERROR AND SUSPENCE ARE NEXT TO NIL. Do not trust the critics on any of their praise and DO NOT BELIEVE ANY CATCH LINES. What the bloody heck was Boyle trying to run away with?
Animal activists free monkeys infected with a 'rage' virus. The monkeys return their thanks, infecting the activists and pretty much next to the entire human population. 28 days later, we see a man wake up naked wondering what the heck happened to him and the city of London, England.
The zombies are really a tool for the characters to interact with each other and how different people would react to such a post-apocalyptic world overrun such as this. This is not NIGHT or DAWN OF THE DEAD. It is far worse. The budget is low, the camera usage is a clever, yet terrible cross between EVIL DEAD II and STIGMATA. But in the end, there is far too much interaction. You do not care about these characters, they still are about as alien as the teeny bopper kids who end up getting slaughtered anyway by Jason or whoever. Want better characterization? Rent SIGNS or Boyle's earlier TRAINSPOTTING. Better yet (or worse, depending on your current view of the state of Hollywood), FULL THROTTLE is a better bet for this weekend. For your hard earned money you'll be spending on you and your girlfriend, wife, and your kids, whoever: do not watch this movie!
Of all the recent comic book movies saturating the theaters, this is one to avoid. HULK, I am sad to say, is garbage. If I can put it lightly, they crammed in too much, and it ruined everything. And what on Earth happened to the acting talent? Not that you came blame anybody by the wretched screenplay they worked with, but everyone was little more than cardboard cutouts. Two and a half hours will feel like a long time.
Dr. Banner and his gamma experiments get the old heave-ho from the government since the man is a nut. But that does not stop him from experimenting on himself, thus passing on some genetic problem to his newborn son. It all gets worse once his son, Bruce, grows up to follow his father's footsteps.
A couple flaws to mention. I read somewhere that HULK would take after an old-school horror, like Whale's FRANKENSTEIN. This would be interesting, but the movie does not deliver anything remotely close. Even worse, they added the story of Bruce's father into an already packed movie. They could saved all of this for a sequel and prevented this melodramatic nonsense from getting out of hand. Ferrigno, your cameo sucked. The only plus is the Hulk itself, and the battles he encounters while hopping around. For an action/horror movie, HULK was a melodramatic headache meant to be forgotten.
Die Another Day (2002)
Bond is still Bond.
I read awhile back that this Bond movie, the 20th I believe in the series, was to set the tone for a more modern 007. After watching DIE ANOTHER DAY, I can only say that Bond really did not change that much at all, especially his character. He still drives nice cars, still is well groomed and he still gets the girls (despite his questionable pick up lines). The only difference is that DIE ANOTHER DAY is more outlandish in content than any other Bond movie I can think of.
007 is betrayed by one of his own! Spending 14 months being tortured in North Korea will give him plenty of time to think about it.
Madonna's cameo would have sucked, had it not introduced the attractive Rosamund Pike. The action is first rate. There is plenty of eye candy to go around overall, but the movie seems to get rather ridiculous towards the end. Still, and yet again, we have another good movie in the 007 series.