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Justin Harris

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Good action, but this movie is an insulting film catered to stupid people, 19 May 2013
4/10

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I will start off by saying I was not expecting an Oscar worthy movie. I wanted to watch a run of the mill action popcorn flick. Nothing special, but enjoyable. The action is fantastic in this film. Cool shooting scenes and everything you want in that kind of movie. That was awesome. Even the acting wasn't bad. They had good people in there. There were a lot of cheesy Gerard Butler lines, but whatever, that's fine. Good stuff with that all-around.

Now let's get into the movie. And yes, I know it's "just" a movie. However, I found this movie beyond insulting to the people watching it. I know the average movie goer, like the average person, is not the smartest person in the world. The problem with this movie is that it doesn't even try. There are so many "what the heck" or "Are you serious?" moments. The characters do things that make zero sense whatsoever. Basically, there is so much wrong it's completely ridiculous. This movie is insulting to those watching it and especially those in the Secret Service and Armed Forces of this country. The decisions of the characters and the entire setup makes no sense. How easy they make it look to infiltrate the White House with like 40 Korean combatants versus the entire Secret Service (realistic), how simplistic they make it look to bury our country in a nuclear holocaust, UGH! Seriously? They try to do a few lines about the importance of Patriotism, but then the characters (even the President for God's sake!) are giving up national security secrets and protection because of what? The fear they'll kill the President? Cause we would EVER negotiate with terrorists? Come on!

Okay, I know it's a popcorn flick, but it was just too much to bear. At the end of the film, all I got from it was all we need to keep this country safe is ONE angry Scotsman with a gun. Meanwhile the rest of our military and highly trained personnel are worthless and too cowardly to sacrifice their lives to save millions. I cannot believe it's averaging a 7 out of 10 currently. But that's the thing... movies are made for the masses. Too bad.

One last thing to whoever watched it: That part where they're asking about Rick Yune's (the bad guy) character and how they were trying to do a facial recognition but couldn't get a match. Then SUDDENLY when they found out his name, they opened up like a thousand photos and an entire TERRORIST PROFILE on him and how he's this really bad dude that they all SHOULD HAVE KNOWN to begin with? But for whatever reason they gave him White House clearance? That's what I mean. How do people not find that kind of storytelling lazy and insulting? Whatever. I guess I don't understand the world.

What a piece of garbage this was. Why Morgan Freeman, why?!

0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Best video game adaptation yet, but still has its flaws..., 22 April 2006
7/10

Following a viewing of "Silent Hill" with some friends, many of them were quite perplexed at the film. Needless to say, the film was a tad bit confusing to those who were not familiar and had not played the video game franchise. Being a person who had played the games, I was very satisfied with the film. Not only did the film provide an interesting way to bring the game into the movie-world, but also stayed extremely close to many elements of the game and included various things from the first three video games. "Silent Hill" is by far the best video game adaptation yet, but it still has its share of flaws. For one thing, based on discussions with friends and reading reviews online, it seems quite clear who will surely enjoy this film: fans of the video game. Those who aren't familiar with the game will be left in the dark, confused by an incomplete cinematic explanation that will isolate them from the rest. My friends who hated the film had every reason not to like it. The story is confusing, the character development lacks, and the ending seems almost incomplete (to those not familiar with the game). To me, the film was excellent, following parts of the game's storyline. However, I don't think Christophe Gans or the screenwriters did a good job at making this film for the unfamiliar viewer. Another problem with the film is that it's really not scary at all. The film is visually stunning and gross, perfect to the atmosphere, but lacks the general creepiness that the game brought to its players. Not once did I jump or get concerned about what was going to happen, as it didn't set-up like a horror film. Regardless, I do believe that on its own, "Silent Hill" is a good movie that deserves multiple viewings to fully understand its complexities. In summation, "Silent Hill" is a good movie that will surely attract the curious and satisfy its fans. However, it didn't come to its full potential due to the fact that it seems to have been made for such a small, fan-based audience.

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
I'll admit it, I like it, 5 October 2005
7/10

This is by far the worst rated movie on IMDb that I admittedly like. Maybe it's because I loved this movie and its former when I was a young kid, but I still watch this movie with joy. Now that I'm older, I do see the reason why it is such a poor film. It lacks originality and top notch acting. It is just a college version of the original "Teen Wolf" that deems it unnecessary and unworthy of a sequel. However, I really like Jason Bateman and I think he's good in even this film. The only justifiable means that I can use to compare this movie as being better than its former is that it always made more sense to me that a werewolf participate in a combative sport (such as boxing) over basketball. But yeah, I know this movie is crap. But we all have our guilty pleasures.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Just about what you'd expect..., 28 February 2004
6/10

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Nothing spectacular about the film itself as we've heard this all before. Great performances and cinematography though. I'm not to much of a fan of reading movies, but the performances were so captivating that I didn't even notice it. A lot of people are trying to convince me that this is a super awesome movie (obviously because of the content involved). And I guess a lot of people are rating this film with a perfect score without taking into the context of what really makes a movie a movie compared to what makes a story a story. The story is well known and quite a depressing one too. People were literally leaving the theatre mid-movie crying. The story is good and so is the film, but by no means perfect as it's been done before. It's really just another story about Jesus Christ that's been overhyped for no apparent reason.

Kind of a spoiler: My only real complaint with the movie was the ending where they showed Jesus resurrected with the holes in his hand. It's quite effective for the entire resurrection story, but I felt when they had Mary staring at the audience (breaking the fourth wall), it was far more dramatic and a better way to end the film.

Score: 6 out of 10 (okay)

S1m0ne (2002)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Pretty good film, 30 June 2003
7/10

This film was pretty interesting to watch and a pretty good idea. It kind of reminded me of the Whoopi Goldberg movie "The Associate" (which is a remake itself). Regardless of the fact that it is actually very similar to that film, "S1M0NE" is still a good movie to watch on a weekend. Al Pacino is great, as always and it's fun to watch.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
I'm very keen on the show..., 10 June 2003

Keen Eddie is a very promising show combining a good mix of comedy, action, and drama all into one. It has interesting cuts that keep you engrossed throughout the show. The cast is also top notch. Mark Valley is great as Eddie Arlette, full of great wit and charm. I also am glad to see Colin Salmon on the show, playing the no-nonsense Scotland Yard Superintendent Johnson.

Hopefully this show will win over audiences and not be replaced by another dreadful reality show.

Could've also been called "The Ultimate Guide to Picking Up Women"., 6 April 2003
8/10

I picked up this movie while wondering the video store for a second flick to watch. A few days earlier I friend mentioned to a movie called "Roger Dodger" and said it was pretty good. So when I noticed it, I decided to pick it up.

When I got home and watched it, I was never bored. It's one of those movies that relies on dialogue, constant back and forth, realistic conversation, like how it is in real life. I haven't seen such great conversation in a film since the movie "Tape". It's a good movie that never has a dull moment. However many people would disagree since this movie isn't full of explosions and one-liners. Not that I don't enjoy the occasional one-liners, but I just enjoyed the realism of the movie.

Campbell Scott is great as the leading man, Roger. He's constantly in motion and with the character. Hell, this could be him just acting out real life.

I really liked the film and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a hilarious view from the thoughts of a casa nova like Roger. Good film.

SCORE: 8 out of 10 (very good)

Diesel's last good film isn't anything new, but then again nothing is., 6 April 2003
6/10

I like Vin Diesel. He has the capability of being a huge action star and a good actor. Unfortunately he's chosen to be action star first and put his acting second. He started out with independent films which lead him to his role in "Saving Private Ryan". He then did "Boiler Room" which is the movie that caught my attention of the actor. I thought he was a pretty cool character. Then he did "Pitch Black" which was a so-so movie, but Riddick was a very interesting character. But then he teamed with Rob Cohen and quite honestly, everything went to hell. While "The Fast and the Furious" was an okay quick popcorn flick, it was apparent that he didn't really need to act in it. Then he did "XXX" which is the biggest embarrassment to secret agent movies since Timothy Dalton took on the role of James Bond. But after he did "TF&TF" and before he did "XXX" he did two movies. Two movies which seem like they'll be the last of Vin Diesel's acting ability, for at least some time. The first was "Knockaround Guys" which was finally released in 2002 after being delayed more than a year. While the movie was just okay, it wasn't full of ridiculous CGI work with poor written lines to go with it. Then there was another movie "El Diablo" which was also delayed for some time. That eventually became "A Man Apart" and we're left with a predictable, yet fun movie proving to be Diesel's last good movie before he gets ready to go back X-Style in "XXX2".

"A Man Apart" is obviously something you've seen a million times, but hell... these days in Hollywood, everything is something you've seen a million times. He's a man hell bent on revenge for the death of his wife. Granted the movie is a cliché and predictable, but ignore that. It's still a good movie and very nice to see Diesel using his acting ability more than using his gun. It's the best of both worlds with this flick and I left the theatre much more satisfied than when I saw "XXX".

Overall, if you ignore the fact that it's been done, it's a good flick.

SCORE: 6 out of 10 (okay)

8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Watch it for Colin Salmon's performance, 21 January 2003
8/10

I was flipping through channels and came across this second installment of the Prime Suspect mini-series which star Helen Mirren. However I'm not really a fan of the series, but was very impressed with the performance of Colin Salmon, who plays Sgt. Robert Oswalde. Salmon since then has worked on films such as the Bond films, Resident Evil, and the mini-series Dinotopia, however didn't ever have such a big part as he does in Prime Suspect 2. Salmon is very good in this role and his performance alone is a reason to watch it. Pretty decent mini-series.

SCORE: 7 out of 10 (good)

25th Hour (2002)
172 out of 217 people found the following review useful:
Absolute perfection. It's as great as the book., 11 January 2003
9/10

I read the novel 'The 25th Hour' before I even knew it was going to be adapted into a movie and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was one of the best books written in the last ten years. Being a huge fan of Spike Lee and Edward Norton, I was extremely excited when I found they were making it into a film.

However I will admit I was a bit skeptical to whether Spike Lee could pull the film off, but when I saw the trailer I had a new found faith in it and I'm sorry to of doubted him. I saw the film yesterday and was just amazed. It's nearly flawless and is almost exactly like the novel which was written by David Benioff (who also wrote the screenplay).

The characters in the film are great. You got Monty Brogan (Norton) who's looking at seven years for drug dealing charges. It's his last day of freedom and he's just trying to tie up any loose ends before he goes. Then you got his two friends, Frank Slaughtery (Barry Pepper) and Jakob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who each have to deal with the fact that their best friend is going away for seven years, but also have their own demons to deal with. You also have his girlfriend, Naturelle Rivera (Rosario Dawson) who must deal with it as well and must also deal with the fact that she's suspect on who could have sold Monty out to the DEA. And finally you have James Brogan (Brian Cox), Monty's father. He's a hard working guy who obviously wished that things didn't turn out the way they did. One last night for Monty to set things straight and also make decisions.

The film sticks almost exactly to the novel, but there are slight differences. Since the novel was written in 2000 and the movie was filmed during 2002, Spike Lee and David Benioff included the mentioning of the attacks on New York and the aftermath, which I applaud Lee for. He didn't cop out and try to ignore it like others. It was necessary to capture the emotion of what New Yorkers are facing and among that, what the characters have to face with Monty going to prison. There are also slight differences and cut outs from the book to make the film flow easier, but I was disappointed with only one thing that the film didn't include. In the novel, Monty constantly thinks of how he always wanted to be a fireman. While firemen references and his father was a fireman are all mentioned in the film, it didn't really tackle Monty's regret of never becoming a fireman, like it did in the book. But the film makes up for that one thing by being terrific all around.

There are some stellar performances here. Edward Norton is always great in everything he plays, but in this film he is just excellent. The 'F**k You' scene he has when he's staring in the mirror is just excellent and I hope he gets an Oscar nomination for this role (he was robbed from one for American History X). Barry Pepper is in his greatest performance yet as the tough guy stockbroker. Philip Seymour Hoffman was great as Jakob, the high school teacher. Dealing with his attraction to his student, Mary (Anna Paquin). Rosario Dawson really made me feel for her and it was great to see more of her in a film. Brian Cox doesn't have a huge role, but he's great as Monty's father. I would also like to give praise to Tony Siragusa for his performance as Kostya. He was dead on with the accent.

So without going on any further, I just have to say that '25th Hour' was really great and is now one of my favorite films of all time.

SCORE: 9 out of 10 (excellent)


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