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I'm not a Harry Potter fan and haven't read the books. But I will admit
that they did a great job of polishing those films, making the dialogue
reasonably natural and the characters show chemistry and depth.
The entire Hunger Games films are almost devoid of real emotion. It's almost as though there is BAD and GOOD. Katniss is GOOD. The others in the Games are mostly BAD. None of them seem to be concerned about the impending death that virtually all will face, just acting bad. The dialog seems stilted and what you'd expect from a child's book.
Thinking about the logic of the plot and the uprising (whatever that is supposed to mean and we never get a feeling that the poor districts have mounted any sort of problem that the ridiculously wealthy can't handle.
The acting is intentionally over the top to show the badness. Stanley Tucci does a fine job, as always, but it's so over the top to be completely absurd. Even The Running Man did a much better job than this.
A friend who read the books said that all the characters were written this paper thin. It's as if you must check all brains at the door and do not think about whether anything really makes sense if you give it more than 2 minutes of thought. The Games themselves don't seem to exist except to create a spectacle for the reader or viewer. This is like pitifully bad science fiction that is geared towards 5-7 year old audiences who mostly don't understand things too deeply.
This film is a colossal waste of time unless you are a fan of this silly series. If you're renting, make sure you can accomplish something else at the same time so you don't feel like it's a total loss.
Josh Brolin is a great actor It takes a terrible script and real effort
to make his performance look pitiful and just not believable. If you've
seen the original, you'd know that the whole prolonged opening scene
was completely unnecessary. It was just Spike Lee's little joke to get
a white man pandering to a powerful black man. You'll notice this
frequent pattern in Spike Lee films.
This time wasting exercise means that the next important scene is terribly rushed and not very effective. It's practically comical.
What made the original Asian version work is the great acting, excellent pacing, superb script and on screen chemistry. Nothing here works. Brolin's character is a drunk whose actions are so over the top, that his character just isn't believable.
Don't even bother wasting time seeing this dud even if free. Rent the original and you'll appreciate it and thank everyone who told you to do so. This should be rated worse than it is, probably as a result of manipulation of the ratings in an upward direction, believe it or not.
This film is an embarrassment. It makes B movies look like top notch
thrillers. Everything is wrong with this film, exaggerated and
unnatural, like almost everything I've seen Tyler Perry produce. The
script is predictable and laughable. There is no chemistry between the
actors and the dialog is stilted, awkward and difficult to hear.
Perry's character, Alex Cross, is a psychic genius. He can tell what went on at a scene just by his very presence. He knows one man did everything because... well... he's just so darn smart. He has the same cool demeanor the entire film and he's just not a credible character.
The worst part is that there are no twists that can't be seen a mile away and the film plays out from beginning to end without surprises. A serial killer wants to take out everyone and now it's up to our resident genius to prevent that from happening. Even the mediocre "Along Came a Spider" which featured Morgan Freeman was miles ahead of this farce. This is the kind of film that goes straight to video and gets played late night on free TV channels, if you want to waste your time on this (but certainly not your money.)
This is a great thriller and a fun ride. It's also a little bit of a
character study. It's a pity that most of the reviewers who rated this
film poorly (a) couldn't understand that this isn't another Jason
Bourne action film, and (b) couldn't keep their ADD in control long
enough to focus on the story and the related subplots, and (c)
appreciate that some attention was paid to the character that is
Michael Clayton instead of yet another cardboard cutout action hero.
Clayton is a lawyer in a big firm. He is also "the fixer" - the guy who the firm sends out to take care of issues before they spiral out of control and in silence. When a wealthy man strikes an innocent pedestrian while driving drunk, the fixer is sent out to calm the man down and survey the situation. Clayton's frustration is that he wants to be back in court but the firm believes he's too good of a fixer.
The main plot revolves around the firm's defense of a class action lawsuit. Clayton's friend and fellow partner/attorney in the same law firm seems to have lost his marbles and Clayton is called in to speak to him and fix the problem. They suspect that this attorney is off his medication and perhaps doing things that could harm the case.
Clayton has his own issues and isn't perfect. He's far better at handling the lives of others than he is his own. Big business is a corrupt world with many players who lack scruples and friendship may not be loyalty even in the slightest degree. Who can he trust? Is someone trying to remove him?
This is a fun film. But it does involve a number of different characters. If you leave the film for 5 minutes to buy popcorn you could lose a large part. If you're waiting for the shootout and guns to fly, this isn't your film. This is a fun chess match with lots of witty dialogue and suspense as the story unfolds. The performances are terrific by an A+ cast.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. If you have a brain in your head and appreciate thrillers and don't need Hollywood endings, then this is your film.
I'm going to be one of the few to say what horrendous tripe this movie
was. Thankfully we saw it in 3D on the big screen. Anything else is a
complete waste of time, IMHO. The beginning of the film starts good
with an interesting premise. But once things start to go wrong,
everything goes wrong with this film. It would be better titled
"Mission Impossible" and it's a very short film that tacks on an
additional hour out of what could have been a neat 30 minute film.
This won't ruin the film but was one of the funniest lines I heard from the audience, who also felt that this was an empty preposterous story that was as vacuous as space itself. He said "Let me guess, and here comes the shark!" You'll understand it when you see it and it will probably give you a great laugh since there is no film that Hollywood cannot ruin.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Fantastic special effects given a very small budget.
Extremely boring dialogue which consists of never getting close enough but always being tempted that you are. And then that person falls into the ice and done.
Found documentary footage is usually a bad sign for a movie, most especially when it's the whole movie.
You wait a long time for the payoff and then it's done. Yippee. So they have an answer. Perhaps they can make a sequel.
The reviews here talk about how amazing this film is. Clearly a bunch of people who wanted to love this film and have some association unknown. This was an ambitious premise but horrendous script.
Steven Seagal wears a jacket for most of the film so that you can't see
the bulge of his fat sticking out and getting in the way of the lack of
credibility in this film. It's a comedy to watch Steven try to pretend
like the cameras will hide his lack of quickness while everyone with
guns watches him make his way to do his "moves" in slow motion.
Even if you're fan of this no talent clown you will want to skip this on cable and on DVD, that is unless you want to mock the man for how seriously he takes himself. It's hard to believe he was ever anything of worth at all in the martial arts and I wonder how much was actually true and how much was fabricated legend like most of his career and alleged dealings with the mob.
This is really a horrendous film.
It's funny to read the few comments here such as those saying that
"School of Rock" was a great film about Rock and Roll. That pretty much
sums up the limits of some of the viewers, unfortunately.
This film is about a genre in Rock and Roll. If you lived through the 70s, 80s or even the early 90s as a teenager or adult, you can related to the perfect satire of this genre. Many of the jokes are so funny and have some basis in a little bit of what makes people well rounded that they may fly right over the head of younger viewers ("I prize the rent from the local Hebrews.")
Without a doubt, if you're a musician you will love this film. If you're not a musician you might not get all the jokes but it is still a hilarious, fun ride. It takes you through everything from the political correctness that is "the entertainment industry" to the image conscious era of 60s/70s rock bands where sexuality reigned supreme.
So my guess is that if you're a younger viewer or not at all into the music scene, you may not fully relate. Regardless, this is the movie that started all the mockumentaries and for good reason. The performances are stellar - the actors ARE the band.
I enjoyed this film and remember all the lines just because it defined so many great inside jokes of what was. Every cut is hit on this soundtrack.
Wow is this movie a terrible mess. It's a Statham standard, whom I
love. But the insults to the intelligence are just remarkable. If
you're going to put together a by the numbers movie then just do it
Jennifer Lopez cannot act. She is a disaster. This movie is an excuse for her to have a large role and try to show off how beautiful she thinks she is. Word to Jenny from the block - you have aged. You're not that hot. You're sad, very sad.
Parker is a thief who is double crossed. He's not going to hunt down the gang that tried to kill him and couldn't do so even though he should have been dead at least twice. As he goes through this far-fetched and forgettable story, he meets Jennifer Lopez, a woman who is a desperate female willing to do anything - and I mean anything - to land a few hundred dollars to make her car payments.
Not very good butt kicking. Lots of incredibly stupid dialog. The only thing that would have been worthwhile would have been to make this into a threesome and a more restricted rating. Other than that, this movie has nothing compelling. It's a bad C movie. Skip it.
So bad that it's actually hysterical. As someone else wrote, writer
decides to challenge the premise that a hotel room is haunted.
Suddenly, he must face the fact that weird stuff is going to happen and
there is a foreboding of something very bad going to occur to him.
Stuff just happens - it doesn't really matter why, just that it's weird
Cusack looks like his only fear was in agreeing to do this film. The dialog is horrendous - so bad to be hilarious. It's just not worth wasting your life on watching this film, which you'll realize within 20 minutes of the moment you start. The real horror is in seeing the ending credits and realizing you sat through it.
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