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Not horrible, but not great
The movie was cute--what else can be said about a team of guinea pigs that try to save the world from domination? The animation is very well done, as is the voice acting. However, keep in mind that this is meant for a much younger audience, so what may be amusing to kids will probably not be as amusing to adults. Some of the jokes were obvious, the twist at the end was obvious, and overall, this isn't a movie to make you think. It wasn't the worst movie I've seen, but it wasn't one of the better ones. This would be one to wait until it hits DVD before you see it--unless you just absolutely want to see the 3-D version.
P.S. Speaking of the 3-D version, after seeing the 2-D, there are some scenes, especially action sequences, that probably lend themselves very well to the 3-D experience. And there seems to be more of those sequences than were in Up.
The Cure (1995)
Surprisingly beautiful piece
Even though this film is 11 years old, I just rented it yesterday, and I found it to be a really touching film. The story of true friendship in the face of a very real monster is an inspiration and quite touching.
While I did not care much for the amount of language used by some of the young actors--especially from Renfro--I understand that art is imitating life. Renfro once again does a magnificent job of the rough-and-tough, very (and I mean VERY) disturbed wannabe bully (his role in The Client comes to mind), and Mazzello does a wonderful job of the witty, somewhat quirky, Dexter--a child who realizes that his life must end too soon.
While there are so many touching and funny moments in the movie, I have to say that my favorite was when the boys were cornered by Pony in the abandoned church, and Dexter (Mazzello) cut himself, saying his blood was poison. While very resourceful, and somewhat amusing seeing a grown man running away from two little kids, it's one of the hardest scenes in the film.
Definitely check this one out, but prepared with your Kleenex--you'll need it!
The Village (2004)
Not what you would think
Having had a bad experience with The Sixth Sense, I really didn't know if I wanted to see The Village, except I had heard a few people say they enjoyed it. So, for a lack of nothing to rent, I rented it, and I must say that I enjoyed the film. What starts off looking like a thriller--even somewhat of a horror flick--ends up being more of psychological/sociological view into grief and fear.
The cast is very good, with impressive performances from Bryce Dallas Howard and Adrien Brody, though Joaquin Phoenix isn't too bad either. The setting is gorgeous, costuming authentic, and beautifully haunting music. Also make sure to watch the credits, as you will see very nice photos of the area and the actors.
Now, the film itself is not perfect. The ending is a little bit of a cop-out, but despite that, it's still worth seeing.
If you're looking for a horror film, this probably isn't the one for you. If you are looking for a film that makes you think a little bit and has a few twists and turns, then this is for you.