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The Black Dahlia (2006)
Bored? Want to be even more bored? Well -- here is the prescription for that..
I have played the game, read the novel, and I wanted to see the movie -- Despite the bad reviews on IMDb.com -- Boy do I regret that decision.
Josh Hartnett delivers his standard stone-faced-not-an-emotion-in-sight performance, something which should be fine for a noir-flick, but is not. A film-noir requires the leading actor to have a certain cool about him, and unless you are a female teenager, Mr. Hartnett is not giving you any..
Scarlett Johanson is fair enough, but her role is so small that it couldn't possibly matter either way. Most of the other actors deliver convincing performances, but in the end, the acting is not what drag this blurb of a movie down into the puddle where it belongs. Its primarily the directing and the editing that fails so miserably.
NOTHING, and I mean nothing, hangs together in this movie. It is made up of a variety of subplots, each one of them leads into a void, and then a development magically appears -- Something totally unrelated to the rest of the story, characters you have never heard of (And will never hear of again) clues the cops back on a trail which they either just forget, or follow until it resolves back into the great void again, until a new unrelated thread pops out of the same nothingness.
The murder doesn't even take place until a third of the movie has passed by, and you already find yourself bored to tears. A confusing, and rather annoying/boring hour later you are just happy that its over. Really, this movie isn't even worth the electric expenses of running the DVD for the runtime of the film.
The Triangle (2005)
The production is good, and the acting is fine. If they just had some kind of a plot, the end result might have been good too. But it isn't, the "theories" posed aren't just unbelievable, they are flat out not interesting. Also, its very formulaic -- Well into the second episode I completely lost interest and began entertaining myself by imagining how the producers came up with this rubbish. "We need a science guy to confirm this, but as scientists are boring we must make him a extreme sports enthusiast", "Oh no, we are stuck again. we need a psychic to just come up with a new leads from nowhere".
I usually like "occult" mysteries, And I know that I cant compare the realism to a drama or anything, but I require one thing, and thats consistency. Each explanation which comes up here are self contradicting horse manure, they only fit the characters meaningless quest to find..eh..well, I don't know, and sadly, neither do they.
The Dead Zone (2002)
I was very skeptical when I sat down to watch this. I loved the book when I read it a long time ago, but had a hard time imagining how the concept could possibly be stretched over a series. Nor had I heard anything about the show, and its currently in its fifth season.
The pilot is taken from the book, an excellent dramatization of Stephen Kings thriller, and a perfect appetizer for those of us who has read it. Then the series continues on its own, and although it occasionally suffers from the absence of the original author, most episodes are excellent -- Sporting engaging plots and good acting.
I consider 'Dead zone' among the best cinematic productions based upon the works of Stephen King, right up there with 'Storm of the century'