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Not for everyone
This is a remarkable film, but definitely not for everyone. It consists of a somewhat shallow plot surrounded by extremely intense acting. Practically the entire movie takes place in an upscale bathroom which is bigger than my entire apartment. Many others have commented on the excellence of Jason Statham's performance, and I agree, but do not overlook the excellence of Chris Evans' performance. Dane Cook, in a small role, gives a performance against his stand-up comedy type which is also notable. Jessica Biel, playing the title character, has never been sexier or angrier on film. The opening scene with London (Biel) and Syd (Evans) borders on pornographic, and I mean that in a good way. All other observations aside, how could anyone not like a movie with three of the most beautiful men on the planet in the cast? It is too bad that this is an American film--perhaps we could have seen even more of Chris Evans otherwise.
The Village (2004)
As a romantic, I loved this movie
Okay, Shyamalan didn't deliver the punch here like he did with "Sixth Sense", but I'm not sure that's what he was trying to achieve. This movie, in my humble opinion, is firstly a love story and only secondly a seat-grabber goblin flick. To me this film is a first-rate love story with multi-faceted dimensions. On the top layer, this is about Ivy and Lucius and their love for each other. Lucius and Ivy have always known they were in love without speaking it. Lucius is also in love with "The Village", and offers to leave--risking peril of the forest--for medicines for the villagers. Later, Ivy offers to leave--risking the same perils of the forest--for medicines for ailing Lucius. The mysteries, monsters, suspense, and mayhem are all just supporting players in this A+ love story. I'm not a good writer to convey my thoughts, but I thought this was one of the best love stories I've ever seen.
Call me "The Romantic"!
The Pledge (2001)
Very disappointing - 2 out of 10
I had never heard of The Pledge when it appeared on my cable menu and, after watching it, I know why: It's a stinker of a movie. I watched it because of Jack Nicholson, who did in fact provide the movie's only redeeming trait of a riveting performance, but nonetheless I felt like I had wasted 2 hours when it was over. And for those of you who think "he just doesn't get it" because I missed a scene to go to the bathroom, that's not the case: I watched every scene, I understand the plot, and I can appreciate the tragic irony of the ending. But the movie is still a stinker. I could not recommend The Pledge to anyone.