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Good, slightly arty, action film
100% original? not really.
Oscar material? nope.
A replacement for Bourne? not yet.
So why did I like it?
I like action films and I like cinematic art and this felt like an interesting mixture of the two (a bit like Drive). It also had a dream like quality pervading a lot of the scenes which I liked. I'll admit I find it difficult to picture females in aggressive roles but she played the part well. The rooftop sequence was good but very similar to a Jason Bourne film. The fight scenes looked realistic. Overall I'd prefer a little more character development but I think the film worked well. 7 stars from me.
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
Appalling but kind of fun
I'm not quite sure where to begin with this - it came across like a bad dream but with worse acting. If you can imagine a kid with a rubber shark beating up his toy aeroplane then you can picture the special effects. The science was a bit weird too - the monster shark was swimming at 500kts (nearly 600mph) which is pretty fast for a fish but luckily the sub could go faster.
I was shaking my head for the first 30 mins thinking this couldn't get any worse but my kids were cheering their favourite creature on. In the end though I just sort of appreciated it for what it was and joined them. It was definitely appalling but sort of fun at the same time. The main achievement of the film was that it made me feel like I could make a monster movie myself ... 10 minutes in my kids toy box, 5 minutes with photoshop and perhaps a minute on the script ... monster worms vs giant sparrows anyone?