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Alien: Covenant (2017)
What have they done ... ?!
I thought the bad reviews are all exaggerated. But after seeing the movie I need to admit they were right: This is indeed a horrible Alien movie. If not even the worst.
1) The crew is utterly stupid and unprofessional. 2) The plot is weird and questionable. 3) The presentation is awful and the decisions are insulting.
First, nobody of the crew is being introduced. So you don't feel connected to any of them. They just show up, eventually die and you feel like they were only there to serve the role as cannon fodder. After some of them died you learn "Ah that was her husband" or "Oh that was his wife". While for the others, you still have no idea what role they had on the mission at all even after the movie ended. And while exploring the (unknown) planet, they are completely lightheaded. They step on sh*t, touch sh*t, put their head into sh*t, ignore rules, disable safety features, risk the live of over 2.000 colonists for one person, etc.
Second, the story we get told here is pretty weird. While this was the sequel to Prometheus, it has nothing to do with it. Except that it features David and the ship of the Engineers Elisabeth Shaw took. We don't learn what happened on their trip after Elisabeth Shaw and David left LV-223. What turned David into this lunatic? Why did he abuse Elisabeth for his experiments and committed genocide on the Engineers? Although we see a short cut-scene about what happened when they arrived at the planet, it feels half-assed, misplaced and doesn't explain anything. It only raises eyebrows and more questions.
Third, the presentation of the whole story and the decisions of the direction are terrible. Before, the Xenomorph, like the Predator, was a fearsome, mysterious and powerful creature with unknown origins. And in Alien: Covenant we learn that the Xenomorph is nothing else but the creation of a "mad scientist" named David, the android. This is maybe the worst thing about the whole movie, it slaughters the whole mystery behind the Xenomorph.
There is so much wrong with this movie. I loved all the previous Alien movies. I even loved Prometheus. But Alien Covenant is insulting. I have no idea what Ridley Scott was thinking.
CAT. 8 (2013)
Butchering science but still ...
Well, where to start ...
First off, this is the most scientific inaccurate movie I've ever seen. Not only that, they are butchering it to a degree where it gets pretty hilarious. OK, to be fair we don't know what happens if we shoot high energy stuff into the Sun. But if that was the only thing ...
Secondly, there are several goofs. For instance there is a scene where they show something on a computer monitor which was supposed to be their "software" and you shortly see a "play / pause / stop / ffwd ..." toolbar appearing in the bottom right of the monitor. Or when Beverly and Jack Hillcroft had the car accident because of an EMP discharge, the lights of the car were still on when they left it. Etc, etc, etc. There are lots of these little things.
But still, even tho the movie has a pretty generic plot and an interpretation of science which is ridiculous, I still gave it a chance and it had something which kept me watching for that 3 hours.
There was nothing wrong with the actors or their acting. Even the idea isn't that bad (at least of the first half), but just poorly realized. I mean we don't have that much "Sun doomsday movies", do we?
The acting wasn't Oscar-worthy, but still good enough to get you connected to the characters, their story, their hopes, sorrows and happiness.
Also the CGI was pretty good. I've seen worse in Hollywood movies (*cough* Hobbit *cough*).
The biggest problem this movie has is clearly the realization of their plot and script and their interpretation of science. I think in the 70's and 80's this movie would be great, because today we have a far more advanced standard of knowledge, of our planet and the Sun, etc. So therefore the common audience today expects more accurate "fiction", so to say.
Second, its length. It was obviously supposed to be a two-part movie. However, they offer it as one 3h movie in Amazon Prime. You can of course split it in two sessions, if you like. But I guess most viewers who quit after the first half didn't watch the second half anyway. So what ...
I think the movie would have been better received if they spent more time carving out the script and maybe talking to college physics and geology students about how to realize that scenario so that it could work.
Personally I think it was worth watching. I would recommend the movie to those who have already seen everything and don't know what to watch.
Promising beginning, a letdown later on
I went on watching this movie without reading anything about it before. So I didn't know what to expect.
The movie has a promising beginning, where we see Yuda (Iko Uwais) practicing Silat in a beautiful natural setting, introduced by the soft voice of his mother. Later on we meet Yudas family and learn about the deep meaning and importance of the "Merantau". We learn that the "Merantau" is an important part of the life of every boy, a transition from childhood to adult. We see Yuda visiting his Silat guru for a last humble "training fight" and to get blessings before he is leaving home to begin his "Merantau".
This left me with an impression of an upcoming deep and philosophical movie, where you take part in the "inner journey" and the development of Yudas character.
Unfortunately the whole movie develops in a completely different direction. When leaving home, Yuda takes the next bus on a long trip to a big city. Finding out that the address he was given is now a construction site he decides spending his nights in concrete tubes laying on the yard.
Instead of a thoughtful and/or philosophical movie, from now on we see Yuda chasing down bad guys in a default "yet another-martial arts-action flick"-manner, with mediocre fights choreography and an obvious predictable plot.
**** Serious spoilers ****
Saving a GoGo-girl and her young brother from a panderer gets him in trouble with a bunch of white-slavers. Eventually he destroys the whole organization on his own ... Only to get himself killed in the end, by the last "super bad guy" he left unattended alive and crawling on the ground, to focus his attention on freeing Astri from the shipping container.
The whole death scene of Yuda afterwards was ridiculous. Besides having taken some serious blows from the fights, he should have survived the stab in his belly. It looked like the pipe wasn't penetrating deeper than 5cm (~2in) and obviously didn't hurt any important organs, since he was able to cry for another 5 minutes on the ground before suddenly fainting.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Worst movie of its genre
Well, I've seen many movies of this genre, The Fountain, Cloud Atlas, I <3 Huckabees, The Adjustment Bureau, ... and I loved them. But this movie is just boring.
You listen to the story told by 118 years old "Nemo", "the last mortal on earth", remembering his life and telling it to a reporter or his "doctor".
In his retrospections you see "young" / "adult" Nemo in different time periods suffering from the same family or relationship affairs with either Anna, Elise or Jean over and over and over again. Just different perspectives, different characters, but it is basically the same story over and over again.
Nothing new, nothing special, nothing exciting. Waste of time in my opinion.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Brilliant fast paced action movie
I just returned from cinema watching this movie and I give it a 8 of 10.
I'm a Conan fan since Schwarzenegger's "Conan - The Barbarian" from 1982, I read all Robert E. Howard's Conan novels and played the "Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures" MMO for a long time. So my review maybe a bit biased.
This Conan movie got all what the heart of a Conan fan desires: Beautiful landscapes, sexy women, black humor and sarcasm, violence and gore, strong and honorable men, fierce enemies and monsters and lots of fighting scenes.
Yes, it may be not perfect and has some flaws. But nonetheless I personally found it very entertaining and exciting. For me there was no moment of boredom or the desire that the movie will hopefully end soon - rather the opposite.
If you like movies which touch the relentless warrior and hero within yourself you'll probably also like this Conan movie.