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One of the worst films I have ever seen
This film is an eyesore. The only thing that this film has is buckets upon buckets of blood and guts and guns. Stallone has a very "Black Bear" approach to acting in this, usually struggling to deliver his lines through the botox, and so they come out as enigmatic grunts. The story and the characters are all shallow, including Rambo himself, and I think that the mercenaries Rambo meets later on in the movie were too stupid to give themselves names. Lets see now....... there is Rambo...and then there's Sarah.. and that's all the names that we get. The country of Burma is so stereotyped that they could have just went out to the Everglades in Florida, put up some paddy fields and hey presto! they have a Burma which is as shallow as the pools that the rice grows in.
Many other action films even have characters and story lines, such as Die Hard or even perhaps I am Legend, but Rambo has a pure bulk of it devoted to the most sickening gore that is well across the fine line that separates fun, adrenaline-packed gore and sickening, gritty gore. All that seems to be thrown at the audience is a few (grunted) swear words, clichés or severed heads. I know that the bad guys are very shady and linear, but the way they are killed is perhaps even more deranged than, let's say, The Hostel. Whereas Bruce Willis is superb in Die Hard, I think Rambo falls well short at the first gory kill, and then it all just goes downhill from there. All of the film was made, written and directed by, it seems, a gib-thirsty fifteen-year old, who plays Doom 3 a little too much.
In some films, the gore is evenly divided so that it can co-exist with the story, whereas in Rambo, the gore far outweighs the paltry story and is purely sickening. Men blown to pieces... Bad guys blown to pieces....good guys blown to pieces.....innocents blown to pieces... bad guys decapitated..... and when the shallow characters die, you do not feel remorse for them, even though this TRIES to force you....
The ending sucked, Stallone sucked, the gore was relentless (and anyone who says "well that is war" is stupid. Rambo is not war, because it blows it's buckles, and besides..war has stories and characters and heroes, whereas Rambo is a puffy-faced botox bear who is more of a butcher than a hero) and far too over-the-top to watch more than three minutes of and no people, do not take creed to those who say that this film is great, because it just ISN'T! 1/10
Fantastic Sci-fi stormer
Woah! This film is amazing. It is a pure sci-fi film, because if Spock is in it, its 100% sci-fi. It is riddled with twists and is blessed with an all-star cast of Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum. It is also suspenseful, and at times, gory and eerie, so it seriously freaked me out. I have never seen the original, but I am compelled to after watching this. San Francisco is portrayed as very grey and downbeat, unlike many films where it is portrayed as sunny and happy, and the ending is depressing and frightening. It had me reaching for the remote after i heard that awful sound! It really caught me by surprise! So I have to give this fine, fine film 10/10 in all categories, and it has gone in my "cult" list!
Rip-Roaring, Retina-Raping Randomness!!
Cloverfield is a species of film that rarely comes along, due to the potential for utter disaster and bombing at the Box Office. Godzilla sucked, yet the Blair Witch Project was highly successful and deserved the money it won. Perhaps if you heard about a combination of these films, you might be worried that they might ruthlessly combat with each other, until they cancel each other out, and you end up with a bland film.
But you would be well, well wrong.
Cloverfield is probably the most Hollywood Un-Hollywood Hollywood film ever, meaning that its story was 10000000% Hollywood, but was done in a way that isolated it from Hollywood, but a monster attacking New York and a story about ordinary people filming it and the way it was flaunted was also Hollywood. Firstly, if there was a monster attacking my city, I would RLH and go the opposite direction, fearing for my life. And if I was on a street in NY, with M1 Abrams and Marines firing over my head at a 25-storey monster behind me, I would not keep searching for my friend, who is probably dead, but i would burst my eardrums and run, run far, far away. But our motley crew of ''average Joe's'' decide to look for their friend, whom they have not copped on that is probably stone dead. Cloverfield, in all his vehement, hideous appearances, is not like King Kong or Godzilla. Whereas King Kong is a giant ape and Godzilla is a big lizard, Cloverfield is more random and complex. Indeed, his big close-up is negated by the run-up. You would expect him to be something a lot more simpler in his design, but he is quite disappointing to look at. He is no cult monster, like KK or Godzilla or even as cult as the aliens in MARS ATTACKS! But this film is superlative to Godzilla, or the Blair Witch Project, and most certainly Mars Attacks! The special effects are superb, and along with the shaky-camera-work (I would not recommend this to motion-sickness prone people, but, thankfully, I do not suffer from it, thanks to the Incredible Hulk coaster that shook it out of me) make the scenes seem credible. The characters are highly underdeveloped, but that was incidental, as Hud (the cameraman) probably knew all about them, and couldn't be boogied to inform you. The ending is notoriously crap, much like Godzilla's, and also like Godzilla, it left room for a sequel to answer those unanswered questions. I thought that the unexplained attitude was interesting, but I was like ''WTF???'' when the film ended.
The special-effects and exotic choice of storyline attracted me the most, but i deduct 2 marks for the pure idiocy of the logic in the film, but just refer to the title for my verdict on the film.
Wow! what a film! when you see it first in the cinema you are like wow! and this blows you away like a full broadside.With explosive cannonballs.In a natural gas factory.First the thing that Jackson got spot on was the actors (like veterans Ian McKellen,Christopher Lee and Cate Blanchett) a well as Viggo Mortensen,Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood and even more spot on performances.Number Two.Jackson also got the music score right with emotional music for the sad scenes,epic instrumental for the(very numerous)epic scenes and fast-paced for the(also numerous)action sequences.
Number Three.The CGI was absolutely amazing,from Cave Trolls to the Pits of Saruman.
The only problem with this was that there was no epic battles,except maybe a short but huge battle in the prologue,if you want to see lots of epic battles,see the sequels to this,they are full of them :) From the Fields of the Shire,to the hill of Amon Hen,from Elves to Uruk-Hai,i'd recommend this all the way ;) 10/10