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Typical B action movie, nice time waster
It's a pretty straightforward action film. The U.S. Seals are sent to capture the terrorist "Casper". The acting is not very good, but it's not surprising since this is a B action movie. The actor that plays "Casper" was the most watcheable because his acting was better than the rest. It was an OK time waster.
The criticism that I have for this film is that the night shots were just awful. Especially the shot of the Seals underwater. I couldn't see anything except little flashes of light and I didn't understand the dialogue. It was so frustrating I nearly turned off the film. But once the night scenes and underwater scenes were over, the film was decent. The fighting scenes were exciting and there were some spectacular explosions. It's a typical movie that guys love, I think.
I enjoyed it for what it was. Nice movie to rent if one is stuck at home with a twisted ankle, like me.
Visually exciting film, but too complex to understand!
This is a wonderfully visual film. The action is exciting and there were real moments of absolute suspense that had me holding my breath! Jake Green gets out of prison and he wants to get revenge on his old boss, Dorothy (no, it is a guy) Macha who put him in jail. This is the story on how Jake gets his revenge. There, that's the simplest way I can put it.
There is a lot of philosophy in this film that you get or you won't get. There are certain sayings that are repeated over and over again until you "get it". Unfortunately, a lot of viewers are not going to "get it"! Anyone that wants a straight, action, easy to understand story, will get easily frustrated watching this film. I understand why some of the reviewers here trashed this film. It's too complex! I loved the style, the above average acting, the action scenes, but the story was just too, too muddled. The ending is very hard to understand until one realizes that in order to win, Jake has to discard his "EGO"! Ray liotta is totally cool and a real great bad-ass as Macha. Jason Statham puts out a real effort to do some deep acting. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he doesn't. Anyway, Statham looks pretty good with hair! Andre Benjamin is all smooth and shiny as the mysterious Avi.
I want to give this movie a "B" for its stylishness and action, but for the story, I'd give it a "D+"! Even though the movie is confusing, I still think it's worth viewing.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Beautifully filmed historical film that is not historical at all!
I went to watch this movie knowing that even though the historical figures are real, the story is basically fiction, only Philippa Gregory's version of the tragedy of Anne Boleyn. Watching this film with this attitude really helped me enjoy it rather than be upset that all the historic characters' personalities were so distorted that they were almost unrecognizable. I suggest anyone else going to see this movie adopt this attitude too.
Sitting back, I proceeded to enjoy the scenery, the costumes, the beautiful actresses portraying the Boleyn girls and the over the top acting.
It was a fun movie and it moved along quickly. Scarlet Johansson and Natalie Portman were excellent as the Boleyn sisters. Eric Bana played a very conflicted Henry VIII who is continually frustrated by not getting a male heir. Eric Bana was not very good in this movie, I'm not sure what it was, maybe it was the way how the character was written or that he was just not comfortable in the role. He was extremely miscast as King Henry.
The one to watch in this film is Natalie Portman who seems to have a grand time playing the evil, scheming Anne Boleyn.
I am pleased to see that all the women in this film, like Lady Boleyn, Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn and Queen Catherine of Aragon were portrayed as having strong characters and not easily pushed around. Even Mary Boleyn, who seemingly always acquiesce to the wishes of her father and uncle, decided in the end to run off and marry someone who truly loves her.
It's a very entertaining film. Just remember that it's only someone's version of the Tudor history, not the real history, and you won't run into trouble!
Strictly a fun movie!
Actually, I liked "Dhoom" better than this movie. Plotwise, "Dhoom" had a lot more going for it. But "Dhoom 2" is a lot more fun, a lot more glossier and filled with such incredibly beautiful looking actors.
Hritek (am I even spelling his name correctly?) Roshan is SMOKIN' HOT!!!! Ashwarya Rai is a DROP DEAD GORGEOUS BABE! They are the most gorgeous couple ever! In this story, it is not about the supercop and his sidekick, but rather it becomes the story of the superthief and his sidekick girlfriend.
I'm not going to bother talking about the story. The story is lightweight. You just sit there and watch the singing, the dancing, the action scenes and Mr. A and Sunehri's passionate kiss. The best thing is the "Dhoom" song that runs throughout the movie. It is a great song with great dancing and singing. As I watched the DVD, I couldn't stop watching the video for this particular song over and over again.
It was a very enjoyable 3 hour time-waster.
Beautiful looking movie that is meant to make the viewers feel disgusted
The first ten minutes sitting through this movie was a bit of a shock. There was gold and jewels and jade and colored glass all over the palace. The young slave girls were dressed in tight dresses that displayed their heaving bosoms, the Empress is all dressed in gold embroidery. Everyone, and I mean everyone in this film looks really gorgeous. So what's the problem that I see? Everything was too much. There was too much glitter, too much gold, after awhile, it just got too much that I felt vaguely disgusted by what I was looking at. And I think that's what the director wanted.
This movie is about the ugliness of a dysfunctional family (in this case, the royal family of China). It did not matter that the Emperor and his family lived amidst such great wealth and extravagance, they were miserable and they were also in the midst of destroying themselves. This is not an easy movie to watch as it goes through betrayal, incest (really yucky stuff) and murder.
To put it briefly, the Empress knows she's being poisoned by the Emperor and she wreaks such vengeance that it breaks apart the whole family.
I thought the acting was very good. Gong Li is very watchable and she makes the viewer feel both sympathetic, yet disgusted towards her. Chow Yun Fat shows such evil and arrogance in his role as the Emperor. And yet, as the Emperor, he still has a certain charm. The Emperor may be pretty rotten to the core, but Chow Yun Fat in this character makes the viewer feel for the emperor too. During this film I was mesmerized by Chow Yun Fat's remarkable performance. If you are not interested in anything else in this film, at least see this film for Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li's performances.
The problems with this film has a lot to do with pacing. There were some spots during this long movie where everything just dragged. A man sitting across from me in the theater fell asleep and started snoring. That's not good at all! Also, during the film, a man and his kids quickly ran into the theater and sat down. I guess they were expecting some sort of action, kung fu movie, which this film was not in spite of some breathtaking fighting towards the end of the movie. After about fifteen minutes, the man took his kids out of the theater and left. I think I heard him complaining loudly that there wasn't any action going on. Word of warning, read some movie reviews before taking your children to see a specific movie. This movie was definitely not for young children.
It's not a great movie, it's a little pretentious, rent and watch it for the performances.
Florence Nightingale (1985)
Good television movie!
This is one of the better TV movies of the 1980s definitely.
I watched this movie knowing practically nothing about Florence Nightingale and I came away realizing what an important person she was in the world of medicine and patient care.
What I recall of the movie was this captain (or an army doctor, I can't recall exactly) in the makeshift hospital was yelling at his badly wounded soldier. It was a terrible way to treat these badly wounded men in a very dirty environment. Soldiers died quickly of their wounds due from infection and bad care before Florence Nightingale entered the picture. Florence Nightingale bought a whole bunch of women to the war zone and trained them to be nurses. Together, they cleaned up the "hospital" and revolutionized the care of patients.
Jacklyn Smith is very lovely. In whatever role she's in, she's always the elegant Jacklyn Smith. I don't buy her as Florence Nightingale, but she puts on some decent acting. I believed her compassion for people and she had me rooting for her throughout the movie.
It's a nice introduction to Florence Nightingale and I think it is a good movie to show to high school students who are interested in the nursing profession. It's a good drama and it doesn't hit you over the head with too much moralizing.
I don't know if this movie will ever come out on DVD, but it's a good movie for people who like costume dramas, Jacklyn Smith, or interested in Florence Nightingale.
Day of Wrath (2006)
Finally, a decent Christopher Lambert movie!
This movie takes place in Spain during the horrible Spanish Inquisition. Nobles are being murdered horribly and letters are carved into the corpses' chests. The sheriff, a good and decent man (played by Lambert) tries to find out who killed these nobles. The sheriff is met by resistance from the inquisitor and even his own boss (played by Brian Blessed) when he tries to uncover this murder mystery. Eventually, the sheriff realizes that these murders are connected to his family history and he must act quickly to save his life and the lives of his family.
I love the look of this film. It is a costume drama and a murder mystery and it takes place during a particularly horrible time in Spain's history.
The acting is very good. Congratulations to all the actors in this film, they've really outdid themselves. Christopher Lambert actually does a really decent job in this film and for the first time, I'm watching this guy actually act and not go on auto-pilot. The plot of this film is extremely intriguing and I greatly respect a film that still makes me think after the movie is long over.
This is a beautiful looking film and a good mystery, though I must warn some viewers that some of the murders are extremely graphic but it is not gratuitous violence as it is central to the story.
Absolutely worth viewing, maybe even worth viewing more than once.
The Da Vinci Treasure (2006)
Terrible, terrible movie!
This movie is a big disappointment and a waste of film. The story was mediocre, the acting was very poor. The worse shock for me was to see how C. Thomas Howell looked! He looked horribly gaunt and very old and his voice was too raspy. I thought to myself, was this poor guy really sick or on drugs? Well, I read Howell's mini-biography and found out that he had a bad case of appendicitis and that's why he looked so gaunt. In my opinion, Howell shouldn't be working right now because he looks really awful and he ought to take time out to recover fully before going back into films. I mean, if you're gonna do an action film with not a very good plot, you ought to at least look handsome.
This film is about a bunch of treasure hunters looking for the "Da Vinci treasure". The story is preposterous. There were some interesting ideas behind Da Vinci's artwork but that was about it. All the actors were incredibly wasted doing this forgettable film.
The directing was pretty bad. All of a sudden, the film would stop, a bright flash would appear and then the film would continue on. Instead of looking cool, it became a big irritation after awhile, because it was a pretty pointless special effect. The film was lifeless and I had to force myself to continue watching. I decided to continue watching this film because TV is now in re-run hell and there was nothing else better on.
I do hope that C. Thomas Howell recovers his health and his looks. I was just incredibly shocked and sadden by how crappy he looked.
Avoid this film, please.......!
Fascinating show that uses math to solve crimes!
Okay. I lied. I don't watch the show because I was fascinated by how math is used to solve crimes, I watch because I found out Rob Morrow was on the show. I still remember Rob Morrow fondly as Dr. Joel Fleishmann from "Northern Exposure". I haven't seen any other work with Morrow so I wanted to see how he was in "Numb3rs".
Well, I was surprised at how much I like the show! I was a little scared of the math thing, thinking it's too difficult to understand. I was right, sometimes the math is too complicated to understand, but it's not extremely central to the show. The show is basically about an FBI agent, Don Eppes, who has a brother, Charlie Eppes, who is a brilliant mathematician, a child genius now all grown up. Don and Charlie solves crimes together, but it's not just that, the show talks about how the brothers and their father relate to each other.
This show would not work if the main characters were not so appealing. Plus, Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz are such gorgeous men! If only all FBI agents and mathematic geniuses looks like that! The acting is very, very good. The plots are interesting even if they get a bit convoluted. There is a nice balance of action and intellect as we watch how the FBI solves crimes.
My only complaint is that I want the show to get more into the history and characters of the Eppes family. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of that soon.
I recommend the show highly. Don't let math scare you off from watching this show. I'm so glad I'm into "Numb3rs" now!
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
Horrible, Horrible Movie!
I rented this movie because of Clive Owen. I should've read the reviews for this movie before renting it. It would've saved me money and the two hours viewing this terrible, unfinished film.
This movie was slow, and I mean slow! I waited patiently, thinking this is a natural build-up to an exciting finish. And when the climax of the film came, it was absolutely anti-climatical. The ending of this film was so abrupt that I was shocked! What happened? How come the scriptwriter didn't finish the ending of this film? I actually forwarded and rewinded the film two times because I thought I missed the ending. I felt so cheated! This film had the beginnings of a good story and then it went everywhere else.
I hate to say this, but Charlotte Rampling looked like total crap in this film. She needs a facelift in the worse way and a better make-up artist.
All the acting talents in this film was wasted. What a shame! This movie should've had a better director and a better writer. It's like, they got real lazy and decide to end the film abruptly because there was no place else they could take it.
Don't rent this film. There are plenty better films to see Clive Owen in. This film was a complete waste of time.