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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Amazing Spider-man 2 A Mixed Bag
The Amazing Spider-man 2 is a mixed bag there are some things I did like and others not so much which I will get into later. First off I'm not sure if Marc Webb is the right director for Spider-man. There was a lot of talking in this movie that didn't really go anywhere and not much action. Andrew Garfield really does embody Peter Parker/Spider-man. They got that aspect of the character down right. Emma Stone puts in a good performance as Gwen Stacy in her limited screen time. Jamie Foxx does what he can as Max Dillion who later becomes the villain Electro. Same goes for Dane DeHaan who pulls off a convincing performance as Harry Osborn. The rest of the cast including Sally Field and a brief appearance by Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn do the best they can with what little they were given. The action scenes are well staged when there is some but are very short and there isn't many of them. Maybe 5-6 action scenes tops throughout the film. Now onto the bad. Some of the dialogue isn't the greatest but this is coming from the writers of Transformers so don't expect anything like Nolans Batman trilogy. Electro was a cool villain visually development wise not so much. He did resemble Dr Manhattan from Watchmen I liked it nonetheless though. Unfortunately Electro spends most of the second half locked up after his first fight with Spider-man during the Times Square sequence. Foxx tried to elevate the material and gain sympathy from the audience but I blame the script and was given a couple cheesy lines. He did have godlike powers and they could have done so much more with the character. What was the point of having a powerful villain like that just to sideline him for the most of the movie till near the end. Just didn't make a lot of sense. DeHaan's Harry was actually well developed throughout the film but his Goblin is rushed and only gets at the most 3-5 minutes of screen time near the end. It's nothing more than a glorified cameo. He gets a brief fight with Spidey and then he's rather easily defeated like Electro. It's a shame because his look and laugh as Goblin was quite sinister. I didn't feel much of anything when Gwen met her fate because I just wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. They should've saved that for the next film and perhaps had Harry become the Goblin in a mid credits scene or something. I understand they're building up to the Sinister Six but it seemed like they were trying to hard to set things up for future sequels instead of just focusing on telling a coherent story. Paul Giamatti who I consider to be a good actor in other movies hammed it up way too much as the Rhino. He was just kinda stupid to me and his attempt at a Russian accent is dreadful. I couldn't understand almost a word he said luckily his character is limited to just 2 scenes. He wasn't pivotal to story besides providing the film with a few quick action scenes and to show the type of criminals Spider-man has been facing since the end of the first film. I really wanted to enjoy this movie but after it was over I was like that's it and just felt disappointed. Even though I had no expectations it was still a major letdown but that's just me.
Godzilla is back and better than ever
Godzilla is back and better than ever. Director Gareth Edwards does a great job of bring this movie to life despite some flaws which I'll get into later. The cast did a good job with what they were given. Aaron Taylor Johnson wasn't as bad as I think some critics made him out to be. His performance isn't Oscar worthy but he's alright as the main character Ford Brody. Ken Wanatabe, Elisabeth Olsen, David Straithan, Juliette Binoche, and Bryan Cranston were believable as their characters. Cranston and Binoche roles however are cut rather short. The special effects are incredible. Godzilla himself and the MUTO's felt very real for a film about giant prehistoric creatures that thrived during a time when the Earth was highly radioactive. I think Godzilla was in it just enough. I'd say he gets maybe 20-25 minutes of screen time mostly during the 2nd half and the climax. The build up to Godzilla's appearance was effective and his atomic fire breath is awesome. So was his roar. He makes his first appearance about 45-50 mins into it. I liked the glimpses we got of him before the full reveal at the Hawaii airport scene. Godzilla's look closely resembled his original one with some differences. The Kaiju fights between him and the MUTO's were cool although there could've been a little more of them. Their fierce final showdown at the end was worth the wait. Some of the characters weren't really developed but it's just a minor criticism. There's action scenes throughout to keep you on the edge and entertained. Overall I really enjoyed it a lot more than the Amazing Spider-man 2 so far this year. I recommend it to any looking for a good monster movie to watch that delivers.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil AfterLife Is Okay But Not The Greatest
Resident Evil Afrerlife is okay but not the greatest that has flaws which I'll get into later from writer/director Paul Anderson. It's the fourth film in the Resident Evil series.
Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice the unstoppable killing machine heroine and she's perfect as the character who can still kick some serious ass while looking beautiful doing it. I just wish they had given her more to do -acting wise- than just killing countless undead zombies and various monsters (includine one with a giant axe) most likely created by the Umbrella Corporation.
Ali Larter also returns as Claire Redfield from the third film who joins Alice once again in her quest to find survivors. Larter does what her role requires and she gets a decent action scene near the end.
Wentworth Miller plays Claire's brother Chris who unfortunately doesn't really serve any real purpose except as a nod to die Resident Evil game fans. Miller's performance isn't that bad it's just his character isn't really developed or his relationship with Claire.
Shawn Roberts seemed to be doing his best Agent Smith from the Matrix impression as the villain Albert Wesker unless thats how his character acts in the games. He gets two scenes the beginning and the end so for somebody who's supposed to be the main villain he's not in that much at all. His fight at the end between Claire and Chris felt anti-climatic. Not to mention it doesn't last very long either. A third act that had the same problem some other films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Transformers 2 to name a few) did as well when the main bad guy is easily defeated within a few minutes.
The rest of the cast including Kim Coates, Boris Kodjoe, and a brief cameo by Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine are okay but none of them are given any development, substance, or depth.
The action sequences are okay but nothing we haven't seen before and there's no tension or suspense. The fact that there's no humor didn't help either. The zombies are all right despite not getting half as much screen time as they did in the previous three films. The monster with the huge Axe was decent despite just showing up with no explanation something a lot of the creatures do.
And what was the purpose of taking away Alice's powers early on if it doesn't have any effect at all besides turning her human again? Because a minute later she somehow survives a plane crash in the mountains and apparently walks away without a scratch. This just didn't make a whole lot of sense like many other things. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief when it comes to movies but only to a point.
The ending was predictable and a cameo by a certain character during the credits seemed a little pointless expect to set up for another sequel. At 97 minutes Resident Evil Afterlife wasn't that bad it just suffers from the sequel curse by cramming too much into one movie. The film seemed to be made purely for the action which may please some but I like to have a compelling story with well developed character, drama, emotion, suspense, and humor to go along with the spectacle.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 2 A Bit Disappointing But Decent
Iron Man 2 is a bit disappointing yet decent comic book sequel. Don't get me wrong it's okay but there's was too much talking and not enough action. I enjoyed Inception this summer a lot more than this one. Robert Downey is solid as Tony Stark but even he can't save this from being a bit of a disappointment compared to the first one. He's everything Tony Stark should be and is still a perfect choice for the character none the less. Gwyneth Paltrow does what she can as Pepper Popps despite not having a whole lot to do.
Don Cheadle is all right as Jim Rhodes and War Machine who's involved in the action more than the previous one. Scarlet Johannson is decent as Natalie Rushman/The Black Widow who like Paltrow doesn't have much to do except for a third act action sequence which is okay while it lasts. Sam Rockwell is a good actor (Moon, and Machstick Men) but I actually found him to be rather annoying as Justin Hammer one of the villains if you want to call the role that. I think it was more the character than him who I thought is annoying. He wasn't menacing or threatening to Tony at all. Rockwell did however a bring some comic relief to the movie.
Mickey Rourke's underused as Ivan Vanko/Whiplash who is intimidating even with very little dialog and screen time. They could've done a lot more with his character who after an impressive display of destruction at the race track he takes a back seat for a large part of the movie particularly the second half. He shows up briefly near the end only to be dispatched as quickly as he appears. Whiplash didn't turn to be as much of a threat to Tony as he could've been.
Samuel L Jackson does his usual thing as Nick Fury in a small role considering he has only two scenes with Downey Jr. He's in it for five minutes tops to set up the upcoming Avengers movie and Kate Mara is wasted in an early cameo appearance. The story itself was kind of predictable, and the few action sequences were so-so but they missing that wow factor. Most of the action happens in the third act which turns out to be a bit of a letdown because it's over too fast. The only one that had any real intensity to it was at the race track when Rourke's Whiplash confronts Tony for the first time.
There's a lot of talking in the second half and almost no action except for a fight between a drunk Tony and Rhodes in Iron Man suits which weighed it down a bit. Not that there has to be constant explosions, fist fights, and violence every 10 minutes but some more spectacle would've made it better. And for a movie called Iron Man I was surprised about how little we actually see Stark in the suit. This movie suffered the same problem that Spider-man 3 had of trying to put too much into one film with mixed results. Actor/Director Jon Favreau is admirable in making this sequel despite it's flaws that further develops Downey's Tony Stark which isn't necessarily a bad thing but certain key characters (Potts, Rhodes, Black Widow, and Whisplash) unfortunately aren't given much development and lack screen time.
The fight at the end with Downey's Iron Man and Cheadler's War Machine facing off against Rourke's Wiplash is over in like 30 seconds was a big disappointment because it felt rushed. What was the point of him showing up after the drones were killed if he's just going to get killed off thirty seconds later. There wasn't any danger or suspense to speak of and dispatching the main villain in such a short battle at the end seemed like a wasted opportunity to show how dangerous he could be. Overall this movie really isn't that bad. Iron Man 2 has some action, drama, a little humor, and solid performances by the cast (Robert Downey Jr) for the most part it just could've been better.
The part with a drunk Tony in an Iron Man suit wasn't all that funny either. I prefer The Dark Knight over this sequel as far as comic book movies go because it delivered everything you could want or expect from one of those films. Iron Man 2 on the other hand wasn't as good as the original which is shame because I really wanted to like this movie but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed after watching it.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash Of The Titans Is Decent But With Flaws That Weigh It Down
Class of the titans is decent but with flaws that weigh it down which I'll get into later. I thought it was all right but not the greatest. First off I didn't think it was very realistic that in a land full of bearded and long haired men Worthington's Perseus was clean shavin with a buzz cut. Worthington was okay as the lead but the role and performance seemed very familiar to Avatar and Terminator Salvation. Director Louis Letterier has shown in movies like Unleashed starring Jet Li and The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton his talent as a filmmaker. This on the other hand isn't the best movie he's directed at least not to me. I liked Unleashed and the new Hulk film more than this one. The rest of the cast is decent including Liam Nesson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Gemma Atherton as Io, and Alexa Devalos as Andromeda with what little they were given because most of them don't have a whole lot to do (with the exception of maybe Fiennes and Atherton action wise anyway). Mads Mikkelsen was the stand out as Draco who gave the movie some much needed comic relief from time to time. Pete Posthewaite does what he can with his brief part. He's written out too quickly though for us to care about him. James Flemying is pretty good as Calibos/Acrisius despite a lack of development and screen time. Danny Huston makes a blink and you missed it cameo as Poseidon with one line of dialog before disappearing for the rest of the film. The dialog was weak occasionally and the movie itself as a whole felt rushed. The two most disappointing things were the Medusa creature and the Kraken mainly because they're hardly in the movie at all. The fight with Perseus and Hades at the end after The Kraken's dispatched was also a let down because it's over in the blink of an eye before you can enjoy the showdown between them. Some build up that doesn't have any real pay off. The Medusa action sequence was okay but the character gets 5 maybe 8 minutes of screen time tops before being killed off. The same can go for the Kraken that shows up near the climax to destroy a small portion of Argos and just when the terrifying beast's face is finally reveals it's easily defeated. It seemed like a total waste because it obviously took so much money to build this creature in a computer and to only show the Kraken for a few minutes was a big disappointment. This movie could've been a lot better. It has some character development (mainly Perseus), decent action sequences but none we haven't seen before, so-so acting from the cast and average special effects. The climatic final battle with the Kraken at the end however was a major let down. I actually thought Prince Of Persia was slightly better which had it's share of flaws but I found it to be more entertaining than this remake.
Inception The Best and Most Original Film So Far This Year!
Inception is the best and most original film so far this year. Writer/director Christopher Nolan has done it again given audiences everything they could ever want or expect from one of these movies. An intricate compelling story with plenty of spectacle, drama, and exceptional performances by the great ensemble cast. Nolan has proved with Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight his amazing talent as a filmmaker. This movie is no different. It's better to see Inception without knowing too much about the film. Leonard DiCaprio continues to show why he's one of Hollywood's best actors with his performance as Dom Cobb a dream thief or "Extractor" who enters the dreams of others and steals ideas from their subconscious. DiCaprio handles the emotional scenes very well and I wanted to see his character succeed this difficult task of planting an idea into someones mind instead of usually stealing one. The story of him wanting to reunite with his children was very much the emotional center which comes through in between the thrilling action sequences that are truly one of a kind. Ken Watanabe is solid as the mysterious businessman Saito "The Tourist" who offers Cobb the chance to get his life back by pulling off the difficult task of inception. Wanatabe's accent was a little strong at first but I could understand him better as the movie progressed you just have to listen carefully. Joseph Gordon Levitt is very impressive as Arthur "The Point Man" who gathers all the information on their "mark". Gordon Levitt's zero gravity hallway fight may not last long but the scene is an amazing sight to see on screen while it lasts. And the fact that he did most of it himself shows his commitment as an actor. Well done. Marion Collitard turns in a haunting performance as the projection of Cobb's deceased wife Mal making her somewhat dangerous yet sympathetic at times. Collitard had nice chemistry with DiCaprio in their scenes together making the love between their characters that much more believable. Ellen Page is good as Adrianne "The Architect" who helps the team create the dream world of their mark and navigate through that persons mind. She held her own against her co-stars and turned in a convincing performance. Tom Hardy is excellent as Eames "The Forger" who can change his appearance in the dream world of someone close to the "Mark." I haven't seen Hardy in much except the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers but he's very effective as Eames who can kick some serious ass when he wants to. He also got some of the best lines in the movie which he delivers perfectly. "I don't know. Not sure. See if he starts shooting at you. "You must not be afraid to dream a little bigger darling." Cillian Murphy shows he can play more than just villains as Robert Fischer "The Mark" who tries to be like his father. Murphy proves to be another great addition to the ensemble cast Nolan assembled for this ambitious film. Tom Berenger does the best he can with the small role of Fischer's godfather Peter Browning. And Michael Caine is a bit underused as Cobb's father in law Miles who taught him about dreams because his role is more of a cameo (considering he only has two scenes one near the beginning and another at the very end) but Caine is still effective as Miles none the less. The same can go for Lucas Haas who makes a brief extended appearance as Cobb's former Architect Nash. He still does a good job with his small part in the movie though. I honestly can't think of one weak link in the entire ensemble cast. The special effects are quite impressive which is used to the films advantage because they felt realistic with cities folding onto top of each other and slow motion shots that pulled you into the imaginary dream worlds Nolan created for Inception. The action sequences are crisp and thrilling with fist fights, gun battles, and chases that are mostly in full view so you can see whats happening on screen. The last hour or so is pretty much non-stop action but in a good way with the characters entering dreams within dreams to pull off their most challenging task yet Inception. In a summer of remakes and sequels it was nice to see something original for a change. Overall I can't think of one thing I didn't like about Inception. It's definitely the film to see and one not to be missed. So overall if you enjoy movies like this you can't go wrong with Inception. The pacing was fine which made the 148 minute running time fly by fast. I didn't once wonder how much longer was left. It has an interesting story, some character development (at least for Cobb), and drama while still being packed with exhilarating action especially the second half. So go watch this intelligent sci action thriller. You won't be disappointed.
Green Zone (2010)
Green Zone An Intense Action Thriller
Green Zone is an intense action thriller with some flaws which I'll get into later from director Paul Greengrass who's admirable in making this movie that raises some questions concerning why we entered the war in Iraq. Matt Damon turns in a solid performance as Chief Staff Sergeant Roy Miller who begins to question whether the intelligence they're receiving about weapons of mass destruction are reliable after failing to find any on more than one occasion. Some may believe Damon's just playing Jason Bourne but I didn't think that way. I found him to be very believable as Miller who's fed up with coming up empty handed and sets out to find the truth no matter where it may lead. Damon has proved in films like Invictus, The Departed, The Bourne trilogy, and Good Will Hunting, his talent as an actor. This film is no different. Well done. Greg Kinnear is decent as Clark Poundstone a representative for the Pentagon whose Intel about WMD'S (weapons of mass destruction) in Iraq may not be as reliable as he claims it is. I consider Kinnear to be a talented actor and he's good as essentially the villain of the film but I just wish they gave him more to do. Kinnear however still turns in a good performance of a man who will do just about anything to protect the secret surrounding the intelligence that came from a confidential source only known as "Mangellan" about the WMD'S from being exposed. The same can go for Brendan Gleeson who's effective as CIA operative Martin Brown who like Miller begins to question whether or not the Intel about the weapons is true or fabricated by Poundstone. Gleeson's very good as Miller's ally in his quest to find the truth in a hostile foreign land where danger lurks behind every corner. Amy Ryan's convincing as journalist Lawrie Dayne who like Miller and Brown is also after the truth behind the WMD's in Iraq. I haven't seen Ryan in too many films but she continues to prove her talent as an actress with her performance in this one. Kinnear, Gleeson, and Ryan's screen time maybe limited but they're believable as their characters none the less. The rest of the cast including the real soldiers in Millers squad are also very effective and it was a wise move from Greengrass to use actual men from the military for those particular roles. The frenetic action sequences are well executed and paced which felt realistic for the most part. I admit the shaky camera movements did get a bit much at times because you couldn't really tell whats was going on but it worked for the film in a way to give Green Zone a documentary type feel. The 115 minute running time moved at a steady pace so it never dragged for me which some films tend to do like There Will Be Blood and Avatar to name a couple. I can't think of too much I didn't like about Green Zone except some characters (Kinnear, Gleeson, and Ryan) aren't really developed enough and don't have a whole lot to do because most of the focus is on Damon but they're still effective as the characters. Some questions are never answered and left ambiguous which worked for the movie I guess. So overall if you liked The Hurt Locker than chances are you'll enjoy this one too. Green Zone has a compelling story that raises some interesting questions, intense well paced action, drama, suspense, and solid performances by the cast (especially Damon, Kinnear, Gleeson, and Ryan) who make this film worth the time to watch.
Invictus An Excellent Drama Based On A True Story
Invictus is an excellent drama based on a true story with great performances by the two lead actors who really bring their A game to this movie. Director Clint Eastwood continues to show audiences and critics that he's one of the best filmmakers in Hollywood with this one. Morgan Freeman is superb as always as Nelson Mandela who after being released from prison soon goes on to become the President of South Africa. Believing he can bring his divided people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela enlists the help of South African rugby Captain Francois Pienaar to make a run for 1995 World Cup Championship Match. Freeman is so convincing as the newly elected president Mandela. He turns in another great performance among many proving his talent as a veteran actor. Matt Damon is equally impressive as Pienaar the rugby Captain who rallies his teammates to achieve what seems impossible. Damon may not be as tall as the real Pienaar but like Freeman he becomes the character and turns in a solid performance none the less. Damon and Freeman played off each other very well in their scenes together making the growing friendship between their characters believable. The rest of the relatively unknown cast are also very good as the supporting characters in their limited screen time. I can't think of too much I didn't enjoy about this film because Invictus was much better than expected. I mean I heard it was supposed to be good but Invictus still impressed me with how well Eastwood put it together which like many other films I'm sure wasn't easy. The pacing is fine except the 134 minute running time did seem a little slow at times and the satisfying ending I sort of suspected but those are two tiny flaws because the good more than outweighs the bad in this one. The real locations they used added a lot to the film making you feel for the characters and their situation. The movie in the beginning had a documentary type feel as well which worked in it's favor. So overall if you're looking for inspiring drama based on a true story, Invictus is the movie for you. I plan to see this again sometime because I believe it's worth seeing more than once. It's a film about how the power of hope and forgiveness can unite country. Invictus has a similar compelling story, drama, a little humor, and exceptional performances by the cast (especially Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon) who make this movie worth the time to watch.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice In Wonderland A Decent Re-Imagining Of A Classic Tale
Alice In Wonderland is a decent re-imaging of a class tale from director Tim Burton who does a good job of making this movie that might have flaws but I still enjoyed it for what the film was. Johnny Depp of course is excellent as always giving audiences a much different Mad Hatter than we've seen before. He's nearly unrecognizable under all the make up and the voice Depp came up with is fitting for this interpretation of the Mad Hatter. Depp brings his usual charisma to the part and his character may not appear for the first 30 minutes but luckily he's in it a lot more after that. Depp continues to show audiences and critics his talent as an actor in this one. Anne Hathaway is all right in her short screen time as The White Queen despite not having a whole lot to do. Hathaway does provide a little comic relief and she brings what she can to her small role in the film. Helena Bonham Carter is effective as the villainous Red Queen who seems to enjoy saying "Off with their head" when someone displeases her for any reason. Carter like Hathaway offers the film some humor and does what her roles requires. Crispin Glover is decent as The Red Queen's right hand man Stayne who likes big woman. He did seem to go a little over the top at times but Glover still turns in an okay performance. Newcomer Mia Wasikowska is impressive as 19 year old Alice who returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure. She holds her own against Depp, Hathaway, and Carter on screen in their scenes together. Wasikowski proves her talent as an actress with her performance as Alice who must find the strength within herself to put an end to the Red Queen's reign that has left a large portion of the imaginary world of Wonderland in ruins. The voice talents of Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Matt Lucas, and Timothy Spall are effective in their small roles that are more like cameos and extended appearances but they do what their roles require from them. Marton Csokas in a blink and you missed it cameo does what he can with his very brief part as Alice's father Charles. The rest of the relatively unknown cast are okay but no one stands out. The action which mostly happens in the second half and third act are well executed. The special effects are quite good even if you can tell most of it is obviously CGI. The world they created for the magical Wonderland however is just as impressive giving audiences a world where almost anything's possible. The pacing of the film was a little slow at times before the action started to kick into high gear, and some characters lacked development but there wasn't a whole lot I didn't enjoy about Alice In Wonderland. The second half set the stage for some action in the third act (the kind we've seen in Transformers, Iron Man, and X-Men 3 to name a few) which isn't necessarily a bad thing I guess because it's well executed. Overall Alice In Wonderland is a pretty good re-imaging of a famous tale that was better than expected. So if this sounds like a movie you'd enjoy, than chances are you'll have a good time watching it. Alice in Wonderland has a simple story, drama, action, some humor, a little suspense, and solid performances by the cast (especially Depp and Wasikowska) who make this movie worth the time to watch.
The Wolfman (2010)
The Wolfman A Decent Horror Remake
The Wolfman is a decent horror remake that has some flaws which I'll get into later but I thought the film's all right for what it is though. Director Joe Johnston is admirable in making this movie giving audiences just enough gore, blood, guts, and limbs being torn off for guilty pleasure. Benicio Del Toro is okay as the lead Laurnece Talbot an actor who returns to his ancestral homeland to uncover the truth of what happened to his brother Ben when he's found mauled to death by some bloody thirst animal on the rampage. Del Toro may not win any awards for the role and it it may not be his best performance but he's still good as the cursed Laurence none the less. The same can go for Anthony Hopkins as Laurence's estranged father Sir John who doesn't exactly seem too guilt stricken over the loss the loss of his son Ben. Hopkins is a great actor there's no denying that and he brings what he can to the role of John despite not being given a whole to do except for late in the third act. Emily Blunt turns in fairly decent performance as Ben's widow Gwen who begins to grow feelings for Laurence. I haven't seen Blunt in a lot of movies except for Sunshine Cleaning and Dan In Real Life but she's believable as Gwen who's desperately looking for the truth behind Ben's brutal death and asks Laurence for help. Hugo Weaving is good as Inspector Abberline in his limited screen time who like Hopkins doesn't have a lot to do. Weaving however makes the best of the role he does have in the film. I think one of his most memorable characters will always be as the villain Agent Smith from The Matrix movies but he still turns in a solid performance as Abberline who is on the hunt for the "killer" responsible for slaughtering villagers at night during a full moon. The rest of the cast are okay but no one stands out. The action sequences mostly involving the wolf-man brutally killing people are well executed which is sure to please horror junkies who enjoy watching characters getting their limbs, heads, and other body parts torn apart by a creature that mauls any poor soul caught in it's path. The pacing of the film was fine and this is certainly one of the better remakes that are being re-imagined these days. I'd rather watch this than Friday the 13th, Halloween, or The Omen to name a few. I liked how we only get glimpses of the wolf-man for the first half before Johnston gives us a full view of the creature. I thought it was more effective that way instead of showing audiences the wolf-man up close within the first five minutes and the Gothic mood was fitting for the film. The location they chose was also quite good. It added a lot to the movie and the atmosphere created some suspenseful moments when the wolf-man was on the loose. The movie itself and some scenes felt a little rushed even with a running time of 103 minutes. I haven't watched the directors cut yet. Some predictable moments did weigh down the film somewhat. There's also a scene near the end that seemed a bit anti-climatic and it's kind of over before you could really enjoy the fight but I guess it worked for the film. Overall The Wolfman is a decent remake that will probably please horror junkies who enjoy movies of this genre. So if you're one of these people, chances are you'll enjoy The Wolfman. It has just enough action, blood, guts, gore, drama, and solid performances from the cast (Del Toro, Hopkins, Blunt, and Weaving) who make this remake worth watching at least once.