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Less real than Rec but still good
The movie looks "less real than REC" because of the steady camera movement and video capturing.
The story and sequences are more frightening than REC. In REC 2 the story took a whole new turn and changes the perception that one would get after watching the REC about the origin of the virus infection that affected the residents of the unfortunate building. The encounter / action sequences are more intense and thrilling than REC.
Though i got to accept REC looked more original because of shaky camera movement and the buildup of the story, here in REC 2 it looked more of a normal movie than a real time recording of incidents.
Overall a fine horror flick and i will have to admit that it is a perfect sequence of REC. Its 7 out of 10 from me.
Its over and over again.........
Well as said in the summary "Its over and over again.........." one will feel while watching the movie that the story is going to take a new turn any moment due to the strong beginning but all one gets is same old twists and turns which may resemble with some other thrillers you have watched in last couple of years, as far as the story is concern its nothing new.
For the actors none of them had much to do except for Melissa who plays the center role in the movie and the entire story rolls around her and i mean literally.
Its seems a mix of "1301" due to characterization and "Ghost ship" due to some similarity with the storyline. Though i have to admit Christopher smith (Director) has take another forward step in making thrillers after "Creep" and "Severance", Best of luck to him.
Overall all i recommend is this to be watched on a night in weekday when one does not have anything to do or just looking for some average thriller.
Average..... very average.... Disappointing
if you are looking for a Tuesday or Wednesday night when u r feeling bored and dull then this movie will is just the thing for u but if it is Friday night / weekend then definitely skip it and wait till Wednesday to watch it.
the storyline is not catchy and always predictable, though the director tried to pitch in with some future scenes and then coming back to the present and saving the day kinda stuff, but u gotta agree even that is predictable in a movie where the main character is a magician who can see future as disclosed in promos. there is nothing special in the movie which we have not seen in other movies of same kind.
the acting well gotta agree for a weak storyline they had very fine actors doing the major roles. Nicolas cage, playing the role of the magician and Julianne Moore as an FBI agent doing their stuff beautifully as always and they were well supported by Jessica Biel and Thomas Kretschmann but is is the storyline and weak screenplay that wasted their efforts. that is exactly why this movie falls far behind "Deja Vu" which had only Denzial Washington but yet did well due to unpredictability well captured by screenplay.
Ending was far away from predictable thats true but if you are wondering how it happened well u won't get any answers.
call it "Female Rocky"
Definitely better than 5.5 it has got now. definitely not among the finest action / sports movies ever made, but in summary i called it "Female Rocky" well watch it and decide whether i am wrong or not.
It has got all a catchy story, whole lot of drama and pretty good action sequences but above all it has got good acting performances and screenplay which is definitely missing in recent action movies. performance of Chad Ortis and Rebecca Neuenswander is mind blowing and it is the face expressions that made it that good.
Also hats off to Jonathan Dillon the director for completely capturing the situations perfectly and to Ian Shorr the writer for adding situational drama in the movie, it ended as an romantic movie after being a complete action drama but still no points should be deducted for that as it made the end feel good.
summary of all above mentioned points it is 8/10 movie and one should not miss it. definitely watchable once or more
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
Tried something different and heaven fell apart
"Tried something different and heaven fallen apart" well the above statement is for the director, story writer and casting manager. i don't know theses guys personally but had to tell ya all they have seen their last work. such an insult to to great TV series.
Let me start off with the story, i don't think the story writer has even seen the original series thus he tried something different, could have been a decent story if the original series had not been made, intact had they tried the same story with different character name no one in the whole world would have guessed that they are trying to make a movie on the Dragon ball series.
Second is casting well only one comment please watch "Master youshi" and "Yam cha" character in the movie you will get the complete idea as what went wrong. though the actors playing the respective roles tried their level best but it is the physical appearance that just the edge off. you all will have to agree "Yam cha" as a cool dude and "Master youshi" as mid age bit chubby person just didn't sound like them Well the fault of the director lies in not able to cover up the above mentioned flaws. the special effects seems OK in the initial 30 min or so but that also fell part as the ultimate battle between "Goku" and "Pikolo" started. back ground music was kinda OK but just could not do justice with the background scores of original DB series.
All in all i would say if they had not tried to use the name "Dragon ball evolution" the movie could have done better as except for the name, dragon ball factor and characters name nothing else is matching with the original series not even the characters relationships.