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Not Leon, but not bad either.
Short and sweet, if you 've played the video game (which I haven't), you may spend most of the time watching and comparing.
If you haven't played the video game, go see it. It's a cool action flick on par with the first xXx movie with a soundtrack from The Bourne Identity (different composer), and multiple location shots around the world.
Detracters from 10/10 rating:
*Agent 47 isn't "cool" like Leon the Professional or, maybe even Bourne (bad comparison, but...). He just "is".
*The film leaves you hanging at certain points trying to figure out "why"? Why did Agent 47 do **** or why ***? (as in the case of the bathroom killing and Diana), but you figure it out after a short wait (except for Diana).
*Sympathy for Agent 47 is semi-earned. There's no background story, just an assumption of the past, however, you do get to like him.
*CIA connection ruined it. Preferred private company with no U.S. affiliation, especially government affiliation. However, it's such a small, small part (maybe 1 minute worth), it's easily forgotten.
*Not sure why the girl was even part of the movie (apart from the obvious - there HAS to be a "love interest" in every Hollywood movie that's not a war movie) except to give Agent 47 a reason to kill people.
Good enough to add to a DVD collection.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Thank you Paul Greengrass!
For ruining a perfectly good film because you couldn't afford a flippin' TRIPOD! The movie was fast (more like a blur), action packed (I guess, couldn't see much because of the camera-work), and suspenseful (that it was). I recommend waiting for a much smaller screen, and if you get the time, drop ol' Paul an email and tell him where to stick his hand-held.
For the record, the only resemblance it bears to the novel is the character and the title, so if you need another Bourne fix, read the book. The two are about as similar as llamas and cacti.
I love the movie, hate the director. Movie gets 10, director gets 1, so overall it gets a 5. The producers should be scathed for allowing the camera work. Bourne Supremacy wasn't near this bad, so if the hand-held camera action bothered you in Supremacy, don't even see this one. This one views like a home movie shot by a two year old who has to pee.
So, thanks again Paul Greengrass, for ruining the movie with your unappealing "artistic" approach. You know where you can put it--
28 Days Later... (2002)
One of the best of the year...
I watch a lot of movies, so I feel I can freely comment on this flick. For starters, I also have a college education and have written several stories and a couple of screenplays myself. Am I still going to be labeled by the lap sludge from the web? Most likely. It seems the web is a great place to freely abuse someone without any risk involved, like getting your face smashed in with a ball bat, or having the oppressor gouge his thumbs into your eye sockets and push until you are dead, like Jim does in 28 Days Later...
Forget what you think this movie is. It is NOT a Zombie flick, it is definatley not a chick flick, and it's not for the weak minded, or, weak stomached at times. Danny Boyle likes his dead babies still and a few scenes look exotically realistic, like the bodies in the bed (to not spoil anyone's fun). I was stunned and shocked by this movie and it's creepy lonliness and eerieness. It's not a "jump at you" screamer, but it is a haunter, and after twenty-four hours from when the credits rolled, I'm still thinking of it.
It was brilliantly filmed. I liked the grainy fast movers for the Rage victims and the openess of the land and city around the lonely protagonist. The dialogue was non-existent, leaving the scenery and actors to move the story at is slow pace. I like things like that. There is this thing that most screenwriters, or even screenwriter wanna be's should avoid. It's a thing called exposition. That is, explaining the story. It's dull, unexciting, amateurish, and boring! This movie had very little and you felt what the main character was feeling and you thought. You actually sat there, forgot about the popcorn for a moment, and thought. "My God!" I doubt Resident Evil, which cured my insomina, or the Hulk made you think. And I doubt Dawn, Day, Night, whatever of the Living Dead made you feel for the main characters or think about their predicament.
I still feel it. And I was HAPPY at the end! I actually FELT for the characters and I felt anger towards others. I could care less about the people affected by Rage, except, how cool they looked.
5 of 5 for me.
(All views expressed in this post are MY opinions, and I speak them freely).
Once is not enough...
The Two Towers, the sequel. Not only a sequel, but part two of three. One has to remember that when they sit down with their popcorn. This movie is pretty fast paced, fast cut, and overall intense. The battle scenes are epic and the dialogue scenes have loads of information to digest. If you haven't read the books (like myself) but are familiar with the story, you're in luck. You'll learn something and possibly even walk away a bit confused. The most intriguing and the most emotional, for me, are the scenes involving Gollum/Smeagol (Slinker & Stinker). Tears and laughter want to explode at the same time while Gollum and Smeagol have at it with one another. An internal turmoil that has been there for hundreds of years. And the CGI, well, nevermind that. You'll forget in an instant that Gollum is computer generated. Unlike Dawby the house-elf.
There are many scenes that were added in apart from the books, and many parts of the books that aren't in the movie. The transition from book to film is not always easy. Suspense (aka Hooks) is a key form to action flicks. It's necessary. Internal and external struggle are also key parts in screenplays/movies. As is romance. (yawn) But, it has to be done.
There were a few scenes where the CGI jumps out at you and you can tell that something is outta whack, but those brief instances are quickly forgotten or dismissed. There are many heavy action/battle scenes and several breathtaking topography shots. All of it is amazing. It's well acted, well conceived and overall a great MOVIE! I say it like that so the purists will not turn beet red and explode with anger. Yes, it's a fact, it is not 100% true to the book. But, the story is the same.
I recommend seeing it at least TWICE. You'll get a lot more from it because the brain can only consume so much. Once is definately not enough. Besides, if you leave TTT without wanting to see it again or craving the next release, you're just NOT getting it...