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Cop Out (2010)
The fact that the only one smile this film could put on my face - unlike ANY other Kevin Smith film - is the scene with a little kid getting punched in the nuts by a fat cop, makes me sad.
For kids it has way too much swearing in it and for adults, well, it has a weak plot, sh.t music, and very bad acting.
I really tried hard but they didn't.
And BTW people going on about how this is an 80's buddy cop movie, well I agree but they were crap too, especially their music. At least those Beverly hills cop/48hrs/lethal weapon films had some good lines, interesting criminal characters and some sort of plot.
It's way too forced and chaotic, I can't even imagine it being fun making it.
Why all good people go main-stream lose their edges and originality? Yeah, I know the answer, just can't deal with losing my favourites very well.
Eden Lake (2008)
Disappointingly shallow could-have-been movie...
I've wanted to watch this film for a long time (high expectation is not the source of my disappointment though) and when I found out it was about an actual English chav bully gang, I got very excited. A film finally that grabs a topical every day problem by the horns!....but then it leads it to Hollywood...
It pretty shamelessly rides the new(?) wave of surviver based-on-true-story kind of let's- just- kill- someone- for- absolutely- no- reason- but- for- the- joy- of- it films that are fairly popular these day, God only knows why.
Let's mention a few recent works here just to see what I'm talking about: The last house on the left, Them, Strangers, Vacancy, Hostel, etc.
All of these have the similar plot which is that an innocent young couple are being hunted and tortured by a bunch of teens or unemployed/bored adults for practically no reason. After they kill a best friend or more likely a male partner, our heroine turns from hunted into the hunter and kills a few chaps with well chosen stomach turning methods to give us the illusion of vengeance and quite sadly makes us feel better to see a twelve-year-old bleeding to death or being impaled by agricultural tools 'because he deserved it!'
This is still not enough for a bad film, but the whole story is usually just weak, have random happenings, lacks common sense and aims mainly the gore-hungry audience (who can't take their eyes off of a traffic accident because the sight of blood and flesh makes their day better).
In this particular case:
1. What is she doing in the bushes from about midnight until dawn?! After a chase, a car accident and her partner's captivation she hides and the next picture is at daylight where she gets up from the same posture. Did she fall asleep?! I don't know about you but I find it insulting towards my intelligence.
2. Did anyone count the days since the beginning which is Friday? Just because the end is roughly around Tuesday and the parents of the kids are having a foam party in the garden instead of starting to worry about their children and dog being missing for days at school time. Not one phone call to find out where the hell they could be, let's just have a party while they are not home instead! (Isn't this supposed to happen the other way around BTW?)
I could go on and on and dissect the film but this isn't the point! The point is: These are just little things, you might say, but if it's a little thing then wouldn't it be worth paying attention to the details and make things right? Because these are the bits that are the difference between a good and a bad film
Well I'm not here to judge anyone but I think these films are directed/created by people who heard of Alfred Hitchcock and likes but unfortunately missed the point of thrillers very badly.
They of course have their righteous place in the film world but this one could have finished a few places better.