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I can understand why most Mongolians (at least the ones who commented on this site) are disappointed with this movie, as am I. The movie doesn't really do justice to the history of the Great Conqueror Genghis Khan.
First there's the (mis)casting of the lead. The actor does not portray a strong, ambitious, charismatic leader at all. People watching the movie would probably get the impression that Temujin is soft-spoken, timid, even lame. Most of the other actors in this film could very well be a better replacement.
And then there's this language thing that bothers me, which is, in several dialogues one actor would keep talking in Mandarin, and then another in Mongol, and they seem to understand each other perfectly! Lastly, I fail to understand the point of this movie. What does it want to show? How Temujin became Khan and gain thousands of army? Then it lacked showing the hard work, the leadership, the tactics and strategies that he did to become so. Or does the movie want to show the way of life of the Mongols, as the title suggests? I don't believe it did a good job on this too, as the film focuses too much on Temujin.
The Master of Disguise (2002)
Rating too low, film not as bad as rating
I find this movie to be not as bad as the rating. Come to think of it, I enjoy it more than other mindless comedies like Zoolander, The Hot Chick, or the one that Aston Kutcher did (the title of which I forgot). With this one I did laugh once, in the cobra snake scene, and giggled a few times in several scenes. Of course there are lame moments here and there, but overall I think kids will like it.
Poor Spiner though, he only gets to do 1 joke, which is repeated way too many times.
Unfortunately, many people seem to really hate this movie and give it a rating of "1", skewing the total rating of this movie into the Bottom 100.
I got to see this movie from a friend's DVD. And I'm glad I did so because I can utilize the fast-forward button many times.
This movie is unbelievably boring. It's not the worst film of 2001, and Mariah's high-pitched voice is not the most annoying human sound, but Glitter has got to be one of the most boring film ever for sure. I think I've only watched for 30 minutes due to the repeated visit to the fast-forward mode. While watching I could not help but think about two things: 1) how many people doze off in the theaters; and 2) how boring Mariah must be as a person (since this movie is supposed to reflect somewhat on her career and life).
Glitter is so bad that I actually made a promise to myself not to watch any future Mariah film, and it's kind of sad because I've heard better things about Wisegirls.
8 Mile (2002)
Average pop movie
Completely average, B-type quality flick. Simplistic plot, cliche characters, poor direction. It's not as cheesy as Glitters or A Walk To Remember or Crossroads, but it's still a pop movie utilizing a famous star and aiming at teens/young adult market. Replace Eminem with some other actor and this movie is completely forgettable. Please don't insult the Academy Award by talking about Eminem might getting nominated, this is no cinematic work, just a cheap way to make some bucks.
Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (2002)
Indonesian cinematic breakthrough
Well, AADC is still a typical teen chick flick with a simple and predictable plot. But the way this movie is produced and refined is truly above average amongst Indonesian films. It's nicely edited and directed. The camera work is dynamic. And the casting for the main characters are good. Dian Sastro really fits her character well and she cited her dialog so naturally. My only complaint is that the soundtrack are played too often.
AADC rightfully deserved the popularity and commercial success it had enjoyed.