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Nice effort but falls flat when it comes to the story and direction
So this really isn't just a copy of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies although it carries on a similar vibe. And when I say vibe, it's more of a slapstick comedy with Korean humor elements. When it comes to the story, it is actually similar to "On Stranger Tides" where multiple pirates and thieves are after the same thing. So yeah, this movie doesn't bring anything new except it takes place in Korea during Joseon Dynasty. Sure it's a movie that people with low expectations, especially when watched with the whole family can be a alright time. But the movie as a whole, when it comes to the story and direction it falls flat. The whole thing is more illogical then "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies minus the supernatural stuff. The humor falls flat as well, on a plus side it does have few moments when it comes to the silly action scenese. But besides that, everything else just seemed to drag and just wasn't interesting. I am not a big fan of Son Ye-jin but I thought she was pretty good in this one. It wasn't a super impressive role, but she was good. Overall, this is a pretty forgettable movie that isn't really worth the time to watch but isn't awful either.
Gangnam 1970 (2015)
Boring gangster flick
I gotta admit, the last reviewer was pretty much spot on with his/her own complaints about this movie. To sum it all up, it really is a pretetious cheap movie that really isn't worth seeing and is basically a waste of time. It's no wonder why Hyun Bin would turn down the offer to play a role as the protagonist in this movie. The movie is so bad, that no one except the women that have nude scenes put any effort into it. All the other actors just didn't seem to care and the acting goes from mundane to just awful. Sure, being a a dark underworld of the 70's era can change people. But it's another thing when the actors just didn't seem to care. The editing is bland and there just isn't any hook to the story what so ever. What this movie shows, is just manipulative gangsters and sleezy corrupt politicians trying to use one another. Which is fine when it comes to a movie form, but it's all so boring and most scenes just didn't seem necessary. I was expecting a good era film with gangster elements, but got a cheap knock off. The fact that there wasn't a single character I could get even slightest bit attached to doesn't help the score either.
Run All Night (2015)
"Road to Perdition" meets "Gungrave"
This wasn't a bad movie, but the whole movie was just tiresome in my opinion. It has many recycled elements that has been done before, but it was just done better before. Watching this movie was like watching "Road to Perdition" except it takes place in modern time, the anime "Gungrave" and one of those fugitives on the run movies. Like I said it isn't a bad movie and it does have it's moments even if the dialogue is mediocre. But that is because it's shared by Liam Neeson and Ed Harris. This is one of those movies that is worth a watch, but you won't miss out on much if you miss it.
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
With the Arkham games being a hit and all. It's not a surprise an animated movie that has some simmilarities with the game would come out. Even if it focuses more on the villain's side of things. Forget "The Expendables" this animated movie has cooler character development and even better interactions than all three of "The Expendables" movies combined. So the focus is on a group of villains getting forced into working with one another and it's just plain out entertaining from beginning to end. I wish the movie was longer, but I can't really complain about the pacing either. Batman in this is Batman being at the top of his game and he is super badass in this. So the two teammates that standout in the Suicide Squad is Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Deadshot was sort of a lame villain when it comes to his debut in the comics, but the change for him in this was for the better. I just couldn't help but root for the guy. I personally thing when it comes to the villains he is the scene stealer, although the Joker has his moments in this as well. Overall this is a DC animated movie that lacks the epic well written story, but it does have high entertainment value.
I appreciate the effort
Okay, the first New 52 Justice League animated movie had a rush start. So this sequel gives it more time for development, focusing more on Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. Still not a fan of Aquaman, but I appreciate the character and I sincerely appreciate the effort for his character in the New 52 comic books and in this animated movie. This takes on a slower pace then the constant pumped up action sequences. It seemed a bit too slow at first, but the build up is actually decent in this. Despite this having more of a development compared to "War" which was the gripe with most viewers. The pacing and development was just sort of boring to sit through. I am not sure if it's because it's about Aquaman's origin no offence, but it just wasn't all that interesting and it's not because I couldn't relate with the hero either. The writers did a alright job of making Aquaman a bit of a badass in this. "Throne of Atlantis" isn't anything special from the DC universe. But I do appreciate the effort and how they portrayed Arthur Curry in this. He is actually a likable Justice League member in this, especially compared to other members.
Son of Batman (2014)
Not all that in-depth, but good enough chemistry
This is one of the Batman story I really enjoyed. Sure there are some weaknesses then and there, but overall it was a interesting and fun Batman movie. So the plot is about Bruce Wayne getting acquainted with his son Damian Wayne. After Deathstroke attacks his grandfather Ra's al Ghul's fortress and kills his grandfather in the process as well. The most intriguing part about this animated movie is the relationship between Batman and Damian who is this stuck up, arrogant kid fueled by vengeance. But he is also highly talented, skilled and has a genius level intellect with superb fighting skills and reflexes after training with the League of Assassins for years. So yeah, he is one of those people that comes across as a stubborn fool but is also a badass at the same time. And it was cool to watch him work with the Batman in some missions. While Batman shows him the ropes of being a real crime fighter. So the chemistry between the two is cool to watch, but there is nothing really psychological in that aspect. I however didn't like how they portrayed Deathstroke as this pushover, sure he can sometimes cheat to get his ways. But he just didn't seem to put up enough of a fight against Batman. So I liked the animation which is like 70 percent American and 30 percent anime style. Plus the plot I thought was slightly above average. Despite the weak set up and the most implausible DC movie when it comes to practicality.
Justice League: War (2014)
Lacking debut, but still entertaining enough
So this is an animated movie based on the "NEW 52" DC series that is going on. And I gotta say this movie does kick a lot of ass. There isn't a lot of meat when it comes to the action and character development. But most of the heroes in this movie is well known and a lot of people probably already know their origin stories. So yeah, all the superheroes have their own personality but if it's development your looking for...Well it falls short in that department. Even when it comes to the actual plot, a lot of things are left unexplained. This animated movie seemed like what a mainstream live action Justice League would be like within the hour and 30 minutes margin. My only gripe is the the superheroes portrayed in this movie lacked that heroic spirit, in another words. They are mostly cocky and prideful, but seem to lack integrity and wisdom. Like superman for instance, he is portrayed as this muscle headed jock that just wants to show off his strength. Maybe they wanted to bring out the Golden Age Superman. The movie also takes on a more adult tone to it not mature but more adult, but not to the point where it would effect kids. Justice League: War has cool artwork going for it and despite it's flaws, it's still a pretty entertaining flick.
On the level of a mediocre Saturday morning cartoon
This is a very childish superheroes movie for the kids. If your under 10 and is up for a Saturday morning cartoon movie, this might work for you. If not, this movie is silly, from the animation to the character directions. This is pretty much a very simple time travel movie. With the main DC superheroes not really leaving much of an impact when it comes to the story as a whole. There is one clever idea to defeat the villain in this story, but besides that it's on the lever of another regular Saturday morning cartoon and a mediocre one at that. Batman practically does almost absolutely nothing in this.
A bit too far-fetched, but it's still a fun thrill ride.
This is one of the top "what if scenario" in superhero animated movies. Okay the the plot revolves around the Butterfly Effect, where changes a certain thing in the past can make a huge altered future. Now the Barry Allen aka The Flash is one of my top 5 superheroes in the DC universe. So it was cool to watch a animated movie where the story revolved around him. I thought it was interesting to see the altered future where Bruce Wayne's dad is Batman and his wife becomes the Joker. Even if it's a bit disappointing that they didn't really show Bruce's mom as the joker and how Batman deals with that. The main conflict in this, is the war waged against one another between Wonder Woman and Aquaman's army which has enough destructive force to destroy the world. I also liked how they portrayed all the characters, especially with Barry Allen and taunting his enemies, with some jokes and witty one-liners. Sure, there are some key differences between the animated movie and the comic book. Some parts I thought was unfortunate, but it does a fine job of keeping it's pace without losing much in the process. Sure certain aspects of this movie or the comic seems a bit too far-fetched. It's still a fun thrill ride.
Superman: Unbound (2013)
Has enough right elements, but still lacking
The showdown between superman and Brainiac has a lot going for it, but I couldn't help but be bored. Mainly because I found the movie lacking any real intriguing substance. Despite the world being in jeopardy and all that, which has been done millions of times before. I just couldn't get into the cause of it all. There are some philosophical messages, which I did agree with. And I thought the reason behind Brainiac obsession with control and what happens when he loses to somewhat have depth. And one of the message that Superman's uncle Zor-El gives him. All in all, it had enough right elements to make it a above average animated superheroes movie. But I just didn't feel all that invested in it from start to finish.