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A Mortal Film
This film followed the increasing amount of films about Ancient Greek Mythhology and Gods. Sadly, this was one of the weaker interpretations.
There are three key aspects to any film, Storyline, Dialogue and Actions. This film was distinctly lacking in Storyline and the dialog was a pass mark as best. The action sequences however, are quite solid.
The lack of Storyline is what really let this film down. There is no real character development in any way at all. There was the good guys - who worshipped Gods lived in a village and had families and children. All led by men with bulging six-pacs. Then there was the bad guys - sacrilegious hoards comprised almost exclusively of men who always wore masks and lived in some kind of Gothic cave. Every member of the 'bad guys' had to have a scar scratched on his face for some reason in order to join the bad guys. There were lead by King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) who was just plain evil. Who was a psycho, violent rapist (implied) madman, who seemed to kill his own men just for thrills and giggles. Why was he like this??? Who knows, the storyline never explained why. Basically it was good v evil for no real explainable reason.
The action scenes are thrilling at times but overly violent. While sword and stabbing wounds are expected in sword and sandal epics such as these, the violence was over the top to the point it was cheesy. In one particular sequences where it is Gods v Titans characters heads are exploded characters and exploded in half the brains turned to pulp etc. There was more CG blood then characters during this scene. I don't know if the violence was to make a point of characters deaths or just to try and make the film look tough, but i did neither. This let down what were some brilliant action scenes at times.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
What An Astonishing Film!
Where do you start with a film like 'The Usual Suspects'? A film of such quality is hard to capture in words. The story follows 5 classic criminals who were placed in the same police line up, and it wasn't a coincidence. The story then jumps from the past to the present in a series of events involving murder, betrayal and police investigation.
It is a movie that redefined the genre of Mystery. A short way into the film a mysterious criminal mastermind by the name of 'Kaiser Sose' is introduced to the audience. Throughout the rest of the film I could hear myself thinking, "Who is Kaiser Sose?" To know the answer to this question, you must see the film. This leads me to discuss the film production, hats off to Bryan Singer for creating such a masterpiece. The casting of the 5 criminals is nothing short of perfect, as are their performances. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro, Stephen McManus and Kevin Pollak all give top notch performances as criminals. Kevin Spacey is dazzling as a cripple from New York. Space went on to win an Oscar for the role. Gabriel Byrne is top notch as the smooth ex police officer with sophisticated criminal intelligence. Benecio Del Toro is one of the stars of the film as Fred Fenster. Although Del Toro has few scenes in the movie he creates a character that the audience loves and are amused by. Stephen Baldwin's performance as the real tough guy of the 5 criminals is so astonishing, it is a wonder that roles for him since have been few and far between. Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postlethwaite also pitch in with solid performances.
The fact that there is no real lead role in the film adds to the mystery as, it leaves the audience suspecting nearly everybody to be Kaiser Sose. The mysterious and creepy piano solo theme, by John Ottman, further adds to the phenomenal final result.
The fact this the film wasn't a big seller at the movies is a credit to it, as evidently the quality of the movie was spread by word of mouth not big advertising bucks. This was a similar case to the greatest film of all time, The Shawshank Redemption.
Bryan Singer has created a masterpiece which redefined the meaning of the mystery Genre. It is a film that is bound to live on for decades to come.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
A Family Delight
What an absolutely delightful film. Let's just start with the Performances. Robin Williams gives an energetic, wonderful and talented performance. He should have won an Academy Award. The rest of the cast, containing are truly brilliant with their supporting jobs. Neither one tries to outdo their role, making sure that the limelight stayed on Robin Williams. It is a film that as incredibly funny in so many ways, yet at the some time saddening. It addresses an issue that confronts many children, the issue of divorce. The film confronts this issue without making a joke of it or making the film depressing. The portrayal of a family is so superb in this film that it will live for generations to come. It is an outstanding motion picture that leaves the audience with laughs and tears, a rare combination making in one of Hollywood's finest.
District 9 (2009)
A Revolutionary Science Fiction
This film is one the was of great interest to me. When i first heard about i thought it would be just another usual, 'aliens visit earth attempt to destroy it, human somehow win', movie. But it wasn't. It was one of the most original films i have ever seen. The idea of humans accepting to live with aliens was a very original idea. Although a little too violent, the visual effects are the real standout in this film. The way the humans and aliens blended together seamlessly in every scene was quite stunning. They really were deserving of an Academy Award. Another piece of brilliant originality from Peter Jackson was that the film, set the audience up to side with the aliens. A truly daunting task, that was achieved superbly. The film was seemingly set up for a sequel at the end, which would be much anticipated. District 9 is a very original and solid film. However, some of the violence in the film was rather excessive and may turn away some viewers.