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As far as war movies go this is exciting tense involving and well made.
The story is compelling not just because it is an extraordinary true
story of one soldier surviving but because the bravery and tragedy are
keenly felt without unrealistic bravado. Once the fighting starts,
you're in for a terrifying and unforgettable ordeal.
Good points include identifiable characters (unlike Black Hawk Down) and a likable cast. The main actors are all familiar to movie goers and they don't look out of place in their roles. Mark Wahlberg doesn't look that combat ready being relatively middle aged looking compared to the rest. Eric Bana is convincing as the commander. Never thought of Emil Hirsch as a soldier type but he is okay. Ben Foster is good. Taylor Kitsch is a bit too much of a dude for the role of a career soldier.
The story shows the people of Afghanistan from both sides of the conflict. During the battle it seemed like a bit like a video game killing Taliban but then it became quite eye opening when the Afghans saved Marcus and helps to show the difficult situation the anti Taliban Afghans face in the country. The story isn't political or anti war though one does come away feeling the loss of such brave men and the suffering is such a terrible waste in the bungled mission and rescue.
A must watch for war movie fans especially since it's about Afghanistan an under represented conflict on screen.
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You want to see what happens in this beautifully filmed art world
Hitchcock type drama thriller. Geoffrey Rush is good as always as the
central character an auction house owner who becomes involved with a
mysterious recluse who wants to auction off her family objects. There
are parallels with "Vertigo" in the older younger obsession and
deception but it's lacking the second part. The "set up" is obviously
coming and not hidden at all. But then the aftermath just leaves the
viewer irritated and unsatisfied. Plus the robot is a bit of a
Overall an absorbing watch but it isn't destined to be remembered as a great movie because of the lacking story. Just watch Vertigo again to see what is wrong with this movie.
This movie is better than you'd expect from the subject. It's watchable
and fascinating although not without it's problems. The relationship is
with the operating system is a tricky concept to accept. Although the
communication and friendship are believable, the more romantic aspect
isn't. After all he could never see her.
Another thing that isn't quite right is how such a strange looking guy like Joaquin could have so many A list beautiful women in his life from Rooney to Olivia. Even Amy Adams is way too cute for him despite her geeky disheveled get up and hair.
Interesting blend of China and LA for filming locations.
Worth a watch but a bit long.
Ralph Fiennes gives an intense performance as Dickens and his hair and
beard look the part. Felicity Jones acts well but she is rather plain
and common looking and someone more distinctively attractive would have
been better as the central character like a young Carey Mulligan. Good
to see Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes together again, they had
more chemistry than Ralph and Felicity.
There haven't been too many depictions of Charles Dickens on the big screen and it's sad it had to be about his affair. It does show some of the societal norms of the time about relationships and divorce etc. Bit of a let down not showing his death but so much of the courtship. Although they try to link the relationship to his output, the affair doesn't seem to reflect on his work at all. In fact the creative part of Dickens life isn't shown much.
Overall slightly worth a watch but in the end I felt it wasn't terribly interesting?
The talented and beautiful Mischa Barton is a good actress well above
the usual CW standard. She deserves to make it big on the silver
screen. However she seems to be doing a lot of bad b movies recently
especially badly written horror movies. This movie was interminable,
unpleasant, not very scary and overall a waste of time. Set in a gloomy
building set for demolition, Mischa plays a demolition expert sent to
assess the building and she encounters an even gloomier cast of
characters there. The pace is glacial and the situations are just
boring. Cameron Bright of the Twilight sequels isn't quite enough to
carry the movie as supporting cast either.
Unfortunately even as a fan of Mischa, it was a struggle to finish this boring dud.
This is a strange movie with a super cast. No wonder it isn't famous or
didn't do to well despite the talent.
Mischa Barton at her prettiest, Madeleine Stowe post lip job but still lovely, Jonathan Rhys Meyers at his most way off. What more could you want? A good story. It's a strange mix of thriller horror cult with vampire like blood stuff going on.
A mother and daughter are on the road but get mixed up in strange cult led by JRM. There are slow moments then some horror and action. It's all rather distasteful and meaningless and the story isn't well written. Things don't really add up to much or come together well.
Only worth watching if you are want to see the main stars in an obscure movie.
This movie is quite watchable if you accept that is a low budget life
time style thriller. Sure there are faults. The writing and scenes are
uneven and sometimes a bit awkward and abrupt. The car chase is pretty
lame. And the villain is a bit of a clown. The directing is a little
amateurish. But having said all that there is a certain quaint fun in
the way the story unfolds.
Natalie Zea of "The Following" is very pretty and should be on TV more often and prime time too. The cast playing the police colleagues look a bit insipid.
Worth a watch.
This is a well made sympathetic and thorough biopic. It's often
hilarious, touching, bizarre and tragic as only the crazy life of Anna
Nicole could be. Lifetime did a good job putting together the stranger
than fiction life story showing the audience what they needed to see
without being overly exploitative.
The cast performs well. Agnes Bruckner doesn't look that much like Anna, she is a bit more intelligent looking and not so bombshell like but she acts well and she evokes sympathy for the character. Virginia Madsen as Anna's mother is good. Martin Landau is terrific as Howard Marshall. He really acts like a frail elderly man smitten.
Could have shown a bit about the paternity battle for Anna's daughter at the end.
A 17 year old girl inadvertently gets mixed up in a robbery planned by
her boyfriend on the store her mother works in.
This lifetime movie isn't ground breaking but it's surprisingly watchable thanks to a good cast and good dialog.
Jennifer Grant as the mother is quite good.
The lovely pre Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev takes a role that could have been annoying and makes her quite sympathetic especially when she does some irritating things.
It has a lesson about consequences about having the wrong boyfriend. Listen to your Moms girls!
Worth a watch.
This quirky story has a magical feel to it. It has a stellar assortment
of actors in unexpected roles. Loved the European journey and
Ralph Fiennes hasn't had a good original role like this for a while and he takes full advantage of it. Nice to see Ms Ronan in a period role that she is suited to.
There are some faults. It could be funnier in parts and the plot doesn't always make much sense but that is the charm of it. Why they were so confrontational with the "Nazis" doesn't add up. It would have been better to see more character development with some supporting cast instead of just a brief cameos.
It's great that movies like this are a success and there need to be more.
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