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Bad Teacher (2011)
Let me begin by saying that the producers must be hanged for approving such a film. Although it is built as a comedy, I saw no justification of that. At least the parodies try to make you laugh and occasionally succeed in doing so, but I do not think they made an honest attempt to make anyone laugh.
There is nothing new in the film and the story, if at all there is any, is not given a chance to come out. There was only one character in this film, that of Cameron Diaz and she swung like a pendulum, never giving an identity to the character.
The most disappointing factor was that, it seemed like the production team was unsure as to what kind of comedy they wanted to pursue in the film, it is still unclear if they meant it to be a blue comedy or black comedy.
The acting was not convincing either. Nobody seemed interested in the film and it seemed obvious that all they wanted was to get the cheque and scoot. And now, all of a sudden parodies start seeming funny ... maybe it is a matter of perspective.
THE VERDICT : Please do not watch it if you have a respect for comedy.
Suspect Zero (2004)
First, I would like to state that this is a decent plot gone haywire. There is nothing wrong with the plot line of the film but its execution was terribly flawed.
There is nothing to break the moribund monotone of the film that attempts to wrap a neat cloak around what could have been a gruesome premise hoping that the viewers will find it sophisticated.
As the name itself suggests, there are zero twists in what is supposed to be a thriller. Though there were moments in the film that suggested a sub plot but they never materialize.
The performance of the actors were less than convincing. But, it might be a bit too harsh to hand them the guilty sentence because they did not have anything to work with. Ben Kingsley in particular seemed a bit too keen to embrace his character and ended up convincing that he is not a very versatile actor.
Verdict: If you need a thrill, you might be better off riding a tricycle on a carpeted floor than watching this film.
The Jacket (2005)
What is really in 'The Jacket' ...
First, I must say the acting was indeed very good. Adrian Brody and Kiera Knightley were excellent in their roles and really added a different edge to a movie which so desperately needed it.
There was not the sense of excitement that the film promised and there seemed to be an overall lack of activity ... It looked like a Vin Diesel movie without the action and slowed down 5 times.
I thought that there was a genuine lack of depth to the characters that were depicted and the performances by the actors were not capable of salvaging it.
One redeeming factor though was the way in which the story was told. It was told in a very lazy but yet interesting way and though the storyline seemed a little bit like a dilapidated membrane of a rock band's drum, it managed to still produce the magic that the bands manage to.
The emphasis again, is on the way the story was told and how it was portrayed and not the story itself. But I guess there cannot be too much excitement when you hear the tale of Humpty Dumpty for the millionth time and at that point it does not matter if a nursery teacher says it or Lady GaGa.
The Verdict: Watch this if you are in the mood for a slow but dramatic movie but do not expect too many twists.
Not sure what to make of it !!
First of all I must add that I was impressed by the casting of Edward Norton. I think this is the kind of role that fits him best. It is a role which merges the characteristics of the characters he has played in the films 'American History X', 'Down In The Valley' and 'Primal Fear' and in my opinion it is another strong performance from him.
The overall story was not as much a thriller as I may have preferred and did not carry the sense of excitement or any spark. The story was begging for a twist which never came. It was rather monotonous and lacked genuine sense of direction.
But, the situations of the characters was well drawn out and their genuine sense of helplessness was well encapsulated by back stories. The film has a very dull feel to it and seems to lack some energy and seemed to rely too much on incoherent background speech snippets to fill the voids left by the lack of dialogs.
For a story about a convict trying to get out this was a disappointment and I thought it could have been told much better.
Sin City (2005)
Best movie from comics!!
When I say this is definitely the best movie version of a comic I mean it. That includes the Dark Knight.
First thing that captivates is the style and manner in which the entire film is made. With contrasting colours and the even more contrasting characters, this makes for an amazing treat to say the least.
Everyone might have watched a clip or two from the film and the colour alone is not what works for the film. The eerie narration and even more bizarre personalities embracing the plot make this a very solemn film.
With the likes of Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen and many more in the film, it lacks no star power and the casting has been done excellently. I have never seen violence depicted in such a stylish manner that it almost looks glamorous.
This is definitely a film worth watching and I dare not commit the sin of giving anything away.
Verdict: Watch it if you do not want to miss out on possibly one of the best films of all times.
Mystery Team (2009)
A mystery worth solving
When one hears of a film with completely unrecognizable actors and an unreasonable plot, we usually tend to ignore the project. But this had something different to offer.
Basically it is a story very similar to the scooby-doo cartoons (not the film). There are 3 nerdy looking guys who vow to solve any mystery that comes their way. Their projects are very silly and childish and their tip is usually from an even dumber member of the cast.
Their mundane lifestyle is changed with a murder taking place in the neighbourhood. It allows them to go on a "scintillating" adventure which ultimately ends with the perpetrators getting caught in what can only be described as a weird circumstance.
This is very much an episode of Scoobe-Doo without the ghosts and Scooby. It manages to capture the aura of the cartoon with the quirky laughters and the paradox involved (something the scooby doo movie failed to do I must add) and perhaps that is what elevated this from an average to a step higher.
Verdict: Will make you go back to days of Scooby and the mystery machine and must be watched if one wants to go there.
Youth in Revolt (2009)
Unorthodox, well done and good entertainment
This was a nice and entertaining film. I think everyone who watched this would agree with me that it was never meant to be a blockbuster. The film manages to deliver a fair bit of quality in acting and direction.
I thought it was a great performance by Michael Cera and I believe he is beginning to gravitate towards some strong and bold roles. He still maintains a 'nerd like' feature to his role like he did in Juno and Nick and Norah's infinite playlist, but this time he adds a lot more depth to his performance while playing François Dillinger. I think he is really cementing his place as a regular performer.
The odd thing about this film was its feel good factor. Although everything seems to go awry in the film there seems to be some hope for the protagonist. Whether it is a testimony to the presence of François Dillinger is a thing worth debating.
Overall it was a satisfying experience and I felt really drawn to the film until the very end.
Verdict: A definite boredom buster, Catch It!
Forget the money, I want my 2 hours back!!
First, I must confess I only watched the DVD and since it was a DVD I watched the film on my own time. Initially I was sceptic about investing two hours on this film and my fears were not misplaced.
Though the first five minutes had some element of anxiety, that was the full stop to all things good about the film. I wonder how this film made so much money. I guess vampire crazed fan base is the only reason.
The life of a film is its story and the characters and I found a lack of both. There are no more than five characters who contribute to the already flimsy plot. And even the characters that were there were not portrayed very well.
There was absolutely no chemistry between the vampire guy and his dame and to make things worse, the story seems way too abrupt and it seems the crew spent far too much time on elaborating unnecessary details rather than fabricating a decent story.
Perhaps, the only thing "good" about this film was the way it looked with the eerie backdrop. It manages to usher in a sense of excitement as if one was waiting for something to happen. But, unfortunately that poor one is kept waiting until the end of the film. To be honest I was relieved to see the credits.
The lack of characters and the slow pace of 'Twilight' might have worked for the book, but the film adaptation really needs an overhaul-already.
Verdict: Trash it! And a piece of advice-stay away from the next installment because it is probably going to be as bad if not worse.
The Girl Next Door (2007)
Hard to think it really happened!
It may be true that this movie is only an adaptation of the book based on the true story of Sylvia Likens and that it is sure to have many inaccuracies and fictitious events still it is very saddening to know that something similar actually happened that too to a 16 year old girl.
This movie successfully brings out the evil that rests in the hearts of people, hence supporting the theory that there is something fundamentally wrong with some people. The actors did a wonderful job in highlighting the characteristics of their respective roles. May it be innocence, naivety, or the unimaginable evil. Also, Blanche Baker did a tremendous job in playing the twisted aunt, mortally wounding the girl. In the end i almost hated her as a person and not as a character alone, such was her performance.
I thought the director did a wonderful work in bringing out the sadistic nature of the entire saga without going overboard. The crew members of franchises like saw and hostel can learn a lesson from him. He proved that you can make a torture flick without actually showing all the bloodshed and gore. I have seen saw 2 and hostel and could not watch the torture scenes, but here as it was not as explicit, it was much more powerful and made a much lasting impression.
Overall i think this is a breakthrough in this genre and the fact that it is inspired by a true story makes it all the more twisted.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
The Butterfly effect (ive) !!
When i first sat to watch this film i did not expect much from it. In fact i was reluctant to watch it as i thought this will be just another mediocre sci-fi. But i was wrong ... and i am glad i was.
Ten minutes into the film i was glued to the screen, not daring to shift my line of sight. It was thorough entertainment and the acting was not bad either. it amazes me what you can do with such a humble budget, it makes all the 80mn and 90mn films look very ordinary. Great production value.
This was one of the films which i hoped never got over. I would not like to give away any part of the story as doing so will be a criminal offense on my part. Instead, i would encourage you to watch it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
This film has an impressive story, an elaborately drawn plot efficiently brought out by the director and the good work done by the people in the effects department.
The only reason i did not give this a ten star is that as a good reviewer i must refrain from giving ten stars. I have my reputation at stake (that was a joke, i expect you to laugh ... that of course after issuing me a pardon for my poor sense of humour). Honestly, i thought the acting could have been better. I was half expecting Kutcher to shout "YOU GOT PUNKED", but that completely vanished in the second half where the performances were much better.
VERDICT: A must watch for any audience, irrespective of your preferred genre.