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murphy, it's you!
I don't understand some of the negative reviews this film got. Those reviewers evidently didn't see the Total Recall remake, the last Die Hard movie or any of the Expendibles movies because this new RoboCop was way better than any of them.
The new RoboCop wasn't a bad movie because I've seen worse. It was actually pretty good. Obviously the original was a classic but this film can't be compared to that because it really was a completely different movie. It bore only some superficial resemblance to the original. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing since a remake would've felt like a repeat and a simple repeat would've been boring.
The lead actor Joel Kinnamen wasn't a bad choice either. He was a likable guy and had the right combination of strength and vulnerability. His only problem was that he looked goofy in the suit.
The special effects were great and the story was interesting. I liked the additional backdrop given to the RoboCop program. And I appreciated the seriousness in tone the filmmakers kept in the movie.
Sure, I would've like to have seen a better build up to Murphy's death and more graphic violence so that when Murphy's enemies got their comeuppance, it would've been more satisfying. But overall this new RoboCop was still an entertaining movie.
movie of the week
This is a so-so film about the latter part of Steve Jobs' life. In 2 hours it does cover a lot: his work before Apple, his founding of Apple, his relationship with friends and colleagues, his development of the Mac, his firing from Apple, his venture into Next Computers, and finally his return to Apple. This film also touches on his passionate yet ruthless personality. With all that this film covers, it still seems lacking. Perhaps it tries to cover too much and doesn't give enough depth to each part. I would've like to have seen more on the genius of Steve Jobs. In this film he comes off simply as a task master with strong opinions. Jobs was more than that. He had a unique combination of technical expertise, social skills, good taste, and marketing savvy. I wish this film showed more of those aspects, especially his technical knowledge and social skills. Because without them, he wouldn't have been able to gain the respect of his engineers, he wouldn't have been able to hire talented people and he wouldn't have been able to make his amazing deals.
I'm surprised this film made it to the theaters because it really does feel like a made-for-TV movie. And as far as Ashton Kutcher's performance goes, he does look and walk like Steve Jobs, but he misses the mark in Steve Jobs' speaking style. When he speaks, Ashton Kutcher sounds like Ashton Kutcher.
White House Down (2013)
lower your expectations. and then lower it some more.
"Oh my god! The quarterback is toast!" was what I was expecting to hear at some point in the movie. Reviewers commented that Olympus Has Fallen was like a Die Hard set in the White House but after seeing this, White House Down WAS Die Hard in the White House. It came complete with a crew of bad guys with ulterior motives, a cocky computer hacker, a guy at the wrong place and at the wrong time, and a hostage he deeply cared about.
Just because White House Down was another Die Hard wasn't a bad thing. Olympus Has Fallen was another Die Hard and I still liked it. The problem with White House Down was the cast, script and the PG rating. Let's start with the cast. Jamie Fox was unconvincing as president. He was too young, too angry and never appeared presidential. Then there's Channing Tatum. He has the charisma of a lamp shade. There's no way he can carry a movie, which was why he was teamed with Fox. He was wisely paired with another star, but unfortunately, it was the wrong star. Fox was miscast for his role and there was little chemistry between the two.
The script was weak. No clever lines said here. And the restraint and act of compassion shown by the bad guys made them appear rather benevolent. Add the lack of graphic violence to the not-so-bad bad guys and you have a PG rated, made-for-TV feel of a movie that lacked any real suspense.
James Woods was great, as always, and so was Maggie Gyllenhaal. And the story did have an interesting revenge aspect to it. But these weren't enough to keep me from being bored. Making things worse was this film's runtime of over 2 hours.
In short, if you have to see just one White House disaster movie, go see Olympus Has Fallen.
see this in IMAX, but 3D unnecessary
Four films come to mind when I think about Gravity: Mission to Mars, Deep Impact, WALL-E and, of course, Apollo 13. You'll see what I mean when you watch it.
As others have said, this film is visually stunning. It's best to watch it on the biggest, clearest screen you can. An IMAX screen is ideal. 2D is fine. 3D is fine, too, but unnecessary because the 3D effect is used only occasionally.
Despite ideas lifted from a certain Brian De Palma film and a certain Pixar film, Gravity is thoroughly enjoyable. As a side note, the similarity between George Clooney's character and Tim Allen's Buzz LIghtyear in voice and appearance is so close I kept expecting him to say, "To infinity and beyond!"
Anyway, back to the movie. The action begins nearly right away and continues nonstop. I've seen 80-minute films that felt like 3 hours. But this 90-minute film felt more like 5 minutes. The action and the immersive visuals will give you the feeling you're on a theme park ride, not in a regular movie. Once it's over, you'll want to go on it again.
This movie was just an hour and 20 minutes long but it still dragged and felt more like a 3 hour film. It could've definitely been edited down to about 45 minutes but then I guess it wouldn't have been considered a movie.
I never saw Paranormal Activity but from what I read, this film was a lot like that. The problem with these types of movies that are shot through security cameras and camcorders is that they leave you feeling disengaged. It's hard to get into a movie when you feel like you're watching it through a peephole.
But this movie was just plain dull and the found footage style of filmmaking only made it worse. The cast was fine except for that guy in the suit. What made this film slightly interesting was that it was hinting at the cause of the disturbances in the apartment to a secret held by one of the family members. At first the secret went in one direction but, in the end, the secret was revealed to be something else. Had the secret been what the film had first alluded to, this film would've been a whole lot more interesting. But in the end, it's just a waste of your time.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
kick-ass in name only
The same principle cast members and even music composer from the first Kick-Ass reunite for this sequel but the results aren't the same. This is just another film that shows how important the director is and how talented Matthew Vaughn is. With so many hands involved in a film, it's hard to know what the director really does. But whatever it is, it must be big because we see the obvious difference between the Matthew Vaughn directed original and the relative unknown directed sequel, with of course the original being so much better.
Gone are the freshness and innocence of the original. But this is expected. Time has passed, the kids have grown and the public has been exposed to these new superheroes. What isn't expected is what else this film also lacks. It lacks the playful tone that went along with the dark humor of the first film. This film is just dark. It lacks the emotional build up and punch for many its action scenes. Now action scenes seem to just come and go. Aside from the first major scene, the action scenes are generally less creative. And where's that odd, eclectic mix of rock songs? The use of them helped lighten mood in the first film and make the action sequences even more memorable. None of that exists in this film.
There are other problems in the story as well, especially with Dave's character and his relationships. I won't even get into Mindy's return to high school. This film could've been much better. Instead, it's just another average action film. In the end, this film is just plain dull. If it didn't carry the name and fond memory of its predecessor, Kick-Ass 2 would've received harsher reviews and would've gone straight to video.
how the mighty have fallen
How did Sigourney Weaver end up in this? And Alfred Molina too? He was headed in the right direction when he took that huge role in Spider-Man 2 after not capitalizing on the success of his role in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now he just took a step back into obscurity. This film was even beneath Maria Bello.
With a fairly decent supporting cast and a decent director in John Singleton, you'd expect at least a decent film, despite Taylor what's-his-face. But this film managed to beat the odds and stank.
This film was a derivative of many films. It even lifted lines directly from a little known 90's film called Sneakers. I guess the writers thought nobody would remember that movie. But, unfortunately, I did because Sneakers, unlike this one, was a pretty good and actually an underrated film.
Besides some obvious similarities to a certain Matt Damon series of films, this film did have potential. And it did have a few good action sequences. Because of this, it did take me away from my texting and video gaming every now and then and brought my attention back to the movie.
Man of Steel (2013)
Looks like we'll need to wait a little longer for another Superman film to match the standards set by Richard Donner's Superman. But this film isn't bad.
It's definitely better than Bryan Singer's Superman. The strengths of this film are what Superman Returns lacked: a great cast, a good script, an interesting story, and a powerful music score.
The cast, particularly Russell Crowe, is what saves this film. All are great for their roles. There is even some chemistry between Henry Cavil and Amy Adams, although they don't spend much time together. Unlike Richard Donner's version, this one is less about Superman and Lois than it is about Superman fulfilling his purpose in life.
It's hard to imagine a Superman film without John Williams' memorable score but Hans Zimmer manages to come up with something unique, just as grand and nearly as hummable. It's a powerful, uplifting score befitting of a Superman movie with some very distinct themes. Though the score isn't quite as complete as that by John Williams-- not many music scores these days are-- it's very adequate.
Of course the special effects are great. But they're nothing we haven't seen before. Some of them seem to have been inspired by the Matrix films. But that's fine. Most big budget films have such high quality special effects than they cannot differentiate from one another simply by special effects alone. They need to have-- do I dare say?-- a good cast, story, script, character development, etc. Fortunately, this film has most of that.
I understand this version is supposed to be a grittier, more down to earth Superman. But ironically, it ends up being less realistic than Richard Donner's Superman. It is a little darker but darker doesn't necessarily mean more realistic. It spends too much time on the negative aspects of growing up and too little on the positive. A kid with all those powers can't be all that bad, can it?
Also, this film has more of a science fiction feel which takes us even farther away from reality. It presents us with too many alien ideas, strange technology and technical details that we have a harder time to believe the setting is actually present day on earth. All these alien ideas and details should've been kept in abstract terms as they were in Donner's Superman.
I would've liked to see more interaction between Superman and Lois Lane. And I would've liked for General Zod to appear in later films, not at the beginning, as was done in Donner's version. With General Zod, a man with the same powers as Superman, already appearing in this film, it's hard to imagine there could be a stronger, better foe for Superman without getting weird. There's talk about other aliens like Braniac appearing in the sequel but I'd hate to see the series go off into the deep end into science fiction fantasy.
Basically, Sneider's Superman is a combination of Donner's Superman 1 and 2. Donner's Superman was lightening in a bottle. It appears there will never be a Superman film as good. Special effects do get better in these remakes. Can you imagine Donner's Superman 2 with today's special effects? I'd love to see that.
All in all, Sneider's Superman is a good remake. It has a strong cast, good script and catchy original music score. It has most of the elements that made Donner's Superman great.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
This film was surprisingly good. It's been a while since I've seen such an enjoyable action film like this one. Actually, I've been starving for one for quite some time. So much so that after being disappointed by crap like the first two Expendables, the Transformers sequels, the Total Recall remake, etc., I wanted to give this a 10. Of course, this film wasn't perfect but was still a very enjoyable film.
As others have said, this was basically a Die Hard film in the White House. Actually, this should've been another Die Hard film. But don't hold this against it. It was very well done. In fact, it was better than some of the Die Hard movies themselves.
The strengths of this film were the action (of course), the cast, the character development and the story. The action was graphic and realistic, the cast featured quality actors, the characters had enough depth to make us care about them and the story (though not original) did add more weight to the importance of what the protagonist needed to do. Add this all up and you had a film that had enough emotional impact to make you care about what happened, unlike many recent action films that seemed more like mindless video games than movies.
What I really like was the depiction of the bad guys. They were clearly bad and proved they were not messing around. Repeatedly. It's just one more reason for you to pull for the good guy.
Like many action films, this one wasn't very original. But what separated this from the others was that it was well executed and there were just so many things going for it that it didn't matter. Watch the Expendables and you'll appreciate this a lot more. This was one of the better action films in recent years.
End of Watch (2012)
This is yet another film that uses the shaky-cam gimmick to add realism. This film is shot documentary style and has us assume that it's been pieced together from video footage captured by several characters in the film themselves. Unfortunately, it suffers the same problems other films have when shot this way. There are numerous times when I wonder, "Now, who's holding the camera this time?" Also, it's extremely hard to believe cops would be willing to enter a gang-infested neighborhood holding a camera in one hand and a gun in the other. It's these questions that, ironically, make this film less realistic.
The gimmicky shaky-cam style and unrealistic moments aside, this film is simply dull. There are a few suspenseful moments, but most don't lead to anything. The story is unoriginal, which is disappointing, for a film that appears to try to be original with its documentary-style story telling.
The lone bright spot are the characters. They are definitely likable, but unfortunately, they aren't enough to save this film.