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Highly entertaining and moving.
The standard for which we hold to movies is based upon what we are expecting of them. There are sci-fi classics, and there are sci-fi wonders, and there are sci-fi entertainments. Not every sci-fi movie has to hold up to one person's standard of expectations for ALL sci-fi films.
I do admit, I left the movie having enjoyed the movie greatly but also feeling that there was a lack of depth. But that is hardly anything to affect my rating of the movie.
I enjoyed what I paid for. I would probably be willing to pay for the movie.
I believe there is a great story in the movie. But it's depth does get a little crowded out by the action and the visuals... but it is still there. I'm sure with multiple more viewings I will come to see more of the depth because I will not be distracted from everything else.
The acting is very good. It was hard for me to see the guy from D9 and A-team as the villain and take him seriously for a tough guy. But in the end he did a great job with his character.
I thought the other actors did a great job as well.
Of course, the action and visuals were amazing and worth the price to see on their own.
I did find a good level of emotion to the movie.
I feel like another 10-15 minutes to the movie could have been used to set up the characters better, including the side characters and add more depth to the movie's story. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed the movie!
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
"Olympus has Fallen" is an over the top action film that satisfied my movie-going experience. Not every movie in the world has to be "A - B - C". Not every movie has to have incredible character development, or completely logical. The point of some movies is just to entertain. As another review stated, I didn't find myself bored at any point of the movie. In that case, this movie was successful.
The story is simple, but simple can be better than overrated complex stories. The simple story allows you to just sit and enjoy the content of the movie. Of course, I like my deeper stories and character developments. But I like these no-brainer action movies just as much.
The acting isn't bad. The action is pretty good.
Overall and entertaining movie.
By the way, the previous is what I would consider a true "Nutshell review". What's up with nutshell reviews extending into thousands of words?
Man of Steel (2013)
A Solid entertaining Superhero movie
Man of Steel has redefined the cinematic experience for Superman. The visuals were very impressive as well as the acting.
The first part of the movie on Superman's home planet was one of my few favorite scenes. Then, the first major fight sequence with Superman's enemies in a small town would be another of my favorite scenes.
Overall, what you get is a movie with a compelling story which felt a little crammed with a lot of other sub-stories mixed with amazing visuals and cool action scenes.
There are a few scenes that I have some issues with, but I won't go into them because I don't want to spoil anything.
I really liked the style of the fight scenes. It feels hard to realize what's going on but its not so bad.
Overall, Man of Steel is a great achievement in the Superman movies much like Nolan's batman movies. (I still like the batman movies better though, but this is by far the best superman movie).
You can't watch it and not enjoy it.
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Not what you hope for in a Die Hard movie, but enjoyable.
Okay, I get it. "A Good Day to Die Hard" fails be a true die hard movie.
I can sit here and tear it a part, pick out the things that bothered me, the details I wish would be changed when I watch it again. Yes, I plan on watching this again.
Some parts were funny. The action was enjoyable.
The story itself is probably the worst part - simply, it is messy and poorly developed.
My second disappointment was the lack of violence. Die Hard 4 had more violence and it carried a PG-13 rating. I was hoping for more physical fighting along with the shooting and explosions. A fight between father and son near the beginning would have been cool. Some scenes seemed rushed while others seemed like they could have been cut a few seconds shorter.
Then, John's character didn't feel like the John McClain we see in the other movies. For instance, the lack of his funny rants that are in the other movies.
Some of the action was artistic. The car chase was not too long, but what made it feel long was that it lacked a lot of suspense.
I believe that this movie was simply rushed and thrown together. Plus, its a good 15-20 minutes shorter than the other movies.
The thing I liked most about the movie was the development of the father son conflict. Which, I think that jack and john should have got into a physical fight when John started messing up Jack's operation.
Overall, this Die Hard installment is one that shouldn't be taken seriously, but isn't so bad that it deserves anything lower than a 5/10 rating.
After Earth (2013)
My Not So Popular Opinion
"After Earth" seems to have failed many individual's expectations, but this movie didn't fail me.
This movie is story-based. M. Knight is a storyteller. He particularly tells stories through suspense. The best part of this movie was the story, and the message the story revolves around.
The sci-fi elements were very intriguing to me. It fits well with the overall story.
The acting, overall (the sum of all the actors) was really good. Many thought Young Smith was terrible in this movie. I didn't think so.
The suspense and action elements were very good as well. This isn't a movie driven by its action, this is a movie with suspense and action which is driven and energized by the story and its message.
I will probably buy this movie when it is released. Based on all the other reviews, I can't say that you will enjoy this movie. All I can say is that I really enjoyed this movie.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
This Entertainer certainly SURPRISED me!
On a scale for entertainment alone, the new G.I. Joe movie gets bonus points from me. I liked the first one, yet at the same time it let me down. It was too sci-fi and less military. This new movie adds a better balance between the sci-fi and the realistic (thats my perspective).
This movie was in retaliation to the first one. The action scenes were solid, they exceeded my expectations. For example, the fight scenes between Shadow and Snake-eyes never lasted very long and the fighting between them was bland and generic. In this new movie, the fight between them was so much cooler and much more pleasing, especially to the eye.
The acting was great for what some would call a "no-brainer" movie.
The story and plot was simple yet entertaining. And honestly, some elements to the story I didn't expect - but they weren't exactly what you would call twists or anything like that.
I know that there are a lot of mixed reviews. But, you should know that Retaliation feels a lot different than the first one. Its not quite as cheesy and the acting is better, and it didn't have any romance driven sub-plots.
Entertainment Level: High (8/10) Acting Level: Great (7/10) Story/plot: good (6.5/10) Visual effects/sound/: High (8/10)
Overall, great movie (7/10) I could watch this movie several times and enjoy it every time.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
A Good Sci-Fi Adventure for the Halo Games.
I enjoy playing the games, though I really haven't played much and nor am I a hard core fan but "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn" was a fun and entertaining sci-fi adventure for the games.
I really enjoy sci-fi, especially the artistic and creative ones. The story isn't magic, it sets you up for something yet to come (perhaps the next video game... I don't know... but that's just what the movie feels like, esp. after the ending). However, its the journey of some cadets who get their world shaken as the fight comes to them.
The acting is surprisingly good. Not anything amazing, but good enough so that the movie is still enjoyable. The visuals were great. I loved the effects and the scenery. The action was exciting. The film makers did a great job creating the action scenes in the dark settings. Once the action hits, you will understand the title of the movie.
Overall, if you have ever played the game, I'm sure you will enjoy watching this movie. If you have never played the game what-not, stop using "real life" as a standard for a science fiction film based and centered around a video game. I don't get the negative reviews, but certainly this movie isn't perfect despite how entertaining it is. My rating is on a scale of entertainment, not based on a standard of flawlessness. There was some depth to the movie, mostly in some of the characters and in some aspects of the war, but just surfacy stuff - this also added to the entertainment of the movie.
Fun movie. Worth watching. If you don't like the movie, I'm sure you would appreciate something from it to get your viewings worth.
The Day (2011)
"The Day" is exactly what I hoped for. The reason I am "raving" about this movie is because it was more than I expected it to be. When I say that I don't mean mind-bending and profound.
I love this movie. You may not feel as I do and that's great! I don't care how many people disagree with me. Nothing anyone can say about this movie can shake my opinion of it and how I feel about it.
Good acting from not-so renowned starts (but still familiar faces). A good script. A good story. Well-told. Solid, brutal action (some quite relentless).
With a running time of 1h 26min (which, movies are often given time restraints, which constrict a directors vision of the movie they want to make... I don't know if this often crosses people's minds.), so with the short running time, they do a great job setting the mood for this apocalyptic world our main characters are living in.
Some people will say that this movie doesn't really go anywhere, even with all the things that make it a pretty good (entertaining movie). I'd like to point out that it goes to all the places that it intends to go. That it indeed goes places. It shows you humanity from different angles. But yes, they don't go too deep into those places, but if you have a good enough imagination, perhaps the directors take us to the doorstep of different ideas and issues and emotions and "places" so that we take our selves there with our own imagination - which would mean getting more involved with the story. I don't know many people who would use their imaginations rather than desire for the movie makers to take them through those doors - and just get let down and upset when they don't. Venting.....
Anyways. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Even if you find that it doesn't fulfill everything you'd look for in a movie of this genre, I'm certain you will still enjoy it and not feel like you wasted your time.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
I for one... possibly the only one... enjoyed AVP!
I'm not one of those "non-fans" who just so happened to like "AVP".
I am a fan of both the Alien movies and the Predator movies (though I thought Predator 2 was only half as good as the first).
All the other Alien and Predator movies give us the depth that so many people complain wasn't in AVP. This movie is all about FUN!
Some people may complain about the movie holding back on the violence and gore. My opinion, the PG-13 restraint pushed the makers to be more creative with the blood and gore. There was a lot for a PG-13 movie by the way. It almost takes on an artistic/stylish factor as opposed to drenching the screen with it.
Sure, its AVP..... Not AVH (alien vs. humans), but without the humans then there wouldn't be aliens for the predators to fight. Without the humans, the AVP would have truly been a film lacking depth.
I didn't think the script was so bad. It wasn't great or profound in anyway, but enjoyable. That acting wasn't terrible like so many people are saying. Trust me, there are a lot of overrated films with worse acting.
Finally, my favorite part of AVP is the development between the Predator and the lead actress. I thought it was pretty cool.... who in their right mind can tell me that that is not an element of depth. If you want depth, just let the Predator kill all the humans and then what? Kill the Aliens... and then what? Anyways.
In summary, this movie is not so bad, in fact I very much liked it. It is really short compared to the Alien and Predator movies, but that's okay. It is exactly what it was intended to be but I guess most people didn't get that.
Munger Road (2011)
Give it a Try.
Munger Road is intense and frightening. The acting is not bad. Its quite good actually. Sometimes I felt like the acting from some characters could have been better.
**mild spoiler: no specific details mentioned**
The horror and terror of this movie is like a creature that lurks and creeps around. I don't know what you look for in a horror film, but consider that this movie is PG-13, so I will let you know if you are looking for gruesome killings then you wont find them. There are killings, but you don't see them. The killings are out of view but you can still hear what's happening.
**End mild spoiler**
Well, the story was interesting. There is mystery and a lot of suspense. However, there are moments when its really dark and difficult to see. One moment in the car, you can't see anything but it was not necessary to see anything. Even though it was hard to see at some moments, I'd say that the movie was still pretty scary and worth watching.
If you are a horror fan who has wasted several hours on horror films you wished you had never seen, then why not give this one a try as well. I promise its not the worst horror film you've ever seen, and you may even like it.