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Green Zone (2010)
Choppy and disjointed from middle to end
I watched this film with high expectations, hoping for a successful crossing between The Bourne Identity and The Hurt Locker. Instead, the film delivered a messy film that was painfully disappointing.
The first 40 or so minutes really create a solid platform for the film and gave me false hope of a relatively good movie. It started to make some suggestions about what was going to happen and was setup with all the right characters.
And then it just fell flat on its back, with its one-dimensional ending and highly predictable resolution. The only surprise for me was the music that played during the credits.
Overall, I'm a self-confessed sucker for Iraq/War movies (see Hurt Locker, Traitor etc.) but the action in this film does not save it from its poor use of story.
Death Sentence (2007)
In all honesty, before watching this film, I was expecting another B-grade "man goes to prison after being wrongly accused of family slaying" etc. film. However, the film was a refreshingly different and more gritty movie that dealt with more than what "The Brave One" or "Death Race" explored.
The close character development of Hume plays centre stage to an otherwise typical shoot 'em up esquire creation. Irony, twisted reality and emotional pain of losing his family is accurately and realistically portrayed.
A quote I'd like to point out which really helped me round up the film and made the difference between a 1 star movie and a 3.5 star movie was this: "You look like one of us." This, coupled with the darkly humorous end left me pleasantly satisfied.
Fast paced action, guns & gore, gangs, a crazy man in a leather jacket. What could go wrong? 7.5/10
Cast Away (2000)
Intelligent and inspiring
A visual journey that leaves you thoroughly satisfied. It doesn't take long for you to guess what the plot is from the title, but nonetheless the backbone of the film is when he is not "Cast Away." I love this film, if not simply for its clever survivor esquire film scenes, but it also delivers a hidden romance story that dwells into what-ifs and what is most important in life.
Even if your not a fan of Survivor and never asked yourself what would happen if you got stuck on a desert island, just watch this film to enjoy an enriching performance from Tom Hanks.
Quite easily the best flick of the year in 2000 (yes BETTER than Gladiator). Highly recommended; 9 stars.
Bubble Boy (2001)
Comedic spectacle that doesn't need sex-driven teens
A fine comedy movie that was sadly overshadowed by overly sexual films of its time.
Gyllenhaal is surprisingly charming in a young boyish kinda way (what a throwback from Prince of Persia) but the real strong point of this film is that it takes risks as well as incorporating clichéd film sequences.
It is politically incorrect, some might even say racist (The Indian and the cow, the FIVE HUNDRED DOWLAAAHHH!) but these are the artistic risks and it does pay dividends as it works concurrently with templated sequences (when all the freaks congregate for a massive climax at the wedding).
Its creative plot is somewhat downwatered by the shallow twist, but at least he doesn't die.
Overall, enjoyable and supremely good for a comedy movie at 2001. Outdoes many comedies around right now.
Rain Man (1988)
Hoffman, you make me cry more than KRudd
One of the most heart-warming films of all time, coupled with superb acting and well-paced direction, it stands as one of Cruise's best performance (apart from probably only Valkyrie or The Firm).
The clichéd road trip to finding inner understanding and over time understanding one another is explored with new dynamics and a more meaningful perspective.
It lets us experience the trials and tribulations of the mentally ill, and it's incredibly light heartedness in dealing with autistic issues at times highlights the dark and twisted cruelty of society. It does, also, provide for pleasurable and comedic viewing.
The film is a combination of heart-warming comedy and stellar emotionally-provoking drama. The team up of Cruise and Hoffman is a gem. Hoffman as Raymond Babbit is sensational and undoubtedly is the star of this film. His excellent acting convinces us, and then convicts us for our own mistreatings in society.
Overall, a classic that should never be overlooked. Good acting, good direction, and most importantly, good humour.