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Red Dawn (2012)
waste of time
I was not going to talk about this moving until I saw one of the actors interviewed on CNN. He talked about making it better than the original because today's audiences are more sophisticated that they were 30 years ago and need a better story and acting. Please, this movie is full of special effects and CGI, the acting is sub par and, it's just a bad, bad movie. If this movies shows anything, it's that Hollywood has no respect for audiences and just recycles an old movie, loads it with pretty faces and special effects, makes it PC and throws it out at audiences. Seems that every year, Hollywood throws out trash like this, fills it with CGI and special effects, lot's of fires and explosions and calls it "art".
A complete waste of time unless you are a male in his early teens.
if a movie could get 0 stars, that's what I would give this movie. It will be in the bargain bin at Walmart for .49 Even at this price, it's not worth the money.
Lord of the Flies (1990)
not worth watching
a fan of the book, I also enjoyed the 1963 movie. But, watching this, it's seems very dumbed down. Much of they symbolism of the book is explained to the audience of this version of the movie and done poorly. The acting is sub par, the direction mediocre and the screenplay is just terrible.
I would think that, with today's audience being more sophisticated and not was easily shocked as in 1963, they could stay truer to the book. But, the writers and director did what Hollywood usually does, ads symbolism of their own (military school) and removes the authors original intent.
If you never read the book or saw the 1963 movie, you might enjoy it. But, if not, please stay away. It's just bad.
CSI: Miami (2002)
not great but watchable
I read so many complaints about David Caruso in the reviews here. I think he is playing the part that he is paid to play and the writers, producers and directors want him to play. The black suit in Miami part of that as well as the constantly putting on and taking off the sunglasses. I don't blame Mr Caruso, I think he is doing exactly what they want him to do.
However, Emily Proctor is terrible. She mumbles constantly and she is difficult to understand. Adam Rodriguez is very wooden and, though his character is supposed to be a Miami native, he has a distinct New York accent. Khandi Alexander is the only likable character but, my problem with her is her clothing. a coroner showing up at a crime scene in designer clothes, high heels and low cut tops. But, again, I can't blame her for the way the director wants her dressed. She is a beautiful woman after all.
My main problems with the show are as follows: 1) poor writing. How many people has Horatio shot in the series. maybe 50? would any police force in the country keep on an officer that has killed that many people? Each time a officer shoots hi, he rides a rides a desk until the shooting can be investigated. Horatio would be spending more time riding a desk than doing field work with all the people he kills.
2) poor costuming. The women in the program are out investigating with heels on and cleavage showing. looks great but, hardly what a crime scene investigator would wear.
3) the lab is always being used for personal things.
there is a lot more wrong with the show that viewers have already discussed so no need to be repetitive.
I very much like the original CSI. the characters and actors are much better. CSI Miami seems to be written for those with short attention spans and like to soap opera aspects that CSI Vegas has but, not as much as Miami has. Vegas tend to attract a more cerebral viewer than Miami does. But, Miami is fun to watch if you don't try to take it seriously. It's like the Gilligans Island of CSI.
Also, anyone else notice that no one ever perspires. Chase scenes, tourists from the north, no one is perspiring. everyone perspires in Miami. it's hot and humid.
I give it 4 out of 10. watchable and fun but, not as good as the original.
The Karate Kid (2010)
could have been a lot better.
With Jackie Chan in the movie, I figured it would be pretty good. But, Jaden Smith is not as convincing as Ralph Maccio was. Perhaps Jaden will be better when he is older. 12 years old is just to young for the physical development it would take to be a Kung Fu champion. Ralph, who was 15-16 in the original, was much more believable. Jaden also mumbles a lot of his lines and it's hard to understand what he is saying. a 12 year old in a romantic relationship just does not really work either.
It could have been a lot better with another actor playing the kid. Perhaps Jaden will get better with time. The original will be an American classic, this one, well, I doubt it.