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City of Life (2009)
Worth watching once! - Review may contain spoilers, not sure.
The movie is about intersecting lives in this city, much like Crash or Amores Perros, in the end it all comes together somehow.
I live in Dubai and quite enjoy it here... it is a place unlike no other on Earth. Funny thing is, there are certain "givens" or accepted truths and stereotypes about Dubai that this movie points out quite well. My favorite was the money-hungry Russian girl, sleeping around with anyone just to live a comfortable lifestyle, before coming to Dubai I truly believed this was an exaggeration from people but I've yet to meet one Russian girl that isn't this way and it makes the movie that much more accurate.
There are three main stories told: Indian taxi driver who wants a better life but just can't seem to get to that next step. (most taxi drivers in Dubai are either Indian or Pakistani) Eastern-European flight attendant - Pretty much most non-Russian girls I've met in Dubai are flight attendants for Emirates Airlines, so its no surprise this character is one as well. Again quite accurate portrayal of life in Dubai. Her best friend is an easy Russian chick looking to meet rich Arabs to continue her posh lifestyle.
Two young Emiratis (Arab) who come from money and live their wealthy lifestyle of partying and spending their parents cash.
You can imagine all very different lifestyles but this is the beauty of Dubai, it really does contain these characters. Heck, I felt like I was watching people I knew on screen. The movie is quite predictable in many ways but definitely still worth a watch, especially if you live or have been to Dubai.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Beautiful Movie - I am still in tears
I hardly ever write reviews as I feel that there are so many reviews out there, people don't read most of them.
After watching this however, I really felt the need to convey how touching this movie was. It is based on a true story of a dog that loves his owner so much... he never forgets him.
This is one of those movies that just stays with you. It is beautifully written, the music is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't stop thinking to myself how much I was enjoying the soundtrack. Richard Gere gives a wholesome performance and the rest of the cast are pretty good as well.
I highly recommend this movie to you, especially if you have young kids. I believe it can help them develop an appreciation for animals. This movie truly touched me. I broke down crying for the last 15 minutes or so and I am a grown man... this movie is excellent.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Most powerful and profound movie I have ever seen.
I dont know exactly what words to use to make anyone understand what I feel at this moment.
I am an agnostic person who was raised Catholic. I quit believing in any type of organized religion long, long ago.
Reading dry biblical text out of the Bible, and seeing it in on a big screen are 2 completely different things. I had tears running down my face while watching this and almost, even walked out of the film due to its extremely violent content. But dont misunderstand, I wouldnt be walking out of the movie because it was bad. Think of it in more of the same way a parent cant bear to see their child killed before their very eyes. Basically, I did not want to accept the grim reality.
Jesus Christ was a real human being. This really happened to him. Thanks to this movie my life has changed. I had forgotten what Jesus did for us.
Now, dont think I am going to run off to my local church and accept everything that it tells me as "truth". But I will be a better person after this. I will have a good heart, I have already repent for my sins. I remember thinking what a horrible human being I am. I dont know, this movie just made an everlasting impact on my life.
It is an amazing film. Kudos to Mel Gibson, you are a king amongst men.
I give this movie a 10 out of 10. It is an excellent piece of work.