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Midnight Special (2016)
Beautiful, tearful movie with joy and love
I don't need a social message subtext to enjoy a movie for what it is, a simple story about a boy with special powers and people (and governments) who want to exploit those powers were it not for his parents and a friend who try to rush the boy off to a destination they've been told is important, been told is where the boy "needs to be" but don't understand why exactly - until the father sees an image of another world, the boys world and the boy is healed from what appeared to be a increasingly sick state from being exposed to this world and using his special abilities. The boy further explains that he believes he must be from that special world (how he got to our world isn't really explained nor if he was born biologically to his parents or if they somehow adopted the boy or found him, a la Superman). He explains that his world is built "on top of this one", a probable reference to a dual or multiple dimensions where its beings have "watched us for a long time". I loved this movie, i felt love from the characters and the boy and i felt like i missed him terribly at the end.
The Shallows (2016)
Boring, Blake, Derivative, Blake, Suspenseful, Blake, Lively, Blake, Unrealistic, Blake....
Some spoilers, not many:
I found this movie all of those things listed in the summary - it's simultaneously boring but beautiful, unrealistic but suspenseful, slow moving but at times engaging, unrealistic but frightening, etc., etc., and this seeming mix of contradictions was possible for one reason....Blake Lively. She and she alone, apart from the pretty scenery is the only saving grace of this film...and it saves it just enough to not say I want my 2 hours of my life back.
Blake Lively is simply stunning here, visually in terms of her natural beauty, sexy in terms of her bikini close up shots throughout, but most importantly, her completely convincing acting job here ... i didn't really know anything about Blake going into this movie but boy is she on my radar screen now. Her performance in this film was truly very good and very believable. She really is what kept me in that theatre. Her truly gritty, very realistic range of emotions in this film are amazing. I really felt close and caught up in her dilemma and she comes across as actually going thru this for real...very very fine acting job. Wow.
The shark? Typical CGI stuff...similar or close to what you may remember from "Deep Blue Sea" , maybe a notch better? The shark was too big for the bite on her leg though, which, while bad, indicated a much smaller shark mouth that the hulking shadowy brute that looked like the size of a small Korean submarine. The ending is pure entertainment and completely unbelievable and unrealistic. However, I recommend the film just to see Blake Lively in case she's a new item for you...otherwise, skip this.
Underrated - definitely better than a 6.
I saw this film for the first time last night and loved it. I thought it might be a cheesy 80s Vietnam war action flick but boy was I wrong. There are some great performances here first off - Gene Hackman and Danny Glover are very convincing and totally into their roles here.
I know the plot is very simple but this is based on a true story and I thought all involved measured up and did an honorable job of portraying the futility and tragic waste of life that was the Vietnam war.
There are some subtle moments in the film, reviewed better by others, but suffice it to say they were touching and were metaphors for the war. I am sad that in real life, many didn't make it home, but this movie does that justice while also pointing out the brutality of war and its impact on civilians