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A poor intent on becoming the new Darren Aronofsky.
My ex-girlfriend wanted bad to watch this film back in the day, we couldn't cause both of us were still underage by the time it hit the theaters. Months later, relation over I rented it with my friends as a suggestion of one of them.
I couldn't have been anymore disappointed. Though the story is a crude, down to earth reality slap in the face, it revolves around too much trouble and doesn't land near any real conclusion. The acting's good, however it's not enough to raise the film. The script feels forced in every single way and it really feels like it was written in six days, not enough time to really deliver a solid story but enough to have an excuse to start filming.
The direction tries hard to be outstanding, yet it never passes beyond conventional, and that's something to be noted, it's like a real big effort, but nothing solid enough to be impressed. Hardwicke shows that she was up to begin her filming career with the wrong foot and that Thirteen would be a not so unlikable film but the first of a long career full of missteps (Twilight, Red Riding Hood).
All in all, when you finish watching the film, it can't be felt any different but as a sad effort to create the new "Requiem for a Dream", understandable enough for teenage girls to be identified with but without any outstanding element to really get noticed.
Harry Potter and a Scripting Shallow Part 2
I'm taking no reserves by telling this film is awful. By far the worst film I've seen this year, and that wouldn't be if there hadn't been so much hype about it.
Every critic and every website praise this film, however I can't begin to understand how can they praise such a poor production. An irregular, cyclic, inconsistent and plot-hole-filled script, a lousy direction incapable of maintaining an action sequence long enough to have a good time and an edition work to be embarrassed (with a tighter edition you could reduce both parts into a single film). If part 1 was bad, this one kicks the bucket big time!
Acting doesn't improve too much, we still get all the wooden performances we're used to and the same plot line is filled with clichés and things we've seen over and over again. It's to admire the ability of J.K. Rowling to develop intriguing situations and by the same time her incapability to resolve them with wit and style.
The action sequences just pass by, the plot line is pitiful, the final battle doesn't leave a mark and the epilogue is completely unnecessary.
Maybe I'm insane, and maybe everyone will think I'm out of line by giving this film 1 star out of 10, but when you grow up admiring the greatest fantasy and sci-fi sagas ever made (either in the film or book industry) like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dune, Blade Runner and the Neverending Story, you'll know Harry Potter just doesn't have enough to be in the same rank as them.
The Last Airbender (2010)
One big misunderstood adventure flick!!!
For starters, you need to forget Shyamalan's the director of the film, or else you'll critique every single thing you see on screen, honestly.
I've seen very few chapters of the TV series, so I wasn't expecting to see the exact same translated into a film. Also by the awful reviews the film had received I wasn't even expecting to see a god film and... oh boy, I couldn't be any more wrong.
What you get in this is a complete harmless family adventure flick, nothing more, nothing less. Well produced, decently written and with fine special effects. Yes the 3D effects kinda suck, but that's to be expected having in mind the fact that the film was not shot in 3D. The characters fulfill their job and the story is told consistently with few bad steps.
ILM completely shows off with the special effects, giving one of the best things you'll see in the year. Everything is in place and the film completely takes you for an exciting ride, humble and with no other intention than entertain.
All in all, a good adventure flick (though not perfect at all) great to see with the kids or even to have a good time by yourself. I really hope the give us a sequel since it can really kick it as a fine franchise (hope those 319 millions in the worldwide box office are good enough).
The Best Uwe Boll's film... for whatever it's worth.
For starters, all of my friends and I think Uwe Boll sucks as a director.
One of them saw this film and told me it was real good, all of them saw it afterwards and told me it's a great film (even at normal standards).
When I saw it I couldn't be anymore disappointed. Void performances, crappy photographed and an uninspired script leading nowhere. The leading character lacks everything a leading performance should have, charisma, emotional depth or even acting skills. The story never builds up any reason for the plot to take place at all and even situations that are supposed to be funny leave you thinking like "what? was that a joke? That's a joke right? Can anyone tell me please?"
Sure it's the best film among Boll's filmography, however that's not much saying. Do I recommend it? Hell no! There are better ways to utilize spare time. If you want to see a witless film, devoid of any brains and just see bullets flying through the air, there are better choices such as "Punisher: War Zone", "The Expendables" or even "The Transporter" (those ones at least have a script leading somewhere, even if it's not the best one ever written).
So boring it hurts my eyes!!!!!!
Well how do we start?
This film contains great values, such as the photography and... the photography... nothing else.
This film moves by slow hard taking and non exciting steps. All that happens is you see the main protagonists suffer and wander around for nearly 3 hours!!!! I know fans are expecting a dignifying adaptation to the best selling book, however translating the book to script phrase by phrase was too much.
The film falls for other several stuff, starting with the performances, they really don't improve at all and all we get is the same wooden, stiff expressions we've seen since 2001. Then we get the script treatment, it's just a translation from the book! The story is not meant to be two separate films but a 6-hour-long feature (even Peter Jackson handled himself to give each part of LOTR trilogy its own climax). However this joke of a film doesn't care for the development of the argument or anything else. Without part 2 it's nothing but a boring sequence of scenes with no goal at all.
I really expected a much more fun film, however this one kicks the bucket. By some hard, well planned edition job they could have saved ourselves more than an hour of boringness (and even one film maybe).
All in all, this film is proof that a darker sequel or a faithfully written book adaptation not necessarily give as a result a good movie.