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Fast-paced thriller with ethnic touches.Out of the ordinary.
There are a few films that enrich our lives and too many films that are only good for spending two hours.This one lies somewhere in between:its script is not good enough to elaborate on its main theme,in order to point out the main aspects of extreme militarism,but it states that the human nature supersedes the militaristic exploitation of science. The script also has interesting plot twists.
Hanna,the 16-year-old heroine,is an eerie girl,in both senses of the word;she is sensitive and lethal at the same time: she is able of caring for her friends and killing a person in a heartbeat with her bare hands without even blinking! She is shrewd but not shrewish. Her character is full of antitheses and multi-dimensional.
The direction is inspired and makes good use of filming locations (Morocco,Spain,etc.)and ethnic music.
The score isn't pleasing for my taste,but it matches the fast pace of the movie.
A memorable scene shows a male agent praying out loud for his life at the sight of the stone-cold face of Hanna!
A worthy film overall.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
A detonation of stupidity and chaotic "film"-making!
I watch over 40 movies per month,so in the last 30 years I've seen about 14.500,mostly American. This one,along with "Skyline" and the "Adjustment Bureau",are the worst I've ever seen! Sadly,they all belong in my favourite genre,science-fiction.
This movie is an insult to film fans all over the world. In the end,I felt like I was clouted! Its dialogue consists mainly of two or three word phrases,which is not justified even for an action movie.The characters are caricatures,not even one-dimensional.The notion of dramatis personae in this script is non-existent: it's like trying to explain the theory of relativity to monkeys! The special effects are crude and crappy:the aliens have built-in weapons (how do they scratch?) and function as bugaboos for three-year-olds...
The direction is chaotic: it's an endless series of detonations,without a plan,without cohesion.
Aaron Eckhart is a talented actor and very convincing as a staff sergeant,although acting talent is definitely not a prerequisite for this crappy film!
A colossal budget of 100.000.000 dollars for this abomination? Whatever happened to Hollywood decision-makers?
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Thinking up the title is the only merit of this film!
The film deals with two very important philosophical matters (forces that control the destiny of all men and use of free will) in a very frivolous way.This is very curious for a movie that cost over 50.000.000 dollars.The script doesn't have major plot twists.The characters are one-dimensional,which is a huge drawback for a thriller with almost no action.
There is no emotional stimulation for the spectators.There isn't even the slightest passion between the two lovers,so the film doesn't have an impact as a love story either.
Matt Damon is efficient as always,but the rest of the actors and actresses offer very unmemorable performances.
The direction is uninspired.There isn't any visual satisfaction either,although the film belongs in a genre with opulent visual delights.
If you want to see a powerful love story in the form of a thriller,"The next three days" is a must.You won't regret it...
The film was on the shelves for quite some time before its release.I think that this fact means a lot... No rabbits out of these hats!