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Simply said this sequel was a satire of the first one. They took personalities and dramatic elements from the first and made a caricature of the whole thing. It decided not to take itself seriously, which in some cases can be nice and self depreciating, but in the case of making a sequel it shouldn't do this, since it insults the fans that went to watch it the first time around. I swore this was directed by a different person and when I learned it was Gore Verbinski again I felt ashamed that he had turned his back on such a great story and turned it into a cartoony farcical piece of garbage. The performances seem rushed as many films do when they are trying to rush production doing back to back films. I have looked at the cast of the next pirates movies and it looks to be more of the same. It is unfortunate people become fans of the first and blindly follow the next few films unwilling to look at it critically.
John Q (2002)
Have the events of the past 4 years taught us nothing? The act of taking unlawful control of a situation with the use of hostages in order to have certain individual demands met is terrorism. Is the left so radical these days that this sort of behavior is acceptable? Is an individuals feelings on national healthcare reason enough to take hostages? This film teaches us that if we don't agree with something then we should take hostages and make demands. Of course to hide the real truth of the man's actions the lead is black, which of course makes him 'oppressed' and he is saving his young child which is 'honorable.' This joke of a film falls into the same ultra liberal category as "The Life of David Gale" another film that supports unacceptable radical actions. This type of film is counter productive for the liberal movement. There is other ways to communicate and solve problems, terrorism is not an option, and if it is, then it is not an option I would honor. Besides my political opinion the film is illogical, horribly acted, cliché ridden, and trite.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Promotion of destructive radicalism (Spoilers)
I thought I couldn't be offended by a film. I had always been impressed by writers and filmmakers who pushed the limits and challenged its audience. I love the avant-garde and can even stomach garbled incoherent narratives. This film was something entirely different. It made a bastard a hero, it promoted radicalism through suicide, and it was horribly made technically.
From the beginning you see this man is a bastard when he decides to have sex with his student in a bathroom. He does this while he is married, although it is rationalized by showing his marriage was having trouble, nothing improves a marriage like having sex with a student. Later she claims he rapes him, a claim I believe no matter how the film portrays the event. The behavior of the Gale after the sex scene shows him as irresponsible and reckless so why wouldn't he have been irresponsible with a beautiful student?
The liberal politics were almost vomit inducing, and this is coming from someone who voted for Nader. The anti-death penalty message is lost through the groups stupidity. Radicalism as you see in the end of the film does nothing. It is egotism at its worse. It did more to show how insane the activist group was then to show a flawed government system. The justice system is flawed yes. The death penalty is crude and barbaric yes. But not more crude and barbaric then watching your own friend kill herself. Any man who can watch that is not a hero of mine, he is an enemy. Hollywood has made a rapist, and someone who took part in an assisted suicide a hero. Why?
A ridiculous political agenda.
As far as the technical aspect of the film. It was shot like a movie of the week. I expect more out of the director who made films such as "Mississippi Burning" and "The Wall". The cuts were embarrassing. I suppose they were trying to add suspense with the little montage in-between the scenes, it was irritating and made it look like a weak student film trying to imitate a Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd thriller.
In the end I was happy the rapist/murderer got the death penalty. In the years of having the death penalty he may have been the only person who truly deserved it. Serial Killers are known for killing strangers, this man watched his friend kill herself. That is unforgivable.
The Revolting Dead (2003)
Best film ever
Better than biodome Better than sex Better than stapling your ear to your neck Better than Pat Russo's hair