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End of Watch (2012)
One of the Best Cop Movies Ever
"End of Watch" is not only one of the best cop movies ever made, its one of the best buddy movies ever made. To be honest, my expectations were quite low going to see this. The previews made it looks like a found footage movie in the buddy cop genre, but it actually turned out to be much more. First off, I have to commend "End of Watch" for not sticking directly to the point of view camera style. That technique has been beaten into the ground so much in recent movies that, quite frankly, I'm sick of it. Instead, "End of Watch" uses the point of view camera for moments that need to capture the realism that it offers. Other scenes are shown from the perspective of a third party narration that gives the film a nice smooth flow. Secondly, this movie doesn't fall into the problem that similar movies have: it has some great comedic relief. Sometimes a too serious of a movie is really nothing more than a let down, but "End of Watch" does a great job of mixing the humor of the two cops as well as some true grit action.
I guess I should mention something about the plot, but this movie is more of a free roaming look at two officers in the L.A.P.D. than it is a plot driven story. The two cops Brian ( Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike ( Michael Pena) joined the force together and consider each other brothers. The main story of the movie involves them digging deeper and deeper into the cartel in Los Angeles. But the movie is much more about the two cops than anything else. It does a great job of slipping in their back story and making their close friendship very believable. There isn't a bad acted scene in the movie and all of the action is very intense. There are some tough to watch scenes, the film doesn't stray away from trying to capture the brutality that these kinds of officers would see on a day to day basis.
Like I said before, this is one of the best cop movies ever made. It is impossible to walk out of the theater without a new found respect for the officers who put their lives on the line. (As cliché as that sounds, you go see it and tell me I'm wrong.) This one of the best movies I have seen this year. If gritty cop dramas sounds like something your into, then this is my top recommendation.
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Good sci-fi film loses grip towards the end
"Looper" is one of the many films to include time travel in its premise, but it adds a very unique twist that is worth a recommendation. The film is set in the future where time travel has been invented but quickly outlawed. The mob uses this a way to completely kill off anyone they want to by using loopers: hit-man in the past who wait for a target to pop up out of thin air and then kill them. The time travel material is very well thought up. They have just about all of the questions covered. Plus it is also nice to see a movie set in the not so distant future that doesn't depict that everyone will be driving flying cars or have robots all over the place. The main story is about what would happen if the person you had to kill was your future self. It is a very neat concept, and for most of the movie it works.
Great idea, great acting, and the over all plot was pretty darn good, but I just can't give this movie my full blessing of being great. I guess it just leaves you wanting more closure at the end of the movie. Grant it, not all movies need to end with everything resolved or explained, but I really think they could have done a little better with this one due to how well the rest of the movie was put together. Bruce Willis, although not the main star in this film, really does a great job staying true to what he does best, delivering in the action side of the movie. He was a great casting for this movie, which possible could have something to do with the fact this is not his first movie traveling back in time to meet his former self (The Kid, 2000). . "Looper" has to be celebrated for its originality. But towards the later half of the film, it starts to slow down almost too much. The always beautiful Emily Blunt does well with her role, but there's only so much she can do. I have to say that I was quite surprised how the film ended up being. The ending will certainly raise questions with just how good the movie was, which is sad because there really are a lot of great things about it. Being a Bruce Willis fan, it was nice to see him in the macho action hero role, but I felt like there wasn't enough of it. Joseph Gordan-Levitt, who's been a rising star as of late, really gives another great performance in his first big leading role. The film makers really did a great job making him look like Bruce Willis, which really helped make everything flow well. With an open and mind and not to big of expectations I would absolutely recommend seeing this film, but if you don't catch it in the theaters your not missing too much.
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Taken 2 (2012)
Not Worth The Money
The first "Taken" movie is up there in the list of my favorite action movies. The second "Taken" is up near the top of the list of movies that made me wish I could get my money back. Granted, my expectations were low for this film, but I never imagined it could be this bad.
First off, If I started listing every stupid thing about this movie, this post would be 5 pages long. The biggest problem of the movie is that they couldn't even import the same action techniques from the first one. The action scenes are nothing but dozens of clips of people touching each other. The gunshots are so vague that sometimes you don't even realize a shot is being fired. Also, I want to know who was watching the first "Taken" and said, " Man, that was great, but I'd like to see more of his daughter in the action." Maggie Grace, who plays Liam Neeson's daughter Kim, is involved way too much in the story. The plot itself is laughable, but I still thought it could be entertaining. The father of one of the victims that Liam Neeson's character killed in the first film decides to exact revenge on him and his family in Istanbul. The movie spends way too much time on catching up with the Mill's family and focusing in on the kidnappers. Frankly, who really cares. All you want out of this movie is to see Liam Neeson tear some crap up, but it can't even deliver on that.
A good drinking game would be to drink every time something inconceivable happens in this movie. It would send the players straight for the emergency room. Another thing to note is that this movie takes itself way too seriously. There are no intended laughs in the script, which makes it all the less enjoyable. I can't remember the last movie that had be itching to run out of the theater. Take my advice, don't give your money to a film that doesn't come close to deserving it! Check out more of our reviews at www.clutchandmikemovies.blogspot.com
The Campaign (2012)
Better seen on Youtube
Before I went to see the campaign, I watched some of Zach Galifinakis's videos on you tube where he acts as his fiction brother Seth. Knowing that this is the character he portrays closely in the Campaign, I figured that would be a pretty good warm up. I can honestly say that I laughed harder in an 8 minute clip than in a 80 minute movie witch essentially has the same character. This whole movie is too much in your face with obscene comedy just begging for a laugh. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis are two of the funniest people working in comedy today, but they struck out on this one. The few laughs are over crowded by mundane, drawn out jokes that we have all seen before. I was definitely shocked by how bad this movie was. My advice-- watch the you tube clip of Seth Galifinakis and save your money.