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Hand-to-hand combat sequences were done well
(Synopsis) Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old girl living in the wilderness of Finland with her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA agent in hiding. Hanna is exceptional in that she has the strength of a man, the stamina of a wolf, and the intelligence of a hunter. Her father has been honing her innate skills her entire life to become the perfect assassin. Hanna is finally sent into the new world on a mission to eliminate her first human target. Hanna's appearance brings her to the attention and focus of intelligence agents who begin hunting her down to stop her before she completes her mission.
(My Comments) Reading the synopsis you would think this would be an intriguing storyline. Well, you would be wrong. The movie starts off with a great opener, but it goes downhill fast. The storyline is all over the place. You will not develop any feelings for the characters. It would have been better to let the audience in on the secret earlier so we would understand the plot. Actually, that might not help the writing. Some of the actions that were done in the movie were simply stupid such as letting your target know where you are, and that you are come for her. The only thing that was done well was the hand-to-hand combat sequences. Overall, you can wait for the movie to come on TV and see it for free. (Focus Features, Run Time 1:51, PG-13)(4/10)
Soul Surfer (2011)
Inspirational film and amazing story
(Synopsis) This is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old female surfer who lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark. Instead of giving up surfing over the loss of her arm, Bethany was determined to get back on her board several weeks later and prove that she is truly a soul surfer.
(My Comments) Soul Surfer is an inspirational film for the whole family and an amazing story about a young girl who overcomes overwhelming obstacles and turns a traumatic tragedy into an achievement and triumph. The movie presents Bethany's family and their Christian faith that caries them through this life altering event. Bethany has become a positive role model for others that have a disability and have lost their faith. AnnaSophia Robb delivers a powerful and riveting performance as Bethany that is sure to win your hearts. Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt's performances were very believable and real. You will actually begin to care for each of these characters, and the reason may be that you know that the story is based on real life events. You don't have to worry about the shark attack, because the scene was done quickly and not drawn out. Stay for the credits to see actual pictures. You will leave the movie feeling very good and upbeat. (Sony Pictures, Run Time 1:46, PG-13)(8/10)
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
What was Hollywood thinking?
(Synopsis) Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone.
(My Comments) This movie is badly made and has an unbelievable storyline. One of the first things our marines learn is that the aliens who arrive from outer space don't have air support! How ridiculous is that? Next, the aliens are metal-clad bionic soldiers that are hard to kill unless you hit them in a specific spot. You would think the aliens would protect that spot going into battle. These intelligent aliens have advanced laser weapons, but they can hardly hit their target (marines in this platoon), whereas our marines were killing them left and right. This one platoon does more damage than all the marines at the airport. One thing I hated the most was all the shaking camera shots. The worst story assumption that was made by the whole platoon was that Sergeant Nantz is a coward. A marine with a Silver Star medal is a coward, how absurd. The writing was just terrible. You can forget about seeing this bad movie, unless you want to see what spending over $100 million will get you in Hollywood. (Sony Pictures, Run Time 1:46, PG-13) (2/10)
Red Riding Hood (2011)
Grandma, what a bad movie your in
(Synopsis) Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a young woman living in a small village whose parents have arranged for her to marry Henry (Max Irons), the successful village blacksmith. However, Valerie grew up with Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), and she has been in love with him most of her life. They are planning on running away together, when her sister is killed by the wolf that has been terrorizing the village. For many years, the wolf has not attacked the village people as long as they provide him food on a full moon. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has now killed a human. The villagers have had enough of this wolf, and they band together to hunt him down and kill it. They are not successful, so they call in Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), because this is no ordinary wolf. Father Solomon warns the people that this wolf takes human form by day, and the wolf could be one of them.
(My Comments) Everyone knows the fairy tale story of Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf. Well, this is not it. The writers have turned that story into a modern werewolf story to capture the teenage audience, who seem to love werewolves. If you saw the movie trailers, you would think this was a scary movie. I don't think you will jump out of your seat once. The acting was below average, and the special effects of the wolf were marginal at best. The only mystery or surprise of the movie that was held to the end was the person who was the werewolf. But by that point I didn't care; actually, by that time, I wanted the werewolf to kill the main cast and end the movie. The actual ending was anti-climatic. If you see this movie, you are most likely to leave the theater disappointed. (Warner Bros. Pictures, Run Time 1:40, PG-13) (3/10)
Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Everybody Needs Mothers, Even Mars
(Synopsis) The Martian Supervisor (voice - Mindy Sterling) is searching for another Earth mother to abduct to help raise Mars children. After checking several Earth candidates and rejecting all of them as not being proper moms, they finally choose Milo's mom (voice Joan Cusack) as the one to bring to Mars. They see that she is raising and disciplining her son Milo (voice Seth Green) the way they want their children to be raised. They come to Earth and put her on the spaceship, but they don't know that Milo is a stowaway onboard. Once they arrive on Mars, Milo is helped by another Earthling, Gribble (voice Dan Fogler) who also tried to save his mother. Milo will do whatever it takes to save his mother.
(My Comments) This is a story of Martians kidnapping moms from Earth so they can program their nanny-bots to raise the Martian children. This movie has elements that include science fiction, fantasy, action, and motherly love. The main point of the story is whether Milo will be able to save his mother before the Martians execute their plans? This is really a CGI/animation/human adaptation movie where the people are fitted with special sensors and all of their movements are captured and digitized onto a computer. The action that you see is actually being done by the actors. You will be able to recognize Joan Cusack at the very beginning, and eventually Dan Fogler, but Seth Green is a little different. The acting and animation are quite good once you understand that real people were doing the acting and not just the voice. One thing that I enjoyed was watching the credits at the end, because you get to see the actor's movements with the sensors on and green-screen for the special effect shots. The moral of the story for children is that they all should appreciate their mothers. (Walt Disney Pictures, Run Time 1:28, PG) (8/10)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
It may be your destiny to see this movie.
(Synopsis) Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) is a charismatic and highly motivated politician running for the U.S. Senate. He is on the brink of winning the Senate seat when he meets the beautiful ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt) in the hotel bathroom while preparing for his speech. David looks into the captivating eyes of Elise, and the two fall in love simultaneously. Once David realizes that he has fallen for Elise, he is contacted by some mysterious men wearing hats from The Adjustment Bureau who have orders to do anything in their power to keep them apart. They must do this because Elise is not part of his written plan and his destiny to be with her.
(My Comments) This is a story that has a combination of elements that includes science fiction/fantasy/action/suspense with a spiritual and romantic side all thrown into one. The main point of the story is do we have free will or is it our fate to be who we are? The movie ask the question of what would you do if you had to choose between love or professional success? If it were our fate, we don't have a choice. The on-screen chemistry between Matt Damon and Emily Blunt was done so well that you may think this movie was a romance rather than a science fiction story. Matt's performance in his first love interest movie was done very well. Emily Blunt was mysterious and delightful with her snappy wit and sophisticated repartee. After the movie is over you begin to think about is our life predetermined for us, and maybe we don't have a choice about what path we should take. I know that you will be very suspicious of men who wear hats after seeing this movie. (Universal Pictures, Run Time 1:45, PG-13) (7/10)
I Am Number Four (2011)
Your typical teenage with special powers
John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) and his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant) escaped to earth from the planet Lorien. For years they have been trying to stay off the grid, because the Mogadorian hunters are searching to annihilate the last of his people. They must continually move from town to town and change their identities to stay one step ahead of these skillful and vicious killers. Three of his kind have already been killed, and he is their next target. As a teenager, John is just now receiving his special powers that he can use to protect himself from his enemies.
From what I knew about the story and from the trailers, the movie was a big letdown. Even though this movie targets teenagers, the story itself flows all over the place. You have your typical teenager being the new kid in school, meeting a pretty girl, and getting picked on by school bullies. The only difference is that John is from another planet with amazing powers and being hunted. The movie started off with an action scene that grabs you and gets you interested in the story; however, for the next hour the movie will almost put you to sleep. The dialogue was dreadful and the performances were awful. It got to a point that I didn't care if the Mogadorians killed all nine of the Loriens that came to earth, because the movie would then be over. By the end of the movie, you finally get to see the special effects that you have been waiting for. The action and fighting is pretty good, but it is over before you know it. This movie is more like a TV episode of Superman than a major film. Wait until it hits TV to see it for free. (DreamWorks, Run Time 1:50, PG-13)
The King's Speech (2010)
(Synopsis) "The King's Speech" is the story of the speech impediment that King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of the present day Queen Elizabeth II, struggled with his entire life. George dreaded any form of public speaking, and because he was second in line to the throne, he did not have to worry about becoming King. However, when his brother abdicates, he must assume the throne and begin giving speeches on the radio. George has engaged the help of an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Logue doesn't have a medical degree, but he has worked in the theater and with shell-shocked soldiers after World War I. Using unorthodox techniques and hard work, George learns to speak through his stammering to deliver a flawless speech heard by millions of people around the world.
(My Comment) Everyone knows someone who has had a stammering problem, and how we try to help them when they struggle to get their words out. We feel their pain, and that is why this is one of those stories that we want to end well. Since the movie is based on a true story, we know it did, and we can root for the little guy who became a hero and his friend. Geoffrey Rush's amazing and outstanding performance as the speech therapist was brilliant. Colin Firth's astounding performance as the stuttering King George VI was just right and wonderful. This is a powerful and deeply moving story that will win many Oscars. (Weinstein Company, 1:58 Rated R) (10/10)
The Mechanic (2011)
Professional hit men at their best
(Synopsis) Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is the "mechanic," which actually means professional assassin for hire. Bishop is the best in the business of eliminating targets, and making it look like an accident, meticulously setting up every detail of the hit. The hit is perfect when no one knows that he was ever there. Bishop's mentor and friend Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) dies, and Bishop takes Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) under his wing to teach him the business. Together, they are one force; you don't want to be within their gun sights!
(My Comment) This is a story of professional killers in action, and in this movie you will get plenty of action sequences and explosions. Usually Bishop is detached from his assignment, but when he goes after the people responsible for Harry's death, all he wants is vengeance. Jason Statham's outstanding performance as the cool killing machine was right on target. Ben Foster's character of killing his target is a little more complicated than killing someone the easy way. There is a lot more brutality; however Steve pays the price for not following what Bishop taught him. In one scene where Bishop questions a body guard at his home to get his boss' address, he goes way over the top. Overall, I liked this action packed movie, but it is over before you know it. (CBS Films, 1:32 Rated R) (8/10)
The Company Men (2010)
Don't take your job or this movie for granted
(Synopsis) When the GTX Corporation must cut jobs to improve the company's balance sheet during the 2010 recession, thousands of employees like Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) will take the hit. The company really doesn't care about their employees who have given many years of loyal and faithful service. To the company they are not faces, but only numbers. Bobby learns the real life consequences of not having a job. Not only does he see a change in his family lifestyle, and the loss of his home, but also his feelings of self-worth.
(My Comment) This is a story of what many workers in the U.S. are enduring during the present economic crisis. Many companies are cutting jobs by the thousands to placate their shareholders by reducing the company's employee overhead and hopefully driving up their stock price. Actually the movie shows the hardships and what can happen to anyone, including people in management, when they no longer have a job. It first affects them internally, then their families, and finally the communities they live in. Out of work people first resist changing their lifestyles, then they go into denial, and finally acceptance of the hand they have been dealt. Ben Affleck's outstanding performance of enduring disappointment of not finding a job and worry for not providing for his family proved this point. The moral of the story is that we should not take our jobs for granted. (The Weinstein Company, 1:49 Rated R) (7/10)