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Perfect thriller, 9 April 2012
10/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Very exciting film. I am particularly fond of 'european' touch and atmosphere presented, being living in the eastern Europe, film looked very domestic and familiar. Instead of skyscrapers, you find miniature flats with "carton walls" and modest middle-class cars on the street; hearing authentic language and behaving dialogs on the glimpse; the set is ready, turn-on the camera, please. The story was original up to a fair point, and kept all of my attention throughout entire film. The acting of a lead actor is natural as always, and supporting characters are also good, although pushed into a second plan; with no artificial kindness of any sort in between (Gina: "Why did you have to be in my Taxi!?"; or Ernst:"The Money!").

The 4-day vacuum, gloomy outlook for the lead and general suspense were dominant feelings for less then 2 hours of a great adventure. This is a perfect thriller for me and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre. 10/10

1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Perfect for experts in economy, 30 October 2011
10/10

First, I haven't seen original from 1987 yet, didn't realise this is a sequel. Second, I am half through my "Broker course" at my university, by no means expert for high-level economy, this is only optional subject I simply picked. "Wall Street 2010" is one of several obligatory movies we must see before final exam, which will have some questions regarding key moments in those movies. So far, this was hardest for me to understand and actually had to rewind some scenes on DVD to fully figure what is going on.

This is a perfect film, acting is superb, high-budget production, and addresses some key elements regarding 2008 economic crisis. It is not for everyone, since it requires higher knowledge of the topics presented in the film to be fully appreciated and understood. I have no doubt this movie will acquire a cult status in the years and decades to follow, despite low ratings in the opening year, jugging by 6.3 average at present on IMDb.

Perfect dialogues and metaphores of speculation bubbles and moral hazards, only one frame on Citibank banner was enough to complete introductory scene. Artistic perfection!

Young actors did astonishing effort to make characters believable, so was performance of well established names like Michael Douglas. Absolute recommendation if you are into stock exchange movies.

Acting: 10/10, Story 10/10, Factual accuracy 10/10

6 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Marketing Hype, 3 August 2011
2/10

What a disappointment. After learning it surpassed Harry Potter - Deathly Hollows 2 in earnings, I thought to myself this movie must be damn good. Yes, I am afraid expectations were high. In comparison, Iron Man 2 (which was a failure in comparison to Iron Man 1 personally) looks like Star Wars to this "over-inflated flat tire".

The acting is over-driven above tasteful limits, if there is acting at all, mind to say. Story has some nice Sci-Fi elements, and thats the whole reason I gave it 2 stars. Hugo Weaving was way over the top, this is probably his worst role so far. The part that looked like a commercial probably was homage to old times, but for me it was a moment when I decided to abandon this farce.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Working Girl 2, 20 March 2011
6/10

This movie tries really hard to be a comedy, while the effect is quite opposite: it is an 'anty-comedy' of a sort, with no irony I mean. A true story about devaluation of moral values in modern media. In order to gain competitive time-share ratings and survive in a harsh environment, where reality shows dominate and moral degrading values long perished, the lead character tries to transform a traditional concept. While it achieves the goal, it looses quite some in the process. It is called progress (now I am ironic).

The story is predictable, within 15 minutes you will know the end, but the story is not the point of this movie, it should be the way it is told. It is not original, however, already seen in the 'Working Girl' against corporate environment, where Ford played one of the lead roles, too, except the female partner in this one is more neurotic and irritating, energetic and cute in a strange way, all in the same time.

The movie is watchable, comes as a great relief after some heavy drama or dark actions, as a relaxing balance, but except some memorable quotes, it will be immediately forgotten. Emotionaly, although struggles hard to leave impression on the viewer, it remains cold and alienated. The character Mr. Ford plays is predominantly guilty for this. Cynical beyond repair.

I found this movie fun on a (rare) moments, the movement of the story was fast enough, despite entirely predictable, but wasn't interfering with my desire to see the end. The end was a bit disappointing, since I expected more realistic ending to at least save the day, but to keep the 'comedy' label approved, it was simply not realistic expectation after all.

Buttom line: fun to watch in a casual mood. 6/10

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Warm and beautiful, 17 March 2011
10/10

Funny how movie ratings can seriously induce someone to think it is an average, dull, flat, seen-it-before, when in fact, there is no person in the world that would stay indifferent about it, and won't watch it again in a distant future at some point. This movie is absolutely under-rated here at IMDb.com.

I remember watching it back in my teenage days and it was completely hilarious! Now, almost full decade or maybe more, not quite sure, it still captures me entirely. Strange how as a grown-up I focused on different things and noticed something I did not back then, up to a point it could be twisted far from what authors intended, but still, it is a very decent movie you won't easily find in Hollywood production these days.

Mrs. Doubtfire (what a witty title I did not captured before, I come from non-English region) teaches about moral as something that looks damaged or lost in the modern days of our world. It teaches about true values that deflated over the course of speed progress and development. It teaches about relationship between a parent and a child in a most sincere and gentle way imaginable. It could be a true story. In fact, it IS a true story.

My stomach couldn't be more 'tortured' with laugh last evening. Creators fully revealed their master skills, carefully exploring all the aspects of drama and molded them perfectly into this theatric play.

As elusive the film's title can be, this movie is an absolute gem for many, without which film-making magic would not be the same. It gets deep into many levels of human relationships that you can see from a funny and radically new perspective that praise joy and life to it's highest.

Robin Williams played one of his lifetime roles, he is among the most talented actors ever encountered, always consistently radiating no matter where appears. To quote a line, the God broke a mold after created him, and the rest of the crew/characters are seamlessly absorbed inside his limitless charm.

"Oh, dear", I believe already made myself clear - absolutely praise the joy of it's magic.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
T2 Clone, 16 March 2011
6/10

This title comes after massively disappointing T3 sequel, so my expectations were pretty low. I knew it is hard to surpass T2 that was ahead of its time on many levels. The main reason I gave it 6 is because the story structure was a direct copy of T2, as if directors and scriptwriters did not wish to take any risk with the old T2 public, yet they seek to appeal to the new generations at the same time. The story is progressed in the same way T2 does: naked terminator, the scene with clothes, truck and motorcycle, skynet destruction... Only the players and the story are subtly different, and not at all original (already seen for example in Battlestar Galactica 2003 and Matrix). We see some new elements that fill the gap between T2 and present, but again, its all seen in recent movies and TV shows in a much greater detail, so no surprise there. The acting is alright for an action movie, but the characters are there simply to fill a role, there isn't any depth, any insight how they survive without food and water, how they socialize as a primal human need after food (ok, there are some hints for that and the war is going on, people are stretched to the extreme, but still...). It is a very dark movie, much more realistic then any previous sequel, yet, this not a Mad Max. I have to wonder if machines were so superb as presented, it is quite a puzzle how they didn't already won. Not believable in my opinion. SGI is almost perfect, but I come a long way to seek only triangles and textures in a action sci-fi movie to fully entertain me. Something is missing that simply means I won't watch this title again. The trouble with the movie is also a fact that "the future" is much, much closer to our present, so that is also a contributing element why the story is not so strong anymore. It will certainly reach to the newer generations to a higher point, but T franchise is in a bit of a crisis for me. I have to add this review comes in a timeframe of Japan earthquake catastrophe; of course it is affected and biased toward idea weather humanity will live long enough to see the judgmenet day with the machines or rather face the end from mother nature itself.

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Book vs Movie, 1 December 2010
2/10

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Book wins! First, as an introduction to this review, I've seen all the HP movies up to date and read books 1,5,6 and 7. I am a fan of the series, but I am trying to stay above blind influence.

When I first heard for a fact that the last movie will be split into 2 projections, I was worried because of the bad experience with the Matrix, where people who for the first time watched Reloaded felt empty and cheated, because of the incomplete and apparently random story. Only later, while watching on DVD I learned to appreciate M2&3 more, but that was years after. Simply, I think this is a very bad practice for Hollywood, since public expects completed project from a theater - not a TV Series with a cliffhanger.

As I stated before, I have not read all the books, but from what I did, this is by far the most deviated version from the originals so far. First sequel is by far the most verbatim text-to-screen translation and with that respect, Deathly Hollows is the worst. From the very start we have some changes and shortcuts presented, some of them are good, others are pretty bad and didn't help to characters development. First mistake is the wedding scene, where we get so little time to explore all the wonders, there is no secret talks in the house between the actors, the scene between Harry Potter and his girlfriend is completely non-subtle and so on.

Timing. Simply, a viewer does not get a proper sense of time with this movie, and I believe this is critical since this helps viewer orientation to familiarize with the fantasy world. To put a plastic example, the scene where Ron leaves, and later shows up from nowhere lasts like 5 minute difference. Yet, Hermione says to Ron he was gone for weeks! Time is strictly non-linear, some of the scenes are so fast, others pretty much slow, but there are no pointers (via music and scenes fadeins-fadeouts for example) to accentuate those events.

Emotions. Are there really any emotions in this movie? Main actors are flat, really flat (they topped Severus character in coldness) and non-interested in comparison to previous sequels. The chemistry is missing.

But, to be realistic and fair, and put it easier to the actors who portrays the main characters, they are (in present) passing from a childhood to adulthood that bares its own weight, so it wasn't easy for them to get back into this fantasy world as easily as before. In fact, this could be very confusing for them personally (just put yourself in their shoe for a moment.) That is why I think the weight of this sequel should be balanced to other characters more as it was done to a point in the book.

Last, the culmination of the film when the group is captured by the Snatchers was simply not strong enough. I remember while reading the book that was one of the most scariest part (and thought like 'oh, my God, now they are finished!' 'It's over!' and so on.) That is missing from the movie. The scene in the house was simply too short.

In the end, when it comes to best part in the movie, which obviously I haven't enjoyed much, lets say it was the appearance of Dobby elf. Edit: and I almost forgot the three brothers story!

To be completely honest, the last HP book itself is not without problems either, it is much harder than previous sequels for a screen translation. Mainly, because it is full of internal characters drama which is extremely hard (or impossible) to translate on the screen. This is why I believe the movie could be done in a more deep, better technique either by using narration or at least internal thoughts (talking to self) of main character - Harry. His doubts if he is 'the one', connections (dreams, visions) with Valdemort and so on.

I am not feeling comfortable to say next line - but in the end this turns out at the present moment only as a new cash-cow for the studio, since the movie could be obviously 'glued' together in a 3-hour event with better time-management. Future will say whether I was wrong when the sequels gets out and dust setlles down.

Salt (2010)
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Learn your prison before your freedom, 14 August 2010
8/10

I gave this movie a strong 8, because I really enjoyed it. I had no assumptions and prejudice prior seeing it, beside seeing poster at the local cinema and maybe I was simply in the mood for a spy/action last night.

Interesting point here is a philosophical theme of choice and human freedom, which is taken to the extreme level for selected people who live isolated from the start with special purpose to become infiltrated and highly sophisticated spies. Angelina has managed to keep this movie coherent to the very end and the viewer eventually becomes interested in protagonist's destiny.

Action scenes are decent, except occasional jumping from truck to truck, but this is already seen so many times (Matrix Reloaded for example) so I can forgive them that. Salt is clever, extremely fast thinker, skillful and talented warrior, and I like that movie does not necessarily exploits her physical appearance, at least not in a rude way. That's why I think this is Angelina's "smarter" movie so far.

Exciting and entertaining.

Avatar (2009)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Force does not pray to God, 10 January 2010
9/10

"Force does not pray to God" With this old saying among my people I'll start this review. Two words: James, Cameron. I could pretty end it here. When I first heard this movie was directed by him, I immediatelly new what to expect. Nothing less. And I was again surprised. This man did it again, not just to expected, but beyond expected. Go and see it in the theater, because this IS the movie especcially made FOR theaters and make your own jugement. You can expect everything.

Great story (one element partially reminds me of a small Reflexive Entertainement's game 'Great Tree', where I was part of a beta-testing team), great cast/characters, great colors. Rare movie in which you won't be on humans side who glorify power, metal and machinery (weaponry), but always seems to forget where the real strength lays in.

Post-edit: After 2 days I watched FernGully and there is a strong similarity with Avatar, up to the limit where this movie originality is seriously disputed, so I lowered my vote score. Never the less, this does not make this movie a bad one, it is still great for everyone, especially SciFi fans.

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Kind of gems not made anymore, 15 December 2009
8/10

Only 4.8 / 10!? Wow, I simply have to stress this as it is such an underrated title here at IMDb. Sometimes you can be seriously misled by vote numbers.

Short Circuit 2 was, at least for me, better then original in terms of script writing. Rare thing about sequels, but there it is. Story was more developed, complex, interesting and characters were more explored then in original movie. I liked SC1, but SC2 was more fun to watch. It has past 2 decades since it was released and yesterday I watched it for the first time in my life. It seems to me as it was not 20 years, but more like 100 years difference. Modern movies and TV shows are way colder, stripped down of any human emotions, love and poetic/romantic views on life, that makes you really wonder... have we progressed in a right direction for the past 2 decades? As cheesy as it seems, this title at least had a decent vocabulary (rarity this days) and addressed many complex things about life like love and understanding of human relationships.

Animatronics, with all it's 'simplicity' and flaws in comparison to modern CGI, at least had something real (dare to say 'human touch'), that also adds to a whole effect it had left on me. Yes, today we have Transformers movies that look perfect, but one look at Johnny 5 and you can see what ingredient is missing... One thing is for sure, this kind of films are not made any more these days.

8 out of 10


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