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The Fifth Commandment (2008)
It's not going to make us forget IP Man
The previews actually made this movie look much better than it actually is. I popped it in one evening expecting something like The Replacement Killers, Kill Zone or Flash Point. Boy was I sorely disappointed. Who do I see about getting the last two hours of my life back? I would have just assumed took a lit match to my 20.00 bill and felt it would've been better spent.
The plot is nothing we haven't seen before. Rogue assassin suddenly gets a conscience, protects the girl, former allies now after him. At least when Ninja Assassin adopted this recycled storyline, they made it interesting.
And is it just me, or did anyone else find the lead actress totally annoying? If I were Rick Yune's character at some point I'd have grown tired of her and been like 'Screw it go out there and get killed.'
After having watched fight scenes in movies like Ong-Bak, Kill Zone, Ip Man, and Rapid Fire, the fights in this movie are a total snooze-fest. It brings nothing new to fight choreography. Even somewhat dull fights you can make look pretty interesting with the right music score and the right camera work. Rick should stick to acting out other people's scripts, not writing his own.
The Karate Kid (2010)
Pros and Cons
First of all any remake is doomed to comparisons of the original. There's good and bad things about this movie. For one thing, it's entirely TOO long! Secondly, let's just get right down to it. Jaden Smith cannot act! But then again, he's only 12! Will's wasn't so great at first either. Unlike Daniel LaRusso, Dre has no redeeming qualities at first. You almost dislike him. The disrespect he shows to his mother is appalling. He acts like a spoiled brat for the majority of the movie. I know it's a coming-of-age story where he learns a lesson and through that becomes a better person but Jaden's inexperienced acting makes him lay it on way too thick. You don't even feel sorry for him when he's getting his ass kicked. He deserved it for the way he talked to his mother! Daniel may have smarted off to his mom, but he at least still seemed to respect her. Not the case here.
Jackie Chan was the best thing about this movie. He's a great martial artist and stunt man but I have a new respect for him as an actor. The scene where he broke down crying on the anniversary of his wife and son's deaths, was amazing and I've never seen that kind of depth from Jackie Chan. Worth seeing if you're a fan of martial arts, if you're looking for a bone to bone comparison to rival the original, you'll be sorry.
Dark Assassin (2005)
It was Okay
It wasn't the best martial arts film I've ever seen, but it was far from the worst also. It was the guy's first effort! LAy off him already! Not bad for a first timer (writer,producer director).
I think for one you all need to remember it's a MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE. Stop reveiwing it as if its great Shakespearean Theatre. If you came into this expecting to an updated ENTR THE DRAGON you would also be disappointed. Some of your expectations are too high.
I liked the fact that it didn't do stereotypical traits of the main character and they tried to 'hip' him up a little bit.
The audio was a tad bad. Bt ligthen up people. It was a martial arts flick. If you're an avid fan you owe it a watch. It will not become one of your favorites, but worthy to be in a martial art fan's DVD collection.
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
Enough already with the comparisons to Brandon Lee
I'm the biggest Brandon/Bruce Lee fan in the world but enough!!! People are going to always compare this movie to the first one and Eric Mabius to Brandon Lee. That's where I think this movie suffers.
I think storyline-wise it would have been better of he hadn't have resurrected right after his execution. They should have left him dead for a while. When he came back it didn't really seem like all that much of a shock. The bad guys just thought they had botched the execution and mistakenly pronounced him dead. Maybe even have gone so far as to have him resurrect on the autopsy table, not from his grave because that would have been a direct copy of Crow number One.
All in all a decent little flick but suffers from comparisons to its predecessors.
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman is SUPER once again
Christopher Reeve is what first interested me in Superman. In fact I did not even know he was a comic book character until after the 1978 movie.
Superman is what every male at some point in his life has imagined being.
Who hasn't imagined using your invulnerability to crush a school bully or flying? I remember every time the movie came on I'd grab the biggest red bath towel I could find and tie it around my neck.
I'm still a fan today, pictures of Superman (and Batman, my other favorite) adorn my walls in my home office.
I was worried about what a new movie would do to Supe.
Would it push him back into the media mainstream or flunk out like Superman IV? Superman II while not great had a few decent moments (the fight between good Clark Kent and evil Superman).
But this new movie just blew me away. I've already been to see it twice, once alone and once with my kids.
And I may go see it again! Brandon Routh's Superman is so good you almost think you're looking at Chris Reeve again.
I know Chris was smiling down on Routh with his blessing for the character he defined.
Routh even said that he tried to pay homage to Reeve in his performance.
Some people asked Routh if he was afraid of the Superman Curse.(just about every actor who has portrayed the Man of Steel has either died or some other misfortune has befallen them---George Reeves, Chris Reeve, Kirk Alyn).
Routh replied, 'well I could not get the part and something awful could happen to me, then I'd be disabled and broke." This movie was amazing. I haven't seen a superhero movie this good since Batman Begins.
I say we need more movies like this that portray our comic heroes in more positive light.
Not ones that make them look silly (Catwoman).
I especially like the part of Lois's son actually being her and Superman's love child. (Remember, they did sleep together in Superman II) What was also surreal was to see him in the hospital on a stretcher with doctors trying to jump start his heart (funny when he shorts out the defibrillator), when he was exposed to Kryptonite for too long.
The only thing I did not like was them letting Lex off the hook. This guy almost killed Supes with a jagged piece of Kryptonite used as a knife and they just let him off the hook by stranding him on an island? Come on!!
Other than that? Superb movie-making!! Just don't let the sequels go to hell like the Salkinds did.
National Security (2003)
Not great but I feel Lawrence's character.
Now let me start by saying I don;t condone racism in any way shape or form against any race, but I actually feel where Martin's character is coming from.
As much as I hate to say it, in some instances there are sometimes where one race is thought to be doing something illegal when he actually isn't.
I can vividly remember when I brought my new car some months ago. I was stopped. I am a black man myself.
This policeman actually said to me, 'this looks like a stolen car.' I quipped back, 'Excuse me officer but can you tell me what a stolen car looks like? I didn;t know you could recognize one from seeing it on the street.' Then, he goes ' do you have any drugs or weapons on you?' Where the heck did that one come from? And your reason for this suspicion is? So here I am out of my own car with my hands on the hood and going through papers trying to prove to this guy this was my car. Finally when he runs a check he eases off.
So I've been there done that.
This wasn't a great comedy but not unbearable.
White Chicks (2004)
Some people really should lighten up
I've read several reviews talking about how racist this movie is and how bad it is.
Not one of the world's great examples of cinema I agree, but this is after all a COMEDY.
Not to to mistaken or reviewed as if it is great Shakespearean theater.
The only reason people don;t think Marlon and Shawn look anything like the women they are impersonating is because the viewer knows it's them.
Furthermore they couldn't make them look EXACTLY like the girls because that would ruin the whose comedic effect of the movie.
There's supposed to be a little difference in the Wayans brothers and those girls.
Plot could have used some more work and it's still sometimes after even multiple times watching it, unlcear as to why the Wayans bros. have to impersonate white women.
The one thing that got on my nerves is Marcus's wife and her nosy friend.
I think every husband knows his wife has a friend or relative like that.
If my wife ever accused me of cheating on her for getting home TWO minutes late, it'd be on! Then every time Gina thought he was cheating, her friend (who didn;t have a man of her own) was right there to feed fuel the flames. "I told you".
The part where Marcus (out of makeup) is caught in the room with Kevin (who is in full drag) by his wife and she thinks he had another woman up there, why didn't they just reveal themselves and explain they were undercover? And I know he couldn't blow his cover, but wouldn't;t it have saved him a lot of heartaches with his wife in this one scene? BUt really, people lighten up.
These movies are never meant to be taken as seriously as some of you do.
Black Knight (2001)
Not awful, but predictable and far from great
First of all I've read some of the uptight reviews here and all I can say is some of you take these movies way too seriously.
First things first. It's a COMEDY.
Not to be taken seriously to start with.
But I will say that I wonder how screenplays like this can get green-lit.
Martin Lawrence had a unique style when he first came out back in his 'House Party' days, but it's stale now.
The film drags on one joke for almost half of it.
It was fairly amusing at first that he had no idea he was more than eight hundred years into the past, but they dragged this joke on forever and it became less and less funny with each passing moment.
That was about the funniest thing in the film and as I said it became boring after a while.
Other little idiotic things that bug me is how can a woman get her throat cut and get up like nothing's happened...the same with Knolte (Tom Wilkinson) after he supposedly dies by an arrow to the heart, and the explanation for this is never given (maybe he was wearing something underneath his clothes to stop the penetration of the arrow).
Comedy is one thing, becoming stupid and unrealistic is another.
Any true fan of Michael disowns this entry
I have every single Halloween film, except this one.
Why? Because personally I'd rather spend two hours having root canal work done.
The sound of the drill couldn't be any worse than listening to 'Three more days till Halloween Halloween Halloween!!' over and over and over again.
I hated this movie as a kid....mainly because Michael Myers was not in it. So when it came on TV a few days ago I decided as an adult to give it another shot and be objective despite being a die-hard fan of Michael Myers. I tried to put out of my mind the fact that he was not in it and concentrate on it being it's own movie.
Results the same now as it was twenty years ago.
I still hate it.
'How can this be worthy of the 'Halloween' title when the character the series is based upon is absent? It's like trying to make a Justice League of America movie without Superman or Batman. Most Halloween fans agree, this movie does not belong in the series and most of us do not include it.
Avoid it at all costs.
It will not make sense to you.
Batman Begins (2005)
Being a comic book fan and creator, I truly can relate to this movie.
I've always been a huge fan of Batman. When the late great Bob Kane gave us Batsy he gave us the world's second biggest superhero (second only to Superman).
My personal opinion is that those two carried DC Comics for years and still continue to do so.
I mean really, who cares about the Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter, the JLA is all about Supes and Bats.
Batman had not really been taken seriously as a superhero for years(thanks to that horrible 60's television show). It wasn't until Tim Burton put his spin on the Dark Knight did people start to respect him again.
Tim Burton and Michael Keaton reinvented Batman for what he was. A dark figure that was supposed to strike terror into the hearts of those who did evil.
Joel Schumacher destroyed that respect Batman had regained with those two horrible sequels in 1995 and 1997. (Batsuits with nipples, ugh).
Just when I thought the Batman movie franchise had died forever in comes Batman Begins.
I took my kids to see this when it first came out. We enjoyed it then and since I just picked it up on DVD yesterday, we enjoy it even more now.
Christian Bale does an even better job at Batman/Bruce Wayne than Michael Keaton did and I did not think that was possible.
Wonderful supporting cast and they kept it a bit on the scary side, which is what Batman was always meant to be.
The director lets up see Batman in the criminals' eyes. A supernatural horrific figure.
I especially love that thing they did with his voice to make him sound more sinister.
It was interesting to see how he got his start as the first half of the movie is him training to be the Dark Knight.
Unbelievable movie and I have watched it already four times since buying it.
My co-workers are all asking me to borrow it.
Buy your own!!!!