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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
I rarely write movie reviews. And when I do, there must be a serious reason. Overall ratings which don't correspond to the reality, annoying movies that shouldn't someone even think to watch or unrepeatable masterpieces (rarely). This time I wondered how did this film managed to get an 8.3 and climb at IMDb's top 100! Many movies got criticized for much less. I understand that Vietnam War is a delicate subject for U.S.A. and scarred thousands of Americans over the years so the symbolisms of the movie and the emotional part are justified. But these are not enough to lift this movie to the best of the best of all times. The first half an hour is spent with a bad ass sergeant screaming and insulting the new recruits with a variety of silly swears and jokes. OK, anyone who has served even for a while knows that there are many crazy officers who would make your life even harder than it is already and I understand the need of the director to intone that but after 10'-15' the screams and swears just get embarrassing. We also have a fat "wanna-be" marine who can't even pass the basics to become a marine but after getting bullied a night by his companions he becomes a committed soldier but also starts becoming quite cracked to kill his superior sergeant and commit suicide in the end. In every country and every army of the world serving tests your personal limits and your state of mind, it's not a marine training originality nor a prerequisite to experience the Vietnam conflict. And of course anyone with few knowledge about the army could direct the first half. A bunch of recruits, a screaming officer, some training scenes and here you are. Where is the character development? Where are the relations developed between fellow new recruits, which are so important? Where is the tough training which is gonna crack you? Where's solidarity and mutual help? We barely see a couple of scenes showing this stuff in half an hour! And then we get to the second half. The story follows a marine who serves as a military journalist in Vietnam. And when he gets there, in of the most cruel war-fields of all times, which caused the mental instability of dozens of soldiers, where death was an every hour phenomenon in the first line, he joins a squad of happy soldiers, who make jokes all the time, have fun with whores and only their appearance implies their hardships. Even the losses of their squad are taken too easily by the fellow members. War looks like a game to everyone. And finally, what do we learn about the opponent? Instead of developing enough the opponent side, we learn that Vietnamese civilians steal from Americans, their women serve as whores and they don't like American help. What we learn about Vietcongs? They are communists, they kill civilians and hate Americans. I believe that if this movie hadn't the name of Kubrick behind it there would be at least 2 points down of its current rating. 2 for the music, 2 for the meaning and symbolisms, 2 for the general effort. I do not wish to insult anyone. This is just a critic of mine, expressing my personal opinion. Take care, Christos.
Smiley Face (2007)
I don't know what people think when vote this thing over 5, especially when they also sit and write special reviews about this garbage!
First of all, the cinematography is just awful: You can't sit and watch close ups of Anna Faris' pot-face for 90 minutes even if it was funny. No landscape, no sets, no interest by the film-makers to make at least a try.
Secondly, the stupidity of the character is that heavy even for a pot- head. I'm a regular smoker but this movie insults the whole pot- community! OK, smokers eat a lot, OK we freak out sometimes, OK we can make the easiest thing look like nuclear science but we don't enter random houses, we don't break the fire-alarms when we can simply burn out the fire, we don't run around for no reason at all, we don't try to sell weed in random people (especially if they look like Cruella Deville), we can communicate with people around us, can make serious conversations, can be consistent and so more. Law-makers must had someone like this character in their heads when they proclaimed weed illegal!
Last but not least there isn't any plot in this movie. The motive of the character is a bed, seriously? There aren't any hilarious cues and the film-makers fail totally to make any of the film's scenes really funny.
I've watch another pot-head movies like Pineapple Express or How High and this one takes a place at the bottom of my rankings.
Hi all, I just saw the movie and read some critics about it...I decided to write a critic as well because this was one off the oddest movies ever seen by me. First of all I'm Christian, Greek Orthodox and I like movies with religious or metaphysical subject, or around revelation so the argument that I would hate a movie talking about Christianity is off-topic. To start with, the movie's prologue makes you think that you'll gonna see some revelation stuff in it but except the lightnings and the earthquakes the rest of the 1st one hour is a typical action movie with some kind of filthy and nasty motorcycle bikers roaming the countryside and making people suffer. The scenario pays that much attention in the rift between the main hero and the motorcycle gang that loses the religious aim of the movie. The boundaries among being a thriller or an action movie are difficult to recognise. Of course the crisis of the protagonist and the sermon of the good religious shop owner doesn't have any deep meaning. The crisis can be cured with different ways and suggesting the pray to God in every problem someone may face is just arbitrary. The only "revelation" you will gonna see in this movie is some lightning balls that symbolize the souls of good people whom God took in paradise. OK, I can create such a low-budget effect in my computer too, should I put it in a video and name it "revelation"? Last but not least, I got annoyed by the hints about other religions. The motel-owner is clearly a Buddhist as we can see from the statue that he has in his motel and as long as he's Indian or something like this. After that we see the "bad" motel-owner threatening some innocent scared people if they don't pay him. This was clearly a hint, a bad one, as long as it aims in a particular religion. But maybe other people would disagree with me, who knows, that's my personal opinion. No any real revelation, low budget effects, wonders if it was an action or a religious movie, no deep meanings in the dialogues so I put only 2 for the thrilling and the action and another 1 for the actors. Byebye :)
Maybe the worst movie I've ever seen.
Hi all, I decided to write this review because this movie is maybe the WORST of all movies I've seen. To start with, the movie never achieves to make you thrilled or scared. The only positive thing is the mystery that makes you want to see the continue. But at the point that you want to see what's going on after all Francis chose to fill the movie with dozens of complicated facts and makes it a lot recondite. In fact you'll never understand what's the connection between the clock, the dead daughter of Hall Baltimore, Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe and Bobby. Moreover Coppola forgot to connect some scenes one each other (!!). As for the directing, the landscapes often looked fake, like a second class low-budget production. And after all, what is doing Edgar Allan Poe in such a movie?! 1 for the presence of Val Kilmer, one for the name of Francis Coppola and another 1 for the whole movie.
Alex Cross (2012)
Alex Cross, an action movie aiming to entertain.
Hi people, this is my first review of a film, although I've seen dozens of movies. I decided to write a critic about "Alex Cross" because I saw many bad reviews and wondered about what is going wrong. At first I saw the "4.9" rate at the IMDb and I thought: "Hmmm, is this movie that bad?" and wondered if it worths my time. I was almost ready to watch another one because of such a low rate but at last I decided to give it a chance. First of all the aim of Action Movies is to entertain people. People all around the world see dozens of actions films NOT for the actors, NOT for the plot, NOT for the acting, JUST for entertainment. These are not my words, if you disagree with me just check at the box offices of action movies. So, "Alex Cross" is a lot entertaining and keeps some thrilling till the end. It has a lot of action and the adventure which a cop film must contain. Now, which action movie is not predictable? Hmmm, none! We all know what is going to happen next, the point is if the movie keeps the adrenaline high. And Alex Cross does. As for the scenario part, it's indeed very simple, like most of the movies which are being produced every year. I would like also to add that in such movies it's not required to explain why is happening something or how. If you want some reality, or scientific facts, with proofs, go to see a documentary. The balance between drama and action was exactly at the perfect spot. The film succeeds to inform the audience for the personal, psychological and professional situation of the main heroes without being wearing or boring. The problems I spotted are the decision of the director to make the cameras shaking in some action scenes and the "fast-forward" part at the end. I can't explain it better, those who will see it you'll understand. Thanks for reading, Chris van der Mass.