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Let Me In (2010)
Would had probably loved it more as a child, but still liked it.
When i was a child, i was captured by the vampire concept, i always wished i would meet a girl that was a vampire and could turn me into one and we would live forever. Yup child mind... lol In this movie, we meet that bullied little kid who realize his new cute little neighbour is actually a vampire. They still develop a love relationship and the movie follow these two characters mostly as there story progress.
As an adult i can't relate as much to the characters as when i was younger, but i still could appreciate the story. The best part is certainly some gritty feels of the cinematography. The snow scenes when they meet for the first time for example has a kinda enchanted vibe.
So overall its a good movie but you must realize its very... very... slow paced. Longer than your usual 90 minutes movie, i feel the movie would had benefit of being at least 20 minutes shorter.
Yet i would say its definitely worth a rental, the story kept me interest during the movie, i just wish it would had moved a bit faster in some parts.
Still a solid 7
Fung wan II (2009)
Good Special Effects, the rest is just a mess...
I had this movie for a while in my "to watch list" , got it from a VIDEO STORE selling a while ago, i think 2 years... Yeah, been a long time. I finally decided to watch it today. I had saw a trailer back in the day and tough it looked cool, thus why i purchased it.
So let me start this review positively. The CGI is actually pretty good. I mean it does look like a video game in some point but in a way that the movie is constant and you never have this impression that it is out of place. Obviously if you enjoy the style or not, this is your own point of view, but i personally did enjoy it and i am not a fan of wired fu to say the least.
That being said, sadly the movie fail on almost every other aspect for me. Sure the music was alright but all the rest, characters, story, all movie long i was wondering what was going on. The movie start very abrupt and show us our main heroes all chain and ready to be executed. But by some mean they manage to escape, think there stronger than the bad guy, but get there a** kicked. So they then need to find a way to get stronger in order to defeat the bad guy. That part is easy to understand but all the rest surrounding this is really hard to understand. I get that this is based on a comic book, and no i never read it, and i never saw the first movie either. Actually you can blame me on jumping on the sequel and then complaining about the story or you can blame the North American distributor for naming the movie The Storm Warriors instead of The Storm Riders 2. Yeah i figured out i was watching a sequel later when i checked IMDb. So yeah i did had a hard time connecting to those characters and the lore of the movie, and especially that whole plot point which end up being a major one about a stupid dragon spine that for some reason is super important for china to stand together. Spoiler ... the bone actually get split in half and never is mentioned again... wow, what an important plot point.
I really had a hard time figuring who is who, maybe learning more about the lore would had help me, again if i knew before watching the movie, but so much character are there and you don't know too much about them. For example that Lord Wicked guy, he is supposed to be the strongest of them all, yet he cut his arms because he was evil? That plot point almost made no sense what so ever. And "Nameless" which is supposed to be such a legend, it seem the movie kinda tell us midway that he was poisoned and for that he does not have all his strength so thats why he can't defeat the bad guy. I just feel there is just too much characters with little development to really care about them. In a magic word like this, you want to know who is who and why he is so...
As for the fights... well beside the special effects which i said where pretty good, there is not much fight choreography for the martial arts aficionado, a little here and there but its almost purely a special effect CGI fest. Honestly this movie somewhat remind me of Dragon Tiger Gate done wrong. That movie had a similar premise as young pupils training to beat an almost unbeatable enemy in a martial art set up that also involved super powers. The difference tough was you cared for the characters, the special powers added to the movie but there is still plenty of great martial arts. Obviously Donnie Yen... hard to wrong. But anyway that movie was much more entertaining than that Storm Warriors movie.
This is the kind of movie i feel i will forget in T-minus 1 hour... yup already forgot.
Pound of Flesh (2015)
I was expecting better mainly due to hype...
This movie was somewhat hyped as the "Van Damme is back in full action force" or something like that. I was expecting an action showcase, with spin kicks and fights all the way true. Instead the movie seem to focus a lot on story...
Don't get me wrong, the story is not bad, its not stellar either but this is more what would i expect from a Pierce Brosnan movie in 2015, not a Van Damme one.
The first fight of the movie despite being very short is actually one of the best, it shows kicking and what we are use to see from Van Damme. The rest seem to mainly focus on MMA type of ground and grappling attacks, which if done right can be fun on screen, but here i tough it didn't suit Van Damme at all. The fights just appear to be slow, clunky and lack luster in general. I know Van Damme is not too young anymore but i left me without much excitement unlike his other recent movies that i fairly enjoyed.
Sadly Darren Shalavi passed away lately and this will be one of his last film along his Kickboxer remake role(if he had time to finish everything, which i hope he did) and to be fairly honest i know he could do much better than in this movie. Maybe he had to tone down himself to match Van Damme, but i saw much better fights with the younger Scott Adkins for example.
Another thing that was very bad is the fake CGI blood, it really looked terrible. There is also one particular gunshot they totally forgot to add the damage to it. You will know which one when you see it.
Now despite being far from a great movie, it was enjoyable to a degree, i guess i was just expecting a lot better from a kick ass trailer. I had much more fun with 6 Bullets and Ennemies Closer for example. But i still think Van Damme has a lot of potential left, i hope he keep making movies. Lately its been hit or miss but the misses mostly had him in secondary roles, like Dragon Eyes or Universal Soldier 4, but this one has him really as main character. I will still rent the next one no matter.
The Family (2013)
Decent, but nothing spectacular.
Well i get that if you watch this movie you have to turn off your brain and sense of reality completely off. Obviously this is for comedy purpose and thats all good, as i am use to this in many other comedies. But at some point i will say i really had trouble relating to De Niro's character. I mean, sure the movie is about what if a family want to live by there own rules and just do whatever they want, but murdering people for pity reason somewhat turn me off personally. I was OK with what every characters did beside "Giovanni".
My favourite part was the son high school plot, i think if the movie would had been centered around it, it would had been so funny, as for the rest De Niro's charisma kept me in the movie but again had really trouble rooting for him. Must admit the daughter is extremely hot too, and i enjoyed her relation of complicity with her brother.
In any case, sure its a fantasy comedy, overall i had fun with some parts, during others i was meh-he interested. I would say a decent average movie i glad i saw, but will hardly ever watch again.
Low budget flick with heart and good characters
I saw this movie years ago, and i gave it a 8 because i loved it. Not looking back at it of course i was a bit too exited. The movie is good, its fun and all, but its a bit too much to go into a 8.... Its more like a 7. No i am not joking. Sure its low budget, but the story is fun to follow and interesting, i really had fun with this movie when i saw it back then and today in a garage sale i found a DVD with 4 movies on it, and one of those was this one. For only 1$ !!! I purchased it and watch it again and yes its genuinely a good movie. I want to keep this review spoiler free so i can't say too much, but definitely the kind of movie that show heart and interesting characters without going on the excessive American pie territory, which i like also, but its cool to see different for a change.
More or less this movie is ground more in reality, don't expect over the top scenes or whatever and it focus more on the characters themselves.
In any case no matter if you like it or not, for me its one of my guilty pleasures, a movie that don't rely on big budget or such to be fairly enjoyable and a good time.
Wild Card (2015)
Best Action sequences from a western movie since long time
Wow, those action sequences are just OUTSTANDING !!! Statham perform extremely well as we are used, but the way its filmed make it work so well. Little problem tough, there is way too few of them...
The movie try to be somewhat a drama with a couple action sequences here and there. At some point i was 30 minutes in the movie, took a break to get a refill so i saw the time, and there was no action so far. And no i don't count the bar scene at the beginning as a fight...
Don't get me wrong, the story is enjoyable, its not crazy cool but its very decent, yet the Statham fan in you just want to scream "punch somebody for god sake" and i guess this is why this movie will not score as high as it should.
I know sometimes action sequences or fights are thrown in out of context just for the sake of having action, and its not that better, but here i really feel it lack it in the beginning. Its a Jason Statham movie, so you would expect it obviously.
But oh well. I will conclude saying the actors where all very enjoyable, the music is nice, the filming is great, and the story is enjoyable enough. I really want to see more of the person who choreographed the fights, and Simon West did a good job in the direction for them.
Gettin' It (2006)
Much better than what people make you think
Well it seem i will be the first positive review of the huge 9 reviews number. Well let me tell you this, the reviews are misleading and exactly why i do not take IMDb's score and reviews for truth. This movie is fairly enjoyable.
Sure the story is not "realistic", but do you enjoy watching big robots fight on screen or aliens invading Earth? Then it shouldn't be a problem. Its a movie, its for entertainment. This is one of those movie that is good if your drunk, literally speaking as well as figuratively if you follow Jeremy Jhans.
No its nothing spectacular, and it will not be a cult classic for me, but i did found myself enjoyed trough it and never checked my watch or anything. I tough it was a fairly decent juvenile comedy.
I didn't had one like this for a while and for that i am glad. Sometimes IMDb reviews are spot on, other times there totally not...
Last Kung Fu Monk (2010)
Potential.... but thats it.
Honestly, the trailer looked cool so i rented this movie of Xbox Live. So the first thing to get in your face is the wooden and terrible acting. The main protagonist is a Shaolin Monk, so that is excusable, i was not expecting him to be a chatter box, but the rest of the cast are so awful in there line deliveries minus maybe the actress who play Sarah that is half decent, but the rest are bad... like really bad. So thats already a strike against the movie. Also there is quite a lot of character development in the first 30 minutes so a good acting would had really help and the excuse of "you don't watch a kung fu movie for acting" kinda felt flat.
What about the action? The action is very good. I dunno if this is made to be an homage to the old kung fu movies, but the sound effects really reminded me of this. The moves at time seem to not hurt hard as i would expect (Thais are really good at this) but the choreography's are very good and enjoyable.
What about the plot? That is one major question mark... If the beginning is actually pretty straight forward and easy to follow, it then become kinda weird, i want this review to remain spoiler free but you never really get to know who is the bad guy and why he is bad. Its kinda like having that generic guy in a suit for the purpose of having one.
All and all... well i enjoyed the fights, the lead "actor" showed potential and could do something pretty good under a better direction and with a better script.
If your one of those huge fans of Kung Fu movies, i would say give it a shot, but thats as far as i would recommend. Show potential... but thats it.
Te shu shen fen (2013)
Not that good for Donnie Yen...but not terrible
Donnie Yen's name usually mean the movie is gonna be pretty fun, i own several of his movies and despite not all of them being masterpieces, at least there entertaining. Then there the kind of Ip Man 1 and 2 which are just awesometacular movies.
This one i heard suffered from a lot of problems on set and it show. First of all the story is completely messed up. The movie try at some point to make you feel for these characters, but somewhat for a major part of the movie its just too hard. You just follow and ask yourself who is this...? Protagonist appears left and right and you just get the basic of the story. I never got into the story, as why this guy is a bad guy, why he is doing what he does, and they kinda try to establish a connection with some characters with minimal back story flashbacks but there so few of them it basically just tell you that protagonist 1 knows antagonist 1.
How about the martial arts you would say? Well, its really hit or miss, some scenes where pretty good while others where cringe worthy... Special effects even tough rarely used are terrible when they happen.
In the end considering i didn't had a terrible time, but was not either that much into the movie, i will give it a slightly average score of 6.
Donnie's acting help him get 1 more points...
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Unsatisfied - Warning, heavy spoilers !!
So i knew from the start this was gonna be a psychological cop thriller and not a Taken clone. I am fine with that. On the other hand i think the way the case is shown is a bit easy going. For a small part of the movie we do guess who the killer(s) is gonna be but then we find out pretty soon and after that its just a matter of getting to them.
Some stuff in the movie make no sense, like why a drug dealer would not have henchmen and be ready to take action himself. I get that he need to hire Matt, but once the killer are found, why in the hell does his drug addict brother is the one holding the rifle... because he was in the army? There should had been much more henchmen ready to do the job.
Then when the little girl is safe, they could had do so much more to get the guys there. Also i am sorry but the ending felt totally unsatisfying to me. The worst of the 2 killers is killed by his partner, and its never really explained why, and the second one get off pretty easy too. Kenny which was the one giving the job to Liam Neeson's character end up dead in a very badly off screen scene.
I never read the book but the ending i saw online made much much more sense than the movie ending. This guys where horrible and they deserved punishment.
So in the end was i interested in the story to finish the movie? Yes, but if the movie do not show much action, one would expect a better psychological/cop case thriller side.
In the end glad i saw it, but will hardly ever watch it again.