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Off with their talented heads!
After reading a review on this film, which described the plot and acting as mediocre, and the cinematography poor, I must agree in part and disagree in part. While the movie was definitely not Shakespeare, it was definitely competitive with other films of its genre. In fact, as the plot dealt with a different side of fame, one that I don't think has been done before, it was therefore not a derivative, a common complaint of films. To the contrary, the plot was different, the acting very good especially from young and inexperienced actors, and the characters sympathetic. The story also provided some wisdom: messages, if you will, to be gleaned by more scrutinizing viewers. My sole problem with the film, and this can be remedied if one were to rent the full-screen version of the DVD, is the abysmal cinematography! I rent many movies and have never seen such a poorly edited film. The heads of the characters in almost every scene were cut off, the close-ups only got half of one character at times, and as far as background was concerned, that was nearly never included. This is particularly regretful as every actor in the film is remarkably attractive and it was almost impossible to see him or her! Thus, my recommendation is to see this film: enjoy the story, acting, and good-looking actors, but if you rent the DVD and not the VHS, make sure you get the full-screen version.
The Forgotten (2004)
You'll wish you had "forgotten" to see this picture!
Besides the impeccable acting, which we expect from the distinguished and accomplished cast, 'The Forgotten' stays true to its name in that many things in the film were 'forgotten': the plot, storyline, general integrity, and a credible ending. Furthermore, I feel the authors should have given David Icke some mention in the Credits, although inventors of roller coaster varieties could share in the billing as well. To be concise, this was the worst sci-fi movie I have seen in years. I didn't see the film for cheap thrills, if I wanted to go to an amusement park; there are plenty from which to choose. I, however, went to indulge in a probably common story amongst the very wealthy who unfortunately can afford to pose questions/issues like,
'How do we get people we don't want in the way out of the way, and if we can do so without killing anyone, far better?' What I am saying is that famous people, e.g., politicians, do this sort of thing all the time: conveniently wipe out a marriage or career, or even a life or lives and they have the cooperation of police, government, media, etc. This is what I had hoped this film would discuss, so to speak, with, if not blatant allusions, if you will, perhaps a metaphor or two, but instead I was offered a fourth-grade level suspense thriller equivalent to a C-ticket ride at Disney Land. This movie's only salvation is that it is PG-13 and will probably attract and engage children under 12, so someone will enjoy 'The Forgotten.'
The Fifth Element (1997)
Must see for science fiction lovers!
I saw the film and I found it wonderful, both story, and acting, especially Milla Jovovich'. Milla's acting was excellent, successfully incorporating the tough heroine with the sensitive femme creating the perfect blend. I thought her acting competence so explicit, evidenced, for example, with her usage of the fictional language so fluid as if it were real and one of which she was a native speaker: that cannot be easy! However, Milla's performance was not the only one demonstrating competence and brilliance: all of the actors were excellent and credible! Aside from the, at times, excessive violence, I encountered the film essentially delightful, including among other aspects the creative and unique futuristic imaginations of which the film was well-endowed. Kudos to all: a must see!
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
I have read many "takes" and reviews of this film and all I can say is that regardless of whether the "chaos theory" makes sense theoretically, or in relation to the story of this film, there must be a reason why I am fascinated and enthralled, why I watch it over and over, and why I find the film totally gripping! I suggest that it is because even the most simple of viewers would have to agree that it is a brilliant and complex story and that it is extraordinarily well-written! I say it is a must-see. However, I only recommend it for older viewers (18 and older) and that all viewers be warned of the violence, which would hopefully eliminate shock and horror, which for some might consequently ensue.