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The Last Legion (2007)
A lackluster disappointment. Lack of integrity and vision
The movie is pathetically stupid.
- A patriotic movie (Britain is praised over and over again)
- Peudohistorical movie based on a legend ("Troy", "300", "King Arthur")
- Movie-as-a-legend ("Eragon")
- Light-hearted pseudohistorical action movie ("A Knight's Tale")
"The Last Legion" may have become if not a rival but a worthy successor to any of those movies. Only if the screenwriter and the director could agree on what exactly was what they were shooting. The result is a lackluster disappointment.
I've watched it solely because of the actors in the title roles - Firth, Kingsley, Sangster, Rai. It's a pity that they wasted their time and talent on this... well... waste of time. See this movie only if there's nothing else to see.
War of the Worlds (2005)
This is a very good movie - in case you've read the book
It is very easy to dismiss this movie as an incomplete disaster movie, unless... Unless you'd read the original before you went into youк local movie theater.
This movie is a very rare case when a director and/or screenwriter(s), while making adjustments to the book, made no attempt to destroy the feel of the original.
The movie is dark, the movie is tense. We don't know what or when will happen. We only see from the perspective of Tom Cruise's character and it works extremely well.
Special effects are not only top notch - they are superb. They never leave the fabric of the film, they are never overdone or poorly executed. Suspension of disbelieve is always there.
The cast ranges from good to very good and they fit rather well in the movie (yes, even Tom Cruise).
For those who haven't read the book the movie will be a disappointment. It is, however, a very well crafted movie
72 metra (2004)
What could have been real drama fell flat, really flat
This movie seems to be alright. And it desperately tries to feel alright. And for a large part of the population it might be alright, but it isn't.
This movie may have become the greatest drama of recent Russian movie history. However, it's attempt to describe too much at once greatly undermines its quality.
One one hand we have a typical disaster movie - an explosion on a submarine, with all necessary genre "features" - survivors, random acts of heroism etc.
On the other hand we have a standoff between main characters, which could have (only could have) been very intense. Unfotunately, Russia seems to have lost all of its acting talents. These actors simply cannot deliver.
On the third hand (oh, yeah, there's more) we have personal drama of one of the main characters, delivered through a series of flashbacks. Again, it doesn't touch on any emotional level.
On the fourth hand we have a feeble attempt to describe the dire state of Russia'a fleet after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These attempts are not only feeble, but overly nationalistic as well (things like "Hey, Slavs, anybody here" followed by "You are not Ukrainian, are you").
Et cetera, et cetera.
This movie could have been great. It isn't. It may have been Ernst, who didn't let the movie blossom, but you can't blame Ernst for everything, can you? 5/10, not more