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As a huge fan of the television series, I was disappointed with this latest installment of the X Files. While it had some good moments, mostly it seemed to me that this certainly could have been a TV movie of the week. I can see that Chris Carter wanted to go in a different direction than just aliens, but the plot has so many holes and just wasn't interesting enough. After 10 years since the first movie - Fight the Future - you would think that he would have the time to really develop a great story. Sadly, that is not the case. The writing done during the series run on TV is far superior, and the first movie was much better as well. With all that said though, I did find the movie mildly entertaining. David Duchovny reprises his Fox Mulder roll in good form, and does his best with the material given. Although, after the stories in the press about his sex addiction, I can't help but think of him as a deviant. Gillian Anderson is still fantastic to look at it, and to me, the real highlight of the film. She is wonderful actress. Amanda Peet was just OK. It was fun to see Mitch Pileggi return - although I found his appearance to be one of the plot holes. But where all the other great characters from the series? Unfortunately, Carter killed off too many of them. Where is the 'conspiracy-theory' edge the TV show had? Where is the great mythology the series exemplified? If there are plans to make another movie (and I do hope there are), I wish that Carter gets back to the spirit of the show we loved, and I hope we don't have to wait 10 more years.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Typically, I don't turn movies off - and I didn't with this one - hence, the 2 out 10 rating. Otherwise, it would have gotten a 1 out of 10. I was pretty close to turning it off though. I was I had because I smelled sequel at the end there. God, I hope not.
This movie was really just plain dumb. While the acting wasn't too bad, I really didn't feel anything for the characters. I could care less when they were getting whacked. And that's the whole point, I think. Do I really want to sit through a movie where I have absolutely no feelings for the characters while they are getting bludgeoned to death? I think not.
Now, let's get to the plot: IT STUNK! I'm not going to give anything away, but it's mind boggling that someone in Hollywood green-lighted this script. I know it's a remake, but seriously, I think a monkey could've done better. I haven't seen the original, but I've heard it wasn't that good - so why remake it?? Money, money, money.
I'll tell ya what's truly perplexing to me is the current rating on IMDb - 6.4!!! Are you people really that ig'nant? Arrrgghhh!
Wow! This was a really great movie. Fantastic storyline! Excellent cast! Awesome editing! Appropriate and compelling music! This movie had me glued through the whole thing. I had to start to watching again and soon as it was over. Some questions still remain, but I think I've got a handle on what really took place, and besides, isn't a good thing when movie makes you think about it for a few days afterward. I'm not going to give anything away, but this movie sure does make you think. I just bought it on DVD and it is welcome edition to the collection. If you really want to watch a flick that kicks the cobwebs out of your brain from watching too much mindless entertainment, then this movie is for you.
I just 'Saw' this movie and it wasn't bad. It wasn't great either. It definitely was not on the level of Se7en. It tries it's best though, and many times, it seems that it wants to be just like Se7en. Nice try, but no cigar. First, the acting was okay. I've heard people say it was terrible, but I wouldn't go that far. It was average. Se7en had Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, & Morgan Freeman. Need I say more? Second, the plot was pretty good, and kept me going for the whole movie - until the end. My jury is still out on the ending. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but for me, if the ending doesn't stand up to the rest of the movie, then what's the point? Let's just say they could have spent a little more time developing a few things there instead of trying to be so clever. Of course, that's just my opinion - I could be wrong...
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Good performances, boring plot
Excellent performance by Ben Kingsley, not that I didn't expect as much. Jennifer Connelly was okay, certainly eye candy. She tries her best to do what can with such bland material. Overall, this movie was boring. The editor definitely could have shaved at least 30 minutes. The plot twists were not really believable. The music was at most inappropriate at times. A few times I did consider turning it off, but mainly kept watching because of Kingsley's performance. Also, the performance of Shohreh Aghdashloo was quite good as well. At the end though, I really did not feel anything for any of the characters, and was actually relieved it was over.