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The Darkest Hour (2011)
Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen
The Darkest Hour is without a doubt one of the absolute worst films I've ever seen. You know how some really bad films are so bad that they're actually sort of good/funny? This isn't one of them. It's just plain bad. If it were a made-for-TV movie, it would still be one of the worst I've ever seen. The only positive thing I can say about the film is it has an interesting premise. The actual end product, however, is sickeningly dull. We had two children with us and they were bored out of their minds.
The plot is rife with clichés. Character development is hollow and heartless. The script is dreadful. No one in the theatre laughed at any of the jokes. The aliens are horribly designed. It's not scary. It's not thrilling. And don't even get me started on the soundtrack...
Ultimately, this movie is an insult to sci-fi and just cinema in general. I shudder to think of the amount of time and money put into this film that could have been used for something infinitely better. Please don't contribute to the waste.
I Am Number Four (2011)
dainefan took the words right out of my mouth. If you would pay a film admission price to watch two hours of predictable, cliché, and poorly acted supernatural teen soap drama, you may enjoy this movie. I watch movies of all genres several times a week and enjoy the vast majority. I Am Number Four is one of the very few films that I've very nearly walked out on (before it was even halfway over).
Honestly, I was intrigued by the premise. Sci-fi and fantasy are two of my favourite genres. But in the back of my mind, I sensed I might be disappointed with this one, so I went in with low expectations. I came out embarrassed to have willfully endured such an atrocity.
In retrospect, I sincerely wish I had walked out. The only good thing that came of seeing this film is that now I can warn others to stay away from it.
If you have a craving for supernatural action-drama, turn on your TV or visit a streaming TV site and choose any show in that genre at random; I have no doubt you will find something equally "good", but more likely far better than this, for a bargain.
Ghastly... DBZ Fans BEWARE
It pains me to give this show one star... but I must be honest! Let me start by saying that Dragon Ball Z has had a major impact on my life. I grew up watching it, and years later as an adult keep coming back to it as such a classic, wonderful series. Admittedly, I never really got into Dragon Ball, but GT draws far more from Z (or at least tries to..).
In any case, here are some words that capture my reaction to GT: frustration, disappointment, nausea, betrayal. Plain and simple, GT is an insult to Z. If we fed the two series' into a machine which could objectively compare quality, I have no doubt Z would be atop a peak, and GT in a valley (or should I say gutter..).
For years after falling in love with DBZ, I longed to watch GT. I saw glimpses of it, Super Saiyajin 4 Goku / Vegeta / Gogeta? How could a DBZ fan not be intrigued? And so it began.
First few episodes: *optimism* Okay, this is pretty interesting, let's see where things go...
The next 40 episodes: *nervousness* This is just early filler right? They must have been working on the main course during this fluff! I must not abandon my beloved DB friends...
Final 20 or so episodes: *agony* WHEN WILL IT END!? NO, there has to be redemption somewhere here... I've come so far... PLEASE...
Ultimately, I just felt drained and utterly betrayed... my faith that I ever even enjoyed DBZ to begin with was shaken. And now I am cursed to remember the nightmare that is GT alongside a truly great creation.
If you're a hardcore fan, thinking "How bad could it be?" I'm begging you, RESIST! Don't fall into the same trap I and so many others have... cherish DBZ (or even DB), and if you feel like you won't be able to hold out forever, at least wait for Dragon Ball Online and maybe that will give you the fix you're looking for..