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V for Vendetta (2005)
The Wachowski Brothers have done it again- An Incredible film to follow The Matrix!
A terrorist in a futuristic dictatorship of Great Britain known only as V (Hugo Weaving) goes on British Television and declares that November 5th of next year will be known as a day for revolution against the dictatorship that they live in. In the course of waiting for that day to come, V spends his time with a young girl named Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman).
We first saw such brilliance from the Wachowski Brothers with The Matrix and they do not disappoint with V for Vendetta. This film is incredible in every aspect. It is clever, entertaining, artistic, thrilling, dramatic, and even humorous at times. Blending 1984 themes with a superhero background, V for Vendetta focuses on realistic concepts of government and fear that face us every day. Frighteningly close to what could be our future, "V" opens our eyes to the world we live in as well as entertaining us with incredible fight scenes and fast-paced action. Everything about this film is wonderful including a brilliantly wonderful performance by Natalie Portman and incredible direction by James McTeigue with writing that is to die for. Overall, this film is incredible on all accounts. I have only one thing to say to the Wachowski Brothers. Bravo. Bravo.
I highly recommend this film.
Nochnoy dozor (2004)
An original and entertaining beginning to what could be a wonderful trilogy.
To end a catastrophic battle in ancient history, the others (People who possess various supernatural powers) signed a truce between dark and light. This truce ensured that no side will influence another other's choice of which side they want to be on and that the night will belong to the light, to make sure that the dark doesn't break the agreement. The day will belong to the dark to ensure the same. In present day Moscow, a man named Anton Gorodetsky helps ensure the balance at all costs.
What makes this film so entertaining and promising is that it is original in most aspects. It holds basic themes like Good vs. Evil, but still finds itself to be original, which is hard to find in modern day cinema. It seems like everything has been done. Night Watch proves that there is creativity out there and with two more films on the way, you can be sure that you will hear more about these films. Being as Russian film, the movie is mainly in sub-titles but this is a good thing, because you learn to read facial expressions in a film that its drama is based on. And let me just say that this film is entertaining to the end. It may not be the greatest film ever, but not one moment of it is dull. Every second, I felt as if I was watching Star Wars for the first time. On top of it all, the ending was incredible. It doesn't actually end though so ill say how it begins is amazing. Overall, I can't wait to see the next two films after witnessing such wonderful entertainment. This could have been the most promising film of the year.
I recommend this film.
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
A long boring conversation...
Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) is a high school student who has just recently broke up with her boyfriend and in an attempt to pay back her parents for cell phone bills, must watch over a doctor's kids in his gigantic house. While keeping herself entertained as the kids sleep, she is greeted with a phone call from a stranger who won't stop calling. What she finds out next is a bigger surprise- the stranger is calling from inside the house.
This is another horror remake and not a very entertaining one at that. The movie dragged along with the phone tag and then just spat out action all at once in an UN-impressive fashion. It was extremely UN-realistic just as you might expect. Jill Johnson is wonder woman compared to the serial killer who has killed a huge amount of young girls with his bare hands! All of this could have been predicted and the film did not surprise me in any way other than wonderful cinematography. I could never have imagined that such a film as this could ever have great cinematography but it did. But things like that don't make a movie! There needs to be a lot more. Overall, the film was just another disappointing teenager horror film and their will be more like it because teenagers love to see crappy PG-13 films. When will it end? I do not recommend this film.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Hard on the eyes-In a good way...
A family taking a trip to San Francisco is met violently in the deserts by people who have been mutated due to nuclear testing in the 50's.
Compared to the 1977 film by Wes Craven, I would say the new rendition is an equal. This new film captures a new sense of horror that moviegoers today find more entertaining than the classic spooks. Not leaving any details of mutilation out, The Hills Have Eyes is hard on the eyes, but keeps the audience entertained throughout. I must admit that the film is definitely a little corny and the way the mutants look is sure to make someone laugh but the new "trailer" scene is bound to leave no smile on anyone's face. I was so impressed by this scene that I really feel that this could be one of the better horror films this year just due to that one particular scene. I must warn audiences though that the scene is extremely brutal as the director Alexandre Aja doesn't hesitate to leave anything out for imagination. Overall, this was a mediocre horror film but is surprisingly entertaining from beginning to end, making it an above average film and deserving of a recommendation.
I recommend this film.
Like no other...
Many characters of different race find themselves facing racial tension that sparks the intervening of their lives, changing them forever.
This is one of the rare films made today that is not only pure and original in the way that it changes the outlook that people have on their lives, but is also incredibly well done. The acting by Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, and Terrence Howard were absolutely phenomenal. Their acting really shows a certain character development that was needed in this type of film. The movie really does spark a roller coaster of emotion that leaves you breathless to the film's end. What makes it even better is that it focuses on something that each and every one of us faces every single day of our lives: Racism. Crash not only makes people focus on racism as a whole but also brings up very interesting points that at some points contradict themselves somewhere in the film, making each and every character more complicated and realistic. Overall, Crash is just one of those revolutionary films that must be seen to truly enjoy its greatness.
I highly recommend this film.
Glory Road (2006)
Entertaining, but focuses way too much on the racism when it should be focusing on the game.
When a women's high school basketball coach named Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) is offered a position as a division 1 men's basketball coach for a small Texas Western school in 1965, he will stop at nothing to win even recruiting colored basketball players that no one else wanted.
Glory Road did a good job on many things but lacked everything else needed to make it an outstanding film. What I did like about the film was that it was the first college basketball film made in a long time and it actually did something that I have never seen in a sports film and that is the recruiting process which I found to be original and entertaining. I found it to be quite interesting to see the coach's point of view on winning, but found the deal on racism to be a little over-eccentric. I didn't understand why fans had problems with three or four colored players on the team if some opposing team's best players were colored. The message of the film didn't really come together very well.
The acting of the film was overall mediocre. Josh Lucas did not impress with me with his first star dramatic role at all. He just kind of flowed with the movie without actually making a difference in the film. Derek Luke also fell short of his last performance in Friday Night Lights which was incredible and Jon Voight also gave a pretty weak performance. Overall, the film was just an average film that deserves a recommendation for its entertainment value.
I recommend this film.
Before Sunset (2004)
Not your average love story...but you will still love it!
Nine years after a fling in France between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the two reunite after Jesse is in France for a book signing of his new book that is closely related to the relationship they shared together.
Originality is one word to describe this film. Richard Linklater created a whole film about a few hours spent between two reunited lovers who reminisce of their past together. The whole entire movie is a just one giant conversation. It is just absolutely incredible in every way. Overall, the movie is flawless in every aspect of film and is perfect in every way possible.
I highly recommend this film.
Greatness: Enough said!
The third and final chapter to the Lord of the Rings trilogy begins with Frodo (Elijah Wood), Sam (Sean Astin), and Gollum (Andy Serkis) making their way to Mordor to destroy the one ring that could be the end of all civilization, in the fiery pits of Mount Doom. As they embark on this journey, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the others attempt to bring the armies of man together to hold off the vicious orcs sent by Sauron to destroy all of mankind.
With such wonderful adaptations from the books in the first two films, it was not hard to predict that such greatness would come from the finale of the greatest trilogy ever put on film. The Return of the King includes the greatest performances from just about every single actor in the film you can think of. The plot thickens, leaving audiences breathless and yearning for more. And the visual effects!they are absolutely incredible. At 3 hours and 30 minutes, The Return of the King is never boring and is always jaw dropping, even after seeing 10 times.
Overall, The Return of the King is easily one of the greatest films ever created. I highly recommend this film to anyone.
A visual masterpiece!
The journey to Mount Doom continues for only Sam (Sean Astin) and Frodo (Elijah Wood). The fellowship has been broken, but not entirely. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) have stuck together in an attempt to regroup with the captured hobbits (Pippin and Merry). Darkness becomes stronger than ever in Middle Earth as Saruman (Christopher Lee) creates the army of Isengard and Sarun grows more powerful. The adventure grows more perilous in the 2nd part of the epic trilogy.
What can be said more than this is singly one of the greatest films ever created? The acting is phenomenal in this film. The Fellowship showed great supporting roles, but nothing real strong from the main characters which The Two Towers is filled with. Elijah Wood really starts to express the power that the ring posses and Viggo Mortensen gives a performance unlike any other. Gandalf may have been wonderful in the previous film as well as this one, but the other characters really just start to shine in The Two Towers. You really start to see the characters transition into the hero.
The story takes a whole new level in this film also. The adventurers experience Roahn, one of the kingdoms of man for the first time on film and are greeted with grief that has not been seen in the Lord of the Rings films yet. Not to mention the greatest battle scene ever put on film! The battle at Helm's Deep is the most phenomenal battle of all time. It is only a totally different league with battles from other movies like Braveheat or Gladiator. Overall, The Two Towers is one of the greatest films of all time. Enough said!! I highly recommend this film.
A wonderful beginning which sparks a fantastic middle and perfect ending.
A hobbit named Frodo (Elijah Wood) has been given the task of taking a powerful ancient ring to the fiery pits of Mount Doom, so it can be destroyed with the help of The Fellowship, which consists of Boromir (Sean Bean), Gimly (John Rhys- Davies), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gandalf (Ian Mckellen) and three hobbits named Merry, Pippin, and Sam (Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, and Sean Astin). The ring once belonged to a powerful warrior named Sauron, who it wishes to return to, causing him to rise to power once again.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three Lord of the Rings films and sparks the journey that has intrigued millions of people. Peter Jackson does an excellent job explaining the background of the ring and the background of the characters as well as tying their pasts into the journey they all begin to take. Contradictions between the heroes and the enemies are frequently found throughout, making the film quite complicated, which I found to be one of Jackson's greatest success with character development.
The most mind-blowing thing about the film though has nothing to do with the characters or story. It is Jackson's creation of Middle Earth that fascinated me more than anything. Jackson puts so much detail into the setting of every scene that the audience visualizes a whole different world without even thinking. Jackson's success at making the audience accept this different world and all of the different types of mythological creatures that live on it was really the key to making the films what they are. Overall, The Fellowship of the Ring is just an incredible beginning to the greatest trilogy ever put on film. Bravo Peter Jackson, Bravo.
I highly recommend this film.