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10,000 BC (2008)
!0,000 BC - Not that great
10,000 BC is basically a love story. A young hunter must chase down a ban of warlords to rescue the woman he loves. While doing so, he finds his true calling and inspires others to stand up for themselves and fight back.
This movie reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Conan the Barbarian, Apocalypto and Braveheart set in ancient times with modern special effects. There is not a lot new to this story. It has been told many times before. The story line includes references to ancient mysticism in an attempt to explain certain acts and make the story more interesting to the viewer. There are also veiled references to ancient Egypt and Atlantis, though none of this is explained.
I must say this is not a great movie. I got kind of bored at times. The only reason to see it on the big screen is for the special effects.
I Am Legend (2007)
A good Effort!
I recently went to see "I Am Legend". I am a fan of the story and of the 1964 film version called "The Last Man on Earth ", starring Vincent Price. The film was also remade in the 1970's starring Charlton Heston and called "The Omega Man". I must also say that I enjoy Will Smith. He is always WAY above average and fun to watch.
I think fun is the best way to describe this film. Though it deals with a serious subject; world plague, I must admit I never took it seriously. I went in expecting a two-hour diversion from reality and I got it.
The story is simple. Will Smith is instantly likable in the character of a scientist trying to save mankind while loosing what matters most to him in the process. The movie quickly becomes a good guy verses bad guy struggle and we love it.
The special effects are outstanding. In fact, the special effects become another character in the film. They enrich the story and the viewers experience to a point that draws you into the film.
One word of caution: The film maybe too intense for young children. It is not rated PG-13 for nothing. There was an 11 year old in our group that left half way through to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks!
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Outstanding Movie !!
Like a good cigar "No Country For Old Men" gets better with each draw. This is a film that is unlike most from the very beginning. The story is told slowly at first with a delicate crescendo to the climax. Then, like one of the characters in the film says, "I knew this weren't over." it is the last 15 minutes that makes this film truly great. To say more would be unthinkable.
The film is set in 1980. The writers are very specific about this for several reasons. Primary of which is the fact that the US is about to change. Drugs and technology are about to change society forever and for those of us that lived through that period, we never saw it coming. Indeed, the primary focus of this film is about the inevitability of change. That, and not unlike the Vietnam war, we are a bunch of strangers thrown into events out of our control being run by powers much bigger than ourselves. We can't stop it. Whether we survive this period or not is as random as a coin toss.
The writing, direction, cinematography and acting are all first rate. If Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones aren't mentioned on Oscar night, something is terribly wrong. Go see this film!
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Excellent, Mr Brooks !
"Mr. Brooks" is not a typical serial killer movie. I can't remember a film that told so much of the story from the killers point of view. A killer that appears so normal. That is the scariest ingredient of the film. Though a little obsessive compulsive, Mr.Brooks is frighteningly normal.
The lead actors seem to be enjoying themselves. I don't remember Kevin Costner in such a role before. He is completely believable. William Hurt is over-the-top as the dark side of Earl Brooks. I smell an academy nomination here.
"Mr. Brooks" is not a perfect film, but I believe you will be entertained by a solid story and performances that are way above average.