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All In (2006)
All In was more like All out - **may contain some spoilers**
**May contain some spoilers**
I wanted to enjoy this movie, I really did.
Too many flashbacks during the first half the movie - it was ridiculous.
The acting especially during the more emotional scenes was pretty bad. I thought Dominique Swain's performance was uneven at best. At times, she was okay but in some scenes I thought she was pretty bad.
I like Michael Madsen but he didn't have a lot work with here and his character disappears for most of the movie. It's always nice to see Louis Gossett Jr, and I wish he was in more of the film in a mentoring role (for Swain).
The supporting cast was charming enough but not really adequate.
I think this film tried to accomplish too much. A gambling father, a relationship between father and daughter (and wife), a medical school career challenge, a conspiracy at medical school, a relationship with a boyfriend, a poker championship and a reuniting of father and daughter.
I think it would have worked much better if the film stuck to Swain trying to win at Poker and being mentored by Louis Gossett Jr and Michael Madsen. Forget about showing Medical School and the conspiracy.
I don't know how I managed to watch the whole movie but the best scenes were during the Poker matches and when Madsen, and Gossett Jr. were on screen.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Happiness Film = Appreciation
Will Smith is so talented and does an incredible job in this movie, where he's in every scene.
Watching this movie made me appreciate, over and over again, my personal current situation of not having to go through the struggles Will Smith portrays in the movie.
How many of us take our homes, beds, food, jobs, and relationships for granted? It's also heartwarming to see the relationship and bond between father and son and how it plays out in the various dramas they live through.
This movie doesn't offer the usual fluff on comedy or action-adventure, rather it's a very real look at how difficult life can be and how some have to struggle desperately just to survive.
Transporter 2 (2005)
High on Energy - Low on Martial Arts, Plot & Being Realistic
Let me start by saying that I grade the original Transporter a 9 out of 10. This one probably deserves a 5 out of 10, but I'm grading it a 6 for the film's energy, upbeat music, and for Jason Statham performing admirably with a less than stellar script.
In general, there are some scenes that are just completely unrealistic, and I mean beyond the normal suspension of belief one normally checks at the door when seeing a movie.
There is much less martial arts in this sequel, and the fight scenes are no way near the quality and cool feel of the original movie.
And of course, just my opinion, but the first half of the movie seemed more crisp and the plot was okay, but the second part the plot just doesn't work as well, and it seems rushed and unsatisfying.
I'd have a hard time looking forward to a third installment of the Transporter unless perhaps Corey Yuen, the original director returns.