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Assassin's Creed (2016)
Enjoyable but fails to capture the magic of the game
Overall an enjoyable movie to watch at least one time, but it simply fails to capture the elements that make the game series what it is.
The story of each Assassin's Creed game takes place 95% inside the animus and thus in the historical setting of the Assassin's Creed universe.
The remaining 5% takes place in the modern setting and kind of glues it all together and gives further meaning to all the actions you are doing in the historical setting.
Where this movie fails is that it focuses almost entirely on the modern day setting and only uses the historic setting as a reason for action scenes. We learn very little about both main characters of the movie played by Michael Fassbender. In historic setting that is Aguilar and in modern day setting that is Cal Lynch.
In terms of Aguilar we actually learn little to nothing about the character and in terms of Cal Lynch we only see tidbits of his life. Due to this complete and utter lack of character building in both modern and historic settings of the movie storyline, we simply have little reason to become attached and immersed into the story and movie as a whole.
For those who have played the games, just saying the name Ezio Auditore da Firenze is enough to invoke feelings of attachment and fandom. Due to the vast depth of knowledge we have about Ezio, his youth, his adulthood and even his old-age.
This movie should have avoided the modern day setting as much as possible and instead focused more on telling the story of Aguilar. Perhaps only at the end showing us even Cal Lynch. This would have delivered a much better movie experience and would also leave it open for a great sequel.
The music is another issue of the movie, the trailer had horrendous music and the movie was not much better. Why they did not even consider to hire Jesper Kyd is beyond me.
Terminator Genisys (2015)
A hard movie to reboot, yet done successfully!
Let's face it, this is not an easy franchise to reboot. It is always hard to reboot a movie franchise when the first one or two titles were so great and had a strong cast, great music and a good story + director/crew.
We saw the results of one failed sequel where they just tried to simulate the things they thought made T1 and T2 such big hits, but they were way off with T3, which just was horrible.
Then came Terminator Salvations, which was an attempt at a reboot, but they made some bad directional choices for the story and casting and the movie flopped as a result.
Then finally, came Terminator Genisys, which finally rebooted the franchise successfully in my eyes. Sure it is not as good as T1 and T2 but darn it does it come close. I think the main issue is just that the movie overuses CGI and the overall quality is quite a bit lower than that of T1 and T2. By quality I mean writing, cinematography, directing and editing.
The quality issues aside, the reboot does a pretty good job at achieving many of the things that made T1 and T2 such great classics. They also managed to stay true to the story line and find ways to bend it and reboot it (similar to the approach of the Star Trek reboot and soon to be released Star Wars reboot).
They also found a great way to keep Arnold in the movie (because let's face it, you just cannot have a Terminator movie without Arnold, after all he is the Terminator and without Arnold I highly doubt T1 and T2 could have been a success). Better yet, they managed to do it in a way that would not require CGI. Like the failed attempt they did in Terminator Salvation.
If this was a standalone title and the first Terminator movie, I would rate it a 6/10 or a 7/10. Why? It is enjoyable and overall a fun movie to watch but nothing great or epic. I gave it an 8/10 because I recognise that this is a hard franchise to reboot and an even harder one to get funding for due to the failures of T3 and T:Salvation.
Star Trek for example was also a hard franchise to reboot but one that at least there was financial faith in due to the many successful movies and series it has had, same goes for Star Wars. Heck, even the prequels of Star Wars were bad and yet still achieved massive financial success.
Shichinin no samurai (1954)
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I'm not surprised that there are the few sum of people who don't like the movie or even hate it and I'm very pleased to see that there are many people who loved the movie and could understand the quality of the Directing and Acting and Sword movement. I myself study Japanese sword movement "Shinkendo" and found the sword movement superb and flawless and would love to be able to achieve such movement one day myself
;spoiler possibility; as for the plot of the bandits raiding the farming village and not giving up even after losing quite a few of their men in their first attack against the village (now protected by samurai), that is traditional culture for Japanese > more recent example would be pearl harbor > Japanese won't give up till they have reached their achievement or have died ,,, i also read that a few viewers have found it a boring movie that would be then that they prefer action without story over a well balanced action/story movie and also i notice many people miss the essence of the story in the movie >>> so if you love to see really classical movies with lot of story in it and plenty of action, and like to watch movies that show many aspects of a foreign culture then watch this movie but if you prefer movies that are straight forward action, no-brain movies then this would not be a movie for you