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Æon Flux (2005)
Not Quite There
I had heard a few bits and pieces about this film from Harry Knowles's site and i was sceptical. It had a few good ideas but really failed to meet the mark in terms of what a film with this much promise should accomplish.
Theron is really not suited to this material and i felt when watching it that she was unsure as to how to handle the subject and concept she was being asked to negotiate. The whole dystopia/what lies over the wall thing has been done so many times and done better. The issue of storing DNA as a salvation to the ones that lived beyond a cataclysmic event is so hacked and re-worked that it loses any potential, i actually groaned when this plot point came into play.
The action scenes are as usual CGI driven and the acting from B raters like Johhny Lee Miller is tedious. Do they think being wooden and withdrawn equals complexity and depth in character? Overall, a shabby attempt at a good premise....well done Hollywood, failed again!
King Kong (2005)
A giant cinematic experience
I have fond memories of seeing the original film for the first time and i was a little concerned as to how they would justify a remake. I had faith in Peter Jackson, i felt that he had done wonders to bring such a literary legend such as LOTR to the silver screen. Now he was attempting to bring a classic in cinema to a modern audience. HE DID IT and boy did he do it well.
There is nothing in the film that detracts from the experience at all, everything is where it is supposed to be. What this film is not is a star vehicle for any of the leading cast. From Adrien Brody to jack Black and the fantastic Naomi Watts, they all invest in what they need to do to tell a story and to share in the bigger work, be a part of a legend.
I was awestruck throughout the three hours, the action is stunning and more than a few times the "whoaah" factor came into play and for a well seasoned movie fan who thought that he had seen it all that is saying something. It is fresh, exciting and most of all, it brings back the classic feeling that cinema can tell a story again instead of treading over tired ideas we have seen a dozen times. Pete Jackson and his team have brought a legend back to life. POSSIBLE SPOILER - The ending is handled with such emotion, sensitivity and acting maturity that you cannot help but be touched by the whole experience. Much credit must go to Andy Serkis for again setting the benchmark for expression in character, brilliant stuff. See this film if you want a glimpse of the golden age of cinema.
Transporter 2 (2005)
i watched this movie with my partner and we were both in agreement that in order to be able to watch this film in its entirety then you need to leave your brain at the door.
Now i loved the first film, it was stylish, fresh and Statham as Frank Martin was a believable character. Now he seems to have taken some super juice and no one or nothing can touch him. you just have to see how he gets rid of a bomb under his car.
The plot is wafer thin at best and the characters are plodding, the misuse of a great actor like Keith David is criminal and the cliché ridden acting of the main villains is laughable. Why oh why does every film made or involving Miami have to include the Columbian cartels or an allusion to them in some way? Overall, there was plenty of scope for development in Frank Martin's character and back story but they chose to be lazy and go the all thrills, all bangs action route.
See it if there is nothing else on...at all.