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Good action, very bad movie
This could have been a good movie, along the lines of the Matrix and I, Robot, but unfortunately it failed to fulfill its really good ideas. It had potential and creativity in the general idea, and the five good minutes that happened about three-fourths of the way through the movie showed what it could have been. But this movie feels from the very beginning more like a computer game or Japanese anime than an actual movie, and while the action scenes are good, when the whole movie is one long scene of Milla Jovovich striding along corridors and standing poised above the circle of dead enemy soldiers surrounding her, it gets old very fast. In spite of all the action it's very slow-paced, there are very few surprises, and no humor at all. Milla Jovovich was fabulous-she's an underused actress-but with a wooden, repetitive plot utterly unenlivened by any costars, she's forced to carry the burden of a bad movie all on her shoulders, and the best actress in the world couldn't have saved it. There are a few good things-the small role they allot to her costar Garth and the music, which was stunning, but basically it's a cold, boring, and disappointing movie.
Love Comes Softly (2003)
Love it-a very sweet movie
This is a lovely movie, guaranteed to put any romance or period-movie lover in a glow for the rest of the day. Really unusual tale of a newly widowed woman discovering a new life in the West, and of a man's faith and love that helps to transform her life. I love the actor in this-he's so real and so sweet, not to mention good-looking. The way he smiles at her...And the way that she and Missy slowly bring each other around is deftly and delicately handled. Not overdone in any way, this movie is perfectly shot, cast, and played out, and succeeds in being just what it sets out to be-a quiet tale of love, faith, and hope. Just a lovely story all around, gentle, pure, and very very enjoyable.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Absolutely wonderful. Everyone should watch this movie. It is one of those rare and luminous movies that is less a film than an experience-it starts out gradually and unmajestically, but by the end it's become one of the movies that captures a part of the human heart and psyche. I especially love the end-it is loose and freeing, near-perfection. This movie did overdo some of its points and is sometimes painfully close to real life and real family interaction, but with the great performances from Johnny Depp and particularly Leonardo DiCaprio and its gradual, cataclysmic rising to the luminous ending, it's a movie that everyone should watch.