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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
An exciting film, and a well-told story. Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman do a terrific job of making this film credible; this is to be expected from the veteran actor Hackman, but Wilson doesn't get left behind in the acting department, luckily, since the movie centers on him.
Yeah, the camera work is jerky in spots, and yeah, we get all the tricks, but this only adds to the urgency of the situation. You'll be on the edge of your seat throughout the whole movie. And big-time kudos to the stuntmen involved, especially in the bridge scene.
On the eve of the Army-Navy game, at least this movie gives us USN-types something to cheer about this year....
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
It's Worth The Wait
The villain is properly villainous, the heroine is properly heroic, and the whole movie is properly entertaining. All the hype has been worth it. Tomb Raider even has a plot,incredible as that may seem.
Angelina Jolie interprets Lara Croft to perfection, and she maintains her English accent throughout -- good for her.
The MTV-style editing is annoying at times; I wanted to see more of the aftermath of the firefights and temple scenes, but that seems to be the way that movies are being edited these days.
The only real criticism I had is that Noah Taylor looks like he's been rode hard and put away wet. The smashing star of "Flirting" and the best thing about "Shine" looks a little the worse for wear these days. Other than that, I had no complaints. Go see it -- you'll enjoy it.