This movie is action packed! I really don't think more than 5 minutes pass without at least a 10 minute action sequence. Every sequence is filled with over the top stunts and technology and it is awesome! Tom Cruise looks pretty aged in this movie, but that's forgivable given his age. Paula Patton looks absolutely gorgeous and Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg are great supports... and the BMW i8 is a beauty all in its own.
There are a few twists in the movie when you're look "oohhh." But they're not necessarily earth shattering. There are quite a few laughs though and the movie is fairly well made. My only beef with this movie is with Tom Cruise's pants... he knew he was gonna be running and completing impossible missions but still wore Size 0 skinny jeans the entire movie! Because of that, he looks very funny when running.
This movie had a bit more story time than I anticipated, a lot of time was spent away from epic battles but there was plenty of fighting to keep me happy. Special effects were great, stylized blood was plenty but not too much, Frieda Pinto is gorgeous, and Henry Cavill is jacked. The acting was pretty good; to be fair, not very much was necessary from anyone besides Henry Cavill, but none of the actors underperformed.
The quality of the fight scenes was great. Not a single fight scene went by where I was like "ok, I waited 5 minutes for that!?." The fight with the Greek Gods was very well done, although many people may disagree (more on that in the next paragraph). Most of the fights are just "look at Thesius... oh how he knows how to fight." But I personally couldn't care less how many people are fighting as long as the fights are well done.
The fight pertaining to the Gods is seen partly in the trailers when you see people floating in mid air as they and their friends get punished continuously. It's very Matrix/Kung Fu style, and some people didn't like that. But the way I see it, these are Gods fighting, not humans and legends. The fight has to have a different substance than just simple blood and guts.
What really irked me were the inconsistencies with Greek Mythology and the lack luster "epicness" of the Eperius bow. For one, the number of Gods present in this movie is 5. Zeuss, Poseidon, Apollo, Athena and one more... as far as the movie goes, they could of at least shown all of the Olympians. Also, the Titans are shown as rabid monkeys against the Gods. As far as I remember, they were equal to the Gods in strength and intellect. Lastly, the Eperius Bow was not as epic as they had built it up to be; especially the first time it's shot, it sort of just happens.
All in all, the movie was what most people should expect from it. Well done fight scenes, stylized blood, gorgeous Frieda Pinto and Gods.
Mr. Shyamalan wrote and directed the movie. For their ridiculous choice in choosing a director AND writer, I feel like the president of Nickelodeon should make a public apology and promise to make it right for the next one. My five year old cousin could have written a better script. They literally had lines like "It's time to show them that we believe in our beliefs as much as they believe in theirs." What the hell does that even mean!? I'll tell you, it means the script writer is a moron. The dialog was just horrendous, they had narration that did absolutely nothing for you, and the characters blurted random facts that nobody cared about. They tried to explain things through random dialog, but all it did was annoy everybody.
Next up was the mispronunciation of the names, locations, and the word Avatar. They mispronounced Saka, Aang, and the word Avatar amongst many other things. Really?! How do you mispronounce words like that? It's not like it was a book where it's open for interpretation, it's based on a cartoon and the words are easy! He may have tried to give it a more Asian feel or something, but that was a bad move. Words that the show is built around, and the fan base is more than familiar with should not be tampered with no matter how much of an idiot you are.
The bending it was stupid. They had to do a hop, skip and an interpretive dance to get anything moving. In the show, the movements of the benders were congruent with the movements of the elements but in this they move ridiculous amounts to move a drop of water. Also, the moves were horrible. Each element had its own form of martial arts in the show to represent the force of each. Earth was very strong, fire was aggressive, water was very fluid, and air was much like breathing. I'm no martial artist, but that was obvious. However in the movie they all look feminine and it made me really mad.
Character representation was pretty crappy also. Sorry, let me correct myself, it was also horrible. Sokka was played by the guy who plays Jasper in Twilight. In the cartoon he's clumsy, goofy, yet protective. In the movie, he's pretty much Jasper. He has a blank face the entire time, he's older than he should be, and he sucks. Aang was a bit chubby for my liking, his acting was also bad, and he made airbending look like a dance from a Miami nightclub. Katara was also bad acting, she looked a mess the entire time and she was a pansy, although in the show she was strong and assertive. Zuko's hair was not the way it was supposed to be, his burn was pretty much not visible, but his acting was good. Uncle Iroh was skinny, why?! Cuz Shyamalan is a freakin idiot. The actor did a good job with the wisdom portrayal but he couldn't capture everything the fat Uncle Iroh did in the show. Fire Lord Ozai didn't have the long hair or chin hair he was supposed to have, and he didn't seem as truly evil as the cartoon one did. Avatar Roku wasn't an Avatar at all, but instead he was a dragon and is never referred to as Avatar Roku. The earth village people were also poor actors, and I don't know what more to say about them besides the choreographed bending was just ridiculous.
The racism factor. I don't wanna call Shyamalan a racist. The show was about the series of nations separated by ability coming together to live in peace. I can understand him separating the nations into races as well. What I don't understand is why all the good guys with any lines are white. The entire water nation seems to be of Eskimo descent, but Sokka, Katara, their Grandma and the teacher were all pure white, because they have lines in the movie.
I've never truly hated a movie. I've disliked them, I've critiqued them, I've been annoyed and bored. But this movie, I hated for crushing one of the best cartoons ever. I've realized that nightmares are really just dreams directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Don't waste your time or money. Push Nickelodeon for a reboot immediately.
- The actors were pretty good, though I think the main girl would have been better off as the blonde (Ruby from Supernatural) but that's okay.
- They kept a lot of the same things, same kills, the boiler room, the body bag, all that stuff was still there. I appreciated the loyalty to the original.
- There was a decent amount of jumps for a movie that really isn't meant to "scare you out your seat" but rather "scare you out your bed."
- The necessary explosion scene could not have been done better, thank you Mr. Bay.
- I was a little unhappy about the new Freddy back story, more so out of a loyal fans perspective. They made it one of those "vengeful killer" movies as opposed to the original "deranged, kill you cuz I want to" movie. but it did it's job.
-My biggest disappointment in this movie was the fact that Freddy wasn't that scary..
- The make-up wasn't like the original where he looked like this scary mother-f, in this he just looked like a burned man with down syndrome.
- Also, the original Freddy was witty and crude, this one wasn't really. He wasn't funny in his demented way, they had a few lines but not as many as I would've liked.
- The last thing about Freddy was how often they showed his face in this!! They never kept his face in the dark, it was always there in the open... WHY?! From the first time they show him, you see his face..
- OH... and I wanted to here my song more often!! "One, two, Freddy's coming for you..." Why was it not played more often?!
But in the end, Freddy wasn't that big of a problem. He was acted out well, and the movie was very well done. Go see it!!!
OH, and the story, not even all that predictable.. and I should know, I guessed the end of the first two Saw movies.
True, it had a bit much nudity for my taste, but still, it never took away from the movie. Nobody was ever naked for the sake of being naked. Watch it!! It's not like the garbage thats over hyped now a days.