24 is a much better series in that category. It keeps at the edge of the chair the whole time. This one just makes you want to scream DO IT ALREADY.
I like the portrait of the military family. It makes me understand more what the military families are going through, appreciate more the sacrifice. It is very painful when their loved ones can't go home. It is also painful when their loved ones DO come home but with a broken soul. At the end of the day, war is BAD for everybody involved, even the ones that win the war and come back home as heroes.
Other than that, it is a boring series.
What's the point of this movie? What's the merit of watching such an unbelievably twisted family? What is the enjoyment I will get as an audience? Am I supposed to feel better about myself because my family is normal? Am I supposed to feel sympathetic to the characters that I can NOT relate to at all? How am I entertained?
I am very surprised to see such a high rating on this movie. Maybe there is something I am missing. I don't get it at all.
I learned to play accordion when I was little and learned piano by myself when I was in graduate school. Although I am a scientist, music has always been a part of my life. It has given me joy, comfort, power and peace when I was in the ups and (especially) downs in my life. I understand how powerful music can be.
This movie is about how music can save a person when he is in the deepest hole you can imagine in life. Jamie Foxx is marvelous in this movie. I've never really liked him before I watched this movie. His music background certainly helped. My only small complaint is that when he is playing with the orchestra, you actually can tell he is not really playing. His arm motion and body expression is certainly out of place when compared with other cello players. But when he is playing violin or cello by himself, it is very believable. You would think it is really him playing what you hear from the soundtrack.
The biggest lesson I learned from this movie: every homeless people has his/her own story. You will feel compassion and sympathy if you actually take the time to listen to their story.
Taken 2 is not as intense, but still entertaining.
There are many holes in this movie. I'll just point out a simple physics one.
Speed of sound in air is 343 m/s. So if he hears the explosion 4 seconds later, it means he is 1372 meters away. If he is 4.5 kilometer away (as in the movie), he should hear the explosion 13 seconds later.
This is simple high school physics.
They seriously should have hired a science consultant.
The fist fight scene is a little disappointing too. Hong Kong movies always have superb fight scenes. So they should have hired a stunt coordinator from Hong Kong.
The CGI is pretty good. The storyline is pretty good, too.
The story line is the WORST. I don't know how it can see the light of production. There are so many holes in the plot. There is no logic at all. First of all, when you make a wire transfer, it takes TIME for the money to actually transferring to the account. Second, if they just try to threaten her with her boyfriend's life into wiring them money, why do they have to do it in a hospital, where there are MANY potential witnesses. They could have just kidnapped him from their home. There are many others. I am just tired to point all them out.
The acting is terrible. The first second, she was pointing a gun at somebody, like a pro. The next second, she was gasping in shock, like a little school girl.