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Delightfully absurd and charming.
15 September 2015
Warning: Spoilers
This is something as odd as a feel good movie that takes place during the final stages of world war II. A merry gang of disillusioned and wary soldiers led by Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas learns about a large deposit of gold hidden behind enemy lines. After joining up with a slightly unhinged tank commander played beautifully by Donald Sutherland they decide to go after the gold rather than serving as cannon fodder for the official cause.

The movie is quite absurd at times and takes many liberties with reality, but it's so charming and up beat that you swallow it all, grenades, hook, lion and sinker. The characters are both bad ass and human at the same time and much easier to identify with than the stereotypical action heroes.

Give this one a chance and you will not regret it!
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Entertainment :)
1 February 2015
This movie is supposed to be entertaining, and because it succeeded in that regard as far as I am concerned, it's a very good movie.

This is the kind of movie you should watch with a glass of beer in your hand. Enjoy the story for what it is and drink your beer. If you approach this movie with an analytic mind, you're probably not going to enjoy it. The plot's got more holes in it than a Swiss cheese and it shouldn't be treated as a deep, psychological study of the human mind.

Who the heck has the patience for that?

Just enjoy it on a basic, emotional level and I'm sure you'll have a good time.

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Straw Dogs (2011)
Solid enough thriller
1 April 2013
Went in with low expectations, considering all the negative reviews, but was relatively pleasantly surprised by the movie as a whole. Short summary: Man and wife (Played by Marsden and Bosworth) return to her hometown. It's very different from their former home so it's a little foreign to them. They are greeted by the wife's former boyfriend (Skarsgård)who, while pleasant enough a first, turns out to be a bit of a creep. The drama between these three characters, and the complications around them, is the center of the movie.

The characters are simple, the husband's quite successful screenwriter who doesn't really fit in the smaller society, and the wife has a hard time recognizing her old home. The boyfriend is the local hero who is respected by all and feared by some.

The acting is uneven, Bosworth is rather flat in her performance and in spite of the things that happen to her character it's hard to worry about her. Marsden and Skarsgård are much better. Marsden shows both big city attitude and uncertainty towards the foreign territory and his development over the movie feels quite genuine. Skarsgård goes from being charming to ominous to flat out terrifying with no problem and having met people like that he certainly made an impression on me.

Overall the movie is forgettable but decent. Not planning to watch again but it wasn't a complete waste of time either.
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