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The Following (2013)
Going down really fast...
I tried and really WANTED to like this show. Kevin Bacon is a fantastic actor. The premise of the show seemed really great, the first episode was good and engaging but by episode 3 it unfortunately all fell apart. First and most of all the storyline is just waaaay too far fetched and unconvincing. Many characters seem just plain stupid (Jordy - if he is such a devoted follower WHY on Earth would he speak and give away important info to the FBI right before killing himself in the hospital bed?!? This might make sense if he was seeking redemption but he wasn't at all. Just because they promised him he would see his God/Leader again?! You gotta be kidding me... and this is unfortunately just one of many completely idiotic points in the whole story so far), zero depth, no believable background AT ALL. Some action sequences - even though they are not crucial in this sort of show - are so ridiculous the whole thing becomes just a painful experience to sit through. With many other shows on TV this will be quickly forgotten and frankly - that is exactly what it deserves. 3 stars go to whoever convinced KB to be on this in the first place, haha!
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
The simple truth is... big let down... sorry!
Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of the Halo series. I started playing the games with the original Halo on PC years ago. When I heard about this movie and saw it had good reviews on iTunes I got really excited. I purchased it right away... well, having watched it I now wish I rented it first. I REALLY wanted to like it but the first 50 minutes were nothing but an extremely boring blah blah talk that led nowhere and were just a failed attempt to give the characters more depth and dimension. It might have worked if the actors were a bit better but their performances were sub-par at most. The best part of the movie is the Master Chief and the little bit of action with two Covenant creatures. Unfortunately it comes so very late (the war games in the beginning are a miserable joke..) in the movie that by the time it begins you've already rated the whole thing and you've been fast forwarding just to see if anything else is coming. Hard core gamer, movie person or anybody else - if you watch this be warned - everything before time index 00:50:00 is a serious waste of your time.
Whatever all the reviewers that gave this raves been smoking - it must have been pretty strong!