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Today’s review is all about the film ‘Immortals’. ‘Immortals’ is about Theseus; the mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
This is the first film that has me truly conflicted. I actually have two separate points of view about this movie. So let me sift through the maze and explain this film the best way I know how, so you can decide if you want to see this or not. From the beginning, the action and choreographed fight scenes are amazing. I saw this film in 2D (passed on the 3D), and I absolutely enjoyed all the fight scenes, the tenacity of each character, and the visual elements. Each of these components make this film interesting. And from a male’s prospective (and females who like action like myself), what more could you possibly want. But there’s a downfall; the movie’s storyline is non-existent, the acting is somewhat mediocre, and since this story has been told so many times, there isn’t anything special that separates this from the other films. That’s where the conflict begins for me. There were, however, some interesting elements I’ve never seen in the ‘Demi-god’ films and like I stated, the action is phenomenal; but the storyline and everything in between lacked. This is just one of those films where you either like it (because you already know it won’t give you everything you want, but you’ll take the action) or you don’t. I wouldn’t recommend kids see this film; but, the decision is left up to you.
The acting was so-so. Henry Cavill who plays ‘Theseus‘, did an alright job. I really can’t rate his skills since this is the first film I’ve seen him in. Mickey Rourke who plays ‘King Hyperion‘, didn’t really wow me. His performance definitely could’ve been better. Freida Pinto’s character ‘Phaedra‘, was a very nice addition to this story and she acted alright. Luke Evans who plays ‘Zeus’ acted nicely; Stephen Dorff who plays ‘Stavros’ acted alright; and John Hurt who plays ‘Old Man’ acted nicely as well.
Again, for me, this was a hard film to rate. For the horrible storyline I would give this movie a 5 ½ out of 10. But for this films action scenes and visual graphics, I’d give it a 7 out of 10. I rated the film this way because everyone has to decide what’s important. If action is more important to you, then this would be a great movie to see. If the storyline is more important, then don’t even bother. If both factors are important, then the rating would be between 5 ½ and a 7. As for me, I’m still conflicted about this film..
It’s movie time.. and I got to see the film, “Tower Heist”. ‘Tower Heist’ is about a group of hard workers, finding out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, and conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
Let me start off by saying, I loved this film! And what surprised me the most was Eddie Murphy ‘s comedic performance. I’ve come to love him in movies like’48 Hours’ & ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ and finally (after many horrible films) he’s funny and interesting to watch again. To say I didn’t know what to expect from this film is an understatement; Eddie Murphy nor Ben Stiller’s movies have been the best lately, and director Brett Ratner hasn’t made anything funny since the “Rush Hour” film series. But I have to admit, this film was definitely entertaining and worth 104 minutes of my time. Let’s start with the films storyline shall we; the storyline was better than expected and will definitely have you trying to figure out what will and can happen next. Comedy was also prevalent throughout the film, from multiple cast members, which made each scene funnier than the next. I laughed till I wanted to cry and retained a huge smile on my face until the end. After the film was over, I couldn’t help but to think of Bernie Madoff ‘s infamous Ponzi scheme and how it related to the movie; if film could become reality, I think each investor would’ve been left smiling. Because of some of the language, I wouldn’t recommend smaller children viewing this film; teenagers.. maybe, but you are the parent.. you decide.
The acting was brilliant! Ben Stiller who plays “Josh Kovacs” did a wonderful job with his character. I loved seeing him in this movie. Eddie Murphy who plays “Slide”, was also brilliant in this film; I hope he continues to pick these types of films. All of these actors/actresses I name below all acted beautifully and deserve an award for best supporting cast: Casey Affleck plays “Charlie“, Alan Alda plays “Arthur Shaw“, Matthew Broderick plays “Mr. Fitzhugh“, Stephen Henderson plays “Lester“, Téa Leoni plays “Special Agent Claire Denham“, Michael Peña plays “Enrique Dev’Reaux“, Gabourey Sidibe plays “Odessa“.
If you had any doubts about this movie.. ignore them. This film is worth a theater ticket, worth the time to see it On Demand, and worth the money to buy the DVD. Whenever I can see Matthew Broderick curse like he’s been to prison.. then it’s a great entertainment film (laughs). Some reviewers, to me, expected Oscar performances; this was a comedic movie. And if I had to grade this based on the facts of what I saw (and not what I wanted to see).. then I give this a 9 out of 10.
I surprised myself this weekend and saw the movie “Footloose”. Well I did love the original so I gave this a chance. “Footloose” is about a city kid who moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the town.
This review will be one of my shortest reviews to date. For me, there is no need to go into depth about the movie’s storyline, no need to write about if the action was realistic, or even discuss if the plot was interesting. To put it bluntly, this movie was an ode to the first Footloose… filmed in modern-day. I think most people expected this movie to be different in some sort of way; I had a feeling this film would have the same storyline but hoped it wouldn’t deviate from the original. To my surprise it didn’t and I was instantly brought back to the 80’s.. where Cyndi Lauper just wanted to have fun, power ballets were the group Journey’s specialty, and Deniece Williams sang ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boy’. I was born in the 80’s, so hearing this music brought back memories. This film, to me, is for the younger generation who maybe didn’t see the original Footloose.. but would get a chance to hear and enjoy the music their mom and dad listened to. Would I recommend you spend money to see this? Well I don’t know. I didn’t think people would actually take their kids to see ‘The Lion King’ in theaters (after it’s been out for years and you can just buy the darn DVD), but they did. So if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to entertained (like most 80’s movies did), then why not. I recommend waiting till this comes out on DVD, dance in your own home to the music, and have fun with your kids.
To me, the acting really can’t be judged to harshly because it was an exact remake; but the break out star, for this film, has got to be Miles Teller who plays ‘Willard’. When they say someone can take a small role and make it better.. they were right. Kenny Wormald, who reprises Kevin Bacon’s role, was not a great cast in my opinion; Kevin was better. Overall, don’t expect anything too serious from this film. This is after all an 80’s remake; and 80’s movies were all about entertainment. I give this movie a 6 out of 10. Miles Teller acted nicely, I like how it was modernized, and it brought back the 80’s for just a little while.
I surprised myself this weekend and watched the movie “Real Steel”. “Real Steel” is set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, and a struggling promoter feels he’s found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.
When I first saw the trailer for this film, I thought to myself “Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em bots? What are they going to think of next to sell movie tickets.” If I would have listened to myself at the time, I wouldn’t have given this movie a chance. This film isn’t as action-packed as I thought it was going to be; but this movie’s storyline definitely has a way of grabbing your attention and keeping it by playing on the emotion of Hope. Hope for Hugh Jackman’s character and Hope for his son played by Dakota Goyo. The chemistry between the veteran and the young actor was nice to watch. The robot matches weren’t bad to watch either; I felt like I was watching a WWE match-up in futuristic form (Hey, you never know). At some point during the film, my mind was shouting, “Come on Atom, kick some butt”. Yes, I wanted to get out of my chair and cheer on a movie robot; and I must admit I loved every minute of it. However, there were times when some scenes dragged along, and some futuristic tones weren’t as futuristic to me, but overall it wasn’t as bad as I originally thought it would be. This film is kid friendly, but I’m not too sure some younger viewers will understand the movie. They will probably get a kick out of the robots though.
The acting was surprisingly good. Hugh Jackman who played “Charlie Kenton”, did a good job in his role. I really like to see him act.. and he definitely gives a great performance. Dakota Goyo who plays “Max Kenton”, also acted nicely. For a child actor, he’s really good.. I’ll be watching his career. Evangeline Lilly who played “Bailey Tallet”, was a nice love interest for Hugh; she acted well. Anthony Mackie who plays “Finn” and Kevin Durand who plays “Ricky” also did a good job in their roles.
According to my best friend, this movie was a modern-day “Over The Top” (a film that starred Sylvester Stallone back in 1987). And I would have to say, that statement is somewhat correct. This film was surprisingly nice to watch. Even though robots’ fighting isn’t as futuristic, I still enjoyed this film. I give this movie a 7 out of 10. I know you’re wondering if Hugh was shirtless ladies.. and the answer is yes. So you might want to see this with your significant other.
I was fortunate enough to see two movies this weekend, and one of them was “The Ides of March”. “The Ides of March” is about an idealistic staffer, for a newbie presidential candidate, who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail (Based on the play by Beau Willimon).
Going into this movie, I will admit, I had some expectations. Who wouldn’t? The film was directed, co-written, and co-produced by George Clooney; so I was looking forward to a dramatic film, with a great storyline. I don’t believe that’s what I watched. Actually, at the end of this film, I was in disbelief about what I actually watched. For the first 40 minutes of the movie, I was slightly bored to death. It was worse than watching paint dry, and I desperately wanted a climax to happen just so the film could be more interesting. Finally, my wishes were answered. Once the climax happened, I waited for all the background information that I watched to pay off. But unfortunately for me, it didn’t. I LOVE dramatic films, but for some reason, this movie couldn’t pull me in and make me love it. I’m not going to bore you by telling you how different this film is from every other political film or tell you if this movie was too liberal; I’m just going to be honest.. with no filler (which most movie-goers want). The storyline lacked, the characters were colorful and somewhat interesting, and the film went from low, to high, to a dramatic end that was somewhat predictable to me. Now as always, just because I like/dislike a film, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see it. But in my own opinion, I would wait for this to come out on DVD. To me, this film is too advanced for kids, but again you’re the parent.
Ryan Gosling who plays ‘Stephen Myers’ acted nicely; Of course I expected a lot more but he did an okay job. George Clooney who plays ‘Governor Mike Morris’, was his normal charismatic self, and acted well. Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays ‘Paul Zara’ acted well in this film also. Paul Giamatti who plays ‘Tom Duffy’, Evan Rachel Wood who plays ‘Molly Stearns’, Marisa Tomei who plays ‘Ida Horowicz’, and Jeffrey Wright who plays ‘Senator Thompson’ all acted well. This really was a nice cast.
Right now, I’m truly conflicted about giving this film a 6, but I think I will. The characters were interesting, the actors did a nice job, and the climax was interesting (maybe because I was bored half of the time). But the storyline itself just needed something more. So based on some of the good things I saw, I will give this movie an un-solid 6 out of 10. George Clooney is nice eye candy ladies, but don’t expect to see a lot of him.