Posts Tagged ‘review

27
May
09

Outlander – Movie Review (Blu-Ray)

When i first saw the trailer for this film i thought to myself, “this is a must see”. I awaited its arrival in theaters only to find that it was in limited release and not playing in my area. Yesterday Outlander finally made its way on to DVD and Blu-Ray (in Canada) and it was worth the wait.

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This is NOT the “BEST. MOVIE. EVER.” claimed Tom Long, Detroit News. But it could be one of the best B Movies ever. There is a reason why this movie didn’t make it to the main stream is because it has that strong B movie feel to it… And that is due to the uneven directing. At time this movie looks amazing and others it seems very cheesy. If this had been put in better hands this might have been able to reach Blockbuster status.

The characters are decent enough to care about and the story is actually very fun. The first half of the movie is kinda hard to get into but the last hour is solid. One reason why i liked this film is that its something original. Who would have ever thought to combine Vikings and Aliens? Surprisingly it works very well together. The Alien takes on more of a “dragon” role, or “beast” they have to defeat. So putting this concept together isn’t that absurd.

outlanderI have always found Jim Caviezel the type of actor that is very enjoyable to watch. He is easy to connect to in almost every film he does. As an action hero he does a decent job and i would be happy to see him in more roles like this. The creature that he fights is also very cool. They spent a lot of time making the Alien look good visually and i really appreciate that. Often in movies like this the computer animation sucks and really takes you out of the film, This is not the case here.

In the end. Outlander is a cool film despite its average directing. It looks good a lot of the time. If you have an open mind towards this film, you will enjoy the ride.


Overall Rating: 7.5/10

If you liked Outlander, check out Brotherhood of the Wolf.

[The Blu-Ray DVD Packaging in Canada shows that there are no Special Features, That is not true. The box is wrong. There are tons of Deleted Scenes and other features for you to enjoy]

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26
May
09

Terminator Salvation – Movie Review

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I went into this movie hearing that it sucked and wasn’t very good. Dont listen to those reviews! T4 is a fantastic action flick. It is packed to the brim with explosions and well put together action sequences. I will start off by saying that its not better then T2. But in my opinion, its next on the list.

The Story may not be the most complex in the world and the surprise twist you can see coming a mile away (not to mention it was shown in the trailers). But this is a pure popcorn movie. It is fun and just screams “Awesome”.

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Christian Bale brings his raw intensity that he brings to most roles he plays. He is the best John Connor in any of the films. But the odd thing is, he doesn’t play the main character in the movie. That part goes to Sam Worthington playing Marcus Wright. He steals every scene he is in and its easy to see why he gets more screen time. Anton Yelchin plays a young Kyle Reese. This role suits him much better then his one in Star Trek. (Of coarse he doesn’t have a stupid accent which helps.)

This is by far the most exciting Terminator cause the action doesn’t stop. It would have been nice to have a little more time with the characters to get to know and care about them. I think they were banking on people already knowing who some of these characters are so they didn’t have to worry about that.

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The Good
– Sam Worthington proves why he is going to be one of Hollywood’s newest stars.
– Balls to the Walls Action
– A very welcome surprise near the end made me very happy

The Bad
– More John Connor and his relationships with the other characters would have been nice.
– Helena Bonham Carter was annoying

Terminator Salvation is action film for action fans. If you are looking for deep story, go see something else cause that ain’t here. But i highly recommend it for a fun time at theater.

Overall Rating: 8.0/10

Surprisingly Night at the Museum 2 beat Terminator at the box office this weekend. It made $70 Mil and T4 only took in $51 Mil for a 5 Day total of $65 Mil. My Predictions were way off.

11
May
09

Star Trek – Movie Review

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The final frontier gets a much needed reboot in one of the best movies of the year.

I am not a big Star Trek fan. The only episodes i ever watched were a few of the Next Generation. I have seen 2 or 3 of the movies and have only caught a couple of the old original series. So i dont know all the characters or story lines, but maybe that is a good thing. I’m not sure how all the “Trekies” will like the movie but from a outsider point of view, this film was fantastic.

Director JJ Abrams (Lost, MI:3) does a brilliant job making Star Trek Enjoyable for all viewers. At a run time of 2:07 mins the movie flies by fast because of its non-stop pacing. It is constantly on the go and never lets up. Which is great. This is probably one of the most entertaining movies i have seen in years.

One of the biggest feuds in geek history is Star Trek vs Star Wars. I myself have always been a Star Wars guy. But i think after this movie, it might turn things around. Its hard to understand why Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars couldn’t have been like this film. George Lucas could really learn a thing or two from JJ. Actually now that i think of it, this Star Trek actually feels somewhat like Empire Strikes Back. You have the Ice Planet which people could compare to Hoth. Future Spock acts kinda like “a Yoda”.

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Speaking of Future Spock (Leonard Nemoy) and the whole Time Travel aspect of the film, It allows for a whole new story to be told. As he and the villainous Nero (Eric Bana) travel through a black hole/worm hole, they change the course of history making anything possible. This does kinda cheat as every story that had been told is now irrelevant. Things are different now. Does this anger the hardcore fans? Personally, i could care less. This is a fresh start now, a clean slate to make many more Trek movies and make them right.

The Good:
– Chris Pine as Kirk. He does an awesome job, comedic or serious he mixes it perfectly. This will surely skyrocket him to stardom. His interaction with McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) was great also.
– The Action Scenes were amazing. Although i dont think explosions work in space because of the lackage of gravity… but they sure do look pretty. And who ever thought John Cho (Sulu) could be a badass?
– Simon Pegg as Scotty. Adds the right amount of comedy at the right time.
– The Directing and Visuals and beautiful. JJ does a great job creating this world and keeping our attention the whole way through.

The Bad:
– Anton Yelchin’s accent. Now i guess the character was suppose to be like that, but it came off as silly and slightly overacted.
– Beastie Boys in Star Trek? Never thought i would hear that. Not sure if this is a Bad thing… Just seems slightly out of place.
– Lens Flare much?
– Would have liked to have had more back story and development of Nero. Eric Bana who is almost unrecognizable in the film does a good job with what he has to work with. Its just hard to understand his motives.

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This is a must see movie for people who like having a good time at the theater. It has Action, Comedy, a little Romance, and a lot of Character.

OVERALL RATING: 9.7/10



Over the weekend Star Trek made 72.5 Million Dollars, my prediction was 71 Million. So far my summer movie predictions have been pretty close.

04
May
09

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Movie Review

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The leak of this movie came out a few weeks ago, but I chose to not view it and wait to see it in the theaters. If you have read my other blog posts about this movie, you know I am a pretty big fan of X-men. So I was really looking forward to this film.

Wolverine takes place before the 3 X-Men films hence the title Origins. Probably one of the biggest disappointments of the movie takes place in the opening credits. Instead of doing a really interesting story about James (aka Logan or Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman) and Victor Creed (aka Sabertooth, played by Liev Schreiber) growing up and living through all the different wars. They skip through it so fast. It was pretty much just a montage for 4 mins. Why not rather do a strong half hour and go into this. Instead they jump into Weapon X story right away which wasn’t even done that great. But the best part of this was Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). The Jokes were fantastic and his action scene was one of the best in the film. Sadly this is really all we get of Wade.

The other Weapon X members I could care less about and i think the writers didn’t like them either. Cause [Spoiler warning] they pretty much kill them off so fast that it didn’t really matter that they were in the film. Blob was dumb cause he had a eating distorter instead of it being his mutant ability. Wraith who is a Nightcrawler rip off didn’t really have much worth. Dominic Monaghan’s character Bolt could have been interesting but is literally “short lived”. Last but not least, Agent Zero was alright, I didn’t hate or like him.

After wolverine leaves the team the film fall into a little bit of a lull. We have his romantic storyline with Silver Fox (Lynn Collins)  which was alright. A fight scene with Wolverine and Victor which wasn’t bad, although i really didn’t like how Sabertooth “ran”. It was Animal like and kinda looked like he floated and never actually touched the ground. Didn’t work for me.

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I thought once Wolverine got his adamantium claws things would get better. But they didn’t. The Claws were done with REALLY BAD computer animation. A scene where wolverine is looking at his claws in the bathroom was laughable (in a bad way). Sloppy effort.

Lets move on to Gambit (Taylor Kitsch). A fan favorite that people have been wanting for a long time. It seemed like the writers knew this and just kinda threw him late in the film. Gambit was really cool and it would have been nice to have more of him. Sadly if there ever was a new current x-men film… Gambit would be about 50 years old cause this takes place in the 70-80’s… So unless we get another origins movie. this might be the last of him.

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Going in, I kinda knew that Deadpool was going to be different. So I prepared myself for that. As i talked about before Wade was awesome. But at the end of the movie where they turn him into Deadpool, it made me sad that this is how they are choosing to make him. Having him have the powers of half a dozen mutants. One including cyclops (who had no business being in this film). The positive to take out of this was the fight scene was pretty cool. The after credits ending that I saw was “Deadpool lives” and made me happy for a spinoff if they ever do one.

The Good:
– They did wolverine’s hair right for once
– Some solid fight scenes (not all, but some)
– Finally got Gambit into a film
– Wade was awesome (Deadpool… not so much)

The Bad:

– WAY too many Mutant cameos
– Blob has an eating distorter…
– A weak uneven story
– Computer animated claws

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Overall, like X-men: The Last Stand, this movie’s biggest downfall was that it had too many mutants. It would have been much better if it focused on just Wolverine and Sabertooth. But it did have some good action scenes so fans of X-men should see it for that and for Ryan Reynolds as Wade.

The film made $87 Million this weekend. which was pretty close to what i predicted it would do. Looks like we might see more X-men after all.

OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10

06
Mar
09

Watchmen – Movie Review

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I believe there are 3 types of people who are going to see Watchmen:
A) Hardcore fans of the graphic novel.
B) People who have read the novel and are fans of super hero movies.
C) People who have not read it but enjoy super hero flicks.

Problem with Watchmen is group A is going to rip the film apart but in the end enjoy it. Group C will like the film for its visuals but might not “get it” or care. Because of all the characters and the complex story line it might be too hard for the casual viewer to watch. I think the people who will like the film the most are group B. I am in group B and i loved watchmen.

I have read the graphic novel and comparing it to the movie i was very impressed. Some of the shots seemed like they were taken straight off the page. Even the dialogue seemed very close to what was written. As a super hero movie fan i thought the film was also unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Its dark. But entertaining and complex. Each character has their own story within the man plot where we are able to get to know them, their back story, and care about what happens to them.

One thing that I was worried about going in was the ending change from the novel to the movie. Group A people may not like it. But i thought it was fine. It worked well and almost made more sense. Where the final outcome of the story wasn’t changed the graphic novel version might have been more shocking. But i think for the group C audience they will like the movie version better.

BEST PART OF THE MOVIE:
Rorschach – He steals the movie. Every time he is on screen are the best moments of the film. He is the the ultimate bad Good guy. Rorschach plays more of a role of a detective in the film rather then a super hero. His negative view on life and the city where he lives is strangely entertaining as we get his thoughts expressed through his journal. He has many layers as you can feel his hatred for everyone around him but yet also he cares so much. Rorschach could hold the movie alone if he had to, but luckily he compliments the characters around him making the film even better.

WORST PART OF THE MOVIE:
The Music – This could have been a near perfect film but the soundtrack was just horrible. I am not talking about the Score of the film (which was actually really good). But the Music choices for certain scenes felt wrong and out of place. I understand they were trying to get the feel of what year we were in, but it was unnecessary. Songs like “I’m your boogie man” by KC & The Sunshine Band seems to get played in every movie set in the 70’s and i am sick of it. And having Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah playing during the sex scene felt uncomfortable and almost humorous. Ending the film with My Chemical Romance was also disappointing. That is not what i want to hear when i am walking out of the theater.

In the end, if you can get past the music and the running time of over 2 and a half hours, You will enjoy Watchmen a great deal. It is visually stunning and well acted. I am looking forward to seeing it again, maybe this time in IMAX.

OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10




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