Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Movie reviews

It's been awhile since there were movie reviews on this blog, so here are a few.

Book of Eli: Nothing special. Denzel's performance was decent, Gary Oldman was very good (he should only play bad guys) and Mila Kunis was hot, but provided nothing but eye candy. As for the plot, meh. A lot of walking and the director could have gone with less time looking at wasteland. The twist at the end was surprising, but also thought it was kinda stupid.

Grade: C

Shutter Island: The acting was very good. When did Leo DiCaprio become one of the top actors in the business? If he's in a movie nowadays, chances are it's very good. He and Mark Ruffalo had excellent chemistry, the plot is good and the end is solid. Usually I'm not a big fan of seeing thinking movies in theaters, but the pacing and acting keep your attention for the majority of the film. It won't win any Oscars, but you'll be entertained.

Grade: B+

Legion: The idea behind this movie was so promising, but it just didn't deliver. God turning his back on humanity and sending angels to kill us is original. However, we're never told what's so special about this one woman's baby that makes the child the savior. The mother is a bad person. She got knocked up and smokes while pregnant, and there are no redeeming qualities in her. Also, the action consists of survivors just shooting humans possessed by angels, who happen to be slowly walking toward the diner where the survivors are holed up. If some effort was put in to developing characters and more plot, it would have been cool. Instead it was just a waste of time.

Grade: D

The Road: Like Book of Eli, The Road takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where a man and his son try to get to the coast because their northeast home is too cold. Unlike Book of Eli though, The Road makes you think about what you would do in that situation. How would you deal with not knowing when the next time you will eat? Would you wake up every morning wondering if you should kill yourself and be done with it? The little kid gets annoying at times, but that's usually what happens with child actors.

Grade: B

Brooklyn's Finest: For some reason I didn't think this would be quite as bloody as it was. There is a lot of shooting and a lot of dead people. It follows three cops' unrelated stories and their struggles. The acting was solid (Wesley Snipes is back bitches!) the plots are pretty good, but it relies too much on shoot outs and gore. Also, Richard Gere falls in love with a prostitute... again. And once again, that prostitute is way better looking than a prostitute should be. I feel like it gives people the wrong impression about hookers. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie, but the end was kinda lazy.

Grade: B-

Valentine's Day: Imagine Love Actually. Now imagine if Love Actually sucked and was trust a cheap rip off of a good successful movie that was more focused on Christmas. That's what Valentine's Day was. I laughed a few time, but for the most part it was terrible.

Grade: F

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