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The Contract

By Michael Flanakin @ 6:57 PM :: 2505 Views :: Action / Advneture, Thriller, Crime :: Digg it!

The ContractJohn Cusack isn't really an actor I associate with action movies, but he did a good job in The Contract. Of course, his character wasn't really intended to be your typical hero; he was supposed to be an average Joe. I thought the back-story about the father/son bonding trip to the woods was a nice touch, albeit a tad cheesy. Either way, the movie was better than I expected. Well, to tell the truth, I didn't expect much of anything. As I kind of hinted at, this one isn't overly action-oriented, so I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mild action movie. My only complaint was the personable nature of the hitman. Not that I'm saying a hitman has to be cold-hearted, but it just seems contradictory. At the same time, I liked the fact that he was that way, so maybe that's not really a complaint, but just something unexpected I had to get past.

The Kingdom

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:26 PM :: 2748 Views :: Action / Advneture, Drama, Thriller :: Digg it!
The Kingdom did a very nice job of showing both sides of what seems to be a never-ending conflict. Of course, there's no telling what life is really like in the Middle East without actually being there. I don't believe the sensationalist media and movies are no different, but let that not take away from their entertainment value. As I insinuated, most of these types of movies are one-sided, so this one was quite refreshing. Beyond that, it was a relatively good story with good action sequences. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes any of the action movies of late.

Shoot 'Em Up

By Michael Flanakin @ 6:22 PM :: 1011 Views :: Action / Advneture, Comedy, Thriller :: Digg it!

I expected Shoot 'Em Up Mobile-ready link to be a somewhat stupid... well, shoot 'em up movie, like Smokin' Aces Mobile-ready link. I never thought it was going to be as funny as it was. This was a total man's movie. Think sex, violence, and... wait, that's about it. The whole time, I kept thinking about Crank Mobile-ready link. Both of these movies were very similar. There is one thing Shoot 'Em Up had that Crank didn't: the questionably perfect mix of sex and violence. I won't say any more, tho. You'll just have to see it for yourself. Of course, you'll definitely be rolling your eyes throughout the movie. You might expect this with some of the action movies of late. Nothing too over-the-top, tho, so it's still enjoyable. As a matter of fact, this one's better than Crank. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good action movie. The comedy just makes it even better.

If you liked Shoot 'Em Up, I'd recommend Crank.

The Immortal

By Michael Flanakin @ 8:51 PM :: 1028 Views :: Action / Advneture, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Television :: Digg it!

The Immortal Mobile-ready link is what you get when you mix a little Highlander Mobile-ready link with a cheap vampire movie and throw in a dash of "what the hell?" Of course, we can't forget the crappy acting. The whole time I was trying to figure out what the point was. I originally got the movie and kept thinking about how it seemed so much like a TV series. Low and behold, it was. Apparently, the movie is just the first two episodes. The rest of the series held true to the cheap, Highlander rip-off impression I initially got. Unless you're a die-hard Lorenzo Lamas fan or just a sucker for pain, you might as well stay away from this one. It's not absolutely horrible, but I wouldn't call it good by any means. If you're bored and it's just sitting there, watch the movie. Like I said, the rest of the series is pretty much the same, so you'll get the gist of what you're "missing."


By Michael Flanakin @ 11:37 PM :: 985 Views :: Action / Advneture, Drama, Foreign :: Digg it!
I didn't expect much from Apocalypto Mobile-ready link. Honestly, I was thinking I'd get annoyed by the movie and not feel like reading it. I was surprised when that didn't happen and, in fact, I felt somewhat drawn to it. The movie was full of action and had a somewhat compelling story behind it. I thought the last scene was funny, in an odd way. The whole movie was supposed to be about the decline of the Mayan civilization, but the last scene was the only one that really brought this home, in my mind. Of course, what I thought was funny was that curiosity got the best of the two men on the beach. I saw this as an omen of things to come. I could see a continuance to this, but doubt it'd happen. Nonetheless, I'd be interested in it.

Bourne Ultimatum

By Michael Flanakin @ 10:39 AM :: 1022 Views :: Action / Advneture, Drama, Thriller :: Digg it!

Bourne Ultimatum Mobile-ready link was a good finale to the Bourne series (Identity Mobile-ready link, Surpremacy Mobile-ready link). This one definitely kept up with the fast-paced nature of the previous two and perhaps even stepped it up a notch. I will say Live Free or Die Hard Mobile-ready link still topped it as far as action is concerned, tho. Of course, some of this was perhaps more believable than Die Hard. There were a few parts of the movie I felt like weren't detailed enough. There seemed to be a moment between Jason and Nicky where Nicky knew something, but was holding back. I wanted to know what that was about. I was almost expecting her to bring up some relationship the two had. Then again, I imagine that would've come up in the previous movie if there was one. The only complaint I had about this one was the camera work. Just like Transformers Mobile-ready link, the camera work in Bourne Ultimatum was very shaky. This was very hard to follow some of the close-quarters action sequences. I hope Hollywood gets over this style soon. I'm not holding my breath, tho.


By Michael Flanakin @ 9:26 PM :: 2052 Views :: Action / Advneture, Sci-fi / Fantasy :: Digg it!

I definitely enjoyed Transformers Mobile-ready link. I'm guessing a lot of the negativity about the movie probably comes from people expecting a lot out of it. Perhaps this is why I wasn't disappointed; I didn't expect much at all. I was annoyed at some of the pot shots they took at the government; I just thought it was fairly tasteless. There was a lot of product placement, but I wasn't worried much about that. I did leave the theater wanting a Chevy, tho. Talk about product placement, that was a very smart move for Chevy. To bring it back to the movie, I might add that the camera work was a bit too shaky for me. This is pretty much the same as in The Shield Mobile-ready link, which I find annoying. This has been getting more and more popular for some reason, but I have no idea why. Actioin movies are not the right place to do this type of camera work. I'm assuming they want you to feel like you're more involved, but it's just hard to follow what's going on. I also didn't like how overly complicated the transformers looked and the transformations were.

Batman Beyond

By Michael Flanakin @ 7:39 AM :: 905 Views :: Action / Advneture, Anime / Animation, Television, Crime :: Digg it!
For any Batman fans out there, Batman Beyond Mobile-ready link is a must see. The series didn't last too long and it comes with the typical children's cartoon twist, of course; but it's enjoyable nonetheless. As usual, I liked the comments that referred back to the old Batman -- kind of like the bits thrown into Smallville. I guess my only real complaint is with the villains. This isn't new with Batman and, arguably DC Comics as a whole, but there seems to be a lack of creativity when it comes to villains. All too often, you saw the same villains back again doing the same thing. Not that I expected a new villain every episode, but I guess I would've liked something more. Of course, this is a children's cartoon, so perhaps I'm looking for too much. That also comes into play when you consider the fact that there is very little that ties one episode to another. There are a few things that carry over, but not enough to make you want to come back to see what happens. This is where series really get their hooks into viewers, but cartoons rarely, if ever capitalize on.

Live Free or Die Hard

By Michael Flanakin @ 2:37 PM :: 1878 Views :: Action / Advneture, Thriller, Crime :: Digg it!
If you're a Die Hard Mobile-ready link (2 Mobile-ready link, 3 Mobile-ready link) fan, Live Free or Die Hard Mobile-ready link is definitely something you should make a point to see. Hell, if you like action movies, you need to see it. This is the most action-packed movie I've ever seen. Sure, there were moments you wanted to roll your eyes at impossibilities, but I guess I've learned to live with that. If you've seen Transporter 2, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I wanted so much to hate Justin Long's Mobile-ready link character, but I couldn't. It was also nice to see Kevin Smith Mobile-ready link in the movie. He always plays interesting characters. Bottom line is, if you haven't seen this one, see it.

Deja Vu

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:28 PM :: 938 Views :: Action / Advneture, Drama, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Thriller :: Digg it!

I almost didn't watch Deja Vu Mobile-ready link because I thought I'd already seen it. Is it just me or are Denzel Washington's Mobile-ready link movies starting to run together? You're pretty hard-pressed to find two that don't have similar concepts. Anyway, I'm glad I watched the movie because it was quite interesting. The concept was that the government is funding a project that allows them to see what happened four days ago, if I remember correctly. I don't want to dig into it any more than that, tho, because it might give away some hints I feel like are nice surprises. Let me just say that there's a bit of a scifi twist in this one that I didn't expect. If you've avoided this one because of Denzel's past movies, but typically like scifi, I'd say give this one a chance.

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