John 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.
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.
I expected Shoot 'Em Up to be a somewhat stupid... well, shoot 'em up movie, like Smokin' Aces . 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 . 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 is what you get when you mix a little Highlander 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."
I didn't expect much from Apocalypto
. 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.
I definitely enjoyed Transformers . 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 , 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.
For any Batman fans out there, Batman Beyond
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.
If you're a Die Hard
) fan, Live Free or Die Hard
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
character, but I couldn't. It was also nice to see Kevin Smith
in the movie. He always plays interesting characters. Bottom line is, if you haven't seen this one, see it.
I almost didn't watch Deja Vu because I thought I'd already seen it. Is it just me or are Denzel Washington's 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.