After watching the GI Joe movie, I totally disagree with the critics that GI Joe got a D+ rating. It should have been given at least a B. The action was crazy and always non stop. There was good humor involved in the movie without making it cheesy and the action flowed a lot better than the new Transformers. Transformers had action where you wondered when it was going to stop because it was too long. GI Joe had great lengths of action and it always kept you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. For anyone out there who thinks that there was no plot, you should have wakened up when the movie started. The nano missiles were going to tear apart the world when it comes into contact with anything, bottom line. The GI Joe’s were trying to save the world from the missiles getting into the wrong hands and trying to prevent them from being used. Wow, was that so hard to understand? Maybe you don’t know what a plot is. I’ll help you out with Dictionary.com. They state that a plot is, “a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, esp. a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.” That’s crazy, it sounds JUST LIKE the movie and it’s the number one definition on Dictionary.com. I rest my case.
GI Joe was easy enough to follow along, yet the action kept coming and making you wonder what’s next in a good way. I remember a scene where there was a car chase and then all of a sudden they drop mines and BOOM, there goes the enemy car that was following them. That was crazy because of the high tech weapons that they used and you definitely didn’t expect it. The acting could have been better, but that’s not exactly what people are looking for in an action-packed film with all this high-tech weapons and vehicles.
District 9” is one of the most original films I’ve seen in years. Original doesn’t always equal good (see “Southland Tales” for a perfect example), but in this case, it equals excellent. “District 9” is inventive, action-packed, relentless, beautiful, and thought-provoking.
Director Neill Blomkamp, whose resume mostly includes music videos, was originally the director chosen for “Halo”. Work was well underway with that movie when an inter-studio squabble caused the rug to be pulled out from under him. Peter Jackson (who was producing “Halo”) and his partner and collaborator Fran Walsh convinced the depressed director to push on, do his own thing, and show Hollywood what they missed out on. Boy, did he ever.
“District 9” is beautiful to watch, even as the camera pans over desolate, trash-strewn slums. For an action film, it’s always remarkably bright; not much in the movie ever really happens at night. In a way, that makes it more realistic, and decidedly non-Hollywood. Because in your standard
The movie picks up 28 years after the aliens have come to our planet. They didn’t mean to come to earth, their ship simply ran out of gas, right above
Finally, it’s decided to oust the growing alien population from District 9, and relocate them farther away from “Jo-burg”. The task to evict the aliens falls to Multi-National United, a company contracted by the government, and given the dubious honor of heading this job is Wikus Van De Merwe (Sharlto Copley). Wikus seems like a good guy; he’s married to a beautiful wife, and he’s the son-in-law of one of the heads on MNU, so this is his chance to prove himself to his father-in-law (who seems to regard his son-in-law as lacking a spine). Wikus, is funny, talkative, easy-going, and likable. However, his attitude towards the aliens is the same as everyone else’s. He treats them with complete distain, and shows them no more respect than he would a flea. The movie really puts him through his paces, after he comes into contact with a mysterious substance inside one of the alien’s shacks that changes his life for good. Then we see the real Wikus come out. Is that good or bad? I won’t spoil it, but chances are he’ll surprise you (for better or worse) more than once.
It should be noted that Copley is a director and producer. Prior to this, he had only acted in exactly one movie. Blomkamp, his friend, talked him into playing Wikus. I mention this because it makes his performance all the more remarkable, because it is nothing short of stellar. Copley has a natural gift for acting, and he also improvised the majority of his dialogue, which makes his performance that much more believable.
The first half of the movie is shot in an almost documentary-style, where scenes switch between news broadcasts, interviews, and a camera crew following Wikus as he attempts to evict the aliens. Don’t let that scare you. Blomkamp edits it all so perfectly that the pace of the movie never flags, and it never strays off course. It actually serves up the remainder of the movie. Some people are spoken about in past tense, but you’re never sure exactly what happens to them. As one interviewee ominously intones “I just want everyone watching right now to learn from what has happened.” But what happened? You don’t know. Not yet.
The second half strays from this set-up and is presented more straight-forward, as events slowly ramp up and everything comes to its inevitable conclusion.
The special effects in the movie are spectacular, and it blows my mind that a movie this first-rate was made on a paltry $30 million. Yep, you read that right. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Peter Jackson put his WETA team at Blomkamp’s disposal (the same team responsible for the FX on “The Lord of the Rings” movies and the
The aliens look fantastic. They’re entirely CGI, but they don’t look CGI, except in a couple of quick, rapid moments. Even then, they just look more blurry (as in fast-moving) than anything. Up close, they look like you could reach through the screen and touch them. Something about their look almost bothered me the first time I saw them in the trailers, and I figured out what it is: the aliens look like throwbacks to old, 50s and 60s-era sci-fi movies, with their crustacean appearance, the big eyes, and long antennae. But they look so real that it doesn’t matter. After a while, they grow on you. Plus, they aren’t your standard blood-thirsty or body-snatching aliens; they behave like us. You’ll probably chuckle the first time you see one wearing a basketball jersey and cap (like I did). And since they effectively have a “shell” covering their body, what do they do? Some of them like to graffiti themselves. The alien “star” of the movie, Christopher (of course we give them “human” names…we can’t pronounce theirs) is a great character himself, who only wants to pack up his things, including his kid, and get back home. In many ways, he acts more “human” (or at least “human” as us humans would like to think of ourselves) than virtually anyone else in the movie.
The alien weapons’ effects are also incredible no ray beams or lasers here. They do some cool stuff (in wet, juicy, gory fashion). The “battlesuit” that figures in so prominently towards the end is incomparably awesome. It’s not so much what it looks like, or does, but how it’s presented and depicted.
Obviously, you could draw all the comparisons to apartheid that you want, and Blomkamp (who grew up in
Here some news on the "Resident Evil" series that I came across. It seems that they are already in the very early stages of planning a fourth film which will take place in Japan. Meanwhile, principal Photography will begin on "Afterlife" this fall. "Germany's Constantin Film and its genre production shingle, Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt's Impact Pictures, are ramping up preparations for a Fourth Edition of their successful zombie franchise "Resident Evil" before the third film in the series has even begun shooting.
Constantin head of production Martin Moskowicz said in Cannes that the third film, "Resident Evil: Afterlife," will shift locations to shoot in Australia, with principle photography planned for November or December. "Resident Evil 4" will be set in Tokyo, and Impact/Constantin is looking to shoot the film in Japan. "Afterlife" will be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with mutant zombies. "Afterlife" will play in the Nevada desert with the Aussie outback standing in for the American wasteland. In the final reel, the action will shift to Japan, setting up the fourth edition.
Milla Jovovich is set to reprise her signature role as zombie slayer extraordinaire Alice though no formal deal has been signed yet. Paul W.S. Anderson, who together with partner Bolt will produce "Afterlife" through their Constantin-controlled shingle Impact Pictures, is finishing the script for the third edition. Anderson directed the first "Resident Evil" and penned the sequel "Resident Evil: Apocalypse." THX to Mr. HoRrOr for sending us this scoop!
Now 25, Connor lives "off the grid" - no home, no credit card, no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity. Until, out of the shadow of the future steps, the T-X (Kristanna Loken), Skynet's most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet.
Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her human guise is beautiful. Now Connor's only hope for survival is the Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his mysterious former assassin.
Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day, or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilization as we know it.
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews, Mark Famiglietti, Earl Boen, Moira Harris, Chopper Bernet, Christopher Lawford, Carolyn Hennesy, Jay Acovone, M.C. Gainey, Susan Merson, Elizabeth Morehead, Jimmy Snyder, Billy D. Lucas, Brian Sites, Alana Curry, Larry McCormick, Robert Alonzo, Michael Papajohn, Timothy Dowling, Jon Foster, Mark Hicks, Kim Robillard, Matt Gerald, William OLeary, Rick Zieff, Rebecca Tilney, Chris Hardwick, H Helen Eigenberg, Kiki Gorton, Walter von Huene, Jerry Katell, George A. Sack Jr., Eric Ritter.
What do you really expect from The Final Destination? The first movie, all the way back in 2000 was fun and stupid, the horror equivalent of American Pie. But now its nine years later and there’s a list of sequels nobody likes to talk about as we watch the original on TV syndication for the 11th time.
The first movie was decent because it took a stupid concept (the bad guy is Death), and executed it well with crazy Rube Goldberg-esque kills. But each of the sequels has stuck faithfully to the original stupid concept, while falling farther and farther away from even the meager charm and entertainment value achieved by the original.
As with each Final Destination film, the main characters are a group of teenagers who, by virtue of a sudden and never explained psychic vision, manage to sidestep the gruesome end that Death had planned for them. Now, Death is hot on their trail and the only way to avoid being picked off one-by-one in increasingly unlikely ways is to piece together clues from more unexplained visions.
The Final Destination is now the fourth film and has attempted to bring new life to the franchise with crazy Rube Goldberg-esque kills in 3D and to a certain extent, it works. The 3D effects are extremely well executed and look great giving new punch to what may have otherwise been lackluster maiming. Unfortunately, most of these really great 3D effects take place within the first 20 minutes of the movie, after which point, those 3D effects that remain are significantly less emphasized than their predecessors.
And the crazy Rube Goldberg-esque kills? About half of the deaths in the movie are indeed truly excellent, but that leaves the other half in the category of “vaguely unlikely and distinctly uninspired.” Clearly Death is getting bored with the game.
You, on the other hand, world, clearly are not bored. The Final Destination sat at the top of the
New Line Cinema provided us with a new movie poster for "Rush Hour 3" arriving in theaters on August 10th, 2007. Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Hannibal), and writer Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.
"Rush Hour 3" sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively. This time around, the two must travel to Paris to battle a wing of the Chinese organized crime family, the Triads. "Rush Hour 3" is being produced by Ratner, Jay Stern, and Arthur Sarkissian and executive produced by Roger Birnbaum (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Jon Glickman (The Pacifier).