Dwane Johnson

Theater or Renter: January 2010

Theater or Renter: January 2010 includes 4 SF movies Daybreakers, The Book of Eli, Tooth Fairy, Legion.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Daybreakers:

Release Date:  JANUARY 8th

Listed as:  SF, Vampire

Studio:  Lionsgate

Director:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Produced by:  Chris Brown, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst

Written by:  Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig

Stars:  Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

The Plot / Story: In 2009, a major viral outburst transformed a majority of the world's population into vampires. It is now 2019. With only a handful of humans left to provide blood for the starving population of vampires, extinction is a very real risk for the new dominant species of humanity.  If a vampire doesn't drink blood, then they will transform from having a recognizable human form into a violent, uncontrollable, and bat-like creature of the night.   Now two different factions strive for a solution.  A small factions of surviving humans wish to repopulate the species and a secret team of human and 'cured' researchers try to uncover a way that would rescue the human race. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Book of Eli:

Release Date: JANUARY 15th

Listed as:  post-apocalyptic action film, SF

Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures

Director:  Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Amitabh Bachchan, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes

Written by:  Gary Whitta

Stars:  Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour, and Michael Gambon

The Plot / Story: In post-apocalyptic 2043, a lone hero, Eli, guards the Book of Eli (a Bible which, to his knowledge, is the last Bible in the world), which provides knowledge that could redeem society, and the source of all their pain. The despot of a small makeshift town plans to take possession of the book.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Tooth Fairy:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fairy Tale, SF

Studio:  20th Century Fox

Director:  Michael Lembeck

Produced by:  Jim Piddock, Jason Blum, Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray

Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Brandon T. Jackson, Ryan Sheckler, Stephen Merchant

The Plot / Story: Derek Thompson is "The Tooth Fairy" a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a "real" tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings, and magic wand. At first, Derek "can't handle the tooth"—bumbling and stumbling as he tries to furtively wing his way through strangers' homes...doing what tooth fairies do. But as Derek slowly adapts to his new position, he begins to rediscover his own forgotten dreams.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Legion:

Release Date:  JANUARY 22nd

Listed as:  Fallen Angel, SF

Studio:  Screen Gems

Director:  Scott Stewart

Produced by:  David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Written by:  Peter Schink, Scott Stewart

Stars:  Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid.

The Plot / Story: After God loses faith in humanity, the archangel Michael, who has become a fallen angel, is the only one standing between mankind and the apocalypse. This time using angels as the act of Biblical judgment, God's wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world's population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers to a small New Mexico diner to protect a young waitress who may be pregnant with Christ in his second coming. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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Review of:  Get Smart Overall Rating: 9.5 A

This film received a roaring audience laugh while mesmerizing us with stunning action sequences.  I loved seeing that they got Mel Brooks in as a consultant for the film.  The timing and placement of the jokes were impeccable.  Wether you are into KAOS or Control I highly recommend watching this movie.  I left the theater wanting to watch it again, it will definitely be an owner.

Get Smart is about how Control agent Maxwell Smart (Carrell) is sent on his first mission which is to stop KAOS in their latest plot for world domination. Agent 99 (Hathaway) is sent with him to keep Maxwell Smart out of trouble.

Likes

  • Made me laugh a lot
  • Had exciting action sequences
  • There was a delightful balance between action and comedy where one was not favored above the other.
  • The storyline moved at a beautiful pace, Cheers!!!!
  • They used some of the classic lines from Get Smart but did so in a tasteful and appropriate manner that made sense within the film.
  • As one who grew up watching Get Smart I really enjoyed all of the homage moments to the TV show.
  • There was a nice morality touch where we were reminded that villains are people too and not all of them were defeated by by shooting them.
  • Bad guys are people too.  They are what they do not who they are.
  • There were no superfluous parts put into the film.  Everything that was in had an important part to the story.
  • Steve Carell was hilarious without being shticky
  • Anne Hathaway was in the movie to be more than the Hot Chick and was a well rounded character
  • Dwane Johnson was hilarious and more than the stereotypical action hero.

Dislikes / Concerns

  • more of a concern but the fat jokes left me feeling a little weird mainly because at the beginning they were not done well and weren't very funny but there were other scenes that were very tasteful and hilarious.
  • There was a weird audio moment at the beginning of the dance scene.  I don't know if they just screwed up in cutting the sound or if it was intentional but I found it very irritating.  If it was intentional I think the movie companies should give us a discount for an intentionally broken product.
  • a villains twist was a little predictable but not too obvious.

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