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Review: Predators

 

Predators arrived from Netflix  and I really enjoyed it, 8 out of 10.  This is a great Predator movie doing justice by the original movie, Predator.  Definitely an owner for Predator fans, at least a watcher for those who love action films and the  hunt.

 

I really enjoyed how Predators got into the spirit of and the philosophy behind the hunt.  It’s a franchise about hunters and hunting is the one big theme.  In this one their prey are some of the most dangerous people from earth.  The way they handle traps and trapping is also really neat.  I also liked how they dropped the idea of the hunting grounds being used as a means for the predators to evolve their hunting style, techniques, skills, and technology.

Likes

  • References to the original Predator
  • Tight action and plenty of it
  • Cool / Compelling looking aliens
  • The hunt and trapping
  • The actors do a great job
  • A crazy Laurence Fishburne:  he does crazy well!

Dislikes

  • Pacing slow
  • The big Predator’s reveal is underwhelming
  • Little predictable

The Plot / Story:

 

Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.  (Wikipedia) (official site)

Trailer

 

Battle: Los Angeles Review

Battle: Los Angeles is a bad alien invasion movie.  I give it 2.5 out of 10.  Overall this movie has some interesting ideas behind it with some nice details.  Unfortunately that is overshadowed by some major flaws in execution.  Unfortunately I wish the people who put together the amazing trailer for this movie would have been in charge of the entire film.  Don’t bother watching it save your money and time. 

What I expected to find is

  • Action lots of action
  • Explosions, I said lots of action including explosions so many to make Michael Bay proud.
  • Cool aliens, they should at lest visually be stunning.
  • Cool alien tech preferably attached to the action and mecha / giant killer robots a plus.
  • A fun movie

What I got was action teasing that promised but made me wait too long to deliver.  There are a lot of explosions but by then I was too bored to be that excited in them.  The aliens are neat and there are some cool details about them.  The alien tech was lacking and no more impressive then what we already have on this planet, they did travel across the universe to attack us.  Not a fun movie.

Battle: Los Angeles has a nice start with action and explosions promising a good alien invasion movie.  This was sadly replaced with over 15 minutes of boring, slow paced, unnecessary character development and melodrama.  After almost putting me to sleep we got back to the fight. 

The character development piece failed in bonding me to the characters and instead made me angry at the characters and more to the source with the writers for wasting time and excitement on character tropes that could just as easily been presumed.  After all the lead character could have just said “I’m getting too old for this shit” and done away with 5 minutes of the beginning plus I might have chuckled at the line.

Problems with Poor cinematography.  They tried to go for a jerky camera style to add to the tension, excitement and first person perspective.  A neat idea if pulled off well but for some reason some directors think that I’m a bobblehead doll.  In the heat of action I do not jerk my point of view around and stay out of focus in fact things tend to be more in focus and my point of view does not jostle that much even running.  Instead in this film there was a lot of jerky camera action and out of focus moments broke the immaculate reality.  They would have been better off just giving us a third person view at that point.

The roller-coaster pacing left me angry and in the end made this a boring alien invasion movie.  Bang!  Explosions with promise of action for a few minutes followed by 15 minutes of non action, that is just the beginning of the film.  There were moments of intense cool action but those were followed by major lows of boring narration and agonizing melodramatic moments. 

Likes

  • The start was exciting giving promise of action, explosions, and aliens
  • When there was action it was exciting, just unfortunately punctuated by long moments of boring narration and melodrama
  • They had some neat details like the alien anatomy and flyers

Dislikes

  • After the short beginning there was 15 minutes of slow paced narration and unnecessary character development.
  • Poor cinematography
  • Roller-coaster pacing
  • Too much melodrama:  I actually like and watch some really melodramatic shows but this crap was out of place and too much even for me.
  • Too much narration
  • Lacks tension



Iron Meh 2

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
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Review of Iron Man 2

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

Iron Man 2 not as bad as Spider Man 3 but falls into same quality category as Electra and Daredevil.  It sits on the fence and was focused group to death.  If only it would have had a strong story line or just abandoned that and been all action it would have been a much better film.  This is a renter.

Likes

  1. Scarlett Johansson stole the show with Black widow she is amazing.  Her action scenes were not only great action full of fun gadgets but they bring in an erotic element.
  2. Samuel L. Jackson was brilliant as Nick fury he rocked.
  3. Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko has an interesting character who is worth watching.  Rourke's homework paid off I love all of the small nuances he gave to the character.
  4. Wonder twins power activate: When Iron Man and War Machine would shoot at each other at the same time I laughed and thought "wonder twins power activate

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Intro credits were a disappointment.  Marvel is known for telling an amazing pre-story in their roll in credits and even the Loosers has an amazing intro it should have been a warning for the movie to follow.
  2. Slow Intro:  the movie was boring and horrible until the fight scene between Iron Man and War Machine at Tony Stark's party
  3. Effects were a hit and miss probably because it took 8 special effects companies.  The whole race car scene was atrocious, the physics were horribly off and many parts looked plastic like.
  4. Whiplash first fight didn't make sense why didn't the car crush him and when Tony Starks car crashes they had a piece of shrapnel's vector was off flying through his head damaging the car behind him but not effecting him at all, they even have his head hit the pavement which should have killed him but no effect.
  5. Smashing someone with a car against concrete wall should spill guts especially if repeated.  Though Tech Wolf pointed out that maybe Whiplash is actually Omega Red and then it makes sense
  6. Sam Rockwell complete disappointment
  7. Robert Downey Jr. appears to have "phoned in" his performance which is sad he is usually a brilliant  actor who did not even hold his own in the scene with Samuel L. Jackson.
  8. The final explosions in the movie looked like fireworks
  9. Rhodey was a dusche in the movie
  10. The writing is horrible:  the A plot line between Justin Hammer and Tony Stark was weak and should have been a B or C line.  Tony Stark's father and Shield should have been the A plot line
  11. I found the use of Captain American's shield offensive

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Theater or Renter: February 2009

Theater or Renter: February 2009 includes Five SF movies Coraline, Fanboys, Push, Friday the 13th, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? 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?

Coraline:

coraline Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ, Coraline Teaser, and Coraline and Neil Gaiman fun for the day!

Release Date:  February 6, 2009

Listed as:  stop motion, horror

Studio:  Focus Features

Director:  Henry Selick

Produced by: Mary Sandell, Claire Jennings

Written by:  Neil Gaiman (novel), Henry Selick

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Ian McShane, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French

The Plot / Story: A young girl, Coraline unlocks a mysterious door in her new home and enters into a parallel reality, a fantastical and thrilling imitation of her own dull life. In this world, Coraline finds a new version of her real mother and father, her off-kilter neighbors, Miss Forcible, Miss Spink and Mr. Bobinsky, and the Cat.  The only difference is that they all possess big, black buttons for eyes (All except for the Cat). When Coraline's Other Parents confront her during her birthday night, they tell Coraline that if she wants to stay in this Parallel universe, she must change her eyes into black buttons as well. When Coraline is given them in a small box, she hesitates and has mixed feelings on which universe to choose permanently. However, this other world soon begins to unravel and Coraline, along with her real parents, become prisoners to her Other Mother and must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Fanboys:

fanboys [very limited release]

Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: February 6, 2009

Listed as:  Adventure, Comedy, Fandom

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Director: Kyle Newman

Produced by: Dana Brunetti, Kevin Spacey, Matthew Pernicaro, Evan Astrowsky, Kevin Mann

Written by: Story: Ernest Cline, Dan Pulick, Screenplay: Ernest Cline, Adam F. Goldberg

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Kristen Bell

The Plot / Story: It's 1998 and Star Wars fanboys across the globe eagerly await the release of Episode 1.  But for Eric, Linus, Hutch and Windows the term "fanboy" is more than just a title, it's a badge of honor.  Spurred by impatience and an undying loyalty to their cause, these former high school friends reunite to undertake the road trip of their fan-tasies.  Traveling West across the country to visit their Mecca George lucas' Skywalker Ranch.  The plan is to break in, steal the film and stake their claim as the first fanboys in history to watch it.  But to secure their place in the fanboy hall of fame, they'll have to contend with bizarre bikers, a crazy pimp, a deranged group of trekkies and the quiet intensity of William Shatner. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Push:

Push Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: February 6, 2009

Listed as:  Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Director: Paul McGuigan

Produced by:

Written by: David Bourla

Stars: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou

The Plot / Story: A group of young American expatriates with telekinetic, telepathic, and clairvoyant abilities, hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency referred to as "Division." They try to find the only woman that ever escaped from "Division". She is their only key to finding out how to escape the agency. They must also use their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Friday the 13th:

friday_13_2009 Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: February 13, 2009

Listed as:  Horror

Studio: New Line Cinema

Director: Marcus Nispel

Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Written by:  Screenplay: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Story: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Mark Wheaton, Characters by: Victor Miller, Ron Kurz

Stars: Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo

The Plot / Story: Searching for his missing sister, Clay heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins that lie in wait behind moss-covered trees. And that's not the only thing hiding under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all—thrills weekend. But they are about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history - the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake armed with a razor-sharp machete…Jason Voorhees.  This is a remake of the original Friday The 13th from 1980  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li:

Legend_of_chun_li Watch The Trailer here in the P:S HQ

Release Date: February 27, 2009

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Produced by: Patrick Aiello, Ashok Amritraj

Written by: Justin Marks

Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Taboo, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood

The Plot / Story: The story follows Chun-Li's quest for justice.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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