Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quick Movie Reviews: Vol 4

Well we’ve got a few movies to get through today. Most were movies I missed out on when they came out, one was a new movie by a director I’m very interested in, and finally one was shown to me by a friend who thought I needed to indulge in the insanity. So without further or do, ladies, gentleman, mutated people across the world, lets delve into another Volume of Quick Movie Reviews.

Panic Room (2002)

A bit back I finally watched this movie. Being a David Fincher fan, I’m not sure why I was so reluctant to watch this movie. After the viewing I kicked myself in the ass, as I did myself a massive disservice. This is a tense film where the ultimate bad scenario occurs. Jodie Foster is excellent as the mother trying to protect her daughter, I also thought Forest Whitaker as one of the robbers was also fantastic as he gives a layered performance, and while he’s one of the bad guys we can see it’s not all crystal clear. Fincher knows atmosphere and is able to generate a ton with little effort. As always he knows exactly what he wants, and he won’t quit until he gets his exact vision.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009)

This was my first introduction into the over the top gore movies that have come out of Japan over the course of the last few years. To its credit this movie didn’t turn my away from the genre, and I do want to watch a few others. Tokyo Gore Police to name one. This movie is exactly what it sets out to be. Over the top gore, comedy, acting and pretty much taking the piss out of everyone and everything. However as a movie it doesn’t really work, it’s more of freak show, and so while I was entertained I’m don’t really need to see it again as I’ve sampled all its wares. Also should probably point out that the movie can get pretty racist, it tries to hide this under the guise of making fun of everyone, but it didn’t really seem necessary.

Knight and Day (2010)

I want to punch Tom Cruise in his face so much. I think that about covers it. As for this film I also wanted to punch it in its stupid face as well. Okay the action was okay, and there were some bits that had me genuinely excited. I may have also laughed at one or two things. For me the really failing of this movie is that Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise share zero chemistry. I wondered what Tom saw in her and vice versa. Also the plot is incredibly stupid, with Diaz being made to look like a buffoon for most the movie. It was so bad I wanted to fly over to America, borrow a bucket from a friend, fly back to Australia, start watching the movie again with said bucket on my head, and start hitting the bucket. The only consolation was that I didn’t have to spend any money on watching this piece of drek.

The Slammin Salmon (2009)

I really dig the movies of Broken Lizard. I remember watching Super Troopers at the cinema and just laughing from start to finish. Even now after I’ve watched it to the point that would send most people insane I still laugh. Each of the follow up movies has also generated a great amount of laughter. I’ve been looking forward to The Slammin Salmon for a while, and I have to say I didn’t laugh as much. It’s still a great film, and there are plenty of great moments, but for some reason it just didn’t tickle me the same way before. I’m honestly going to chalk this down to waiting two years to see this, and expectation being built way too high, but I wouldn’t be honest if I said this had me rolling in the aisles like the others. Still the movie is good, and funny, and certainly worth taking a look at on Netflix or wherever you get your movies.

Source Code (2011)

Moon was a movie that knocked my socks off; what Duncan Jones was able to accomplish with the meager budget, and just one cast member was phenomenal. His follow up movie also taps into a deeper sort of Science Fiction movies have kind of steered away from. It’s a thinker. But while the premise is fascinating (a man relives the same 8 minutes in a dead man’s shoes, all the time searching for clues about a recent bombing), and the ideas of destiny, hope and of course how time works really do get the noggin chugging along. It’s the end that derails everything. There was a moment at the end of the movie that if the end point, would have left the audience thinking, and coming up with their own theories. Instead it tells the audience directly what has happened, and as such Source Code stumbles and instead becomes just a good movie, instead of great. If you’re a fan of the hard sci-fi, then I would still recommend this movie, as there is still enough to chew on.

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