Like the first Planet of the Apes revamping, this film has spades of action, tons of story, and a strong emotional appeal throughout, as it keeps audiences torn between rooting for their own kind and a new race of super-apes.
The film's remarkably static intelligent undercurrent shows the intellectual and emotional growth of Caesar as a leader who can make complex moral decisions and advance his cause, thereby reminding us of what fortifies character. The problem? Well, how about why audiences would ever be expected to go for such a premise behind a remake in the first place?
And while Eric Bana (Hulk, Vantage Point) and Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum) work great together, the writing behind who they are and what they are doing is left hanging in a wishy-washy, unoriginal patchwork of a film that is neither interesting, nor scary.
Director Robert Stromberg (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hunger Games) gives us Maleficent, a cunning re-invigoration of the story of Sleeping Beauty, the tale this time told from a much more modern point of view, with a newfound respect for acknowledging the dualistic nature of personhood.
An experiment involving students at Oxford in 1974 leads a skeptical few to realizing that the force they seek to reduce to terms most familiar is far more sinister and deadly than they can imagine.
Wanna know what I can't imagine? Why a film with such fine and devoted acting can't do anything but occupy space as another "show up the skeptics" piece of cinema where the supernatural elements are over-utilized and where sudden shocks and cheap "jump" surprises typical of possession-style horrors unjustly dominate the screenplay.
The narrative has nearly enough cohesion to work, but to no avail. The CGI, however, is magnificent (probably the only thing in this film that is).
This one features new dragons, some twisty new protagonists, and a new fiercesome competing tribe led by a ruthless conquerer (Djimon Hounsou, voice) who seeks to subvert dragon powers for his own dictatorial purposes, and the emergence of Hiccup's mother (Cate Blanchette, voice).
It's nearly everything a sequel should be, minus some not so soothing pacing, and what seems to be more of a teenaged appeal.
This one doesn't quite offer up the succinct focus as what we received the first time around, but the adorable characters remain as enchanting as ever.
Korean Director/writer Joon-ho Bong, taking some ideas from a forgotten 1980s French novel, has created one of the most insane films I've ever seen. Some agonizing efforts have been gone through to blend the dark, crass comedy with the story’s dystopian drama, but it is a raging success—and a harsh lancing of class warfare as it is necessary in our world.
I had the lowest of expectations for this film, but with Ed Harris and Chris Evans holding nothing back, it worked…and then a little. Not to be forgotten is Tilda Swinton's “Mason” in a performance so good that it is scary.
Be ready to contrast the great performances with the ingloriously tasteless portrayals of poverty and abject squalor. Snowpiercer is, without a doubt, one of the most disturbing movies ever made, with cannibalism and portrayals of such filthy living conditions that it can be hard to endure for even the most avid horror fans.
As Rogers continues to fill in the gaps from waking up in a fast-paced world, he is faced with a new threat in the form of an old enemy. This new enemy has a familiar face, one that will only add to the difficulties he faces in adapting to a new world where the enemies are more subtle and deadlier than ever before, and where even S.H.I.E.L.D. is left compromised.