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Columbiana: A Revenge Film, As One Might Expect

Director: Olivier Megaton Screenplay: Luc Besson, valeologist Robert Mark Kamen Release Date:August 26, diabetes and pregnancy 2011 Actors: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue All the previews for “Columbiana” look exciting and intense. When I first saw the trailer to the film at a showing of “Thor”, I was instantly intrigued. A girl getting revenge, by way of skill and execution? That’s different. My favorite revenge film by far is the Korean gem “Oldboy”. It was uniquely disturbing on not only a physical level, but a psychological level. I didn’t find there to be anything unique about “Columbiana” at all, but I got exactly what I expected, which was a nice surprise. Zoe Saldana plays Catalia, a young Columbian girl who sees her parents get killed in front of her by Dom Louis. In the midst of the chaos, as the young Catalia, she manages to survive and flees to Chicago to meet up with her uncle. Little detail is given about what information her father gave to his boss, and what exactly is Dom Louis’ profession except for a few soft mentions of the exchange of drugs is all that is revealed. The purpose is that her parents […]

Sucker Punch: A Visual Feast for the Eyes

Director: Zack Snyder Screenplay: Zack Snyder, health Steve Shibuya Release Date: March 25, 2011 Actors: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaacs, Carla Gugino, Gerard Plunkett Ever wonder what it’s like to watch a visual art piece created on the screen? “Sucker Punch” is as close as it gets. From director Zack Snyder, most well known for his creative use of visuals in films such as “300” and “Watchmen”, comes his new film “Sucker Punch” that pushes his visual creativity in film even further. “300” brought a whole new level of ‘beauty’ to the screen, combining violence with an odd sense of aesthetics, slowing down the movement right before making a kill or a slash and then speeding up the motion once the kill is made. In addition, a brown-hue like filter was added, with an impressionist-air brushed quality that made you feel as though you were watching a water color painting depicting war come alive. “Sucker Punch” delivers on similar visual traits, this time with a blueish-brown filter and slow motion action. “Sucker Punch” centers around Baby Doll (Emily Browning) who finds herself in a hospital for the mentally ill after recently losing her […]

Battle: Los Angeles: Ooh-Rah

Director: Jonathan Liebesman Screenplay: Chris Bertolini Release Date:: March 11, drug 2011 Actors: Aaron Eckhart, physician Ramon Rodriguez, cost Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena, Cory Hardrict, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Will Rothhaar, Gino Anthony Pesi, Ne-Yo, James Hiroyuki Liao, Neil Brown Jr., Taylor Handley The last time we saw Los Angeles being invaded they were done by huge tentacle-like aliens who had blue lights that detected human being activity. They did this by detecting light and their goal was to collect the brains of humans. Remember? Oh yeah, that was a different movie, called Skyline. That was out last November when Los Angeles was last invaded. I guess we were safe then, but I think Los Angeles is in trouble again. In “Battle: Los Angeles”, the invasion occurs yet again, but instead of following a group of partying civilians stuck in a fancy apartment building, we’re introduced a group of Marines. We’re shown a bit of their backgrounds and have a chance to get to know them, however briefly, in the very beginning. Their mission is to find the civilians in a police dept and bring them back to the safe zone before Santa Monica is leveled to the ground. Straight […]

Movie Review: The Green Hornet (January, 2011)

Director: Michel Gondry Screenplay: Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg Release Date: January 14, order 2011 Actors: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz The Green Hornet was not received well by fans at the San Diego Comic Con last summer. However, with the more recent trailers, a lot more people seem to be at least more interested and have more hope with the film. The Green Hornet comic and original television series were more serious than this new remake of the masked superhero, which seems to be making a lot of the hard core fans unhappy. I have never read the Green Hornet comic, nor have I seen the original series, so I can’t fairly compare to the source. This review will be purely from what I saw from this new film. As many people know, Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Superbad) is the lead actor in the Green Hornet and as Britt Reid and had to shed lots of pounds to play the title character. Rogen also wrote the screenplay along with Evan Goldberg, so he was quite invested in this project in various ways. Mega Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou (which I wrote a raving review for on […]

Movie Review: RED (October 15, 2010)

Director: Robert Schwentke Screenplay: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Release Date: October 15, side effects 2010 Actors: Bruce Willis, approved Morgan Freeman, cough Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Based on the graphic novel of the same name Like action movies? Like funny movies? What about funny action movies? Then RED is the perfect movie, even for a pick-me-upper. Though movies such as The A-Team, or The Losers were somewhat funny action movies, in comparison, RED is a movie that a family might be able to enjoy. And though there clearly is some violence, it is nothing as harsh as what The A-Team or The Losers had to offer. Those movies were directed more towards those who enjoy action movies, whereas I think RED is a movie for everyone (just not for those young’uns). What makes RED different? Well, Helen Mirren, for one. We’re typically used to seeing Helen Mirren in classic, period, or serious dramatic roles. Or at least, none that included Helen Mirren carrying some heavy duty machinery. Here we see Helen Mirren as a lady with a lot of class… but who kills. The combination is enough to bring a […]

Movie Review: Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time (May, 2010)

Director: Mike Newell Screenplay: Boaz Yakin, prostate Doug Morino Release Date: May 28, 2010 Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley When I first heard this movie was to star Jake Gyllenhaal, I was immediately taken back. How can somebody so… white … play this role? He just looks so American, how could it work? Well, after watching the movie, not only did I continue to have the same reaction to all the other actors, it really didn’t take away from the movie as a whole. It would have been a better had they actually gotten Persians, or at the very least, darker skinned actors to play their respective roles, but it didn’t make me enjoy the film any less. After all, Prince of Persia IS a Disney film. I did however, find it quite amusing that everyone had an english accent. I had no idea that Persians had an english accent … yeah… I wasn’t sure what to expect with this – as I was hoping that it would be more dramatic. Once I saw the Disney logo come up, I realized that I would not get dramatic, but instead, probably a good adventure. And an adventure is what […]

Movie Review: Kick-Ass (April, 2010)

Director: Matthew Vaughn Screenplay: Jane Goldman, pharm Matthew Vaughn Release Date: April 16, website like this 2010 Actors: Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Lyndsy Fonseca Based on the comic of the same name by Mark Millar Chloe Moretz completely steals the film as a 12 year old martial arts and firearms expert that also happens to be a superhero. I mean, even writing that seems kind of kick ass, you know? Kick-Ass quite possibly might be the best superhero movie since the Dark Knight, but in a completely different, almost endearing way. Aaron Johnson plays Kick-Ass, the alter ego of plain and geeky (and apparently invisible to girls) high school student Dave Liezewski. Thin and timid, Dave with his two friends Marty (Clark Duke, from the recent hilarious Hot Tub Time Machine) and Todd (Evan Peters) enjoy comic books, fooling around all the while finding themselves being taken advantage by the “mean guys” in the neighbourhood. Dave, wondering why no one ever decides to become a superhero after reading and watching so many superhero stories, decides to become and invent his own superhero…. “Kick-Ass”! In the meantime, in another part of […]

Movie Review: The Book of Eli (January, 2010)

Directors: Albert Hughes, illness Allen Hughes Screenplay: Gary Whitta Release Date: January 15, cheap 2010 Actors: Denzel Washington, cost Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Beals, Michael Gambon, Frances de la Tour It’s a post apocalyptic world, and Eli Walker has been walking for many years. Thirty years after the end of days, after a huge war and ‘the flash’, in which the sun turned the world into ash, Eli is in the middle of his quest to protect and deliver the book that he carries to the west. It is his calling and he intends to see it through. The world however, has turned to hell, or so it seems. There are savages riding on motorcycles that rape women and kill other men for their supplies. Water is a hot commodity, and people kill for it. The sun is so strong, people have to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from going blind. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the theatre for this one. I had seen previews and clips of it on talk shows and at the Warner Brothers panel at last year’s Comic-con. They even showed an animation surrounding the book at the convention last year […]

Movie Review: District 9 (August, 2009)

Producer: Peter Jackson Director: Neill Blomkamp Screenplay: Neill Blomkamp, order Terri Tatchell Actors Sharlto Copley as Wikus Van de Merwe If there is anything that District 9 isn’t, is that of a typical alien invasion film. I’ve heard several misconceptions about what the film is supposed to be like, and they’re not completely accurate. People going into see it may believe that the movie is about a group of aliens who want to live on earth, who want to invade earth, and may be full of computer effects and action, but in reality, it is not. What District 9 is, is a well, thought out film that is essentially a social commentary and definitely not a film for everyone. It is rather slow paced, and the way that it is filmed (documentary style) can be a turn off for a few. I’ve even read by a few movie goers that they believed the movie plot is weak. Though the surrounding story may not be that strong, I feel that the core of the story and the message that it tries to convey is quite good. We are first introduced to Wikus, a MNU (basically the alien unit) worker who was […]