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Movie Review: Scenic Route – Haunting Survival Film That Will Leave You Surprised

If there’s one thing this movie did, website like this it was surprise me. My jaw kept on dropping moment after unexpected moment on this relationship film between two friends, more about that of Carter (Dan Fogler) and Mitchell (Josh Duhamel). If anyone said that Josh Duhamel couldn’t act after seeing this film, information pills I’d say they were crazy. The tension is high between Mitchell and Carter as they embark on their destination via the “scenic route” when their truck breaks down in the middle of the road, with no one around to help them and miles away from any sort of city. One might think that because Duhamel and Fogler are in this film, that Scenic Route might be a comedy, but in reality, it’s anything but. It’s really a story about survival and a friendship that reaches its limits, breaks down and asks some very real questions about what you might be thinking if you believed you were not going to survive. It was very despairing watching as Carter and Mitchell’s situation kept on getting worse as they continued to miss out on help that would arrive, but then leave because of where they were, the conditions […]

Movie Review: Surrogates (September, 2009)

Director: Jonathan Mostow Screenplay: Michael Ferris, sildenafil John Brancato Actors: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames, Rosamund Pike Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Robert Venditti, Brett Weldele It’s sometime in the future and the world has completely changed as we know it. New technology has been invented in the last fifteen years in which sensors have been utilized in such a way where our thoughts, movements can be transmitted remotely into a robot, named here, as one’s “Surrogate”. The story begins in which a surrogate is found murdered, along with the “operator” of the surrogate, spurring an FBI investigation led by Bruce Willis’ character of Agent Tom Greer and his partner Jennifer Peters, played by Radha Mitchell (who is probably the most recognized for her role as “Rose” in Silent Hill) The world is now full of surrogates with small areas called “Dreads” where it has been agreed no Surrogates are permitted to enter the area. A surrogate could be an attractive young female, but really be a male behind the Surrogate. One could make their Surrogate a younger version of themselves, or good looking, the world becomes truly anonymous, as opposed to […]

Movie Review: The Social Network (October 1, 2010)

Director: David Fincher Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin Release Date: October 1, nurse 2010 Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, gastritis Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song When I first heard that this movie was being created, I turned my nose up at it. Who wants to watch a movie about Mark Zuckerberg? Certainly not me, who comes off as very arrogant especially in regards to those who use Facebook, and his approach on privacy. Finally, after the reviews started rolling in, The Social Network piqued my interest. Was it really good as the critics were saying? In a short word and very unimportant opinion: no. The movie focuses on Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and the rise of Facebook from the beginnings of his stay at Harvard. Based on the story The Accidental Millionaire, the story is not fully factual and is very much dramatized with the addition of sex, drugs and alcohol. And though I’m not very fond of Mark Zuckerberg in general, David Fincher’s and Alan Sorkin’s decision to make him even more of a jerk (I use that word as an understatement) is a bit alarming. Jesse Eisenberg gives for the most part, a very one note Mark Zuckerberg – […]

Movie Review: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (July, 2010)

Director: John TurtelTaub Screenplay: Lawrence Konner, approved Mark Rosenthal, ed Matt Lopez Release Date: July 14, 2010 Actors: Nicholas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellaluci As a fan of Fantasia’s Mickey Mouse’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I was hoping on a good tale that would do Mickey Mouse justice. Truthfully, I don’t remember the original tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, so I can’t say if this movie is faithful to the story. Director John Turteltaub, who also directed the action adventure National Treasure, as well as the television series Jericho, comes back with Nicholas Cage for the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, as the Sorcerer Balthazar. The Apprentice, who stars the likeable star of Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League, but has the unfortunate trait of sounding like Christian Slater) is, in current day, the awkward brainiac nerd that loves physics. Centuries ago, Merlin (yes, THAT wizard) had three apprentices – Veronica, Balthazar and Horvath, who protected Merlin from Morgana (the evil sorceress) and to prevent Morgana from raising the dead and take over the world. Unfortunately for Merlin, both Balthazar and Horvath fell in love with Veronica, causing a huge rift between Horvath and Balthazar as Veronica fell in love […]

Sanctum: Not much here

Director: Alister Grierson Screenplay: John Garson, patient Andrew Wight Release Date: February 4, epilepsy 2011 Actors: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the movie going in, except that a) the movie was produced by James Cameron (king of the box office via Avatar and Titanic) and b) it was inspired by the true experience by the writer. I was hoping it would pleasantly surprise me, but unfortunately it fell apart on so many levels. It’s never a good sign when one cringes at how awful the script and the acting is in the first five minutes of a film. The lines given to the actors were all pretty bad, unbelievable, and most importantly, unlikeable. The only natural actors it seemed were Alice Parkinson, who played Victoria and Dan Wyllie who played Crazy George. I was disappointed to see that Ioan Gruffudd who I recognized from Fantastic Four, was the worst of the bunch. I never remembered him being awful, but the lines being delivered just seemed to fall flat and never got off the ground. So, what’s the movie about? It’s about a team of divers, […]

Snow White and the Huntsman: Lackluster but Darkly Beautiful

Director: Rupert Sanders Screenplay: Evan Daugherty, web John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini Release Date: June 1, 2012 Actors: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin The trailers for “Snow White and the Huntsman” looked interesting, at least more than when the news first came out that Kristen Stewart had been chosen to play Snow White. Full disclosure: I am not a Twilight fan nor am I a Kristen Stewart fan. I’ve been able to find talent underneath Robert Pattinson’s sparkly skin in other films he has done, but Kristen Stewart has not managed to do much for me in other films she has been in. So, how did Kristen Stewart fare in this new retelling of the famous fairytale? Not well, in my opinion. In fact, she is clearly what brought down the quality of the film from what could have been great to simply “just okay”. Charlize Theron brings all her talent to the table as Ravenna, the evil Queen who has a strong hatred for men and has been somewhat cursed with a magical beauty at a price. Seeking to be the fairest one of them all due to a spell her mom cast on her when […]

Something Borrowed: Unexpected

Director: Luke Greenfield Screenplay: Jennie Snyder Release Date: May 6, more about 2011 Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, therapist Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, Jonathan Krasinski, Ashley Williams, Steve Howey Based on the book of the same name by Emily Giffin “Something Borrowed” is written by Emily Giffin, the first book in the “Something” series that focuses on best friends Darcy and Rachel, who have been best friends from when they were kids. The film is an adaptation of this book, which follows Rachel and Darcy around. I have not read this book, so I can only write what I see in this film, and not how it differs or not from the original. I was lucky enough to see a test screening of this movie almost five or six months before its release, so when I had a chance to go again to an advanced screening of the film, my friends and me decided to go again and see what changed. Needless to say, we prefer the original, though the main story of the film was the same. Rachel, played by the talented and adorable Ginnifer Goodwin, is a mousy, brunette who works for a law firm. She is about to turn […]

Source Code: Intelligent and captivating mind bend

Director: Duncan Jones Screenplay: Ben Ripley Release Date: April 1, sales 2011 Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright When I first heard there was a movie called “Source Code” hitting the theatre, I was super excited. As a self acclaimed nerd, the title got me interested right away. Alas, there is no source code to be found in this at all, save a string of “1”s and “0”s scrolling on the screen for about a couple seconds. Once I got over that fact though, what remained was a fairly interesting science fiction thriller that captivated my attention. Going into the film, all that I knew was what the poster and what little I had read. Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Colter Stevens, is running amidst a bunch of pictures and trying to stop a bomb from happening in order to save an interesting woman from dying. He only has 8 specific minutes to figure out who caused the bomb, and they are 8 minutes he lives over and over again. Stop reading if you want to be completely surprised by the film, because even when summarized can ruin the wonder of the film. The source code the title […]

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 […]