This film is classic action Liam Neeson. Just like Taken and Unknown,… MoreThis film is classic action Liam Neeson. Just like Taken and Unknown, he shines here. The film reminded me of movies like Flight Plan, Passenger 57, and Executive Decision. The film is a who done it. I easily predicted who the killer was after 10 minutes. However, the film does throw a couple of curveballs in regards to the killer that I didn't pick up on. The action scenes are good.
Juliane Moore does a good job in her role. Michelle Dockery, Linus Roache, Anson Mount, and Lupita Nyong'o deliver fine supporting work.
I definitely recommend this film.
I had a mixed reaction to the film. It needed a major rewrite. They… MoreI had a mixed reaction to the film. It needed a major rewrite. They had a great idea for a movie here, but they didn't execute it correctly. It feels like 2 stories are going on here, the Dennis Quaid one and the racing one with Zac Efron and they don't successfully come together here, in my opinion. Dennis's story was more interesting and fascinating than Zac's. One big problem here is that a lot of character were not developed well.
One major theme here is the relationship between fathers and sons. That is seen a lot in Dennis Quaid films (example: Frequency, The Rookie). He also did the father and daughter theme with movies like In Good Company and Soul Surfer. This film reminded me of movies like Promised Land, Mosquito Coast, Days of Thunder, In the Bedroom, A History of Violence to name a few.
Dennis Quaid is excellent here. I haven't seen him play a character like this before. Zac's character, in my opinion, wasn't developed well. He does have a great on screen chemistry with Dennis. I thought Zac was better in other films. Heather Graham, Kim Dickens, and Clancy Brown also do a good job in their supporting roles.
Despite the flaws, I say, see it for Dennis Quaid's performance in it.
Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin's performances make this film worth… MoreHalle Berry and Abigail Breslin's performances make this film worth watching. They shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry despite the fact that the majority of time they are not on screen together. This is the 2nd film that they are in together. The first, being New Year's Eve.
The film itself is predictable. I felt like I have seen this type of film before. It reminded me of movies like Cellular, Phone Booth, Taken, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Silence of the Lambs. The scene in the beginning where the killer grabs the girl under the bed, reminded me of the scene in Taken. Also the big finale at the end, reminded me of the finale of Silence of the Lambs.
Morris Chestnut does a great job in his supporting role. Roma Maffia is great as Berry's boss. I am surprised that Michael Imperioli took the role he played in this film.
I say, despite the predictability, the film is worth checking out cause of Berry and Breslin.
Costner is on a roll from Man of Steel, to Jack Ryan, to this film,… MoreCostner is on a roll from Man of Steel, to Jack Ryan, to this film, and the upcoming Draft Day. The film was so so, a mixed to positive reaction towards it. The film reminded me of movies like Taken, Crank, D.O.A., From Paris With Love, and Transporter. From the trailer, I thought Costner's character was gonna be poisoned, but the trailer was a bit deceiving.
The film did need a rewrite. The film was at it's best, when it shows Costner juggling his job with being with his daughter. There should have been more scenes like that in the film. I did feel that the film was a little predictable, especially with the big showdown at the end of the film. Also, I wasn't crazy about the ending of the film.
Costner shows here, why he was once Hollywood's top leading man. He has a great on screen chemistry with Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. Amber Heard was miscast in my opinion. McG I thought did a good job here. I didn't realize he directed the film. It doesn't have the feel of his other films. Some of the action scenes were really good.
I would say, despite some flaws, that I would recommend this film, especially cause of Costner's performance.
The Lego Movie connects and delivers. The film is smart and funny. It… MoreThe Lego Movie connects and delivers. The film is smart and funny. It kind of reminded me of movies like Wreck It Ralph, Robot, and Toy Story. The film does have a great twist, that I didn't see coming. The film is entertaining for the entire family. I like how they spoof Batman, Superman, Star Wars, etc.
Chris Pratt is great as Emmet. This is his year, with both this and Guardians of the Galaxy. His Emmet reminds me a little of Wreck it Ralph and Ewan McGregor's character in Robots. Elizabeth Banks is great as Wyldstyle. Will Arnet is hilarious as Batman. Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson also are good here. Ferrell reminded me a little bit of his Megamind character and his Mugatu character from Zoolander.
I definitely recommend this film.
The remake isn't as good as the original. I thought this was gonna be… MoreThe remake isn't as good as the original. I thought this was gonna be like the Total Recall remake, but it is not. That film is better than this one. You can write a whole essay comparing and contrasting the remake and the original Robocop films. I liked the differences between both the original and the remake. Rather than going on a different path with the remake, which is where it seemed to be going, they instead go back to the original film and try to copy it and create a mess instead.
No more news or fake TV commercials. Instead we have Samuel L. Jackson's character and his segments. No more "I'll Buy that for a dollar!!!" However, Jackie Earle Haley does a variation on that famous line. I miss the famous Robocop quick draw spin that was in the original. Some of the other Robots in the film looked like Cylons from the reboot Battlestar Galactica series. I liked that they had the original robosuit in the film. I liked it better than the black version which makes him look like Iron Man.
I do like that they have the Robocop music theme in the film and it is updated. I did like that they have on the Robocycle instead of a police car. The fight between Robo and ED-209 is awesome. I was shocked that the film has the PG-13 rating especially after scenes revealing what is left of Alex Murphy.
Honestly, they should not have used the names Alex Murphy or Lewis and created new names for the leads. They changed Lewis (played by Nancy Allen in the original) to a man here. In the original, Murphy is killed. Here he is critically wounded and put in the suit. They had a chance of doing something different with Murphy's wife and son here, however, they dropped the ball on that. Even their version of directive 4 doesn't work here.
Kinnaman was ok as Robocop, but not good as Murphy. He was too dull and bland. He lacks the charm that Peter Weller brought to the role. I think another actor like Mark Wahlberg or Ryan Reynolds would have done a better job in the role. He didn't have a good on screen chemistry with Abbie Cornish or the actor playing his son. Abbie reminds me a lot of Charlize Theron. It was great seeing Michael Keaton in the film, however, he wasn't as good as Ronny Cox in the original. I didn't realize that Keaton was the villain till the last 3rd of the film. His transition from going grey to evil seemed to forced and fast when it happened and didn't make much sense. Jackie Earle Haley is great in his role. Jay Baruchel was funny in his role.
The one who really stole the show was Gary Oldman. He was great as Norton. They could have made an entire film out of his character. I thought he was the most fascinating character in the film. Gary can make a bad movie watchable.
I don't know if their will be a sequel to this, but if you ask me, there is only one Robocop and his name is Peter Weller.
This film does deliver. It has a unique look to it. It is like they… MoreThis film does deliver. It has a unique look to it. It is like they were trying to do a visual style similar to Sin City and The Big Bang. The story reminded me of movies like The Man with the Iron Fists, Escape From N.Y., and Tron Legacy. The film feels like a comic book or graphic novel. Some of the fight scenes reminded me of the fight scenes from the 1966 Adam West Batman TV show. All that was missing was the "Bam!" and "Pow!"
It was great seeing Hartnett on screen again. It's been awhile since I last saw him in a movie. He kind of reminded me of the Clint Eastwood Man with no name character or Snake Plisskin. He has a good chemistry with Woody and Gackt. Woody is good here and brings humor when needed. Ron Perlman is great as usual. He kind of reminded me of Mickey Rourke's character in The Immortals.
I definitely liked this film and recommend it.
This film is a mess. I thought from the trailer that the film would be… MoreThis film is a mess. I thought from the trailer that the film would be like movies like Somewhere in Time or Kate and Leopold. This film isn't like those. Those films are better than this one. This one reminded me a little bit of Cloud Atlas and City of Angels. The big problem with this film is that it made no sense.
All of the actors must have done Akiva Goldsman a favor to be in it (like Crowe, Connelly, and Smith). Farrell reminded me a little bit of Keanu Reeves. In my opinion, he didn't have any on screen chemistry with Jessica Brown-Findlay. She reminded me of a young Kate Winslet. Russell Crowe was too over the top. Will Smith looks out of place here as the Devil. i thought Crowe was more frightening that Smith in the film.
I hate to say it, but so far, this is one of the worst films I have seen this year. That's a shame cause it has a good cast and it had potential to be a good film. But the entire story was a mess.
The film in my opinion was a mess. They had a great idea for a film… MoreThe film in my opinion was a mess. They had a great idea for a film but didn't execute it correctly. They needed a major rewrite. The film is unfocused. It doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or drama or a heist film. It feels like it is trying to be Oceans 11 meets Saving Private Ryan. Some scenes even reminded me of Captain America or Indiana Jones. It is like a heist film without the big heist. I also felt that it lacked the thrills it needed.
Clooney has done better directing wise with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck. Even Leatherheads was better than this film. Clooney and Damon seem to be doing the same kind of things that they did in the Ocean films here.
I did like the Talented Mr. Ripley reunion here with Damon and Blanchett. However, in my opinion the implied romance between the two of them in the film, feels out of place here. It was also good seeing The Artist reunion here with Goodman and Dujardin. Here we can actually hear the two of them talk to each other. Goodman, Murray, and Balaban were really good here and have a great on screen chemistry.
I hope Clooney's next film that he directs will be much better than this film.
The film isn't bad but it isn't great either. It feels like the… MoreThe film isn't bad but it isn't great either. It feels like the director is trying to copy the style of Roman Polanski here. I did like that the film is in both English and French. I was surprised by the short running time. I thought it could have been 20 minutes longer. I also felt that the pacing was off. In a weird way the film kind of reminded me of the movie, Secret Window. I know audiences might be confused by the ending of the film.
Ethan Hawke was ok, but I felt like I have seen him play this kind of role before. He didn't bring anything new here. Maybe another actor in that role could have done more with it. Kristin Scott Thomas is great here. She is kind of like the femme fatale. She does have a good on screen chemistry with Hawke.