Jaume Collet-Serra takes a one way trip with Non-Stop.
Seemingly like… MoreJaume Collet-Serra takes a one way trip with Non-Stop.
Seemingly like a run-of-the-mill action thriller, 100 minutes on a plane turns into an engaging mystery. Stymied and silly at times by some plot revelations, Non-Stop manages to keep itself together with an intriguing story backed with a consistent level of suspense; all the way up to the weakest piece of the film known as the conclusion.
There is a fair amount of action; however, fading behind the secrecy of the story, it never amounts to anything memorable.
Liam Neeson has no problems with this type of role, so there are no disappointments to be had. Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore are next in line for stand out characters.
Put the seat back and take a ride with Non-Stop as it peels back its layers. Enjoy your flight.
Congratulations Christian Viel. Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre is a… MoreCongratulations Christian Viel. Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre is a massacre of a movie.
Beginning with a futuristic monotonous opening dialogue, this 85 minute production boasts its science fiction concept very poorly. The storytelling comes with little in plot detail and a very bland delivery. The film also does too much for its own good by dropping zombies, werewolves, vampires, and cyborgs in this very poor abandoned setting.
The lighting is poor, the green screen is obvious, and the CG is cheap. There is a bunch of action to spice things up; however, the terrible editing during these scenes just throw it all away.
Andy Bradshaw, Kevin Kelsall, and Patrick Sabongui receive much of the screen time, not that it matters. The acting all around is laughable along with the line delivery and dialogue.
Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre doesn't cut it as a watchable film. Jump to light speed and pass this up.
Robotics with a pinch of humor is what's unveiled in Shinobu Yaguchi's… MoreRobotics with a pinch of humor is what's unveiled in Shinobu Yaguchi's Robo-G.
The story has a clever script behind it, which leads to an amusing production. The premise alone is enough to generate chuckles and the storytelling receives praise for its 105 minutes of screen-time. The introduction and conclusion is solid, and while there is enough wiring in the middle, it lacks some much needed humor.
Classified as a comedy, the clever wittiness exists, just not in high abundance. The lackadaisical energy behind a few of the lead characters is partly to blame.
Mickey Curtis puts on quite a performance, as the experience of his career shows. Yuriko Yoshitaka brings the much needed energy and delight to the picture in contrast to Gaku Hamada, Junya Kawashima, and Kawai Shogo.
Robo-G is does have all the pieces to work and just a few kinks to show for it. Recommendable.
Danny Provenzano brings crime dramas down low with This Thing of Ours.… MoreDanny Provenzano brings crime dramas down low with This Thing of Ours.
While the concept is fitting for a mob story, in which this film is told, the execution is poor. For 95 minutes of screen time, the plot details lack depth and the characters constantly deliver lines of dialogue, meant to be witty, but come across as cheesy. Ultimately, this picture is as bland as its production value.
The constant cursing is for a mature audience, as is the violence, which is backed by cheap sound and blood effects. Ultimately, there is more than enough profanity, but not enough bloodshed.
There are some familiar faces in the crowd, although the question is why. Frank Vincent is okay. James Caan is an absolute waste. Louis Vanaria, Christian Maelen, and Danny Provenzano take the leads in unsatisfactory fashion.
This Thing of Ours has very little to showcase and is therefore a film to be clipped.
When it comes to Burn After Reading, it seems the Coens are just… MoreWhen it comes to Burn After Reading, it seems the Coens are just pulling things out of thin air. Guess what? It works just fine.
Reading the plot-line is one thing, but watching 90 minutes of a lost disk is something else. There is so much intertwining going on, it is surprising how this film never gets as confusing as it sounds. Head-scratching perhaps, but not confusing.
The banter from the characters is highly entertaining. In fact, this is one of the areas where this picture excels. The constant barrage of the F word is worth the price of admission.
There are a number of noticeable faces. John Malkovich and Brad Pitt get a lot of points for their characters. J.K. Simmons makes the most of his minutes as well.
Burn After Reading is an example of a recommendable comedic drama. "Report back to me when it makes sense."
John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix makes the most of a plane in a… MoreJohn Moore's Flight of the Phoenix makes the most of a plane in a desert.
Running a solid hour forty five, which is a tad lengthy, the story manages a good level of amusement considering most of the film takes place in a single setting; the desert. While the inside of a plane and lots and lots of sand make huge appearances on screen, it's the variety of characters, along with a moderate level of suspense, that help to offset the stale backdrop.
Classified as a dramatic action adventure, the action is the most limited piece of that trio. Not a problem, as the plot details do not require a plethora of unnecessary action sequences.
The cast of characters make for a satisfying conclusion. Dennis Quaid manages to carry the film, while Miranda Otto stands out as the lone female. Giovanni Ribisi dishes out the most memorable performance of the picture.
Flight of the Phoenix has nothing extraordinary, but as a whole it is an easily recommendable sand-filled viewing piece.
George Clooney tells an intriguing story regarding art in The… MoreGeorge Clooney tells an intriguing story regarding art in The Monuments Men; just not in a
Traversing 110 minutes of historical art seizing, the film portrays a level of staleness. The level of entertainment never hits a high; however, the story gets points for its so-called accurateness and character comradery.
The attempt at humor never works to its fullest, partly because the rest of the film steers more toward the drama and partly because it isn't funny. When it comes down to it, this is a minor blemish as this is more a dramatic adventure than anything else.There isn't much to fault with the cast. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett know what to bring with their performances. It's the characters themselves that are lacking.
The Monuments Men has its share of disappointing along with its share of praising critiques. Recommendable if time allows.
Stuart Beattie creates a monster of a film, based off of a monster.… MoreStuart Beattie creates a monster of a film, based off of a monster.
I, Frankenstein leaves nothing on the table, but the problem is that it doesn't put anything on it beforehand. The story is just over 80 minutes, which is a good thing because plot details are light and simple, yet enough to get the film from opening to closing credits.
Loaded with CG, the battles between gargoyles and demons are tolerable, thanks to a great concept of descending and ascending deaths. The choreography for some brief one on one duels also has potential.
Showcasing a noticeable cast, there are no standout performances to report. Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, and Miranda Otto perform as expected. In other words, they keep the film from falling to the floor.
I, Frankenstein takes itself too seriously and is too soft for its own good. A more mature rating and some dark humor is needed to make this a recommendation.
Ryuhei Kitamura unveils the spear in Longinus.
Showcasing a brief 35… MoreRyuhei Kitamura unveils the spear in Longinus.
Showcasing a brief 35 minute run time, the who, what, why, and how are in short order; however, despite a leisurely pace, the film manages to conjure up some entertainment value. A moderately level of suspense surrounds some good character introductions.
The action is limited, partly bloody, and a little lacking, although the choreography has some style, leaving a want for more.
Atsushi Sakurai is very monotone with his performance, which is a disappointment. Minoru Matsumoto is the stand out personality wise.
Longinus has its share of flaws, but the spear holds it all together.