Changing Lanes keeps you on your toes with a tense screenplay that… MoreChanging Lanes keeps you on your toes with a tense screenplay that does not let up until the final scenes when everyone is tidied up a little too well after all the chaos that ensued. Samuel L. Jackson is terrific as usual and rides the line between doing what he needs for his family and crossing that line. Ben Affleck is better in these roles than he is in the action role, playing a hotshot lawyer that realizes all the unethical crap he pulls will eventually catch up to him. I was actually expecting this to have more action than it did based on the title and previews, but I'm not complaining when it was this well done. Ultimately, the only knock I have is that the conclusion is a little too easy based on the rest, but Changing Lanes will keep you guessing and is entertaining.
I expected this to be a long, overly boring snoozefest about a very… MoreI expected this to be a long, overly boring snoozefest about a very interesting story. While it is a little too long, I can say I was engaged the whole time and even found moments of the "true" story to be riveting. The opening sequence among aircrafts during the war was absolutely phenomenal. One of the best action scenes I've seen ever. The acting is very good as well. You root for all these guys to make it in these harsh conditions. It will definitely get on the nerves of people who hate true story films and semi autobiographies, but Unbroken was a pleasant surprise and recommended if you had any interest in it.
Guardians was a victim of hype for me. I wanted to see it in theaters… MoreGuardians was a victim of hype for me. I wanted to see it in theaters because everyone was telling me how amazing it was, but I just never got to it. After watching it, I can say it is overrated but enjoyable. Most people told me it was the best Marvel film to date and I highly disagree. While the special effects and action are typically top notch, the story leaves alot to be desired. Characters motivations change in an instant and it is completely unbelievable. Obviously the characters themselves all have unique and interesting personalities and there's a couple memorable ones, but I found the film lacking the punch necessary to take it from good to great. I still prefer The Avengers or the first Iron Man as the top of the Marvel canon so far.
While I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain.… MoreWhile I enjoyed Dawn, something seemed off to me that I can't explain. I really liked Rise and this was just so different from that film and it caught me off guard. The action and special effects are absolutely terrific as are the performances, but the story did not touch me like Rise managed. Still a very good sequel worth watching, but I preferred Rise. I am certainly interested to see where they take the series from here. I don't think this series has ever seen this much popularity and critical acclaim among the mainstream audiences.
It seems like out of most of the people I talk to, I like these films… MoreIt seems like out of most of the people I talk to, I like these films the most. Not sure why they are dogged on so much (and the reviews are usually mixed), but I love these films. To me, Smaug is probably the best in the series because of the dragon (he is barely in this), but this is a close second. The action is terrific and the plot (while changed from the book like everyone complains about) still gets enough right and sets up for The Lord of the Rings beautifully. I enjoyed every second of this and am looking forward to re-watching the extended versions back to back with The Lord of the Rings on blu-ray.
A unique science fiction film with plenty of visceral action to go… MoreA unique science fiction film with plenty of visceral action to go with a helping of gross out horror. The story is very intriguing and sets up a good mystery thriller that wraps you up almost immediately. The acting is solid from a very good cast, with Ed Harris stealing the show by the end like he usually does. Saying too much will give away some of the surprises, but this is a very good film whether you like science fiction or not and is recommended.