Firmly entrenched somewhere in the middle of the massive peloton of… MoreFirmly entrenched somewhere in the middle of the massive peloton of teen comedies. Some of the relationship stuff works fairly well, but the big violent gags really fall flat, not to mention feel really out of place. The biggest attraction here is the star-power-to-be, they somehow managed to hit a casting bullseye. Kirsten Dunst is the biggest reason to watch this, which is why I did. She radiates in her role as an aspiring songwriter, earning bonus points for having a poster of Sleater-Kinney in her room, and also wears a bouncy string bikini during the pool scene - and oh yeah, Mila Kunis is there too! Zoe Saldana has a small role, model Kylie Bax is a klutzy bombshell, while Collin Hanks plays Kirsten's older brother. What is really mystifying is why they cast Ben Foster in the lead role, he's got as much on-screen charisma as an open can of tomato sauce. Carmen Electra's part lasts for an I-kid-you-not entire 5 seconds before the closing credits when she returns to shimmy about in a pair of hotpants, and they decided to carbon date themselves by casting Sisqo, who to be fair is adequate as one of Ben's friends. Some good music choices except for overusing Badly Drawn Boy's 'The Shining' four(!) times, and the original music for the Midsummer Night's Dream school production makes you want to rip your fingernails off to provide some sensory distraction.
Young Franka Potente is very cute and resolute as ace medical student… MoreYoung Franka Potente is very cute and resolute as ace medical student uncovering the least secret Secret Society in movie history. Starts with some promise but gradually loses all credibility as things like missing students, massive bloodstains, and psychotic pseudo-surgeons are never noticed by anyone on a university campus. How can so many smart people act so dumb?
Damn you Milla Jovovich and your sexy red dress, you have seduced me… MoreDamn you Milla Jovovich and your sexy red dress, you have seduced me into watching the third of these movies. T-virus zombies have now taken over the world so it's Apocalypse-as-usual, stealing ideas and scenes from The Road Warrior and the modern Dawn of the Dead among others. Milla's haircut gets an 'A' for Awful but the intense action returns to the level of the first film (with many callbacks to that picture) plus some decent effects, a nifty ending, and that unsurpassable little red dress.
The are many worse zombie movies out there, and many many MANY worse… MoreThe are many worse zombie movies out there, and many many MANY worse videogame adaptations. Some decent horror elements but too many false alarm scares. Milla Jovovich does a decent job as Alice and dons the hottest heroine outfit since Lara Croft.
Doctors, dentists, carpenters, parking lot attendants, they've all had… MoreDoctors, dentists, carpenters, parking lot attendants, they've all had members go on killing sprees in the movies, so the next terrifying deadly profession is...the paperboy?? Bury this one deep down on your resume, Rose.
Lackluster love triangle tragedy in which almost nothing works. Which… MoreLackluster love triangle tragedy in which almost nothing works. Which will an attractive, upwardly bound weathergirl choose, the old writer jackass or the young spoiled jackass? When the girl is this airheaded and indescerning about jumping into bed, I didn't even care. The rivalry that supposedly already exists between the men is just as flimsy and ineffectual. Claude Chabrol has made some provocative examinations of relationships - obsessive jealousy in L'Enfer for example - but everything staged here is extremely limp. That includes insinuations of kinky sex with the old guy and maybe his friends, nothing is ever made clear but it's just another example of the director working far too timidly with this material. The overly obvious visual metaphor to end the film makes for an appropriate ham-fisted finale to this tripe.
Spirited comedic operetta set in 1925 as a high society woman's… MoreSpirited comedic operetta set in 1925 as a high society woman's husband meets her ex-husband for a major business deal while each unaware she had previously married the other. I don't like musicals as a rule but when a cast shows a level of commitment on par with Chicago or Moulin Rouge then I capitulate. This cast surely had to know their stuff on par with a true live show performance as the very long takes and pinpoint timing must've required many many hours of rehearsal. Audrey Tautou sparkles as a supporting character and comes in 5th or 6th in screen time, while it's Isabelle Nanty playing her older sister who gets the best lines, sometimes speaking directly to camera and the audience. Script includes some witty satirization of art movements and the people who only follow the hottest trend, for example the hot ticket is for a new ballet with a seal as the leading dancer, and Cubism has been supplanted by Spherism.