Lighthearted and fun, The Wedding Ringer is a formulaic goofball… MoreLighthearted and fun, The Wedding Ringer is a formulaic goofball comedy with a fair amount of laughs. Unable to come up with any groomsmen for his wedding, Doug Harris turns to a small-time hustler who specializes in wedding services. Leads Kevin Hart and Josh Gad deliver solid performances, but the supporting cast is rather weak. Also, the comedy is uneven, as the raunchiness seems random and out of place. And the plot is full of clichés and stereotypes. Yet despite its weakness, The Wedding Ringer is still pretty entertaining.
Crude but funny, The Campaign is a stereotypical raunchy comedy that… MoreCrude but funny, The Campaign is a stereotypical raunchy comedy that doesn't really go anywhere. The story follows a congressional campaign where a philandering, long-term congressman receives some stiff competition when a wealth political group decides to run an opposition candidate. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis lead the cast, but their overacting works against the film. Additionally, the humor seems unfocused and the satire gets a little propaganda-ish. There are laughs to be had in The Campaign, but it doesn't come together very well.
"I'm a peacock, you gotta let me fly!" Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg… More"I'm a peacock, you gotta let me fly!" Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are The Other Guys in this hilarious buddy cop satire. Tired of taking a backseat, detectives Hoitz and Gamble aim to become the top cops of their precinct by taking down an investment banker who's running an embezzlement scheme. Ferrell and Wahlberg deliver strong performance and have great comedic chemistry together. Plus, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson have incredibly funny cameo roles. The comedy is especially well-written, and does a good job at lampooning the cop genre. Full of laughs, The Other Guys is wildly entertaining and fun.
Mark Wahlberg stars as The Gambler in this a drab and nihilistic… MoreMark Wahlberg stars as The Gambler in this a drab and nihilistic thriller. When college professor Jim Bennett has his gambling debts called in by the Chinese mob he's given seven days to come up with the money. Wahlberg gives a decent performance, but his character is rather unlikable; as he seems to be self-destructing just to see how far he can go. Additionally, the plot is weak and doesn't have a clear direction. Yet director Rupert Wyatt does a nice job at creating an atmospheric tone, and at bringing tension to the scenes. While The Gambler has its moments, it fails to deliver a compelling story.
Exciting and fast-paced, Faster is a high-octane thriller. The story… MoreExciting and fast-paced, Faster is a high-octane thriller. The story follows a recently released convict who's on a mission to kill the gang that set him up and murdered his brother. Dwayne Johnson leads the cast and gives a strong performance. And the supporting cast is also pretty good, and includes Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino. Additionally, the action scenes are incredibly intense and gritty. But, the plot's a little weak and underdeveloped; using a lot of the typical clichés of a revenge film. Still, while it's a bit formulaic, Faster uses that to its advantage so that it can get straight to the hard hitting action.
Generic and fairly mundane, Wild Card is an underwhelming action film.… MoreGeneric and fairly mundane, Wild Card is an underwhelming action film. When one of his friends is beaten and raped Nick Wild, a private security specialist, tracks down the man responsible and helps his friend get her revenge. Jason Statham leads the cast, but gives a pretty rote performance. In fact, none of the acting is particularly good. And the plot is unfocused, shifting between three seemingly unrelated storylines. Wild Card is mildly entertaining at times, but overall it's a rather forgettable film.
Insipid garbage, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power attempts to… MoreInsipid garbage, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power attempts to reboot the series once again. Seemingly ignoring the last film, this installment follows the Akkadian mercenary Mathayus as he goes on a quest to find the fabled Crown of Alcaman and clear his name of the murder of the King of Norvania. The script is terrible and the characters are clichéd stereotypes. Additionally, the sets look incredibly cheap; as do the costumes. A poorly made film that doesn't put forth any effort, The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power is horrendously bad.
Though slightly better than the atrocious prequel, The Scorpion King… MoreThough slightly better than the atrocious prequel, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption is still low-budget schlock. After having lost his queen and his kingdom, Mathayus returns to his life as a mercenary and embarks upon a mission to stop a rogue warlord from raiding a fortress that protects the Book of the Dead. Victor Webster, Ron Perlman, and Billy Zane lead the cast, but none of them really tries to give a performance. And the fight choreography looks incredibly staged; carrying no danger or suspense. A pointless sequel, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption undermines the series.
Appallingly bad, The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior is unwatchable… MoreAppallingly bad, The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior is unwatchable garbage. A prequel, the film follows a young Mathayus as he goes on a quest to the underworld to get a mystical weapon that will allow him to kill the sorcerer who murdered his father. The acting is horrendously bad; especially Karen David who chews the scenery and is annoying as all get-out. Additionally, the sets look incredibly cheap and the CGI is terrible. And, the plot couldn't be more formulaic and clichéd. The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior is an abysmal film that has virtually nothing to do with the original.
A spin-off of The Mummy series, The Scorpion King is a fun sword and… MoreA spin-off of The Mummy series, The Scorpion King is a fun sword and sandals film. The story follows an Akkadian warrior named Mathayus who's hired to assassinate a warlord's sorcerer, but he's betrayed and left for dead. Starring The Rock, Kelly Hu, and Michael Clarke Duncan, the cast is pretty solid, and they do a good job at handling the campiness of the material. Also, the action scenes are dynamic and have a lot of energy to them. However, the script is rather weak, with a fairly generic plot and poorly written dialog. Yet despite its problems, The Scorpion King is a lighthearted and entertaining action film.