Chev Chelios is back for more mayhem and violence in Crank: High… MoreChev Chelios is back for more mayhem and violence in Crank: High Voltage. When Chev Chelios awakens to find himself being kept alive for organ harvesting he goes on a wild rampage throughout L.A. to get his heart back, which has been sold off to a Chinese gangster. Writer/director team Neveldine & Taylor take everything to an extreme, and it doesn't work. The film is a chaotic mess, and there's no time to get to know or care about the characters. While its audaciousness is impressive, Crank: High Voltage doesn't amount to anything but a bunch of noise.
Yet another mundane and formulaic paranormal thriller, The Prophecy:… MoreYet another mundane and formulaic paranormal thriller, The Prophecy: Forsaken has no passion or originality. Continuing the story set up in the previous film, a church layman named Allison must protect an ancient manuscript called The Lexicon from a new faction of angels intent on using it to discover the identity of the Antichrist. Tony Todd gives a solid performance, but overall the acting's weak and colorless. The directing is also poor, and doesn't carry any intensity or suspense. The Prophecy: Forsaken is a generic and trite film that adds nothing to the series.
A poorly made and pointless film, The Prophecy: Uprising is a pathetic… MoreA poorly made and pointless film, The Prophecy: Uprising is a pathetic entry into the franchise. Though it calls itself a Prophecy film, it really isn't; as it doesn't abide by the mythology of the series and has no relation to established story arcs. This film follows two fallen angels that are searching for The Lexicon, an ancient manuscript that has the power to change the outcome of the Apocalypse and turn the tide in the celestial wars. It's a poorly written story that doesn't make sense, and the acting is awful. The Prophecy: Uprising is a worthless piece of garbage that tries to attach itself onto a series that it has no business being a part of.
A provocative thriller, Stigmata is a powerful and well-crafted film… MoreA provocative thriller, Stigmata is a powerful and well-crafted film that takes on deep issues. When a young woman in New York City begins to experience signs of Stigmata (the wounds of Christ), a Vatican investigator is send to look into the case; but the deeper he looks, the more troubling the case becomes. Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne lead the cast and give excellent performances. Additionally, the visual style is remarkably captivating and atmospheric. The score by Billy Corgan is also especially good, and enhances the dark and mystical tones of the material. Dealing with controversial spiritual and religious themes, Stigmata is a smart and thoughtful film that's intense and compelling.
An exciting and riveting action film, Transporter 2 is a non-stop… MoreAn exciting and riveting action film, Transporter 2 is a non-stop adventure. Professional driver Frank Martin takes a job as a chauffeur for a rich family in Miami, but when he's wrongfully accused of abducting their son he must go rogue in order to clear his name and save the child. Jason Statham delivers another excellent performance and is even better than he was in the first film. Additionally, the villains are cliched, over-the-top characters in that good action movie kind of way. However, some of the CGI is poor and can be a bit distracting. But the action is so overwhelming and explosive that it makes up for the flaws. Despite some weakness, Transporter 2 is a fun and entertaining thrill-a-minute adrenaline rush.
"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" From writer/director John Hughes comes… More"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" From writer/director John Hughes comes one of the most iconic films of the '80s, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The story follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who ditches school in order to have a day of adventure and wild hijinks. Starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, and Jennifer Grey, the film has a great cast; Broderick in particular has a lot of charisma. And the comedy is especially well-written; with some very clever meda humor. Entertaining and incredibly fun, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an excellent comedy and one of John Hughes' best films.
ABRAAAMS! Star Trek Into Darkness recycles one the most famous… MoreABRAAAMS! Star Trek Into Darkness recycles one the most famous stories of the original series in this new and exciting film from J.J. Abrams. After a terrorist launches attacks against Starfleet installations, the Enterprise is sent to apprehend him when he flees to Klingon space (spoiler alert...it's Khan). The film takes the Khan story from Space Seed and Wrath of Khan, and re-envisions it for Abrams' new Star Trek Universe. This new interpretation is rather clever in some ways, and cheesy and ham-fisted in others; but Benedict Cumberbatch is no Ricardo Montalban. Still, the special effects are amazing, and the action sequences are particularly intense and thrilling. Continuing at warp speed, Star Trek Into Darkness delivers all the adventure and excitement that has come to be expected of this new series of Trek films.
Jason Statham is The Transporter in this adrenaline fueled action film… MoreJason Statham is The Transporter in this adrenaline fueled action film from writer/producer Luc Besson. The story follows a driver who specializes in transporting packages, no questions asked; however he gets more than he bargained for when a package turns out to be a kidnapped woman. Statham gives a strong performance, and his stunt work is especially impressive. In fact, all of the fight choreography is exceptionally good; but it's undercut by a mundane and lifeless score that has no energy. Though The Transporter is a stereotypical action film in a lot of ways, Statham's charisma gives it an extra boost.
An action-packed but poorly written prequel, Death Race 2 is mindless… MoreAn action-packed but poorly written prequel, Death Race 2 is mindless fun. After a bank robbery goes wrong, Carl Lucas is sentenced to Terminal Island where the Weyland Corporation is experimenting with prisoner combat entertainment. Overall, the plot isn't that bad, and does a fair job at crafting an origin story for the Death Race. The casting is also pretty solid, and features Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Danny Trejo, and Ving Rhames; but their characters aren't written very well. Still, the fight scenes and chases are full of thrills and excitement. Death Race 2 provides an interesting backstory for the series, but the B-movie quality holds it back.
Steve Martin is on the case in The Pink Panther. When the coach of… MoreSteve Martin is on the case in The Pink Panther. When the coach of France's national soccer team is murdered and his famous Pink Panther diamond stolen, bumbling police detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau is tasked with solving the case. Co-starring Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, and Emily Mortimer, the cast is pretty good and has a talent for this style of broad comedy. However, it's the comedy stylings of Steve Martin that have to carry the film, and he does a great job with the slapstick humor. Still, there's a lot of juvenile stuff that doesn't really work, and Beyonce Knowles is dead weight. The Pink Panther is a fun film with plenty of laughs, but they don't always land.