How this franchise has already 3 movies kinda amazes me. Pitch Black… MoreHow this franchise has already 3 movies kinda amazes me. Pitch Black was a decent sci-fi action flick that looked horrible but was fun nontheless. Nothing much has changed in Riddick, except for some heavy misogynistic undertones that seem straight out of the 80s (which is where this movie fits like a glove). The CGI is kinda awful, the story a muddled mess, the acting atrocious and way overlong for it's own good but still, it's kinda magnetizing to see Vin Diesel mubling around kicking alien and bounty hunters asses.
My favorite segment has to be the survival mode on the first 40mins of the film which are kinda amazing and felt fresh right until the obnoxious humans arrive. Nothing like seeing Riddick bonding with a baby alien dog, kicking some scorponok creatures asses.
Another passable action flick, for boys only. Will surprise me if it gets more sequels. Yet, once again, Vin Diesel lives to mumble another day.
A bit of filler to Pixar's catalogue, MU doesn't bring anything new… MoreA bit of filler to Pixar's catalogue, MU doesn't bring anything new but it's still a charming movie while it lasts.
The story is the overal underdog storyline we're fed up with every year with these animated flicks, with an extra added flair of colorful moments and imagination thanks to the cool designs of these characters. Speaking of which, there's way too many for the new ones to cause any lasting impact, showing bigger frailties onto the story but that is tossed aside thanks to well-thought comedy bits that work for both kids and grown-ups.
Solid movie but not quite up to the standards we've come to expect from Pixar.
You probably won't find a better written movie this year with plenty… MoreYou probably won't find a better written movie this year with plenty of double-meaning metaphors and such a strong and confident cast, saying these inhuman gorgeous written things (let's face it, humans don't talk like this). But you will probably find better crime thrillers and better set stories.
The Counselor is another morality tale written by Mccarthy, but this time to the big screen. Aided by some gorgeous visuals by Sir Scott and Dariusz Wolski that don't interfere with either the story or dialogues, but rather make them stand out, the main problem with The Counselor is that it would probably turn out to be a better book rather than a full-lenghth picture. It's overly long, feature a couple of dispendable scenes, the story is scattered and difficult to follow and doesn't feature as many thrills as one would expect. Still, that doesn't make it a bad movie by a long shot, there's plenty to appreciate here, from the transformation of the characters, the consequences it brings and just how cynical McCarthy's eye is on all of this. An honest try from Ridley Scott to bring some new light onto McCarthy's work (he already tried adapting Blood Meridian before) that works for the most part but needed an extra polish to truly become an amazing experience.
This movie had two serious things going against it before my viewing:… MoreThis movie had two serious things going against it before my viewing: Oren Peli and the low reviews.
Turns out I ended up enjoying the movie quite a bit! The atmosphere was built rather well, thanks to the amazing setting, sense of dread it carries and by not showing or telling us jack right until the end. Also helps to have a well rounded cast of people that are less douchy than the majority in these films. I could sense the ordeal they were going through and some of the decisions they had to make, even if they seemed somewhat silly at times.
The bad thingies could be summed up to the off screen deaths and the derailment that is the last 20ish minutes. It tries to be more than what it is and looses a lot of what was built before thanks to it. There just isn't a good enough payoff in the end or during, for a movie like this. It plays the tropes of the genre too easily, so it can't get past the mediocrity.
A solid sequel that delivers more gore and thrills but less humanity… MoreA solid sequel that delivers more gore and thrills but less humanity and food for thought.
28 Weeks Later is smartly realized by showing us a wide cast of characters on their different roles after the apocalypse featured on 28 Days Later. It's very interesting to see how each "division" of society reacts when the shit hits the fan but unfortunently we don't spend much time with the characters. It also holds some unpredictability to who will die and stay alive during the movie, bringing some nice surprises while it lasts.
Asides from a couple silly scenes, the movie escalades to great action set pieces, always focused on the characters and the arc it built before.
A mess of colossal proportions that actually wouldn't be a problem and… MoreA mess of colossal proportions that actually wouldn't be a problem and would fit like a glove onto Machete's style. The problem is that this mess is tremendously unfunny and is not as action packed as it thinks it is. It bites more than it can chew with it's ginormous disposable cast, silly premise with pretentions at social critique and way too low of a budget. The movie looks horrible and not in a good way. Where's the grain? Where's the missing tape segments? The audio jumps? The gritty filters? Does Machete Kills even wants to be an exploitation flick by missing these key grindhouse elements? Cause they would mask the atrocious CG and poorly directed action segments.
Asides from an inspired role from Démian Bichir, there's nothing much to enjoy here.
One of the main protagonists for giving The boost to the zombie… MoreOne of the main protagonists for giving The boost to the zombie sub-genre, that I'm quickly growing tired of lately, 28 Days Later still holds remarkably well a decade after.
After a somewhat unnecessary, exposition heavy prologue, we are presented with the best empty city footage since Omega Man. It's incredibly simple but it works, since we're quickly put onto the shoes of our protagonist and can relate to what he's going through. Again, this would have a bigger impact without the prologue.
After some quick creepy glances at the infected, we're treated with a very episodic narrative that could've been a mess but works, thanks to the actors work and the arc they all have. They can go from confuse, to angry, to badass, to berzerk mode and it all feels believable. It feels believable because each episode is precarious and holds to what the movie has been telling from there on. It rarely feels unnecessary.
As for the criticism that the last segment of the movie has, I actually enjoyed it for one particular reason. There's nothing more symbolic than the colapse of society by having the last members of what could be considered humanity's last remnants of "order" and "rebuild" in an apocalyptic world, crashing for the simplest reason ever. Sex. This isn't about the future, this is pure and simple about sex. And it speaks volumes on how we as society think we are advanced regarding human rights and how women are still treated on a daily basis, despite all our "progress". Given the world 28DL presents, this isn't shocking at all, it's just horrifying because it's a tale we hear everyday about still. And if what's meant to protect us collapses as well? That's the question the movie asks and showcases the possibilities and outcomes, desguised as a low-budget, exciting horror-thriller flick and that's what makes 28 Days Later a success.
A very bloody and gory slasher with amazing dry jokes and super fun… MoreA very bloody and gory slasher with amazing dry jokes and super fun mood right until the end, plagued by severe logic actions and over the top acting.
This Indonesian Texas Chainsaw Massacre like flick, is a very poorly… MoreThis Indonesian Texas Chainsaw Massacre like flick, is a very poorly acted one, that plays every trope of the genre with a very amateurish look while it lasts. Asides from a couple of cool deaths, there's nothing here worth singing home about.
Paul Greengrass sums up his career so far with the intense Captain… MorePaul Greengrass sums up his career so far with the intense Captain Phillips. It has a certain cold and documentary approach while the events unfold (à lá United 93), never forgetting the tense bits (which are intense as hell when it starts) and humanizing the lead characters right until the end (Bourne saga).
It starts off on a rather weak fashion with a cheesy dialogue between the captain and his wife. But fortunently, things quickly escalate to fantastic levels. Once the pirates are on board, you barely have time to breath. It's nothing overly original but it works, thanks to a good subtle performance from Hanks and the revelation that is Barkhad Abdi. Greengrass is smart enough to give characterization to the villains, putting us on his shoes from time to time and that's what sets this thriller apart from most on this last decade or so. Without spoiling much, once the credits start to roll, you're left with a bitter taste on your mouth, because you've invested so much on these characters and the resolution is probably not what you wanted. Still, the approach obviously tends to lean more towards the american side of things, as is usual with this type of films, but it doesn't detract much from the final, super engaging thriller experience that Captain Phillips provides.