The Admiral: Roaring Currents rides the tide with Han-min Kim's… MoreThe Admiral: Roaring Currents rides the tide with Han-min Kim's direction.
Sailing in at a solid 2 hours, it is a lengthy ride thanks to its slower pace, but the story does do an even split, with an hour of build up and an hour of naval carnage. While the set up is necessary the character interest isn't that great, leaving the first half a little bland and a bit dramatic.
The naval battles have some entertainment value in them. Employed by some CG, which is not bad, the events on the Myeongnyang Strait goes back and forth with intriguing action elements.
Min-sik Choi leads like he knows how to do. Seung-ryong Ryu has a devilish persona to him. The rest of the cast falls into battle formation.
The Admiral: Roaring Currents stirs up commotion in the waters and is a watchable piece of history.
Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer takes a trip through Home Mart.
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A lengthy and cautiously paced introduction set things into motion. A lot is shrouded in mystery in the early going, but it all does its job when the story gets going. The atmosphere and mood of this action thriller proves to be the key to this picture. Then there's the action.
The action is stylized; however, it does contain a sense of realism to it all. The mature violence also fits well with the story concept. DIY.
To the film's advantage, Denzel Washington ends up with a likable character with an equal adversary, Marton Csokas, roaming the aisles. Chloe Grace Moretz has her moments early on.
Despite a 2+ hour tedious pace, The Equalizer manages to become a rewarding thriller.
Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark… MoreMatt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes travels down the dark path.
Swinging in at 2 hours, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a solid mixture of story, character, and action. Things are predictable and there are times when the plot details become tedious; however, as a whole, this picture comes together.
It can be said that this picture relies heavily on CG, and yes it does. All can be forgiven if done the right way and this film does it the right way. The motion capture and the presentation of the apes are spectacular in their own right; almost as if they are standing right there with the rest of the actors.
The human characters serve as a good contrast to the apes, which is much welcome. Watching 2 hours of apes just wouldn't be the same. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell have the major human characters to follow.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes never brings the suspense or excitement, yet it is still a recommendable piece.
Bryan Singer sets the future with X-Men: Days of Future Past.… MoreBryan Singer sets the future with X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Traveling in at a solid 2 hours, the film finds its strength in the storytelling, especially in the early going. The opening act is an attention grabber, but the meat is definitely in the middle; this is where the picture shines. The character driven formula proves successful in holding the action oriented opening and conclusion together.
The action is CG heavy and it has its moments, especially when it comes to Quicksilver and Blink. For the most part, the CG gets a passing grade.
There are a ton of characters that pop up, but the show is carried by the right people. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence make this film what it is. Hugh Jackman is just along for the ride at this point.
X-Men: Days of Future Past meddles with time and while not perfect in its delivery, it finds its place among the mutants.
Teddy Chan unleashes martial arts on the crime drama world of Kung Fu… MoreTeddy Chan unleashes martial arts on the crime drama world of Kung Fu Jungle.
Intriguing from the start, the 100 minute story slowly loses some of its steam before picking itself up for the finale. For the most part, the film plays out like a crime thriller more than it does an action adventure; however, the martial arts manages to find its place in this picture.
The pacing is moderate, while the action is fast and frenzy. The lack of slow motion helps to showcase the choreography of the fights, leaving the want for more. The CG isn't that great, but its use is limited.
It isn't a martial arts extravaganza without Donnie Yen and he doesn't disappoint. His acting doesn't stand out, but his action sequences do. Charlie Young is there to carry the film from an acting perspective. The plethora of cameos, identified in the film's closing credits, is a nice touch.
Kung Fu Jungle lives up to expectations with martial arts in a modernized setting. Recommendable.
Pou-Soi Cheang goes up, down, and all around with The Monkey King.… MorePou-Soi Cheang goes up, down, and all around with The Monkey King.
For most of its entirety, which is nearly 110 minutes, the storytelling moves from place to place and scene to scene in orderly fashion. The problem is, despite the playful atmosphere, the connection and movement between everything. There isn't much in the way of character buildup and smooth transition between plot details.
There is extremely heavy reliance on CG and green screen; too much for its own good. At times, the visuals delight and entertain the eye; however, much of the story and action gets enveloped by it all.
Donnie Yen, along with the voice-work, provides a very lively Monkey King with a little bit of an annoyance factor. Thanks to the CG there isn't much martial arts action to enjoy from him. Bummer. Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok are the other notable cast members.
The Monkey King does showcase its budget, leaving enough on the table to be watchable.
While the title is misleading, though not entirely, Yoshihiro… MoreWhile the title is misleading, though not entirely, Yoshihiro Nakamura's The Snow White Murder Case is murder told right.
While spanning a solid 2 hours and definitely moving at a leisurely pace, the storytelling manages to keep this murder case open until the finale. The plethora of character anecdotes which retells the story in a different manner each time, leads to a well crafted film.
The use of Twitter, while managing to overwhelm the screen at times, actually creates an interesting piece of the puzzle. Not only is this use of social media modern, but it isn't just thrown in just for the heck of it. It actually proves to be an integral part of the story.
Mao Inoue is very monotone with her character, but it works well in contrast to the likes of Nanao and Risako Kano. The rest of the supporting cast fill in the holes of the case nicely.
The Snow White Murder Case shrouds itself to entertain. A Japanese crime drama to see.