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Well played, @chrisisall, and sometimes very true! :))
We'll have to disagree on this one, the dialogue was so corny and the acting was adequate, as I said I enjoyed to a point but not enough to want to see it again. I'm obviously in the minority, I only hope that Elysium can restore my faith in blockbusters when it arrives.
I'm only expressing my opinion so if that makes me a curmudgeon so be it, I just want something more from Cinema than the majority of what gets green lighted these days just isn't cutting it for me. If you love been awash in countless more comic book adaptations I'm sure you'll be in hog heaven but I can see myself visiting the multiplex less and less especially at the prices they charge.
I'm looking forward to At World's End that was always my most awaited film of the summer season, going to see it next Saturday.
But beyond that I can´t really say much about the film because I already forgot it. Not my kind of trash. Actually I must say, as a cheesy effects vehicle, I found G.I. Joe Retaliation much better.
It was quite entertaining. I didn't go into it with a lot of expectations, but there was some nice chemistry between Wahlberg and Washington, the action was quite entertaining, and the comedy throughout was really funny. Good way to spend two hours.
I felt like a good portion of the funny bits were shown in the trailer, but there were still some more throughout the movie, and Aniston was excellent (and sexy) in this. If you plan on seeing it, stay afterward and watch the gag reel. Hilarious stuff.
Going to see 'Elysium' tonight.
So it was worth it? I'm seeing it in XD tonight, which is amplified sound and picture, apparently.
I say it's worth a watch in theaters but I've never heard of XD (I assume it costs more) so I can't say if you should see it in that.
The one real negative thing I have to say about it is the hand to hand fighting, you can't tell what the hell is happening because the camera is so shaky and jumps around.
That's a shame about the hand-to-hand fighting. It's already ruined the film for me, as it ruined 'Taken 2' and 'Unknown' for me, as well. The jumpy-cam fist fights just don't go well for me, and if I'm clueless as to what's going on, then I'm immediately bitter.
EDIT: 'Elysium': wow, what a bad film. Horrendous editing (you were right, @QsAssistant) that left me questioning what was happening in every single gunfight and fistfight, characters I couldn't care less about, and heavily in-your-face political/health care views that weren't subtle in the slightest. If you're looking for good sci-fi this year, please, go rent/purchase 'Oblivion' instead.
I didn't hate it but yeah I was expecting something more. The horrible editing during the fist fights just ruins it all for me. In some movies it doesn't bother me but only if there's not a long fight or a lot of them. It didn't bother me in Taken 2 because there was only one fist fight at the end (if I remember right). One of the worst ones was in the Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Legacy, but those movies are so awesome that I still enjoy them.
I think the story and characters of "Elysium" would have been much better if the movie was about 20 minutes longer. Max just goes from a guy who's looking out for himself to a guy, that all of the sudden, will sacrifice himself for others. Had we had that extra time we could've seen his character actually develop.
Last film I saw in theatre though was The Wolverine. Excellent. Good edgy X-men mutant fare, with a real authentic Japanese touch.
Yes. It's very good. Think it may be the weakest of the three films though. Need to see it again on when released on Blu-Ray.
That's pretty much the verdict I've heard: good, but weakest in the trilogy. I still look forward to seeing this.
Thanks, It is getting 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
While watching it I was very much entertained, at least up until the climax. I notice however that it doesn´t do the film any good to think about it afterwards. It´s only good for enjoying the SFX.
I wonder if that will suffice for my spoiled palate.
Kick Ass 2 The shock value's gone and Jim Carrey is underused but it's every bit as good as the first film.
Scary but nothing original. However, excellent choice by director James Wan to make another possession film when he did. It seems that audiences eat this stuff like candy nowadays. Especially in the USA, some parts of which currently suffer from a downwards spiral into Medieval superstition, this is the kind of horror, presented as "based on true events", that people will happily watch. This also explains the Paranormal Activity craze, which I find hard to explain in any other way, for in my book those PA films are boring, uninspiring and plunging more and more into self-parody.
That said, The Conjuring is effective in delivering some really good scares. However, seasoned horror fans will recognise pretty much all the tricks before the film has fully exploited them and in fact they will be able to quote a dozen films that The Conjuring has obviously taken bits from: Amityville Horror, Darkness, Emily Rose, Exorcist, Woman In Black, Sinister, Legend Of Hell House... to mention but a few. Also, the "based on true events" line usually smells like BS to me. BUT, all in all the actors manage to convince, the story is well structured and the execution is spot on.
To those who are susceptible to fears for demonic possession, I say please, lose the spiritual nonsense and embrace science. Watch this film because you want to watch an effectively scary flick, not because you seriously consider the possibility that this is real stuff. Keep in mind that God is the sum total of all the laws of physics and Satan is everyone who allows religion to hijack morality. The Conjuring is a satisfying bit of campy horror, presented with some strong terror vibes, but ultimately set in fantasy land.