I Am Number Four

Saturday, 19 February 11

Alex Pettyfer
Timothy Olyphant
Teresa Palmer
Dianna Agron
Callan McAuliffe
Kevin Durand
Jake Abel

PG13           104min           2011

Based on the book of the same name by Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four is about nine human looking aliens and their guardians hiding in plain sight being hunted by another race of alien that destroyed their home world. These nine can only be killed in order. The first three are dead. The protagonist is the fourth and he its his story.

As I’m a fan of the book, I really liked “I Am Number Four.” This adaptation did make changes but these changes were for the better and worked better for the visual medium of film. The visual effects are amazing. I have yet to be disappoint on of D.J. Caruso.

This film stay true to the core story of the book and even most of the action sequence of the book. Most of the change are cosmetic to make the action in the book work in the changes in the film. Some changes work probably made to save cost. But of all its a film that story the novel in this series and it works.

Most of this movie is setup work what happens at the end of the film. For the most part, the setup, is streamlined and fast paced. A lot of information about the characters that is in the book is left out but they do it all the broad stroke to make the character interest. The cast is unbelievable hot which does take from the film especially in the case of Sam.
It shouldn’t be any surprised that the special effects looked amazing. *Spoiler Alert* You truly believe that light is emitting John’s hand and that Six can disappear with ease. I am disappointed in the changes in Four and Six powers; they were better in the book.*Spoiler Alert*

I give ‘I Am Number Four’ 4 out of 5.


Terminator: Salvation

Thursday, 21 May 09

terminatorsalvationChristian Bale
Sam Worthington
Anton Yelchin
Bryce Dallas Howard
Moon Bloodgood
Helena Bonham Carter
Jane Alexander

PG13           130min           2009

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

Christian Bale is today’s top action action star. Mainly this movie was overshadowed by the “rant hear around the world”; with that aside this is an awesome action movie, totally reviving the Terminator series. Salvation takes the series in a new and interesting direction.

The first three were about stopping John Connor before “Judgment Day” and now its about the stopping him during the war. He is a war harden Connor that’s seen horror that are unimaginable and probably survived many of them.

There were so many things happen in Salvation that one can even beginning to classify this. At face value you would say an action movie. But at the heart of this film is a man still trying to come to grips with the responsibility of his destiny. He continuing to listen to the voice of the past for guidance. He’s also questioning his own knowledge.

McG loves explosion. In the right theater you feel all the explosion too. The so much destruction that you really to believe the world is desolate and destroyed. I picked up on another interesting character plot… how human devolve into territorial primalistic heathens.

This is a great revival of the series and an interesting first chapter in the next trilogy in the Terminator series. I can’t wait to see what comes next with so many possible stories left to tell.

I give Terminator: Salvation 4 out of 5.


Friday, 21 November 08

twilightmovieKristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Cam Gigandet
Billy Burke
Ashley Greene
Nikki Reed
Jackson Rathbone
Kellan Lutz
Peter Facinelli
Elizabeth Reaser
Taylor Lautner

PG13           120min           2008

Based on the international bestseller by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight is about a teenage girl moving to a small town in Washington and falling in love with a vampire.

A couple of years ago I came across this web site that named books that were being turned into movies. It had a description of the book and information on the film. Two of the films that happened to be on it were Jumper and Twilight. I read there description and thought they would be interesting reads and they have not disappointed.

This is a faithful adaptation of the book and is one giant shout-out to the fans of the book without leaving out the uninitiated. The angst and drama is all there. The changes made by Melissa Rosenberg and Catherine Hardwicke really make Twilight fresh and new for fans of the book. This going to be a global phenomenon.

There many little things that the fans will recognize from the book. Its these little details that will make fans of the series see it again. But it also a film that girlfriends will take their boyfriends and they can enjoy. There is more action and less of the introspective dialog from Bella that will make most men uncomfortable. Most who are new to the series will not be disappointed.

The angst and drama from the books is there. Pattinson plays Edwards as a younger version of Angel without the curse. Stewart plays Bella unabashed love for Edward rivaling Juliet’s love for Romeo. Just as in the book the movie romance scream for a sequel.

The changes made to the screen whether it was in the adaptation of the screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg or the ideas that Catherine Hardwicke made, Twilight is familiar but totally fresh unlike the first two Harry Potter that were almost direct adaptation from the book. It follows the overall plot of the book but makes changes to the story that makes it more accessible for live action. Being a fan and knowing the story I can wait for the next ones to come out.

If you have not be introduce to the Twilight Universe here are the books for purchase:

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Trailers at the beginning of my screening was Knowing, Push, and 7 Pounds

I give Twilight 4 out of 5.

The Lazarus Project

Tuesday, 21 October 08

Paul Walker
Piper Perabo
Lambert Wilson
Linda Cardellini
Shawn Hatosy
Matthew Goodwin
Brooklyn Proulx
Tony Curran
Bob Gunton

PG13           100min           2008

With parole almost behind him, Ben (Paul walker) can’t believe how much he has to be thankful for: a beautiful wife, an adorable little girl and a steady paycheck. Life is good. But when he unexpectantly loses his job. Ben foolishly turns back to crime, joining his ex-con brother (Shawn Hatosy) in a robbery with deadly consequences. Suddenly facing a lethal injection, Ben must say goodbye to his family and prepare himself for the worst.

But his death sentence isn’t quite what it seems, as Ben regains consciousness near an eerie psychiatric ward, where he’s told he’s been hired as the groundskeeper, was his previous life only a dream or is he part of something far more sinister?

The Lazarus Project is a strange film that a savvy movie watcher can pick apart in the first fifteen minutes. But the reason we I watch films is to be entertained. This film accomplishes the task. I don’t remember seeing this released in theaters because it does have major weak moments.

Even with its weak moments its still an entertaining drama and trying to find the mystery of the drama is half the fun. The clues that are supposed to be subtle are fully apparent. Which gives away major plot points of the film really early. Leaving the film to loses its edge and fall flat. Only if you’re a fan of the actors could you entertain this film.

I give The Lazarus Project 2 out of 5.

“The Happening”

Tuesday, 7 October 08

Mark Wahlberg
Zooey Deschanel
John Leguizamo
Ashlyn Sanchez
Betty Buckley
Spencer Breslin
Robert Bailey Jr.
Frank Collison
Jeremy Strong
Alan Ruck

R           90min           2008

In this heart pounding apocalyptic thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, the writer-director of The Sixth Sense and Signs, a unstoppable event threatens the world’s population by attacking the most basic human instinct of all – survival. Mark Wahlberg stars as Elliot Moore, an ordinary man trying to save his family from a terrifying, invisible killers. As Elliot discovers the incredible possibility of what is happening, it is clear that no one – and nowhere is safe

M. Night Shyamalan returns in great form. Even with The Happening‘s twisted spoiled two days before I watched it, its still an interesting and intriguing thriller. It so appealing is that because it has one of my own personal truths “grass is bad…concrete is good”. With the way we treat natural it could entirely happen.

Mark Wahlberg does a great job at capturing the deer in headlights. He’s a man trying to rationalize and postulate what is happening around him, as a scientist and still come to grips with his ever changing reality. Many of the characters are not fleshed out. It is mainly a story about man adapting.

The Happening has everything that I look for in a good drama. A story that I can relate with and is believable. Even if you’re cynical this story can’t entirely be ruled out as impossible. A drama that has me thinking after the film is done. It had me thinking if it were true would I be in danger.

It has all the standard DVD features and featurettes. There is anything in the special features that stand out. It mas movie preview’s for The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia, Street Kings and Mirrors.

I give The Happening 5 out of 5.

“The Incredible Hulk”

Friday, 13 June 08

Edward Norton
Liv Tyler
Tim Roth
William Hurt
Tim Blake Nelson
Ty Burrell
Christina Cabot
Peter Mensah
Lou Ferrigno

PG13           114min           2008

Fugitive Dr. Bruce Banner must utilize the genetic accident that transforms him into a giant, rampaging hulk to stop a former soldier that purposely becomes an even more dangerous version.

The man with the ultimate anger issues is back. This time Edward Norton talks the role and its a more grounded film. Finding tracks with more of the comic and the television series that made it so popular. The Hulk himself has also been redesigned making him more fierce and muscular looking.

The Incredible Hulk is a more redesign that a sequel. Edward Norton and Liv Tyler are taking over the roles for Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly. Norton and Tyler seem more star crossed lover than Bana and Connelly; not that I’m disjecting their performance.

This time the film has a wider appeal because the film was more identifiable to the casual viewer. It was written more from the perspective the 80s television show. Making Banner a fugitive trying to find a cure and get back to the woman he loves. The version was grittier and that what I think appealed to the public at larger.

The Incredible Hulk this time featured a redesigned Hulk that was widely more appealling. This Hulk was less mass and fat and more just pure muscle. He was also more aggressive and dominant in this film. He’s a more proactive figure, His actions dictate the pace of this film. Instead of him reactive to humans; humans are reacting to him. Making him less of a mouse and more of a wild bear on the loose.

With Marvel producing there own products I expect their superheros to have better outing and a more encompassing. Marvel is placing its film as it does its comics… they inhabit real life places and interactive with one another. Outpacing DC by leaps and bounds, Marvel studios is clearing placing its bets on the Avengers film, set to come out in 2011.

I give The Incredible Hulk 5 out of 5.

“I Am Legend”

Tuesday, 18 March 08

iamlegend.jpgWill Smith
Alice Braga
Dash Mihok
Charlie Tahan
Salli Richardson
Willow Smith

PG13           100min           2007

Somehow immune to an unstoppable, incurable virus, military virologist Robert Neville (Smith) is now the last human survivor in New York City and maybe the world. But he is not alone. Mutant plague victims lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a antidote using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time.

Many people find this film a little off putting and do not like it. The quiet and stillness throws people. This is a film about the human condition that a straight up drama. It provides thoughts in our minds that we would rather not have.

It shows just how fragile the mind is. “I Am Legend” shows that for all the magnificence of the mind its still need contact and interaction to function. After three years of isolation, Robert Neville is still brilliant yet lost without the mundane connection that we take for granted.

There are moments in the film that are comical not because they are meant to be but because of the absurdity of the situation. Out of his mind grasping for a semblance of normalcy he has developed some serious coping issues. His coping is something that could make people not like the film; yet it was one of the things that made this film so much better.

I have watched both versions of “I Am Legend”. I say buy the two disc special edition. The alternate ending is so much better than the original theatrical and falls more in line with the movie instead of the name of the film and the plot line in the book. The theatrical cheats the fans out of many major plot points of the film.

There are four animated comics on the disc. They are ‘Death as a Gift’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Sacrificing the few for the Many’, and ‘Shelter’. There are movie previews for “Lost Boys: The Tribe”, “The Dark Knight”, “Speed Racer”, “Appleseed ExMachina”, and “JLA: The New Frontier”.

I give it 4/5.