Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Friday, 26 June 09

Transformers (RotF)Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
John Turturro
Ramon Rodriguez
Kevin White
Julie White
Isabel Lucas

PG13           150min           2009

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. | – from imdb

If you were around during the heyday of Transformers then you know the story of ROTF. Most parts are taken from the original cartoon movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is modernized and simplified for the commercial marketing

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” definitely does what a good sequel is supposed to. More robots, more hot bodies, and it moves the trilogy arc along. With over 20 different robots represented in the movie, it doubles the number and also most quadruple the screen time from the previous. Jessica Lucas comes to the screen bringing another hot body with a surprise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen brings more story showing how our civilizations histories are intertwinned.

All those crying out that the twins are racists lighten the frak up. They are comic relief and fictional robots as much as I wish they were real. Its the absurdity of the characters that makes them funny.

Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen is what it is… a great summer movie. It’s directed by a director at the best of his game. Go, relax, buy some popcorn and soda, and enjoy one of this summer’s best film. Coming next week “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, in his second outing this summer, and Marion Cotillard.

I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5 out of 5.


“Iron Man”

Tuesday, 30 September 08

Robert Downey Jr.
Terrence Howard
Jeff Bridges
Gwyneth Paltrow
Leslie Bibb
Shaun Toub
Faran Tahir
Sayed Badreya

PG13           125min           2008

Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Iron Man is one of the quintessential comic book movies. This is a great addition to the growing collection of Marvel films and one fo the first from the newly minted Marvel Studios. With this talented cast this film was faithed to be a blockbuster.

In the two major comic book companies Marvel is outshining DC by leaps and bounds. Marvel does need the major record set films as DC does because of the shear volume of films that Marvel has put out or has in development.. Since 2000 every year there has been a marvel film released and Iron Man is one of its best.

Iron Man has the drama and heighten reality of the comic world. The cast is great and believable in this created world. Creating the drama that is relatible to all. Downey is amazing as Tony Stark. He is the live action embodiment of the character. But he is not to be outdone by Howard and Paltrow, who’s character support Stark and all of his flaws.

The effects are amazing helping the audience to get lost in the film. Coming in at 125 min, it’s a quick paced giving the audience a film that will entertain the entire family. For those who are uninformed to the comic, this is a good representation of the comic. It gives some the best quaility for an introfilm. But with wealth of untold stories this film is an amazing beginning to a great franchise, and hopefully an amazing super project to come.

I give Iron Man 4 out 5 Gs.

“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.


Monday, 17 September 07

300.jpgGerard Butler
Lena Headey
David Wenham
Dominic West
Vincent Regan
Michael Fassbender
Tom Wisdom
Andrew Pleavin
Andrew Tiernan
Rodrigo Santoro
R           106min           2007

The epic graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) assaults the screen with the blood, thunder and awe of its ferocious visual style faithfully recreated in an intense blend of live-action and CGI animation. Retelling the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, it depicts the titanic clash in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his mssive Persian army. Experience “300”, history at sword point and moviemaking with a cutting edge – from the back cover

Having only glanced the history behind the battle and never having read the graphic novel I watch this film with virgin knowledge. It grabbed me and held tight, having me watched it three times consecutively. It’s easily in my top ten. Even with the historical inaccuracies this is a battle beyond history and a film for the ages.

“300” has an unique visual style that lends itself to it’s source material. It thoroughly exciting with carnage that is in your face and unrelenting. This is one of those movies that changes the way you to see the genre of comic book action films in a different light.

This is a film that transcends the gender barrier. This is one of the first films that even appealed to my sister on a maniacal level. For weeks after watching this film she would quote lines from the films. Even now talking to her I can start one of the phrases and she will finish it.

If you missed it in the theatre then you really want to purchase this film immediate. You will never be able to use “300” for a report on the Battle of Thermopylae, but you will be able to watch an entertaining historical movie.

As this is only the single disc version it only has a commentary with Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstan, and Larry Fong. It contains movie previews for “Trick R Treat”, “The Brave One”, “300: The Video Game” and “Superman: Doomsday”.

I give it 5/5 Gs.

“Transformers (2007)”

Tuesday, 3 July 07

transformers.jpgShia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Rachel Taylor
Tyrese Gibson
Jon Voight
Anthony Anderson
John Turturro
Peter Cullen
Hugo Weaving

PG13           143min           2007

”Transformers (2007)” based on the Hasbro Toy line and cartoon of the eighties, an Michael Bay update about technologically advanced alien robots that bring there war to earth fighting over the powerful Allspark, the source of all Transformers power.

Everyone that doubted Michael Bay’s skill can stop, Transformers is the best summer blockbuster of 2007. The special effects are tight and it has a plausible storyline that works. Anyone a fan of the cartoon will love this film. I wouldn’t be surprised if it breaks the Spider-Man records.

”Transformers (2007)” is a big loud summer movie that came to handle its business. The cars are awesome to look at and when they transform you feel the weight and the depth of their movements. The special effects are flawless. These are massive machines moving and they are a force to be reckoned with. The destruction that they inflict on the environments is massive just as these machines are and the civilians are running for cover as ants running from the destruction of the anthill.

The fans of the cartoon will love this film immensely. It has most of the characters you love but update and it works. The redesign of Optimus Prime works and makes him just as distinct as in the cartoon. The massively redesign Megatron works also, you know he’s alien, destructive, and here to destroy humanity. Michael Bay gave the characters distinct personalities and they work for each Transformer based on their function on the team.

”Transformers (2007)” has everything you’re looking for in a summer blockbuster. The story mainly flows from Sam Witwicky point of view but cut to the government every so often to update us on their progress to find and contain the source of attack on the base in Qatar. For the most part you never see the Decepticons. until last quarter of the film but once you do the come full force.

Once Sam purchases Bumblebee this movie kicks into second gear. When the Autobots come into the scene it kicks in too third gear at about the second quarter of this movie. By the time the Allspark is located this movie is running full throttle and doesn’t stop until the end. It has a complete and satisfying story, with an ending that is plausible and leaves the door open for the inevitable sequel.

Just as Spider-Man redefined the comic books in Hollywood, ”Transformers (2007)” will redefined the 80s cartoons for Hollywood. This left me full with excitement and I’m already anticipating the upcoming sequel. This is a film that you will have a hard time to have fault with.

I give it 5/5 Gs.

“Ghost Rider”

Monday, 18 June 07

ghostrider.jpgNicolas Cage
Eva Mendes
Wes Bentley
Sam Elliot
Peter Fonda
Donal Logue
Matt Long
Raquel Alessi
Brent Cullen

PG13           114min           2007

“Ghost Rider” is based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stunt driver, makes a deal with a demon to save a love one and years later when the demon comes to collect he must become the demonic bounty hunter known as the Ghost Rider.

It wasn’t what I expected. It was campier than I would have liked. Nicolas Cage gave patented Nic Cage delivery. The story needed more work.

For an origin story I found “Ghost Rider” was too campy. The tone of the film was too light with many of the actors’ deliveries were too ADD. This movie could not make up its mind in what it wanted to be. half the actors were taking themselves seriously and the other half were making quips every five seconds .

Nicolas Cage played Johnny Blaze a little too jovial, for a man in his position. A demon owns your soul and he knew this for twenty plus years. A man walking in those shoes would be less of optimist and more of pessimist. He plays it flat, there is no difference, you could have taken which for me didn’t work for a character that is constantly living with this cloud over his head.

Eva Mendes one of the most beautiful actresses on screen but this character didn’t fit her. Even with the weak character develop this character was conflicted all around. Her character is heart broken when he leaves her and jovial years later when Blaze stops her in the middle of the road; and her sporadic delivers didn’t help this conflicted film.

“Ghost Rider” is a film that needed major work before filming. For an origin story it is the weakest of all the Marvel film, even weaker than “The Punisher.” The characters were never developed enough for you to care for them. Toward the end I cared more for Blackheart than I did for Ghost Rider and really wanted Blackheart to kick his butt.

Even the outstanding special effects cannot help this film; it left itself nowhere to go. I was left totally disappoint that it wasn’t better. I think I should have pony up to buy it instead of renting it; maybe the extended cut is better, anyone out there if you made it this far and you have the extended cut could you give the 411 in a comment.

I give it 1/5 Gs.

“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

Saturday, 16 June 07

fantasticfourriseofthesilversurfer.jpgIoan Gruffudd
Jessica Alba
Chris Evans
Michael Chiklis
Julian McMahon
Kerry Washington
Andre Braugher
Laurence Fishburne
Doug Jones
Beau Garrett

PG           92min           2007

“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” is about the Fantastic Four learning that there are far superior super-powered beings in the universe bent on destroying our world. They square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

This film rose to the occasion. This time around we find that the Fantastic Four are fallible and are struggling to control their lives as they spiral in the spheres of superheroes, celebrities, and normalcy. This film is better than the first. The story line coming from the comic it has been enhanced and modernized.

The Silver Surfer looks awesome. Given voice by the bass of Laurence Fishburne and the miming of Doug Jones, together this makes the character work. Laurence conveys so much emotion that it gives life to the semi-computer generated character.

“Rise of the Silver Surfer” find our heroes in a turning point in their lives. The character developments are complex yet progress naturally. Even though you know how its going to turn out its well developed and gives each character growth yet keeping true to their characters. There are funnier moments in this film.

This time around this is a more traditional and familiar story from the comics. Combining several story arcs from the comic to make a great comic book movie. Doom returns this time around in his more traditional comic book outfit and character traits.

If you a fan or not you will enjoy “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”. It’s a defiant winner. Where as other comic book movies kills its main villain FF shows its villain’s defeated but never destroyed just as in the comics. The only bad thing I can say about this film is that it ends too soon. You will want another twenty minutes.

I give it 4/5 GS.