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.


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.

“Fast & Furious”

Friday, 3 April 09

fastandfurious4Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Jordana Brewster
Michelle Rodriguez
John Ortiz
Laz Alonso
Gal Gadot
Sung Kang

PG13           107min           2009

After 5 years circumstances bring FBI Agent Brian O’Connor and Dominic Toretto back together again. This time it’s to avenge lost friends and to bring down an international drug cartel.

This time around the original parts are better sync’d. This is the proper sequel to ”The Fast and the Furious” . Yes this has all the flash, or should I say flesh, as the others but this time is about the story and not about the cars. The stunts are ramped to the next level just as you expect but done uniquely that helps to reinvigorate the series.

“Fast & Furious” is the best in the series and it also is a fitting conclusion to it. It does a great job of telling a thrilling story but wraps up the original in a tight little bow. Anymore sequels would be repetitive. The series is back at the top of its game. The well is tapped, please don’t be out any stagnant water.

Take the action and characters from ”The Fast and the Furious”, ¾ the plot from “A Man Apart” and ¼ the plot of “Running Scared” and you have the film that is “Fast & Furious”.

I give “Fast & Furious” 4 out 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.