Not an inspiring movie and i still dont realize why the movie was actually made.Neither it has some historical relevance nor does it has some heart stopping sequences. It purely takes inspiration from Gladiator and Ben Hur movies to redesign its action sequences.Emily Browning has turned to be an eye candy with not much of strong performance. Terribly misplanned and mismanaged action sequences. Not worth watching rather put the cash inside your wallet and wait for 300 : Rise of the Empire.
Till Then keep watching MOvies :P
Generally the acting was second rate and sound effects seemingly attempted to compensate for this. Having already seen Diogo Morgado play Jesus in "The Bible" miniseries I was hoping for a different actor. The second half of the movie was better than the first half because of the intensity of the scourging and crucifixion. Regardless of these shortcomings I believe Christians are obligated to see such films to show Hollywood we still care about them. Lastly, although Roma Downey is a really lovely lady (maybe too lovely to play Mary), I wasn't impressed by her part. Perhaps the best acting came from the fellow who played Pontius Pilate (not listed in the cast below).
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Just out of college, Jack Ryan joins the Marines to serve his country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks; however a debilitating crash forces him out of active duty. During physical rehab he is recruited to join the CIA as a financial analyst. While attempting to uncover terrorist funding sources, he comes under attack and must single-handedly fight his way out to save his fiancé, the targeted victims of a planned terrorist attack, and the US economy. Just another day at the office.
It's relatable enough: our main character initially shows promise but is dealt a bad hand in life and finds himself confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds. His or her motivations, challenges, pro- and an- tagonist interactions, rewards and failures become ours as we cheer or lament at each twist. Just like real life.
The first movie I recall seeing Chris Pine in was the Star Trek reboot. I admired his gritty portrayal of a young Jim Kirk whose ego was eclipsed only by the size of the justifiable chip on his shoulder. Yet he was still able to overcome it all and save the world - literally - in a very believable way.
I initially was disappointed that as the next Jack Ryan, despite a motivating if a little predictable plot twist early on, the chip didn't have time to fully seat itself before he was once again off to save the day. But his portrayal grew on me, and by the end, it worked ok.
Keira Knightley put just the right dose of tension into her character. What would otherwise have been a role on the wrong side of yawn kept me guessing the entire time.
Kenneth Branagh, who has captivated me in just about every role he has played, did not disappoint. I found myself *almost* sympathizing with this very bad guy and hoping for a last minute change of heart. AND he directed?!?
Enter Kevin Costner, playing seasoned CIA team lead William Harper who is as Morpheus was to NEO, finding and recruiting Jack to save the day. Costner portrays Harper as almost-too-calm without being emotionless.
The High Points
There were some good action scenes including intense but realistic car chases and well-orchestrated fight sequences. There was also some very strong plot development in certain areas, including in some of the relationships. The movitvation of potential terrorist attacks was also handled well and not over-developed. The story compelling, individual performances very strong, the music very fitting. In all an enjoyable movie.
What Could Have Been Better
This movie is fine for teenagers depending on how scared they get.
The youngest age you shold watch this is 10, bearing in mind that a 10 year old girl might find it quite scary. If your child has a very vivid imagination then they shouldn't watch it as there are a ew scenes with a lot of violence in it. The movie overall is very moving but some scenes just are horrible as a lot of children get killed right infront of you.
Thor: The Dark World centers mostly around a dangerous threat called Malekith, who is essentially trying to take over Earth and wipe out the human race; at least that's what it's supposed to be about. The movie I saw showed something much stronger; the brotherly dynamic of Thor and Loki. The movie starts with Loki being told by Odin that he will spend the rest of his days in the dungeons, adding that the only reason why he's still alive is because of his mother. It goes on and the real exciting parts start when Thor enlists Loki to assist him in a matter in which Jane, Thor's earthly lover, is "possessed" by an ancient, dangerous force known as the Aether which Malekith desperately needs. Thor means to destroy it after Malekith, but it doesn't quite go as planned. *SPOILERS AHEAD: CAUTION* Loki ends up getting "killed". Thor and Malekith have an epic showdown, and at the very end, while Thor says goodbye to Odin, Loki appears as Odin and with a mechanical grin, he says, "No, thank you, brother."
Okay. Wow. The ending was definitely a huge cliffhanger. The real question for all you Loki lovers out there is: would you rather have had Loki die but honorably, or continuing living but under evil circumstances? Loki is an interesting, deep character and that's why I love Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of him. Of course, I want Loki to live because he is literally the only interesting thing about the movie, but it's sad that he's like this. Anyway, overall, this movie was action packed and well written. Loki is definitely the best character, and he provides depth and mystery to the story which I love. I can't wait until Thor: Ragnarok. Worth watching, go see it!
I'm a fan of the Marvel Comic book movies. They are always worthwhile. This one mixes current time and places with the ancient ones.
As Thor reunites with his past he has to make yet more journeys across the solar system to save his girl and the planets. His long estranged brother of course has always had other plans. Thor under his father the kings direction once again has to fight the bad guys. But these guys are more bad than the ones he had to fight before.
The movie is action packed and keeps you interested throughout. Good acting, plot and graphics. I don't like how the characters can take the form of other people. Makes for somewhat of a lame excuse for some of their activities.
The ending has a small twist that I didn't see coming.
This movie flat out sucked. The only redeeming qualities this movie has is some dazzling special effects, George Clooney and maybe one or two good scenes. Other than that, this movie is one giant snore fest.
I like Sandra Bullock, but I found her character to be dull, flat and hard to understand. Very closed off individual that in the end left me not caring whether she lived or died. I think I would've liked this a lot better if this movie was about George Clooney, because his character was stellar and plenty to route for. Bullock... not so much.
Overall, disappointing and lackluster. Not worth all the attention it gets.
The war on terrorism saw the rise of drone warfare that not only saved lives of soldiers on field but also improved the military's attacking prowess. The future portrayed by director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is much more sophisticated with droids and weaponized machines taking the place of real soldiers in combative warfare. The essence of both the original Robocop and its remake is that they are reflective of their times. Padilha exposes the need for human emotions and sensibilities that are lacking in even the most advanced machines and how that need becomes completely irrelevant when politics and mean businesses are in control of who or what is on the street, protecting civilians. Alex Murphy is as human as a robot can get and the movie deals with his conflict between a controlling software and the brain's emotional impulses. His family wants the human, Omnicorp desires the Robot while American citizens are shrouded in political darkness.
In a live report covering Operation Freedom in Tehran, Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) asserts the success of robots in peacekeeping abroad while questioning America's reservations against employing the technology within its borders. Novak maybe overly patriotic but his allegiance to Omnicorp soon becomes ridiculously obvious. Sellars (Michael Keaton) brilliantly plays the head of the robotics conglomerate Omnicorp that employs Dr. Norton's (Gary Oldman) genius in robotic prosthesis to create the most human-robot peacekeeper that can win over Americans. After a suspicious explosion, Murphy's salvaged organs are then given a Robotic body that keeps him well alive but devoid of sensibilities that often try to overcome his programmed actions. His wife, though glad of his survival, is cynical of Omnicorp's real intent and Murphy's whimsical attitude towards his family. Meanwhile, Robocop is a hit for the citizens of Detroit as he nabs numerous law breakers in a short period. As he investigates and closes each crime incident, the inevitable occurs when his own accident comes under his scanner. Murphy's persistence in finding the mastermind makes him a nemesis of both Omicorp and the law. That's when Robocop goes crazy.
Jose Padilha's screenplay and direction question morality, justice and freedom in the application of robotic warfare. Constantly, it is Murphy's inquisitive human nature behind the stoic and methodical Robocop that becomes the distinct feature of this installment. The battle between man and machine is well delineated in both emotional and physical aspects. Jose's take on this 1987 franchise is of course technologically advanced and while the shoot-out sequence in the abandoned warehouse is thrilling enough to be the best of the movie, there's little else that impresses much. Today's suit could be loaded with weapons but we mostly have Murphy pulling out the gun from his thigh as expected. But damn! That Motorbike......
Joel Kinnaman doesn't create the greatest appeal in Robocop's shoes but give him time to play the emotions that range from shock, devastation and anger to see what he is capable of. Gary Oldman is excellent in his dedication to helping mankind rather than supporting malpractice and he would be quite a pillar in this franchise. Samuel Jackson is lavishly over-the-top but that's not his fault. Michael Keaton convinces us of his ambition, greed and confidence in his technology to the extent that he is at times, not wrong. You dislike what he does to the Murphys but you still support his initiatives for America.
Murphy's inability to be with his family and his struggle to overcome the shock of his accident are the emotional platforms on which, corporation evil and politics make up for
dirty business. The proceedings get predictable and may even drag the film between action sequences but clearly, MGM & Sony Pictures' intention is to tease with sequels that can build on the platform.
- 6.882 on a scale of 1-10.
In this nihilistic portrayal of American society in the 1970s, we are told that if you want to get ahead you have to lie, cheat and steal. Ethics are turned on their head as we are lead to believe that the con artists are good and the law enforcers stupid and incompetent. The audience is supposed to loose respect for all the institutions of Western civilization and be lured over to a culture of deception and hypocrisy. All of the personal relationships portrayed in this movie are tainted by cheating and are always dysfunctional.
Humour is the weapon used to attack the FBI, who try to mount a sting operation involving a Mexican FBI agent pretending to be an Arabian Sheik Investor. In a meeting with an ominous Mafia boss played by Robert DeNiro, DeNiro's character begins a conversation with the ostensible Sheik in Arabic! This shows the Mafia man to be more educated and resourceful than the clumsy crew of FBI clowns who are trying to entrap him.
The protagonist Irving, is a Jewish businessman played by Christian Bale who, in addition to running a dry cleaning chain, cultivates a more lucrative embezzling operation, on the side as his so called “real” business. He is made up to look and sound reminiscent of meat-head in the 1970s TV Show All In The Family. Even his wife played by Jennifer Lawrence is made up to look like a hybrid of Gloria and Edith from the same sitcom, which is very funny and well executed by the actress. But it is still a throw back to the subversive shows of the 1970s like All In The Family and MASH, whose goal was to ridicule patriotism and trash conservatives.
All in all it is mediocre socio-political conditioning but it is laced with some sarcastic humour. Everybody is a hustler or con artist, even if most are unaware of it, according to Irving.