DOA certainly won't be winning any Academy Awards, but, then again, that's not what movies like this are meant for. They are meant to entertain, and I found DOA to be extremely entertaining. As far as movies based on video games, DOA actually stands high above most of the drek that's been cobbled together and marketed to it hardcore fan base... only to disappoint them.
In the same vein as the few standouts, in my opinion Mortal Kombat, Silent Hill, and the Resident Evil films, DOA does exactly what it set to do... Which is to bring all the cool stuff you love about a particular game to life... in all the full motion, 3D, live action glory you could realistically hope for.
First off, the game DOA is a fighting game, so the fights need to be good. And they're not just good, many of them stand out as great fight scenes. They're well choreographed, nicely filmed, good stunts and effects, good variety... and oh yeah, there's a heck of a lot of them. Way more fight scenes than even Mortal Kombat had.
Another plus of the game that translated well to the film, and that the marketing did not fail to capitalize on at all, is the roster of gorgeous female warriors. Sexy, hot, and bad ass, the gals of DOA do not disappoint. They even take it a step farther, often wearing outfits from the game (which are classic unlockables to fans of the game), and even pulling off signature fighting moves straight from the game's move list! Very cool.
For true fans of the DOA universe, there is even an awesome beach volleyball scene. It could have been disastrously ridiculous, but they pull it off so well, you can't help but love it.
But, there has to be a downside, I guess. And it's not the story. The story is just there to have a reason for all the fighting, but it actually isn't bad. Yes, you've seen this story before... All the world's greatest martial artists assembled for a top secret tournament on a mysterious island where there just might be an ulterior motive. But again, they pull it off with just enough tongue-in-cheek that it really works.
However, some of the hottie cast that they found to flesh out the DOA characters seem to have a real problem with the whole acting thing. Yeah, they look awesome flashing a katana and some cleavage, but when they speak... Not just the women, either. The dialogue for this movie passes rapidly between good, okay, and f'n cheesy... and it just seems all the worse when some of the actors seem to be reading it off of cue cards.
But then a fight breaks out, and you'll forget all about it. Fun movie.
Oh, and Helena is SO freakin' hot.
The original Fantastic Four was a decent hero flick, but I wasn't sure at the time that it deserved a sequel... I was apparently wrong and I'm glad. Rise of the Silver Surfer didn't change drastically from the first, but it was just much better written. The Silver Surfer and Galactus story line best fit this team, it was the perfect story line to showcase the FF.
The action is abundant and fast paced with great effects all throughout the movie. The team uses all their great powers in a variety of sequences, you get to see alot of super powers, fight scenes, and, most important... they didn't drop the ball with the Surfer. Lawrence Fishburne does great voice work on top of a well animated CG Surfer. Comic based films flounder when the effects fizzle, but this whole film is a CG super powered treat.
Aside from all the action, the side stories concerning the teams personal lives are smartly written. This keeps the film from getting dull between all the heroic daring-do.
The dialog is cheesy at times but there are only a few lines that are truly cringe inducing. Most of the corny parts are actually pretty funny.
This has been the best "summer movie" this summer. Everything is just much cooler this time around for the Fantastic Four; and Victor VonDoom is much "more" Dr. Doom-like, and the Surfer is bad ass! The stories good, the effects top tier, and the cast seems more into it this go around, maybe its just the good writing.
The only thing keeping this from being a perfect super hero flick, in the high ranks among X-men 2 and Spiderman 1&2, is a horridly cliche "oh wait.... They're not dead!" moment, but don't worry, you will see it coming a mile away.
If you like comic based action films, you are really going to like FF2, despite how you much you liked or disliked the first movie.
[After a teenage prank on Tamara, the unpopular girl in school, goes horribly wrong, the pranksters decide to cover their tracks and bury the body. However, death won't keep Tamara down. With a new, seductive look and a motive for a revenge to match, Tamara hunts down all those involved in her death.]
Starring: Jenna Dewan(Step-Up)
The creator of Final Destination has created a new sexy horror killer in Tamara.
after she comes back from the dead, thanks to a spell, she has the power to control people by touch and make them do what she wants, rather then being another serial killer w/ a knife, she uses her deadly powers to make her "bullies" kill themselves. From cutting up their own face to eating themselves, the movie is both creepy and funny.
Tamara's main focus alive and dead is to win the heart of her "true love". her english teacher Mr. Notolie and to get his slut wife out of the picture.
Jena Dewan is terrific in this movie, the plot is a little lame, and the movie is pretty predictable, but she makes it very worth watching...
What a wonderful example of the powerful effect a great ensemble cast can have on a film. Who needs a good story when you got all these great actors? It helps a lot that they all have very wonderful characters to perform, and what a great thing that we all, as an audience, got to meet them in such a great film, Ocean's Eleven.
Because, Ocean's Eleven had the superb cast, great writing, AND a wonderful story. It was fast- paced and witty, sweeping us along the roller-coaster plot line full of twists, turns, bangs... and jokes, GREAT laugh out loud moments from all the characters. So by the time we reach this film, with a ho-hum revenge plot and less witty dialogue, we can at least enjoy another adventure of our favorite crew of super criminals.
The revenge plot may not bowl you over, but it does entertain, especially since Danny Ocean and his gang are out to s c r e w over the one and only Al Paccino, whose addition as the villain could only up the ante of this already phenomenal cast.
So, the plot is there, the cast is remarkable, the writing is good... it just doesn't have the wit and amazing charm of the first film. And don't even talk about the second film, it is dead to me...
If you like the first film, you will enjoy the third, just don't expect it to blow you away. But, if you for some reason liked the second film, you're gonna love Ocean's Thirteen...
Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eurotrip), Mary Elizabeth Winstead(Final Destination 3, Grindhouse), Katie Cassidy, Lacey Chabert(Mean s, What if God Were The Sun), Crystal Lowe, Andrea Martin(Black Christmas '76)
[About 20 Years ago, Billy Lenz ed his family, chopped his own mother into Christmas cookies and enjoyed her with a glass of milk. He was sent to a mental institution for the crminaly insane. He final makes his escape one Christmas Eve and just wants to go home. But he discovers that his home has become a Sorrity House. And for 8 unsuspecting Sorrity sisters and they're crazy House Mother, Billy is about to get a new family and make this a Christmas they'll never forget...remake of the 1974 slasher classic about a psycho izing a sorority house during the holiday season. ]
I am not a huge fan of remakes but this one was pretty decent.
It was a little silly with its plot line, but still its a great way to remake a classic. A great thing about this version is unlike the original film, we get to know the killer, how he ended up this way, what drove him to kill.
The s are so gory and creepy, you'll flinch every time!
Like the original Billy calls the house making strange noises. But he only does after he's claimed a victim. He uses there cell phones to dial the sorrity hose so they can hear the final screams of friends and Billy say "She's my family now...".
They dont trace the calls insted they try to leave the house as soon as they can. But they dont get verry far.
The roads are snowed out and Billy is only waiting around every corner...ready to kill, and eat the beloved eyes of his new family...
Olivia Hussey1968 Romeo & Juilet), Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin(2006 Black Christmas), John Saxon(Nightmare on elm st)
[The few remaining residents of a Canadian sorority house are celebrating the onset of Christmas vacation when a thirteen year-old is found in the park. Soon, it is discovered that one of the sorority sisters is missing, which triggers a terrifying chain of within the house. ]
The original Black Christmas is still terrifying to this day.
it startys off with a series of disterbing phone calls to a sorrity house from a strange man speaking crude and ual remarks.
Later a young is found ed, and a sorrity sister goes missing. Her father is in town desprate to find her, and seeks the help of the sisters. The calls continue to come in and become more and more menicing. They are later traced and the s discover they are coming from within the house. This film set the "killer in the house genre" and inspired films such as "When A Stranger Calls"(original and remake) The only problem with the film is we never get to know the killer. Who is he and why is he doing this? Why did he choose to kill at this house, let alone this town? But still the film is effective and still creepy. of course in this day and age we've seen this type of movie many times before, but it still satisfies.
At the end of Pirates 2, we see the Kraken seemingly devour our anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow, and all fans of the films are desperate to see his imminent return in the third film. Johnny Depp's saccharine portrayal of the roguish swashbuckler IS the heart and soul of this fantasy/action franchise, after all. After seeing the third film, after months of anticipation, I can honestly say I am still waiting for his return.
Depp seemed to have his heart still in the role, but the convoluted (and downright boring) plot combined with lack-luster dialogue and downright silly set pieces could not save our favorite pirate from his tomb in Davy Jones Locker.
The film has its trademark moments; you get the return of Geoffery Rush's Captain Barbosa and the introduction of some new pirate lords, but the lack of any genuine Jack Sparrow moments just doesn't keep this ship afloat.
The action is diluted for part three as well, and while there are some classic pirate moments, nothing tops scenes from either of the first two films, which were better by far in either pacing, dialogue or plot.
See part three if only to conclude the trilogy of what HAD been a fun filled trek through a forgotten genre, but be warned that the thrills from the first two are few and far between. Aaargh...
Spider-man 3 was okay, right up until the part when Eddie turned to Venom. That's when the high-speed fun action ended and the lameness started. The movie lost it's superhero feel to it like the first too. It became some fight against evil instead of superhero comes to save the day. And there was too much crying, it added to the lameness. And their Venom sucked. They should've never put him in. They should've never even had the black suit at all. It's too unlikely that suit would appear out of nowhere when Peter finds his uncle's real killer (who turns to Sandman). Either they should've had just Venom, or just Sandman (with Harry). If they make another movie, I hope they don't screw it up like this one.