There are only two characters in this movie. One is Will Smith who plays General Cypher Raige and the other is his real life son who also plays his son in the movie. I didn't like how Will Smith never got off the spaceship bed during the entire movie but the story was interesting enough to keep me watching. Good acting and a decent plot earns this one 3 1/2 starts.
I usually don't have much interest in Tom Cruise movies. Top Gun and the Mission Impossible movies pretty much finished him off for me, but Oblivion is a very good film.
Story is great and the graphics are great. Cruise can really act when the material is good. I had a lot of reservations before I saw this film and was pleasantly surprised. No boring or unintelligible parts here. The story flows well and supporting cast does a great job too.
Went to see this film (in 3D). I hate the glasses. They make everything too dark and that results in a poor visual experience. This film might have been better in 2D and no dark glasses.
Overall this was a good idea for a space disaster adventure film. Special effects are stunning. Clooney and Bullock both try as hard as then can to salvage the poor storyline and to some degree they succeed because they are both excellent actors.
I think the director felt that he needed to hit us over the head with metaphors. Not necessary. A straight up disaster film would have stood up just fine without any of the silly metaphors. One scene in particular in which Sandra Bullock emerges from her spacesuit inside a capsule. She slowly forms herself into a fetal position (backlit of course). This is reminiscent of the fetus in the womb photo we are all familiar with. The metaphor is both silly and way too long.
Still, the film is visually interesting because the graphics are so well put together. I just wish there was a story to match.
Certainly worth a Netflix shot. I'm sure I wouldn't pop for it in a theater again.
I think that it was good that I had this whole movie all wrong. I was thinking that it was supposed to be a serious family comedy. Instead of catching vandals during the night they are attempting to kill aliens. That's pretty different. A movie made for men. So women should skip this one. But I liked it otherwise. 6.5/10
Director Ron Howard ('A Beautiful Mind', 'Frost/Nixon', 'Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13' etc) doesn't narrate the story of 'Rush' by letting you choose sides through one driver's perspective. In fact, with some adept writing by Peter Morgan ('The Queen', 'Frost/Nixon'), we travel in time to witness the events that lead up to the Formula 1 World Championship of 1976 and the formation of an unparallelled rivalry. Back then, racing wasn't as safe as it now is. It was rather an era when recklessness and flamboyance brought glory to some racers while two of the others on the grid, died every year. In the midst of this, are two men driven by danger; two rivals driven by passion; two legends driven by each other. Ron Howard is renowned for having a keen sense of the idiosyncrasies of his protagonists and here too, he depicts the influence of their personal lifestyles that shaped their racing styles. But where he really excels, is with the rivalry on track. The sheer thrill, excitement and dangers of Formula 1 racing are brilliantly captured as we travel the globe through stormy wet weather with cars screaming across the screen at 170 mph.
They called him a loose cannon but his raw talent was unmistakable. James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) was aggressive on the circuit and foolhardy off it. Being an outspoken, alcoholic casanova was his way of having fun and believed that it was a necessary balance to the challenges of being a risk-taking race car driver. With an independent, small budget team, Hunt moves up from Formula 3 to the join the ranks of the F1 racers, only to meet his nemesis from the past season. The methodical, reserved but often brash and terribly fast Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) enters Formula 1 by buying out a team with his loaned money and engineers his car meticulously to be the fastest man and champion in only his second season. The cool headed and thoughtful Lauda was quite the opposite of the aggressive and impulsive Hunt and therefore, their confrontations are a treat to watch and more often than not, they battle it out on the track. The film's turning point though is the incident at the German GP in Nurburgring (deemed to be too unsafe to race on by Lauda). 6 weeks later, a struggle for survival, the willpower to race again and the hunger for victory, bring the rivals together once more to fight for the title. In the spectacularly soaked Japanese GP, the engines rev up once more and the tyres spin over the track in a thrilling finale to one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.
Ron Howard has made his most exhilarating and brilliant film. Peter Morgan's exemplary screenplay and dialogue make the confrontations between the drivers edgy while giving the story some good substance to keep the non-racing scenes interesting as well. Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle is quite simply, superb. The close up of rain drops against wheels spinning off the starting grid, the gloomy sun on a stormy race day in Japan, the slow motion effects of the crashes and the point-of-view angles during the races make for some compelling viewing. Not only has the visual effects team worked hard in recreating the 1970s era by providing some retro tones, they have mastered the art of showcasing Formula 1 racing in all its rawness and refinement. From the costumes to the cars and the circuits, Howard has meticulously crafted a brilliant visualization of racing in the 70s.
The essence of Hans Zimmer's background score is the theme of each race being a risk that is only rewarded with a victory. The tone somehow reflects the aggression and tragedy of the rivalry itself and is quite epic upon reflection.
The ravishing Olivia Wilde and a well composed Alexandra Maria Lara support the racers on and off the track but the film is completely dominated by the two powerful performances of the racers. Chris Hemsworth is quite a revelation when one simply attributes his noteworthy work to being an angry, strong yet charming superhero. With his aggressive driving, impulsive drive for sex and outspoken brashness, Hemsworth appears well collected and mature to tackle the challenges of being the legendary James Hunt. Among his best scenes is one with some positive argument with Lauda towards the end of the film, where he justifies his lifestyle and his winning ways. While one sees the fun, reckless and victorious Hunt, there couldn't have been a better portrayal of his opposite.
Daniel Bruhl has portrayed Niki Lauda in the most remarkable manner. With the prosthetics and speech, Bruhl emphasizes the technicalities and his focus to take racing seriously just as the living legend would. Much more reserved than Hunt ever was, Lauda was a dedicated and disciplined racer for whom mental focus and physical conditioning were key to winning in a well engineered car. Bruhl's performance showcases this keen understanding of Niki Lauda while adding the matter-of-factness to his dialogues. He seldom smiles because when he does, the joke is upon him. In being calculative, his emotion of happiness in love is a loss to him as he considers it a weakness that won't let him risk it all on the track. Bruhl's portrayal is surely worthy of a nomination if not more and a defining salute to Niki Lauda.
Driven by the actors' sincerest performances, 'Rush' feels more alive. Peter Morgan's exemplary writing gives the film its exciting moments and Mantle's superb cinematography brings the thrilling intensity of F1 racing on the big screen in epic fashion. Ron Howard pulled in some great talent and added his expertise of characterized drama with a surprising jolt of epic visuals to recreate the magical era of racing in the 70s.
James Hunt and Niki Lauda conclude an important point of the story that they are both driven by each other. From their low points to their victories, what kept them going, was their rivalry and their hunger for victory. They often reached a physical and emotional breaking point but there was no margin of error when the championship was at stake. 'Rush' is a grand prize from Ron Howard and should be cherished by fans of Formula 1 racing as well as movie-goers who simply like a tale of triumphant human spirits.
- 9.14 on a scale of 1-10.
My main complaints may only be a function of my slightly advanced age -- first off, some movies simply don't work well (in the case of "Gravity", not at all) in 3D. I had the same problem with the re-release of "Titanic" in the murky underwater scenes, where the luminosity is cut down by the 3D glasses by about 20%. Same problem with an outer space flick, repeatedly removing and replacing the specs, trying to decide which I preferred to get the most out of it; eventually I settled on not wearing them. Also, the "get-up-and-turn-the-volume-down" syndrome plagued me for much of the film, while other critical scenes like setup at the very beginning were little more than a whisper, leaving me with a slew of unanswered questions such as, the voices laughing at her (from the Chinese station?). Perhaps Imax would have been much better.
Nice tho that director Cuaron focused on palatable science fiction featuring present-day technology, and no scary aliens.
Zak Snyder shows us once again a impressive firework show of specials effects but lacks to keep a compelling story as Man of Steel falls flat.
When the planet Krypton is dying scientist Jor-El(Russel Crowe) and his wife launch their new born son Kal-El in a escape capsule to Earth. He is taken in by Jonathan(Kevin Costner) and Martha Kent(Diane Lane) and is named Clark. For the time being he is safe but sooner or later he must confront his past.
This latest addition had such promise with Christopher Nolan(Director of the Dark Knight Trilogy) involved but for what ever reason his involvement could not save Man of Steel from being one of the biggest lets down this year.
A fairly unknown Henry Cavrill who formerly was the leading role in 'The Tudors' TV series, does a decent enough job at playing Superman/Clark but is easily forgettable and Amy Adams who plays his love interest Lois Lane never quite gets her character right and is too accepting when she discovers Kal-El/Clark's secret. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane defiantly give the best performances.
The origin story was set up well but once the action started it did not cease and ended being a overkill.
I start this by saying that I am in no way a zombie film fan sure there is a few I like but overall they are just not my thing that being said this one is different I went into this film expecting the same old slow walking zombies with no story to speak of what so ever. In the first few minutes its easy to see this is different we meet Brad Pitts characters (Gerry Lane)family and the story begins and with each new character a new little story unfolds all joining together to create a great story which is highly enjoyable. The twist and subplots are enough to entice you in and even I have to say the zombie action ties in quite nicely to make a film which appeals on many levels. Now sure I could have given you a rundown of the film but that's not my thing I just know what I do and don't like and for me this film goes beyond like I absolutely love this film Brad Pitt is superb and this film is worth a view or more. 3d was how I first saw this and recommend that format for each and every viewing don't just take my word for take a look yourself and be amazed I was
This movie is so beautifully rendered and moving that i got lost in time and space! And importantly, it is a movie that every american should see, as Wilma Mankiller's life story and her commitment to community self-actualization is crucial to understanding our past as well as informing the present--when it is often easier to complain than to do. The acting (many of the actors are native american) is superb, the tempo unhurried, the cinematography extraordinary, the music phenomenal.