Name: MichaelEsser

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 107 min. - Directed by: Gavin Hood - Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Ryan Reynolds)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, directed by Gavin Hood, ended up being exactly what I was looking for in an action, super hero movie! I mean of course we all know Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but, what about Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabertooth! These guys kicked up this flick so high that there's no way you'll be let down! And, if you only sort of like comic books you are still going to love this hot, visually stunning, character-filled film!

Here's the quick rundown...after Wolverine's father is killed by Victor's father he snaps and takes revenge killing the man and finding out he's really his father, making Victor his brother. Logan (Wolverine) and Victor (Sabertooth) have to flea their home where they find themselves involved in the Civil War, World War I, II, and even Vietnam! (Their regenerating powers keep them young and healthy.) Then, after Victor goes crazy they are sentenced to death but, because of their powers, can't. Enter Major Stryker who agrees to allow them to join his "special" unit. But, after a few missions Logan decides it's too much and quits. Six years later the old crew is being picked off one-by-one and Stryker seeks out Logan to get him to help stop the killer.

The array of characters just keeps coming! I literally was sitting there just waiting for who I'd see next! Everyone did an awesome job acting in this one. Not just Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber, who kicked serious butt! But, Danny Huston did a great job playing the hated, conspiring Major Stryker. Then the multi-talented Will i Am, from the Black Eye Peas, who played John Wrath to perfection! Ryan Reynolds was cool as he took on duel roles as both the wise ass, sword wielding Wade Wilson and as...oh I'm not gonna say! You'll just have to watch it to find out.

Now, I know that it deviates from the comic book, especially the ending, but I didn't care because on a whole when I was done I was satisfied with the outcome.

Anyway, even those who only know the regular X-Men from the first movies or the cartoons will get a kick out of X-Men Origins: Wolverine as you get glimpses of other insights into some of your other favorite mutants as well.

I definitely recommend X-Men Origins: Wolverine to all the guys out there ages 10 to 60! As far as my recommendation of it to the women I have 3 words for you...Hugh Jackman, shirtless.

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Public Enemies

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Public Enemies, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 140 min. - Directed by: Michael Mann - Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale)

I had huge expectations going in to see the new Johnny Depp gangster flick Public Enemies. I am a big gangster movie buff and love almost everything I’ve seen from the black and white classics all the way to The Soprano’s. Public Enemies is nowhere on this list for me. I mean, come on, he did an awesome Donnie Brasco, an iconic Captain Jack, and really just seems to nail every wacky role he morphs into. So, why not a killer John Dillinger?

Anyway here’s the story. Tons of bullets are spent, a couple jail breaks happen, and John meets a girl. Period. Sorry, I thought they could of rapped that up in an hour and a half easily! Instead they drawl out and try to intertwine the whole cat and mouse game between bank robber Dillinger and Federal agent Melvin Purvis, played by Christian Bale.

I think if the movie itself would’ve played a lot quicker I might of liked it more. It really seemed to drag on and on. And unfortunately I didn’t even like Dillinger anymore after seeing this movie. I didn’t feel like he was special or cool in anyway, I mean the coolest thing he did was walk right into the main office of the Federal agents chasing him once and no one unrecognized him, that’s it?

Christian Bale was cool. He did his part, nothing spectacular thou. (Unusual for Bale.)

Now, a bunch of people got shot and killed in this movie but, only one thing really got killed during this movie and that was my time. And so unless you’d like to share my fate I suggest you put away your “Tommy gun” and steer your old big block V8 to a completely different movie before I have to tell you I told you so.

(Sorry Mr. Depp, I really tried. Loved you in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”?)

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Star Trek

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Star Trek (2009), a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 127 min. - Directed by: J. J. Abrams - Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana)

I saw the previews, downloaded the trailers, attended a pre-release hype party, and lined up on the first night to see the new Star Trek movie. You might think I risked a chance of being over exposed or hyping a film up too much, and thus, risking an overly critical outcome…nope. Even with all the expectations this movie has not only lived up to the hype but it even surpasses it!

The movie’s about the origin of the USS Enterprise being launched from Earth into space and the original formation of her beloved crew. Kirk, Spock, Bones and Ohura graduate from the Star Fleet Academy and set off into space where the time traveling Nero, played by Eric Bana, is hell bent on revenge. The focus of his wrath is Spock, the one he believes destroyed his home planet.

Chris Pine played the young James T. Kirk. Pine captured such a realistic part of this character that not only was more believable than the original, but better, in my opinion. He truly came off as a relentless rebel and I loved it! Then there was Spock played by Zachary Quinto. Again, Zachary Quinto played young Spock so well that his performance was so good that it was a stand out even right next to the original Spock, Leonard Nemoy. I think what I liked most was the fact he was such a young and driven character, that was so true to the Vulcan way, and yet just enough human to be perfectly balanced. Bones, played by Karl Urban, was such a wise cracking, smart ass that I thought he was channeling his original counter part! Ohura played by Zoe Saldana was hot! She was so strong and intelligent that I can really see her having the entire fleet wrapped around her little ear piece.

I definitely recommend this movie to anybody looking for an excellent movie watching experience! It is probably one of the year’s best pictures, hands down! I am eagerly salivating for a sequel! Star Trek is sure to live long and prosper!

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Gamer

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Gamer, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 95 min. - Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor - Starring: Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, Michael C. Hall, and Ludacris)

If you want to see a cool action-packed flick that's gonna just kick your butt from beginning to end then check out Gerard Butlers new movie Gamer. I loved the concept and actors so much that for the first time, in a long time, I actually wish a movie was longer!

In the not so far off future the world has gone through some desperate changes. The health care system has collapsed, the country's on the verge of bankruptcy, and everything has begun to fall apart. Then, one day a man named Ken Castle, played by Michael C. Hall from Showtime's Dexter, comes along with a solution. Virtual video games that give the user the ultimate control over real humans! Innocent at first the game was just a full scale version of the popular Sims style games. But, when the prison system needed financial rescuing a new version of the game was born. "Slayers" violent combat style play was an instant hit throughout the world and its star is a man named Kable, played by Gerard Butler. Behind the scenes Kable's controlled by a 17 year old kid named Simon, but, as the movie quickly plays out everyone is truly being controlled by Castle and his vast empire of technology.

Kable's motivation to stay alive is based on the notion that after he survives 30 sessions he'll be released to be with his wife, played by Amber Valletta from Transporter 2, and daughter.

Although most of the world is falling into Castle's trap of giving up control of their lives out of desperation, not everyone is so ready to conform to selling their souls to the devil. Enter Humanz Brother, played by Ludacris, and his underground movement of genetic cyber hackers who plan to free Kable and the rest of the world from Castle's evil grasps.

This movie has a strong tone for our society. Subliminally playing into the whole end of days prophecy's that Satan will return and unite the world only to forcefully brand us all with his 666. (In this case a promise for a cure to all disease using the same mind and body controlling genetics Castle uses to control Kable and his other "game pieces".) They even touch on the collapse of health care to make the point.

I think the story was entertaining and original. All of it complimented well with the movies face-paced, action-packed visuals, and a pretty believable possible future. (All except puking recently drank alcohol into a gas tank to get a truck running? That's one for the Myth-Busters!) I just wish that it had more of an ending cause I left the theatre thinking "it's over already?" Not that they missed anything, I just wanted more.

I really recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good movie going experience. All the POW's and BOOM's you want while being just long enough that you don't run out of popcorn and soda!

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Extract

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Reviewed by MichaelEsser

Extract, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 92 min. - Directed by: Mike Judge - Starring: Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig)

The new comedy Extract isn't necessarily a laugh riot, but it has it's moments. Now, don't get me wrong Extract is a bad movie, it‘s just not a great movie! It’s entertaining, full of colorful characters, and was worth the price of admission. It just doesn’t take you on that much of a ride.

The story is about Joel, played by Jason Bateman, who is the owner of an extract manufacturing plant. But, when an accident happens on the warehouse floor it has Joel worrying about a possible lawsuit. In addition, Joel and his wife Suzie, played by Kristen Wiig, are having problems with their sex life and so Joel turns to his bartender buddy, played by Ben Affleck, for answers. His suggestion, hire a guy to sleep with his wife so he can have a guiltless affair with his new temporary employee Cindy, played by Mila Kunis. The only problem is that Cindy's really a con woman out on her own mission at the extract plant and it could cost everybody everything.

If improvements were to be made in this movie it would have to come from Mike Judge’s naturally sarcastic side. I mean Office Space King of the Hill, and even Beavis and Butthead were all successful because of Mike’s witty sarcasm. Those adjustments would have lifted the rest of the movie and it all would’ve became more entertaining. As far as the acting everyone was on point especially Jason Bateman. He has an undercover comedic talent that I'd definitely like to see in more movie's. Ben Affleck was great at playing a cool devil's advocate. (A role I think he really seems to enjoy!)

As far as the women go, Mila Kunis played the slick, hustling, hottie to perfection and Kristen Wiig's purposely dry character was just what was needed to make the whole story work so well.

I'd recommend Extract for an innocent date movie or maybe even for something to go see on a weekend afternoon.

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