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Obsessed

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I think I've seen this movie before. Thats because this plot has been recycled over a hundred times. This movie is probably a good date movie but an unbelievable thriller which it clearly wants to be. The climax was cheesy and Beyonce Knowels' performance was dreadful. I would definitely hope that I don't have to sit through a movie like this again which Hollywood clearly loves to keep on producing nowadays.

I did like Idris Elba's performance while he had a good heart and witty lines that probably saved most of the movie for me. Beyonce is not that believable as a mother and I think she should keep her small acting career to a minimum at best.

It might have been half enjoyable if the commercials didn't tell me everything that I was going to see. I think that Hollywood should stop producing PG-13 horror movies which, if you ask me, how horrific can it get if it insist that a teen can see it alone. Overall, it is a cliche stocker/ thriller film that I would recommend a matinee for someone actually interested in seeing it. But for the tasteful movie goer, you just might find yourself leaving early like I did.

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Crank 2: High Voltage

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This movie is intense! As I was sitting in awe for however short this movie was I didn't find myself once regretting that I should have seen something else. This is a very exciting and over the top film that can be enjoyed by many movie goers.

I didn't think it was better than the first movie but it was much more creative although I did think some scenes could have been left out like the infamous nipple cutting. The characters and situations were recycled from the last one but the upgrade was sometimes more superior than the last.

For an action movie, I recommend a full price and a enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Watchmen

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This film was noted as being the first "R" rated superhero film created. Well if you don't count The Punisher and Blade than it is. The story taken from the uncredited Alan Moore is a modern masterpiece, most famous for being added on Time Magazine's 100 best book list.

I think that this movie accomplished nothing in the field of superhero films except some exceptional shots and breathtaking effects. This movie is very dark and short which the graphic novel was not. Many things were removed or replaced from the original source which are annoyingly identifiable to someone who read the book.

This film to me was an adaptation that just didn't work. It was a movie called watchmen with similar characters and a similar story but nothing like the source material. Although the book was all over the place it was understandable, the movie was but for the wrong reasons.

Having said my review of it's adaptation, I think that the movie was okay in parts but it didn't have me leaving the theatre with the same feeling that the book did. The film doesn't capture the scope and atmosphere that Alan Moore intended. This is going to be a movie I would forget about in ten years but will be haunted by for remembering the great graphic novel. Besides the great special effects and brilliant performance by Jackie Earl Haley, at best I would recommend this as a rental.

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The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight is a movie that every super- hero movie lover, or not, should definitely see. It is destined to be a classic and it won't be a surprise if it turns out to be one. The film almost takes place right after Batman Begins but the way it is shown through IMAX and director Christopher Nolan's good choice of making the movie take place more outside during the day makes the atmosphere of the movie something unique. This movie is definitely the greatest Batman movie I have ever seen.

I had high hopes for the movie Watchmen, which debuted it's first teaser trailer before The Dark Knight, to live up to The Dark Knight if not surpassing it as by being a fan of the graphic novel. The Watchmen took on another path which may have been for the best.

Not only was Nolan's vision of Gotham being a regular metropolis, Chicago, breathtaking but the unfolding situations delivered in the movie stand above. I am usually not a big fan of situation movies because I feel the movie's story should over power it but The Dark Knight was a great exception. With The Dark Knight, the situations that The psychopathic Joker puts Batman and the civilians of Gotham through are not only original but fresh. We didn't see a majority of the film being recycled from the last big action movie. An example of the film's bold originality of situations was the scene were Batman must save the clowns from the police who think they are the bad but are actually hostages.

The movie is very dark, almost as dark as Tim Burton's second Batman. This defiantly shouldn't be seen by children under aged. As for the film's audio, it was so good and so right that even the score was timed out just right especially in the Joker chase scene.

Heath Ledger's performance did shadow over many but for a good cost. This is his best performance he produced and unfortunately the last. I do hope to see what they do with the character in the expected sequel without Ledger.

Although I think that Batman Begins is a better Batman film than the Dark Knight, The Dark Knight is a better film than Batman Begins. The two are just about the only movies that I love watching multiple times without end. The Dark Knight is a definite treat to movie goers.

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