When I saw the trailer for ‘Chronicle’ about three to four months ago, I was stoked. It reminded me of a bit of ‘Cloverfield’ in regards to the filming (Don’t worry, you won’t get motion sickness, I promise) and ‘Jumper’ (I’m sure most of you thought it was bad). By putting those two movies together, you would think ‘Chronicle’ would be a flop, but it is the complete opposite. I absolutely enjoyed it. ‘Chronicle’ makes you excited while on the edge of your seat for the entire movie. You think you know where the story is going, but things change real fast before you know it. What made 'Chronicle' so much fun was the quirky, funny lines to keep you loose and how the three friends used their superpowers before things went awry. The camera is not shaky at all, so no need to worry. The storyline was great, the actors were great and to top it all off, the special effects were amazing. It’s no ‘Transformers’, but the effects were solid.
After watching ‘Chronicle’ all I could do is be that little kid I once was and actually think I had superpowers. I was roaming the streets using hand gestures thinking I could crush cars and move objects. I then realized I couldn’t do it, but the point is, ‘Chronicle’ exceeded my expectations and I thoroughly thought it was well done. Sometimes, you don’t need a Hollywood blockbuster to make you happy.
I'm struggling with this movie. I wanted to like it, I really do, but there were so many reasons not to. I should begin with the good stuff though. Liam Neeson, like usual, is one bad ass human being. I can't think of a movie where he has failed to disappoint. It seems like he is one of the few actors in Hollywood that actually cares about acting and cares about his fans. But my love for Liam Neeson can only go so far in a movie like 'The Grey'. There were some scenes where I was gripping my seat and wanted more, but my wish never came true. The wolves were impeccable, though. You might feel a connection with the overall meaning of the film, but it simply was not enough. The movie was way too long. Two hours was definitely unnecessary for a film like this one. I was sitting in my seat wondering when it was going to be over and then when it ended, I was still upset. There were little stories within the bigger picture, but once the movie ended, you realized it was just filler and the writers couldn't think of anything else. The audio was really annoying. Yes, we get it. Just because they are walking through a blizzard, doesn't mean you can crank the wind sound. Oh and when you transition between loud noises to silence, it's best to actually transition and not cut.
You can't go wrong with Liam Neeson, but when it comes to 'The Grey', you might have to pass. There was very little entertainment value and the gripping of my seat never lasted long. Let the wolves drag you when the DVD gets released.
Going into ‘Man On A Ledge’, I actually had high hopes for this movie. Yes, the concept seems kind of boring and sure, you probably know what’s going to happen, but I stuck with my gut instincts and I’m glad I did. ‘Man On a Ledge’ starts off a bit slow, but then it picks up steam about 20-25 minutes in. For a bunch of ‘B’ list actors, I thought the whole cast did a great job. From Sam Worthington to Kyra Sedgwick, each actor had a story and they played it well. One actress that stood out and I think most men will agree with me and I’m sure the women will too, is Genesis Rodriguez. I’m telling everyone right now, move to the side Megan Fox, there’s a new poster girl. It’s hard to miss her bright pink bra and her breasts taking up half of the screen. Oh, and let’s not forget the part where she is in her bra and panties, jumping up and down trying to get into a diving suit. But, enough about her. The storyline is a bit predictable, but the way it all comes down and pieces together is what really drives this movie.
‘Man On A Ledge’ is definitely one of those movies that puts a smile on your face at the end and you nod your head in agreement saying, “Yeah, that was pretty good.” It’s another Hollywood film that has some entertainment value, some good action and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. If that’s what you want out of a movie, then you’ll be satisfied at the end.