It would be an understatement to say that what our troops go through during War is tough. It would be an understatement to say that disabling bombs is scary. It would be an understatement to say that "The Hurt Locker" is a great movie.
The film, set in Iraq, tells the terrifying story of an elite Army bomb squad that have to disarm deadly bombs while coming together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy.
The movie's tag line is "You'll know when you're in it." I usually know when I'm in a four star movie and "The Hurt Locker" is one. Kathryn Bigelow puts the production together perfectly by mixing just the right amount of drama, action, and even a little bit of horror together. Every element of the film is there for a reason and is timed perfectly. No minutes are wasted with tacky romances or overly sugar coated special-effects. There's no excuse for one to take their eyes off the screen at any moment. The film has the best cast I've seen so far this year and Jeremy Renner deserves an Oscar for his work as Sgt. William James.
The film's outsanding actors not only make us feel as if we're fighting for our country with them, they also add raw emotion to this truly moving cinematic experience. I rarely cry in movies. Many people were saying how I absolutely should not watch last year's "Marley & Me" because I would need too many tissues. I finally watched it and I can't say that I was crying. Maybe it's just me but as I sat in the theater and watched "The Hurt Locker" I choked up a bit. The story had me feeling its over-bearing elements of sadness, fear, and intensity.
I honestly could not find any flaws to this film. Bigelow has created a near masterpiece here. The action sequences are perfectly shot and add on to the highly dramatic elements of the film. Not only is "The Hurt Locker" the best film of the year so far, it is also the best War movie that has been released within the last ten years.
In France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds," led by Lt. Aldo Raine, are chosen specifically to spread fear through the Nazis by killing and scalping them. Lt. Raine's group soon crosses paths with a French-Jewish girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
Quentin Tarantino is a very clever story-teller. He has his own way of showing how things interfere with each other and he likes having things show up randomly on screen. I was definitely able to tell that Tarantino directed "Inglorious Basterds." There are the up close shots of objects, the wide variety of music, and definitely the blood. The Basterds don't just kill Nazis, they brutally scalp them and Tarantino isn't afraid to show it. That's what I like about this film. The director is so brave with the story. In no way, shape, or form is it historically accurate but it doesn't follow the typical rule book of World War II movies and takes the genre to a new level.
Christoph Waltz as a Colonel for the Nazis gives the best performance of the year so far. He speaks in a French, German, and American accent and is terrific in every language. Waltz makes his character truly menacing and says every line, especially towards the end, with humorous yet terrifying tone. Brad Pitt is also surprisingly good with his raw American accent.
Tarantino is a great writer but he over does himself during a few romantic scenes. A certain relationship stretches out farther than it should with too much dialogue. I was fine with the romance but the film wouldn't have been as exceedingly long as it was if some wasteful scenes were cut out.
But in the end, when it's all said and done, the production strongly pays off. The ending seemed especially grand to me as the film hit its climax made by great cinematography, music, and writing. This is a disgusting film and a dazzling one. You should definitely go to the theater and see one of the best films of the year.
A family must protect their vacation home in Michigan from evil aliens before they get killed.
It was interesting to see big stars in a movie of this type. I'm talking about people like Kevin Nealon (SNL), Tim Meadows (the principal in "Mean Girls"), and Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond"). There's an especially funny fight scene with her that makes fun of "The Matrix."
Well, that scene is relatively stupid but compared to the rest of the film it's about the funniest thing. Besides a few belly laughs, the writing is bad. The aliens come into the movie randomly and the story gets too conventional and boring after a short amount of time. The characters are poorly executed by most of the cast and they're poorly developed.
There isn't much to like about the film. Almost everything is bad from the special effects to the music. It's no wonder that this movie was barely being advertised. I wish I could make my review longer but the only thing I have left to say is I only recommend this to young kids, otherwise it is terrible for all audiences.
A group of aliens called "Prawns" are forced to live on eath in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are treated as refugees and it has been many years since the aliens made first contact. The odd thing is that there hasn't been an attack made on the humans and the aliens haven't said anything about scientific discoveries. The South African government decide to make a home for them called "District 9." A company by the name of Multi-National United (MNU) have the job of controlling the aliens. But they're more interested in the alien's weaponry rather than their welfare.
This one of the most realistic sci-fi movies I've ever seen. It's shot like a documentary. Eventhough we, the audience, all know it's fake, the film pulls you right in from the beginning and it's tough to take your eyes off the screen. The movie makes the characters have true emotion and is superbly crafted in such a way that made me feel what the characters were feeling. The storyline is pure genius. It's highly original and doesn't fall into the conventional category as some sci-fi movies do. The film involves some very talented British actors, none of which I had ever heard of. The setting is in South Africa for a reason. There are many interesting parallels between the aliens and the poor people living there today which helps make a great moral for the story.
I don't want to spoil anything for you but towards the end of the film, a robot gets involved in the sub-plot. I don't have anything wrong with action but in this film the action is handled a bit carelessly and kind of reminded me of "Transformers 2." The scene dragged on too long for what it was. Also, there are few sexual themes in here that are flat-out pointless and made me laugh when they weren't supposed to be funny.
Despite those few scenes, "District 9" is one of the best films of the year. This is one creative, fresh, new, smart, and emotionaly captivating piece of work. It has great cinematography and has good special-effects for a film depending on a 30 M dollar budget. The film is graphic but that's one of the reasons it is so deep. This is definately a summer flick you don't want to miss and you should pay your money to go out and see "District 9."
George Simmons is a very successful comedian. He also is a rich, lonely man. When he learns that he has a disease that could be life threatening, he decides to get someone to write his jokes for him. That someone is Ira Wright. Ira and George develop a strong friendship. Since George doesn't know if and when he'll die he also decides to track down the girl of his dreams, Laura.
Every cast member has their moment to be hilarious. The writing is very sharply written by Apatow. But what really stands out in the film is the chemistry between George and Ira. Not only are they funny together but their friendship seems real and engaging. Sandler plays George in a way that makes us feel for his character while still being funny and Rogen plays Ira in such a way that makes the audience able to relate to him. Jonah Hill's humor works once again as he plays his characters with that relaxed, monotone voice. Also, Leslie Mann has become one of my favorite actresses. Not because she is funny but because she simply can act very well in every one of her films.
The film tries to set a dramatic tone onto itself which doesn't work. The second half drags on as it tries to focus too much on the emotion of Sandler's character and forgets about the humorous writing that holds the film in place. "Funny People" ends up being two and a half hours which is ridiculous because there are definitely some scenes that were not needed, especially the ones that were trying too hard to throw the drama in your face.
So, the first half is supremely better than the second half. In fact, the first scene is one of the best scenes in the whole movie. You'll understand why if you see it. The film is worth seeing due to the great cast and the hilarious acting. "Funny People" is funny but not nearly as funny as "Billy Madison" or "Happy Gilmore."