Washington plays a civil serviceman named Garber working as a dispatcher for the New York City subway station. While he is on the job in the middle of the day, a group of gunmen decide to hijack the train of Pelham 1 2 3. This group is led by a brutal man who calls himself Ryder, played by Travolta. As the two converse, Garber finds out that if Ryder doesn't get ten million dollars from the government in one hour then he will start executing passengers every minute after that.
The first hour of the film is quite good. Once the interplay between the two leads started the film had me pinned to my seat. Both of these men give great performances in the film but especially Denzel. He has played many wise characters in his past films, ones that know the answer to a conflict. But here, he plays more of a reluctant character and gives depth to Garber. Washington doesn't make himself seem like a big time movie star, but instead a flawed man which really adds to the drama of the film.
But then the movie evolves into its third act and boy does it become a mess. Its moves from the subway station up to the streets and becomes less and less intelligent. Part of this is due to the fact that there is a car chase that feels forced from director and was just a silly excuse for the film to have more action. In the end, there is no twist and the film is straight forward which feels like a bit of a let down after all of the tension that goes on within the first two acts.
That said, Denzel Washington and John Travolta are two very talented actors and hold the film in place along with John Turturro (the guy that likes feet from Mr. Deeds) as a hostage negotiator. The chemistry is so good between Washington and Travolta that I think the film is worth seeing.
Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a time warp with his scientist friend named Holly and a wealthless redneck named Will. The three meet many different creatures in the alternate world including a crazy monkey named Chaka, a group of Sleestak (otherwise known as lizard people), and a T-Rex that the trio decides to name Grumpy. As the main characters are amazed at what happens, they run into a conflict which involves them trying to find a way back home
This is one of the weirdest movies I've seen this year so far. The target audience is adults but it was advertised as if it was a kids film. The special-effects are very good as goes for the sets. The landscapes have a goofy and colorful look to them and the dinosaurs are nicely incorperated as well. The comedy here is not strong but there is one hilarious scene that had me laughing out loud for all to hear. I won't spoil it but the scene involves the main characters making fun of the singer, Cher.
There are another few bits in the film that got a few belly laughs out of me but most of the humor is typical slapstick and the movie is not as much a remake of the 70s T.V. series as it is making fun of the show. I've watched the original show before and the film turned a kids series into an adult oriented comedy. Will Ferrell does nothing special, he's just being Will Ferrell with the same humor he has done in the past with "Semi-Pro." Also, the film tries to make itself look smart with a subplot thats just complicated and does not redirect the wrong turn that the film takes when it decides to rely on poor humor.
This is not a film for 5 year olds. Its truly meant for adults because they would be the the only ones that would understand what its making fun of unless you've seen the show before. "Land of the Lost" is lost on what type of movie it is so unless you're a die hard fan of the original series you can save your money by not going to see this film.
Skynet and its terminators have already begun their annihilation of mankind and John Connor is the one to lead the last humans of the resistance against Skynet. Connor, with the help of a man from the past named Marcus Wright, go into the heart of Skynet's operations to not only save themselves but also the rest of the world.
There are a few good action scenes in the movie with great speacial-effects and interesting looking props. McG is a good action director and shows it again here as the scenes are fun to watch and well shot. I found it amazing yet creepy that Hollywood was able to digitally put on Arnold Schwarzenegger's face during his cameo. Apparently the govenator was too busy to truly be in the film.
But the story is horribly executed. The only element that the production cared about was the eye candy which caused the film to have no substance. The acting is not of any help either especially when the cast is given corky one-liners from the first two films such as "I'll be back" and "Come with me if you want to live."
These films are not the same without Arnold. He added the true atmosphere to the franchise and was a much better lead as than the Terminator than Christian Bale is as John Connor. Bale used an understandble deep voice in "The Dark Knight" but he does it again here and it becomes relentlessly obnoxious. You can save your money by not going to see "Terminator Salvation" because it is pure visual noise and can be described with one word. Ridiculous.
In this this new installment of the franchise, the film tells the story behind the story. It gives us what we barely got to see in the t.v. show, in a clever way too. All of the charecters return including Kirk and Spock as the two leads, renacted by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto while they embark on adventures upon the U.S.S enterprise.
A usual film has three main parts to it. A plot, a few charecters, and a side story for those charecters. This film is definately charecter driven. They are played very well by a cast in which I have never heard of. The best scenes in the film are the ones with the main charecters on the enterprise as they simply are exchanging cleverly written dialouge. The chemistry works between every single actor here and everyone gets their moment to shine. Abrams took over a clever plot and put great actors into it rather than trying to make an add-on seqel. "Star Trek" has the best ensemble cast I have seen all year.
Now, heres what doesn't work. The side story for the charecters in unclear as it deals with the future and during about a quarter of the movie I was saying to myself "Does this side story even make sense?" Also, the villain is poorly written and the atmosphere of that charecter is boring. Everybody knows that this villain is the same kind as almost every other villain in a sci-fi epic who wants to "take over the world" and kill the "good guys."
But luckily that is only the side story. Just about everything else in the movie works. The action scenes are intriguing and don't drag on as much as one would expect. In addition, the cinematograpghy is suprisingly good and there are some well crafted shots of the Enterprise in battle.
You DO NOT have to be a fan of the original series to like this movie. You should definately go to the movie theatre and pay your money to go see "Star Trek."
Based on a true story, Nathaniel Ayers is a homeless schizophrenic who one day meets a Los Angeles journalist named Steve Lopez. Ayers is a gifted violinist and dreams of playing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lopez tries to help him accomplish this dream while also trying to write the first good story that he has had in a while.
The acting is about as good as it gets right here. Jamie Foxx (Ayers) is given a tough role to play and plays it extremely well as he shows us that he can go from being happy to sad in less than a second and Downey Jr. (Lopez) is fantastic as he acts out his charecter with intelligence and helps create depth to the chemistry that the two leads share.
But the film is all over the place. Being nearly two hours, it is poorly executed and the screenplay is not well put together. The scenes do not flow correctly and the music, which is in almost every scene, lasts excessively long. The story wasn't interesting enough to be as long as the movie was.
The film made me feel bad for these wonderful actors because they are really giving it their all here but the movie doesn't give back. Unfortunately, Foxx and Downey Jr. are the only elements holding this project in place. So, unless you would like to see the right actors in the wrong movie then save your money and don't go see this film.