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September 16 2013 @ 12:50 pm
4 Movies and only 2 positive reviews  
Riddick

Saw Riddick which I enjoyed. I'd read how people thought it was so bad... yada yada yada. My problem with this is they clearly aren't fans of the movies. I love Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. I don't care that the are over the top at times. For what they are they are great and I can't help buy love Riddick. I think it is his wild nature mixed with the sense that if you are good he's going to do everything in his power to make sure you survive whatever situation you are in. I mean the character comes off as this killer but that isn't really Riddick. He's protecting himself and those he deems innocent and his. So I love him and this movie didn't make it any different with his wild nature and more warrior/caveman routine. Apparently I like primitive men. LOL Point is that for what the movie was it was good. It was a nice mix of the first and the second and I thought it rounded out the series nicely. I'll own it. So if you are a fan you'll probably love it as much as I do but if not don't bother.

The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding was a free rental and I thought, why not? Well, let me tell you it had it's moments in this dysfunctionally functional family. It was a decent movie though I'm never found of the overly sexual references and shock value. I mean Riddick was suggestive with Riddick himself saying some dirty things but The Big Wedding had him beat there. Wow. Though overall the story was entertaining but I can't say I'd really want to see it again.

Now You See Me

Let me think... okay so it was a decent movie but I felt the trailers hyped the movies up to be something beyond what we'd seen before and while the magic in the movies was fascinating the overall story was a tale as old as time. I did enjoy Jess Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as the Four Horsemen act but really you are following Mark Ruffaloand Melanie Laurent's characters as they chase these magician criminals. And it is fast paced so it isn't boring. I think my expectations were so high because of the hype and the trailers which seemed to be promising something different. Even talk about this movie ran along the lines of "something you've never seen" which I suppose is true if you are talking about the magic aspects of the movie. But Morgan Freeman's character who is set upon exposing magic for the fraud it is seemed almost out of place until the end when there is a reveal behind everything. And while the movie and the surprise were go, in the end it is a standard story with a lot of flash which does succeed in setting it apart and making it more enjoyable than the traditional story would have done.

Oblivion

Oh Tom. I'm not a Tom Cruise fan but I do like a lot of his movies. Some greats are The Mission Impossible Set, which only seems to get better with each installment,Minority Report, Valkyrie, Far and Away, Top Gun, etc. The thing is that sometime there has to be one that is just bad. And in this case I think he missed the mark. It is interesting, don't get me wrong. As I watched this movie I was truly caught up in what was happening and had my suspicions from the very beginning. Jack's dare devil antics were no surprise because I don't think Tom does movies anymore that don't show he's still capable of risking his life.

Jack and Vika are a team but for purposes that really seem unclear their memories have been wiped so they'll be a more "efficient team". This repeated phrase kind of hints to the truth behind what is happening on Earth. Jack encounters strange creatures that nearly kill him, drones that seem like they don't want to obey his commands even though they should and then humans who were in a cryo-sleep that crash land on Earth. As things move on you are actually quite intrigued and then the truth starts unfolding and it seems to be just what you'd expect.

The actual ending of the movie seemed like a complete let down because I felt like it cheapened the sacrifices in the movie.
 
 
 
tracyj23: Doctor Who -  text - you people/headachetracyj23 on September 19th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
I feel much the same way about Tom Cruise. Not a huge fan but I've enjoyed some of his movies. I found Oblivion to be a total waste of time. I didn't understand what was happening for most of it, it was far too repetitive in that it felt like they were hitting the audience over the head with things yet still not really getting the point across, and it was boring. Too much of the same thing. I watched the opening sequence which seemed to go on forever and actually asked out loud "when does the movie really start?" but it never actually got off the ground. The ending was a total letdown and I still didn't quite "get" it by the end, but once I'd worked it out I found it even more disappointing. I think this story could have been rather neat but it was executed badly. Waste of my time. I'm glad we only rented it.

I haven't seen any of the others - Now You See Me might be interesting, but I don't like the Riddick movies and the wedding one doesn't sound like something I'd like so thanks for the review that tells me I definitely shouldn't bother.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 22nd, 2013 06:44 am (UTC)
Exactly, Obilivion was just bad. I mean I got it but I disliked it because while it could have been good there was far too much that just bothered me.

Glad I could help.