From the very beginning of this near-3-hour-epic, Optimus Prime narrates a past confrontation of humans and transformers, and how their differences caused problems in the past. From then on, Transformers 2 fully takes on that hidden message that humans and transformers have, and now will be dealing with each other, and that they’re differences can be paralleled, and that they will try to live together in peace. Basically, it’s crap blowing up and giant robot fights for 3 hours, and it’s never been better. The story takes place 2 years after the original Transformers (how convenient), as Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) is entering into college, and no longer wants to be involved with the war between the two cybertronian races. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are now secretly working with the government in an organization called NEST, where they try to eradicate all Decepticon resistance left on Earth. Also Meanwhile, the few Decepticons that are left are busy at work reviving their fallen leader, while reporting to a new leader, the Fallen, who in other words is Transformers’ Emperor Palpatine. Chaos Ensues as power for Earth, Witwicky’s Mind, and Energon once again rages through Earth. Let me just go ahead and say, Transformers 2 is a thrill ride. It assaults the senses and it will leave you breathless. It is one of the biggest and the most fun time I’ve had at the movies all summer, and it is a ride you should not miss.
For 3 hours this isn’t some look at our feelings, this is an action romp, with some incredibly directed action scenes full of crumbling buildings and smashing metal. Michael Bay once again proves his merit from the first installment with some truly incredible special effects and some brilliantly choreographed fight scenes. Scorponok shows up (literally less than 5 seconds), and the shots of the Devastator and some of Optimus’ battle scenes will leave your jaw on the floor. However in some scenes it was still difficult for me to tell which robot was which, and sometimes the action would be so quickly paced I didn’t know what was going on. Also new in the cast is a great variety of new Autobots and Decepticons. The Female Motorcycles, the Twin Stereotypes, Sideswipe, Sideways, RC, Jetfire, Grindor, and more all prove to be worthy additions, with special favor towards The Fallen (voiced by Leonard Nimoy), the new villain in town with a particular Palpatine feel who is a formidable force towards the Autobots, one only a Prime can defeat. There’s also some great humans involved. Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhammel show up again, along with Leo, the wise cracking sidekick, and John Turturro once again shows up to help out on the action. And of course, there’s Megan Fox who dresses like a hooker. The movie blasts through the entire 3 hours with guns blazing in an incredibly well-built sequel. This installment also revamps the series with a variety of new places for robots to beat the living crap out of each other. Even Scorponok shows up! And of course, there’s Peter Cullen. One of my problems with this movie though was that it is kinda easy to get lost in the ever-looping, ever-changing story that quickly moves around. I sometimes forgot which side was doing what and what they were trying to do to win this battle. A lot of people are blasting this one for whatever it may be, but I thought this one might have even been better than the first. Here you have a very strong story that feels like a great expansion to the first movie, you have improvements on an existing formula, something that corrects some of the old problems, and you have a movie that’s not afraid to have fun and let the audience have fun. Why would you go into a movie about giant fighting robots expecting something profound, or complain about character development? When you buy your ticket to Transformers 2, you’re getting your money’s worth. Sure it’s a little too long (it really does feel like the full 3 hours), but that only further cements the movie’s epic-osity. This is a more-than-worthy addition to the first movie, will probably leave you sore by the end credits, and as far as summer action flicks go, this is funny, it’s got action, variety, an epic story, you can’t really do better than this on a hot summer afternoon. To some, this movie might really be more than meets the eye.
4 3/4 out of 5 or, 5 out of 5
Okay so once again my DVR has been filled to the brim with a lot of great movies, this time more of a comedy round up of stuff I haven’t got the chance to see. Actually two of them were rented, the other two I finally got the chance to see. I can’t say I was disappointed, in fact each of these are totally worth any comedy fan’s time.
THE PROMOTION-This is kind of the more mild out of the bunch, but still pretty funny. In this one John C. Reily and Sean William Scott go head to head as two different employees shooting for the manager position of a new manager position. There are some really funny moments with Reilly, and the whole supermarket setting is funny, even though it is a little morbid at times. Overall it’s well worth a rent, not a buy though. The main thing I didn’t like was the kind of cliche the movie falls into in that it’s a little predictable in the Ben Stiller style of everything falling apart for Sean William Scott. 4 out of 5
SUPERBAD-This is the first of the Judd Apatow bunch, and to be honest, it was my least favorite. Jonah Hill and Micheal Cera team up in this one to score some beer for one of their first parties, and hopefully end up getting some action from their high school crushes. The thing really does have a nice charm to it, almost a Ferris Bueller quality, except way more vulgar. There are some really great quotes in this one, and Seth Rogen does an incredibly funny job as the incredibly inept police chief that isn’t that great or well-suited for his job. Although it usually doesn’t bother me, the use of the f bomb in this one just eventually began to wear down my nerves to the point that the use of it just wasn’t that funny. Definitely a must-see teen comedy, very raunchy, very funny, just a little too vulgar and over-played to hold it back from true greatness.-4 out of 5
STEP BROTHERS- The next to best in the lineup, John C. Reilly returns to star opposite side Will Ferrel in this comedy about two forty year old losers that come together as, you guessed it, step brothers when their parents marry. This is a comedy dream, as no stone is left un-turned by the duo as they pretty much just ruin everyone’s lives around them. There are a variety of hilarious situations, none of them feel tacked on or lazy. Both of these guys are at their prime to make a movie that’s vulgar, but sure is as funny as everyone told me it would be. This could even be considered a near-comedy classic of our time. There are some for sure laugh-out-loud moments that I am still laughing out loud to. The only problem I might have is that the movie isn’t as re-watchable as I’d like, and sometimes I wished there were even more joke scenes between the two comedy titans. So definitely go check this one out if by some chance you haven’t already. 4 1/2 out of 5
THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS-This one blew me away. I expected a funny movie, I got a hilarious movie. Seth Rogen and James Franco are a comedic force to be reckoned with in this stoner comedy that was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. Dale Denton witnesses a corrupt cop murder, and is thrown into a conspiracy that all was centered around marijuana, more specifically, a special brand called “Pineapple Express”. For the entire movie Dave a.k.a. Seth Rogen (a Civil Server (Like, a butler or something?)) and his pot dealer Saul a.k.a. James Franco are on the run from corrupt cops in a laugh fest filled with surprisingly realistic violence and gore, all packed with comedic punch and flavor. Franco is unbelievable funny as the all-nonsense dealer Saul who’s ramblings don’t make sense through half the movie. Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Bill Hader even show up for the ride. It’s a dark comedy, but it’s one you’ll want to revisit for a while. There’s non stop violence, non stop laughs, pro or against marijuana, you need to see this movie. This is now one of my new favorite movies and comedies of all time. I guess you could say it’s a joint of comedy! 5 out of 5
This is just one of those times where I find a bunch of awesome vids and decide to share them with you all. Recently I found this on Wikipedia and I thought it looked cool, but there was no trailer. Lo and behold, now there IS a trailer, and I can’t wait to see it.
This is kinda ridiculous funny, but that still means it’s funny. Turns out the dinosaurs weren’t trying to hurt us after all!
This last one might disturb you a little bit, but I thought it was pretty funny as a different take on a Zelda theme song.
Alright, I just wanna go ahead and put this out there. I was a huge fan of the original Transformers when it came out about 2 years ago. By no means was I compelled to go watch the old series or start compulsively buying the toys, however Michael Bay’s adaptation of the story and the modernization of such a stagnant line was really refreshing and just a blast to watch on screen. It was by no means poetic or brilliant, but it was just fun. As reviews start to flow in for the second film set to premiere next tuesday (which I will be going to see even if it gets 00%), I think that some people might be forgetting that. The original film held up a sturdy 57%, and I remember it getting fairly warm reception. The new installment however is staggering a little with nearly 40 reviews and barely reaching 40%. By no means have I seen the movie, will pretend to know whether it is good or bad, or try to discredit those reviewers’ opinions, but sometimes I think that your perception of what a movie is and what it’s trying to accomplish can greatly affect how “good or bad” it is in your eyes. Really it can boil down to what you know you can expect from a movie. Like right now a majority of reviews coming in are basically saying “It’s too long, feels like tedious summer action, has too much action, and feels no different from the first.” While I can understand the issues in length and discrepancies, some of the claims on action have me scratching my head. There are two different feelings that you’ll have when either seeing Transformers 2 and let’s say Dead Poet’s Society. For the first you honestly can’t expect a deep emotional, thought-provoking experience, but for the other you’re not going to anticipate quick numbing action. When it comes down to it, I don’t really see that it’s fair to go see Transformers 2 and come out complaining about “lack of ambition” and “direction-less qualities” when you could be saying “holy crap did you see Optimus Prime trash that Decepticon!” It can all come down to what you’re expecting of a movie, and sometimes it’s really not that fair to keep a big budget movie blockbuster on the same par as a thought-provoking winter drama. They both may be great, but you should hold the two at different expectations. Sometimes there’s a movie that it’s necessary that you tense up and pay close attention, run through it with a fine-toothed comb, other times a movie is simply there to beat your brain in with a cybertron-shaped fist.
Thank God there’s no subway system in my home town (that I know of), however there are a few people that I’ve met that resemble John Travolta in the new hostage thriller, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. While on the outside it may appear like a formulaic filler in what could be considered a slow part for the summer movie season, Pelham will keep you breathless from (all pun intended) Point A to Point B thanks to stellar performances, a sleek style, and some breakneck editing and pacing that screams summer movie. The story takes place over a 2 to 3 hour time span, during which Denzel Washington fulfills his role as Garber, a regular schmo with some what of a checkered past but a good heart, gets thrown into a tempest of a hostage situation. The mastermind behind said subway takeover is none other than a felon known as Ryder, or in my mind, this summer’s Joker, portrayed by John Travolta. Travolta absolutely perfects the mind set of a man on a hell bent mission to expose the corruption of New York and to give the city a run for its money. While Denzel, as always, delivers as the level-headed negotiator/hero, the true worth of admission is John Travolta’s demented take on the handlebar mustached antagonist. Travolta goes above and beyond with a deep, charismatic, brutally violent, and sometimes haunting, yet brilliant take. Not only that, but he’s a guy that loves to swear and call people mother f-ers. Hardly ever before have I found myself so engrossed and tapping my foot to a movie, let alone its opening credits like I did in Pelham 1 2 3. Thanks to Tony Scott’s lauded (by some) editing style, soundtrack choice, and visual take, he livened up the film and had me glued to the screen. The often freeze frames, spiral shots, and quick motion shots were a beauty to see on screen and kept what is normally a tired concept vivid with a beautiful color scheme on and off the train, eerily comparable to what can be seen on the poster. On the train hints of blues and blacks fill the area in a haunting light. Outside, oranges and reds provoke other senses. Also, thanks to Travolta and gang, the movie takes on a gritty, real sense of action. Every gunshot leading to the final climax carries some serious weight and some serious moral consequences with it. Tony Scott really presents this entire movie appropriately as a speeding train, constantly racing. The movie starts with several quick shots, and for the next 2 hours flies between tense hostage moments, some vivid pans, then quickly breaks up the pace with some sort of outside movement to break up the monotony. However, this can also be viewed as a curse. The pacing can feel pretty ADD at times, and won’t please everyone. There were times I wanted to stay on the train, but it switched on too quickly. And while Travolta perfects the villain persona, and I did laugh the first few times, his excessive use of certain 4 letter words that begin with f began to wear on my nerves. If you’ve ever seen a movie that follows this kinda style, you know how this movie ends. I won’t spoil it, but one can’t ignore the tad sense of formula present here that’s been used a billion times. Overall, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 could have been a routine practice in monotony, however with a standout performance by Travolta and a vivid style and unique pacing, Tony Scott has hit the mark by crafting a classic concept into a incredibly well-fit summer movie.
4 out of 5
With news that NBC has renewed Heroes, and that it will be heading to a new time slot (7:00 Central) to make room for Day One, another show I will definitely be checking out, news has come around about the new group of faces to be showing up on what is hoped to be a better season than Villains and Fugitives. #1 Tip-Keep Brian Fuller. Anywho, below is a list of some of the new people showing up on Heroes this fall. Named as pictures go from left-right.
- Robert Knepper from TV’s Prison Break will be cast as the new main villain.
- Rick Worthy will be playing Matt Parkman’s police partner that will be “a good refuge for advice”.
Also in the Mix-
- Ray Park a.k.a Darth Maul
- Madeline Zima
- Rachel Melvin (Both of the former are rumored to be involved with Claire in her college life, the latter rumored to be somewhat of a lesbian lover. Not official, but if that’s what they’re resorting to to get viewers to watch…)
When I first heard of this movie I thought “Oh great, a Disney family comedy with Robin Williams, yippee!”. I didn’t really consider it to be that funny. However, before seeing Pelham 123 last night, I did get to see the trailer for the movie, and I have to say I’ve never laughed so hard at a trailer in my life. I was crying b/c I was laughing so hard. The movie stars the comedic genius of Seth Green and Robin Williams, the psychotic mind of John Travolta, is directed (unbenounced to me) by the same guy behind Wild Hogs, and is now a must-see for me.
Yea I’m working on the title. Give me some time. Anyway, with this week’s opening of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and the fact that I’m gonna be leaving in a about an hour to go check it out, I started to think about what some of the best hostage movies are. I realized that I’m pretty attracted to what is kind of a formulaic movie genre. So, I figured I’d slap on a new title and give this a test run. These are a few of my picks of some of the best hostage movies out there today that you totally should give a rent to.
- Inside Man-This time around Clive Owen plays an incredibly smart bank robber pitted against William Defoe and of course, who else but Denzel Washington. He basically takes over the bank in a very indistinguisable disguise and has everyone in the bank dress alike. The story really unfolded well, and even though it took on a really big plot unfold in the very final 5 minutes and was a tad ambiguous, I really enjoyed it.
- John Q-Probably my favorite hostage movie of all time, John Q stars Denzel Washington (Even his name is cool) as the actually hostage taker trying to get a donor for his son dying of a bad heart and in need of a transplant. This movie will put you to tears, it’s that great.
- Hostage-To be honest I only caught the last 30 minutes of this on USA Network the other day, but it was still pretty choice. Bruce Willis is forced to save a group of children stuck in a house with a bunch of carjackers. Sure it’s by-the-book, but it was fun.
- Bandits-This might not be considered a “hostage film” per say, however it’s about bank robbers. Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis star as two bank robbers that get tied up in a love triangle in some of their biggest heists. May not be Pelham 123, but it’s close.
- That Opening Scene from The Dark Knight-Enough said.
- Any Movie with Denzel Washington-I’m not saying this negatively, but he is in a lot of hostage movies AS the negotiator. He does an awesome job at doing that. He does do some other stuff to, so why not keep doing something that you’re great at?
What’s better than watching an old man use a gravelly voice to ramble and threaten for 2 hours? How about Clint Eastwood a.k.a. Dirty Harry use violence to make his point and then represent an older version of Christian Bale by using a gravelly voice through the movie? Gran Torino is not only a movie that you absolutely need to see, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen a while filled to the brim with deep drama, a captivating story, some stellar performances by Clint Eastwood, and even some humor here and there. The story follows an older widower by the name of Walt (Clint Eastwood), who, mourning after the death of his wife, is left alone to deal with his life. He’s basically been left alone by all of his friends and family, and simply wants to live out the rest of his days without anyone bothering him, and that includes his new slew of Asian neighbors. Pretty soon though he puts himself into the middle of a neighborhood gang war, and is forced to deal with the consequences. First off, my hat goes off to Clint Eastwood for a beyond stellar portrayal of the classic curmudgeon. He perfectly portrays in his own gravelly voice all of his thoughts, whether or not they’re nice, and instills a genuine fear in the audience. In other words, he doesn’t care what you think and he will scare the crap out of you with some of the stuff he says, like-
- “Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have f$&ked with? That’s me.”
- “The hardest thing a man has to live with isn’t what he was ordered to do. It’s the things he wasn’t ordered to do.”
- “[about Korea] We shot men, stabbed them with bayonets, chopped up 17 year olds with shovels.”
- “I confess that I have no desire to confess to a boy that’s just out of the seminary.”
- “I think you’re an overeducated 27-year-old virgin who likes to hold the hands of superstitious old ladies and promise them eternity.”
- Any my Favorite-“Yeah? I blow a hole in your face and then I go in the house… and I sleep like a baby. You can count on that. We used to stack f$^ks like you five feet high in Korea… use you for sandbags.”
Clint Eastwood proves in this one that he didn’t put up his awesome ways just when he finished up with Dirty Harry. The best aspect of the movie is hearing Walt, this multi-layered character, carry each sentence that leaves his mouth with an intensity and experience that makes you realize this guy has went to hades and back, and just wants to be left alone. The entire storyline of the movie kinda follows this pattern too. There’s a certain weight, a certain depth of realism with a touch of intrigue that makes it incredibly real and gritty but yet still watchable. The grittiness in part thanks to the 82 F Bombs, which, personally didn’t bother me. Do you really think gangs driving by are gonna say “Bro I’m gonna FUDGE you up!”? The language is never flashy, but it’s real. The story is only complimented by a real sense of drama that truly envelopes you in the story and makes things all the more real, you’ll be rooting for all of these characters, especially Walt, by the end of the movie. Sitting through the movie at a time of day at which I’d usually fall asleep I didn’t yawn once during this movie. In fact I was sad and willing to watch another hour by the end of it. It’s almost kinda funny how Clint Eastwood directs this so well, and he’s directing himself, his own character, which only makes the final resolution make all the more sense and more peaceful. The only real fault I could find was that yea, it could get a little slow in the middle when the gang violence kinda takes a break between the first and final acts. Pretty soon though through the act you start to get a feel for things. Gran Torino is a lot of things. In a way it’s a gang story, in the other it’s a story of a man passing on knowledge, in the other it’s a man learning about the burdens he carries, in another it’s a really deep dramatic story that will have you on the edge of your seat supplemented by stellar performances by an acting legend. Most of all though, it’s my new favorite movie. If you take anything from this, Gran Torino is a movie you have to see, and is a movie you will enjoy from the beginning scenes to the final resolution with Clint Eastwood singing away.
5 out of 5
This year’s E3 has come and gone, this year’s being remarkably better than what was seen at last year’s E3. Gone is the stale environment of suits and ties, back is the loud and vibrant atmosphere packed to the brim with loud music, booth babes, and big announcements. This year could decisively be named as the year of motion sensing, as Microsoft and Sony both unveiled their new offerings into the front of motion sensing devices.
Microsoft was first out of the ring with Project Natal which was unveiled Monday. The device requires no controller input, but instead uses the player’s own movements and reflects them on screen with incredible precision. Press your foot down, the car accelerates. Swing your hands, the sword comes down. Also, the team along with Peter Molyneaux showed off the first ever T-1000 with Milo, a special advantage taken with Natal that allows you to interact in completely spontaneous and new conversations with Milo, an on-screen pal. The technology was truly incredible, however I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the stuff that ends up forming Skynet. Microsoft also unveiled several new games and exclusives to the 360, including a new Metal Gear series also coming to PS3, and a few extra features. New games that hadn’t seen much light of day, along with new games were announced including Tony Hawk Ride, Left 4 Dead 2, Alan Wake, Halo Reach, and much info on Halo: ODST.
Sony came out of the corner the next day with an incredible lineup, along with new information and support of the PSP and its new iteration, the PSP Go, which will only support downloadable content, fully abandoning the UMD format. The team really showed their muscle with a wand-based however incredibly realized motion sensing demo that basically demonstrated any and everything we’d want in motion sensing, including some brutally impressive tech demos and implementations of the software, including several uses for sports and RTS games, considerations I had never made. The team also flexed out on stage by showing a lineup of strong titles for the PS3 including God of War III, the new Metal Gear Series and PSP Exclusive, Uncharted 2, and more.
Nintendo went on shortly before Sony, and to be honest, did an awesome job compared to last year’s conference. I will admit though whenever the female Nintendo representative that I had nightmares about for months last year came on stage this year, I immediately hit fast-forward. The team showed us what we wanted with some new demos for the Wii Motion Plus, but more importantly, revealed some true hard core titles like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and one of my newly super-hyped games, Metroid Other M, being developed by the notoriously mature team, Team Ninja. Also, behind closed doors Miyamoto had a hush-hush meeting where we did set a date and early art (finally) for a new Zelda title set to debut more than likely late next year.
To be honest, this was probably my favorite E3 ever. This was way better than last year’s show. There were plenty of impressive titles for me to gawk at, and even a bunch of titles that I myself knew was going to be able to play. So cheers to E3, may it be this much fun for years to come, even though I was just watching it on G4 (that’s how much fun it is). This year’s E3 actually reminded me of the giddiness I experienced as a younger teen seeing all the new goodies being thrown around every year this time of month. E3 amazed this year, and I was left completely blown away. There were games, there were incredible demos, and enough surprises to keep my mouth on the ground. That’s what E3’s all about. (And yes James, you can copy this post.) Below is a list of what I thought were some of the most impressive titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on or hear more about.
- Heavy Rain-This adventure title from the makers of Indigo Prophecy gives you 4 different perspectives to one familiar storyline, and gives no forgiveness for player death. Instead, it switches you to another perspective.
- Splinter Cell: Conviction-Sam Fisher is back from the Ubisoft team with a brand new feel for the franchise and an incredibly inventive way to portray story developments without ever breaking the flow of action and not ripping off COD4.
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2-This time you’re under Soap’s command, and basically this looked kick-butt being demoed at Microsoft. The graphics are sharper, and the game just looks amazing.
- Metroid Other M-Team Ninja + Metroid Beloved Franchise = Earl Happy
- Super Mario Galaxy 2-This time with 100% more Yoshi!
- Alan Wake-This title hasn’t been heard from in like 5 years, and to be honest it looks awesome, so it’s nice to see they actually plan on finishing it.
- Forza Motorsport 3-Beautiful graphics and new features, plus an incredible design goal set this game to lofty heights, ones sure of accomplishing.
- God of War 3-Kratos stabs a chimera in the eye with its own horn.
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves-Nathan Drake returned, and he conquered in an incredibly striking demo that, as Naughty Dog puts it, puts it up to summer blockbuster standards.
- Assassin’s Creed 2-Ubisoft really showed their flex this year with an impressive demo and some great new variety.
Also worth mentioning-
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Rock Band: The Beatles
- Brutal Legend
- Mass Effect 2
- Gran Turismo 5
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Rabbids Go Home
- Motorstorm PSP
- Rock Band Unplugged
- DJ Hero
- Red Steel 2
- Dead Space Extraction
Well, it looks as if Iron Man 2 is making considerable progress. The main baddie this time around, Mickie Rourke’s interpretation of the Iron Man villain whiplash has been unveiled to the world, and to be honest, he looks kinda cool. I mean, he doesn’t even need a costume, Mickey Rourke looks scary enough as is. He could just wear a suit and tie and I’d still see it. His costume (most definitely not fully representative or final) does look a lot like the early prototype War Machine kinda stuff, which kinda makes me worry that John Favreau’s not being vivid enough, but that’s being a little picky. This still looks cool, and I’ll still be seeing Iron Man when it releases next May. Oh and also, Liam Neeson is gonna be in the A Team movie, he’s Hannibal. YES! Pic below (of Whiplash).
A few days ago light was shed on a new Zelda game for the Wii. Apparently the project was so big that Miyamoto wanted to keep it private until significant and showable progress could be shown at next year’s E3. But hey, at least we have confirmation, a release window, and now, a concept art. The pic is to depict a much older Link, but one might notice that the acclaimed adventurer is no longer holding a sword to accompany his shield, but instead is followed by a mysterious spirit. Miyamoto was incredibly tight lipped aside from stating that the new game “is totally taken in a new direction”, WILL incorporate motion plus, and only continued to point out the fact he had no sword. Many rumors are floating around that this could be a new species, or, that this new spirit could be some sort of incarnation of the Master Sword and will play greatly into gameplay. That’s personally the way I’m taking it, but I’m still just happy that we have this much to see. We finally have some sort of tangible glimpse as to where the series is going next, and a firm and realistic window of 2010. (Just think, E3 2010 could be a gateway to confirm it for next holiday!) Miyamoto has played his cards right, they brought out some big guns at the conference, and now he is amply teasing us for a new Zelda. Check out the link below to see the snapshot.
Yea, I know, I’ve been posting a lot of movie reviews lately and not a whole lot of rants or top ten lists or my general schtick. I’m sorry to whoever reads this, I’ve been very busy lately. Last week I was gone literally all week on a program, and I’ve been gone the past two days on a youth summit (which was incredibly awesome and way better than the first program. I got to rock climb and thankfully I made it all the way to the top! I also was given the opportunity to attend a formal dinner, tour some colleges (apparently Belmont had a debate lol), and have some great fun with my friends (bless their souls they had to spend 2 whole days with me lol). I also was able to explain the armrest principle and the concept of cancellation of tardiness. But I had an awesome time and am ready to get back to a fixed schedule and start working on some stuff personally and preparing for my Senior year. I am going to try to get some stuff posted on here including some big E3 news, some more movie reviews (Up and possibly The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), my thoughts on armrests and the cancellation of tardiness (if you’re lucky enough) and some other general ramblings. Right now I’m totally beat, I just wanted all 4 of you that are reading this know that I am going to try to work harder at posting more stuff for you all to read and possibly enjoy.
Who would have known that Batman turns out to lead the resistance to save humanity? Although I wasn’t a fan or even veteran viewer of the Terminator series until last week, there was plenty of enjoyment, awe-inspiring shots, and deep drama in the new blockbuster Terminator Salvation to have me wanting more. The story takes begins minutes before the end of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Marcus Wright, a man sentenced to death for murdering two cops and his own brother, isn’t looking for his second chance, but just for the sweet release of death for the crimes he has committed (a very creative character decision). Before his execution however, he signs up to donate his body to science. Moments later, the bombs are dropped as part of Judgement Day when Skynet became self aware. 15 years later, John Connor is regarded as a prophet to the resistance. To some he is the wise leader, to others he is a false prophet destined to be the end of the rebellion. On the other side of the apocalypse, Marcus Wright wakes up in the terrifying new world completely lost and confused as to where, who, or WHAT he is. The movie convenes the two storylines expertly together, never focusing on one more than the other to eventually convene upon the plot to destroy Skynet’s US Headquarters and to rescue the teenage Kyle Reese (Because John Connor has to make sure he was enough candy to make it through the apocalypse…. Sorry, couldn’t resist.) If you’re a fan of the Terminator series, there is something here for you to enjoy, even if it is in the ridiculous attention to detail in the movie. I might be wrong, but I do believe the gas station Wright, Reese, and Star travel to about 1/3 of the way into the movie is supposed to look like the same one in #3. Also, all of the clothing, gear, and weapons used by these survivors, among all of the thousands of environments surrounding the resistance fighters is filled with extra thought. The atmosphere provided feels so used, so devastated you truly believed the area had been leveled by Judgment Day as it had. For 2 hours you are immersed in this war torn world and the shattered hope of humanity’s last hope for survival. From the barren landscapes to Connor’s war-torn, bleak radio broadcasts, you realize the shape they’re in. The special effects work is also awe-inspiring with noticeable advancements compared to the 1984 original. Great detail and work also goes into the new series of Terminators, including some that scarily reminded me of certain Decepticons. The performances of the movie are all very well done, from Bryce Howard’s rendition of Kate Connor to Sam Worthington’s dual portrayal of a man torn apart by his two egos, even including the superb performance by Anton Chekov as a young Kyle Reese. Even Christian Bale, who is kinda gravelly at times, does a fine job at recreating the scarred veteran. The drama dynamic between Wright and Connor is well thought out and thought provoking, however wasn’t really as fleshed out as I wanted, especially going into the final climax. The idea that John Connor doesn’t trust Wright simply b/c he is a terminator and is simply facing the reality of having to fulfill and ensure his life is incredibly captivating. The ending of the movie and the final conflict just feel a little rushed and too chaotic compared to the first 1/2 to keep me grounded. Overall, if you’re a Terminator fan, this is a must-see adventure for you to take a chance with, even if it is just for the brought to life atmosphere of the war-torn future resistance led by John Connor only glimpsed at briefly in past films. The 4th installment packs enough punch, enough pursuit, more than enough fine performances and deep drama, and enough of an excellent cameo from the Governor of California to keep any Terminator fan satisfied.
4 1/2 out of 5