Monday, July 22, 2013

Quick Movie Reviews

Title: Day of the Dead (2008)
Starring: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, AnnaLynne McCord, Ving Rhames
Synopsis: When a small Colorado town is overrun by the flesh hungry dead a small group of survivors try to escape in a last ditch effort to stay alive.
Rating: 1/5

There are so many things wrong with this movie that I'm not sure where to start. It's probably one of the most poorly written and directed zombie movies out there. I don't mind the concepts of zombies being able to love or retaining memories/abilities. Those were all things that George A. Romero tried to add to his films. The biggest problem with this is lackluster performances from the actors. Aside from that, apparently getting bitten by a zombie turns you into full rotten corpse in seconds.

Title: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Synopsis: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.
Rating: 2/5

This movie is cute, sad and sweet. Beneath the fantasy, it's about parenting in whatever form it comes in. However, this tends to be too sweet and sappy to really make any clear statement. Everything is simply too perfect even when it shouldn't be. This one might be better shoved in the Disney vault and forgotten. 

Title: Here Comes the Boom
Starring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler
Synopsis: A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Rating: 2/5

Kevin James plays lazy schoolteacher, Scott Voss, who makes a sudden change in his attitude once the school's music program is cut. The biggest problem is in his choices on what to do in order to earn the money to save the program. Once you suspend belief that he can fight big muscular men, the jokes tend to fall flat leaving little to fall back on.

Title: Man of Steel (2013)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane
Synopsis: A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.
Rating: 2.5/5

Please check out Miko's full review here. My biggest problem with Man of Steel was how flat the story fell. Superman has always been one of my favorite superheroes. Henry Cavill fits the look of Superman quite well. There were just some big issues with the plot overall. As cute as Amy Adams is, her Lois Lane was very dull and out of place. I enjoyed the flashbacks far more than most of the present day scenes. I would have liked to see more of the interaction of child Clark with his parents and how he'd grown up.

Title: Warm Bodies
Starring: Nicolas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton
Synopsis: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
Rating: 3/5

I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this one. When the trailers first came out, I was guilty of expecting it to be Twilight for the zombie genre. Instead, it's more of a comedy with satiric moments. Getting into R's head was done in a decent way that gave insight into his world. It was certainly worth a watch. For a full review, check out the one Miko did over here.

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