Sunday, August 11, 2013

Quick Movie Reviews

Title: 6 souls (2010)
Alternate Title: Shelter
Starring: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn
Synopsis: A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.
Rating: 2/5

Multiple personalities or possession? Science or faith? These are the things weighed in 6 Souls. You're not going to like this one if you expect a fast pace or any real scares. It's a slow building attempt at a thriller. The only real saving grace to the tedious pace is Jonathan Rhys Meyers as he portrays several different personalities with accents and mannerisms.

Title: V/H/S (2012)
Starring: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard
Synopsis: When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
Rating: 1/5

I've never been fond of the found footage format, but I gave it a try anyway. 10 directors and 24 producers over six segments couldn't save this attempt at anthology horror. I was more bored than anything throughout. This was one of the few movies where I was watching the clock wondering why there was still half an hour left.  At a little under two hours, this one really should have been much shorter.

Title: Dark Skies (2013)
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo
Synopsis: As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.
Rating: 1.5/5

Dark Skies offers nothing new in the format of horror or science fiction. Slow paced and often tedious, I didn't find myself really caring what happened to the family. There were some moments when I thought there would be some buildup, but the payoff came and went with no resolution. This one suffers from being too mediocre.

Title: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: When a street magician's stunts begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act - and their friendship - by staging their own daring stunt.
Rating: 2.5/5

Overall, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a fairly decent parody of popular magicians. Jim Carrey steals the scenes that he's in with his take on shock magicians like Criss Angel.  Alan Arkin and Steve Buscemi also do a good job in supporting roles. Olivia Wilde is as lovely as always. However, the biggest downfall is how annoying Steve Carell's character is.

Title: Snitch (2013)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon
Synopsis: A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
Rating: 2.5/5

Stupid kids should be learn from their mistakes. Instead, Dwayne Johnson jumps in to save his son by trying to set up drug dealers for the police. He sets aside his other child and wife to chase these criminals regardless of whether he gets himself killed. This was an average action flick that attempted to be more intelligent than others.

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