Friday, September 20, 2013

Quick Movie Reviews

Title: Oblivion (2013)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Synopsis: A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Rating: 2.5/5

Oblivion gets points for being an original story with beautiful visuals. The originalities of the story can't stand up to all of the usual science fiction tropes that have been done much better in the past. The plot flounders mid-way through the film and never quite recovers. Tom Cruise tries hard in this one, but fails to deliver anything stunning.

Title: G.I. Joe: Retaliation 
Starring: Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-hun Lee
Synopsis: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
Rating: 2.5/5

The sequel to G.I. Joe is clearly better than the first movie. Less Channing Tatum helped things along as well as the addition of seasoned action stars like Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Let's face it; Channing Tatum is dull as a brick unless he's taking his clothes off. However, the changes couldn't help the overall result. Look into this one for some explosions and martial arts.

Title: Immortals (2011)
Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff
Synopsis: Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
Rating: 2.5/5

If you enjoyed the style and look of 300, you'll like Immortals. Director Tarsem Singh is known for his visual style. You may remember those from The Cell (2000). The stunning visuals and toned bodies can't help the plot. There are some big plot holes that could have been filled in by simply reading the mythology that this film was based on. There was one big thing that annoyed me. Why were there only 5 instead of 12 Olympians?

Title: Epic (2013)
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell
Synopsis: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Rating: 2.5/5

Epic wasn't bad. It had cute moments. The voice actors are all big celebrities with easily recognizable voices. I feel this always hurts animated productions. Suspending belief and imagining that the voice is truly the character suffers when you see said actor or actress everywhere. Ultimately, the battle between good and evil to either protect or destroy the natural world left me with a bit of deja vu. Haven't I already seen this before? Back then, it was Ferngully: The Last Rainforest...and it was a human slacker who was shrunken down to save things with a faerie. The funny sidekick was a bat instead of two slugs.

Title: Despicable Me 2
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand
Synopsis: Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
Rating: 3.5/5

Once again, the Minions steal every scene they were in. I found myself wanting more of the interactions between the minions and the girls, Agnes and Edith especially. Gru has always annoyed me to an extent, but I think he was meant to be that way. Overall, the movie was a decent followup to the first film. I don't think they could have added anything else without going over the top. I will be looking forward to the Minions getting their own film in December 2014.

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