Riddick: Movie Review

This may end up being my shortest review.

Dir: David Twohy Writers: David Twohy, Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwel
Run Time: 118m

You ever watch something and say you know the story may suck but you might still be entertained? Yes that didn’t happen here. When I saw the trailer all I could think was this man is going to kill people with cups and what not. Had it not been for my best friend I would have skipped this entirely. But as always I expected nothing from it and got exactly what I expected. How movies like this get produced, but a sequel to Dredd can’t be made, is beyond me.

First let’s touch the acting. TERRIBLE. JUST DOWN RIGHT DISRESPECTFUL. Vinny isn’t the world’s greatest actor in any way. He’s an action star that can be (very) believable in an emotional dramatic scene. I will give him credit that he tried. You can tell early on he tried. Out of the three movies (this one being the longest one I’ve watched) I’d say this might be his best outing but don’t quote me. But in terms of quality… It stops there. This isn’t fast and furious, he can’t help keep this film alive if he tried, solo anyway. He does try though. Then you have Keri Hilson. Most useless pretty face of all time in any movie ever made. Then you have, what I’d assume is the main antagonist in Jordi Mollà. Worst acting I’ve seen all year, and that includes the efforts in Kick-Ass 2. Maybe it was his accent but every word he said came off dryer than Ashy Larry’s lips. Honestly as far as acting goes, expect nothing if you don’t want to heed my warnings and see this garbage.

Technically, it’s a darn good looking movie. The mix use of set, possible on location filming and green screen was pretty seamless. That is a saving grace for the motion picture but not enough to enjoy it. What it makes up in the cinematography, it lacks in rendered CGI. As far as big budget movies go that require CGI, I didn’t expect to see so much glitches in rendered motion. As a whole it came off as a poorly done big budget student film… Sort of like “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.

I hate this movie.

The story never seemed to get going, and early on it was such a drag. Literally. It put me to sleep about mid way and it felt like an episode of Passions. Nothing happened. They were in the same predicament for the longest time. The story crawls so slowly that you just want to cry. The person snoring behind me had money well spent if you asked me vs me tying to be awake.

Bottom line: it’s the worst movie of the fall season or end of summer season. Why this movie was made I don’t know. If you happen to see it please slap yourself for wasting your time and hard earned money/scene points. Though this is a great make out film, if you’re into that during movies. Oh, and if your Howard Walowitz. You might get a little happy at one point.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1 out of 10 (1 being that vin Diesel did all he could),
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Total Recall 1990 Throwback Review

Before inception, before sucker punch, there was Total Recall. Troubled by rewrites, choosing who to direct & who to cast for the lead role, until Arnold bought the script, which if he didn’t, may have seen a more witty movie vs a more action packed movie.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rachel Ticotin Melina
Sharon Stone Lori
Ronny Cox Vilos Cohaagen
Michael Ironside Richter
Marshall Bell George / Kuato
Mel Johnson Jr. Benny
Michael Champion Helm
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Edgemar
Ray Baker Bob McClane
Rosemary Dunsmore Dr. Lull
David Knell Ernie
Alexia Robinson Tiffany
Dean Norris Tony

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Plot: “Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it’s a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie” – imdb.com
Run time

Yes, I’m reviewing this because the new version is out already and plan on reviewing that soon. As I said before, this movie would have been more witty and possibly dialogue full, but thx to Arnold being attached to it, it may have been better–but I guess we’ll never know. I will say this movie is awesome for its time and, for what it is, a sci-fi action thriller, from the very start (I’m not entirely clear as to why THAT scene started the movie), but kudos to the effects team. Its funny, as a kid I never realized just how disturbing a movie this is. When his face mask breaks and all the oxygen is ripped from his body… Man.. They did a great job to show what that may/may not look like. It’s a very Hollywood moment if you know what I mean, but let’s discuss the story.

The movie is open ended, just like inception is and even the mixed feeling sucker punch. Why? Because… I’ll get to that in a moment… As I said, it starts off on Mars with some chick he can’t stop dreaming about. Then it turns into a nightmare, and he wakes beside his wife, who is believable to be the wife of this dude. As the story progresses, you notice that “Quaid” is longing for something more than some jackhammer operator so he starts to look into “Rekall” which is a memory implant company. And when he gets there.. It really does become this non stop roller coaster ride, one which we don’t know is real or not, right up to the “Fade to White” ending, in terms of what is reality. Everything for sure is up to the point he gets to “Rekall”. After that we, the audience are on our own. When he mets some “Dr” who informs him of this crazy series of events, he is actually explaining the entire third act, which makes this entire movie mind twisting, and the fact that it goes to white & not black, has so many different meanings.

This is an Arnold movie. Let’s face it, we don’t watch his movies in hopes of him bing a great actor, but being a believable powerhouse to root for in the end. His best acted scenes are at the start of the film, after the dream, in my eyes, even some of the parts where he’s explaining he wishes to be/do more. It’s believable because of the job he has, the wife he has, and all that stuff. Sharon Stone hasn’t really been a good actor to me past “Basic Instinct” (Which has one of the most daring scenes in cinema history.. Maybe), which is some time after this movie. The rest of the cast is really just a bunch of moments. The brunette’s first “real” moments on film are her best in my opinion. The most annoying is the black guy, but when the story gets to where it needs to be by the end, it kinda makes sense.

When it comes to the effects, this movie didn’t hold back. It is said to be the first to use CGI and the last to use miniature sets with integrated live action, both of which are beautifully done, especially for a movie that came out in the 90’s. Honestly, if not for the brain messing plot, the effects alone are worth watching this movie. The action scenes, which there are plenty, aren’t perfect, and probably not the best we’ve seen from Arnold to that point in his career, BUT it does look great when you fit the story to it.

The thing about this movie is, when I started watching it I remember seeing it as a kid & hating it. Now as an adult with a sense for film & with more understanding, I appreciated this film. It was one giant mind tease with a bunch of metaphors & foreshadowing. When Benny is driving the taxi, too many times he comes across the truck drill which, a drill is used to ultimately kill him. It’s worth watching before the new movie for sure.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

 

Prometheus Movie Review

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof

Cast

A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus”, on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive, it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

[*SPOILERS START HERE*]

There’s Sci-Fi (science fiction) and then there’s horror movies, and then there is that oddity that meshes the two together in this beautiful way, in what you could call perfect harmony–which is what “Promtheus” does. As a prequel to the now infamous “Alien” movie series, which Later spawned two Alien vs Predator movies, that were poorly received. Ye.. DON’T ASK. This Installment was highly entertaining and worth while for fans of movies, or even just fans of the series. It has those “left to the viewer to figure out” moments, and pretty crafty all the same.

The opening of the movie starts out beautifully. It shows us these landscapes of the world that in the movie, claim to  be in Ireland, or at least part of it. (but I’m sure they filmed that in Iceland… either way, Its just beautiful) *NOTE* THIS MOVIE IS MADE TO BE SEEN IN IMAX AND OR 3-D. In order to really appreciate the scope of what you’re seeing, it just would look so much better. I got a free ticket so I won’t complain. The cinematography was outstanding as were the V/FX(Visual effects).

spaceship used in prometheus

The choice of shots were amazing at the start, and for the most part throughout. The start really has a bang feeling to it, with how it’s shot (I really could talk about the start of this movie forever but its a two hour long movie so I’ll move along). Throughout the film we are taken to many different places and shown many different things, the way it’s introduced in this film seemed very natural, and when you think of where we are with technology, it seems very practical that you could believe some of these things would exist (the technology anyway) . This was probably the best horror movie we will get this year. It’s not overly gory, but just terrifying in the sense that it has crazy looking aliens that do some crazy stuff.

Acting was spotty I won’t lie. Charlize Theron was good, but some of her lines weren’t delivered to the best of her ability (watch monster and you may understand). Idris Elba had some, if not all the best lines in the film (he really is a suburb actor). It may be just me, but I detected light banter between the crew of space men which reminded me of Joss Whedon‘s work, it was good to make the movie a bit light. Guy Pearce was almost unrecognizable. Michael Fassbender plays such great villains in movies man, he was sort of the saving grace in Jonah Hex (but not enough to save that film). He has a way of being obviously evil, but yet deceiving enough to have you think he wouldn’t hurt a fly. It honestly is a joy to watch it all unfold.

Editing wise, it was put together very well. It switches from steady cam, to shaky cam, but WITHIN REASON. It isn’t over done and as I just said….it makes sense. I will give any movie with shaky cam a good rating, if the shaky has merit.

The Plot itself is good at best. I don’t know how much it connects to the other Alien movies, but I’m definitely gonna see the others now that I have this “back story”. If there was a moral of the story, it’s that we as humans should be mindful of what we want to discover. Sometimes our curiosity does get the better of us and we find out something we were WAY better off not knowing.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatre in the best way you can (like Imax or something). Then blu ray if you have the other Alien movies.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW