Trust no one.
That’s the feeling you get when you watch Contagion. Soderbergh’s portrayal of society is both refreshing, and terrifying. The strength of the movie is in its realism. If a virus broke out today that has the potential to wipe out millions of the population how would we react? Contagion looks at this, and does a really good job at giving varying viewpoints, while the CDC looks tries to find an answer. But does that make the film any good?
If you’ve seen the trailer for Warrior then you already know that two brothers are in a winner take all cage match. What makes Warrior a very entertaining ride is the journey. Gavin O’Connor knows how to capture the emotion of a scene, and he builds three dimensional characters that the audience can relate to. By the time you get to the end you want both brothers to win.
Yep, I’ve neglected the blog section long enough. This week we decided on not doing a podcast because of the holiday, and well, Adam was hanging out in the woods again… My performance on the last The Lost Level was to be desired, so I wanted to formally apologize. I blame lack of sleep, and lack of Guinness. I never realized just how important my precast ritual is, but wow…
Tuesday was the start of the gaming season with Resistance 3, Warhammer 40k: Space Marine, and Dead Island. Some people will say last week because of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but that game felt like it came out of nowhere. Sorry Deus Ex fans, it did.
Colombiana has the pedigree of great films, unfortunatley Luc Besson’s latest screenplay does little to capture the spirit of his previous work. La Femme Nikta and Leon: The Professional were fresh, full of artistic style and imagination. Colombiana feels like a cheap ripoff of the genre he has created.
Conan the Barbarian is a remake of the iconic film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In this vision Jason Momoa takes the title role, and shows the true barbarianism of the character. The strength of this film is the action, it’s fast and brutal approach makes for a more believable fight scene. Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good. Poor script, bad dialogue, and miscasting cause this reboot to seem boring, and uninspired.
It is always hard to reboot classic film franchises. Tim Burton tried to resurrect the Apes franchise in 2001, but that was considered a colossal failure, thus a sequel to was never made. After 11 years Rupert Wyatt took the helm and rebooted the franchise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes no longer has people dressed as apes. Technology has caught up to the apes concept, and CGI apes become real. Caesar, the main character, played by Andy Serkis is a monumental achievement in making a believable CGI character. You care about Caesar, and you can see all his emotions, his facial expressions, and this helps your immersion. Caesar is real, he makes you care. That’s what makes this film works.
Something smells, and unfortunately it isn’t the “aroma-scope” card I was handed as I walked into the theater. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D is weighed down by terrible gags, unfunny moments, and forgettable performances by most of the cast. The wit and charm of the series was left on the Island of Lost Dreams.