Archive for the ‘Action’ Category

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Knowing Is Half the Battle…

September 18, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has been one of the most anticipated films of the gi-joe-intl-postersummer,  and nobody was looking forward to it more than those of us who grew up on the old G.I. Joe cartoons.  When I sat down in the theater, I saw a lot of children in there, and I couldn’t help but think to myself: How is G.I. Joe even relevant to kids today when there’s not even a cartoon to support it?  Perhaps it was just parents bringing their children along with them as they came out to enjoy some nostalgia.

I never was a hardcore G.I. Joe fan as a child.  I watched the cartoon because it was always on the regular evening line-up and perhaps Saturday mornings as well (I really can’t remember that far back).  I always enjoyed it, but I never collected the toys or any of the other various merchandise that went along with it.  That being said, this movie is pretty much what you would expect from a film based on G.I. Joe.

Many of the fans that I’ve spoken with have said that they thought this film was better than Transformers, and I have to agree with that statement.  This film has what you expect from an action movie: lots of fighting and special effects.

The film was well put together, entertaining, and the casting was mostly appropriate.  However, I didn’t agree with the casting for Ripcord.  I felt Marlon Wayans was inappropriate for the role.  I know he was probably changed to an African-American character in order to be politically-correct, but I’m a purist and believe characters should be portrayed as they were originally intended.  Also, I found Dennis Quaid’s acting to be a little forced.

On a different note, I think my biggest disappointment with this film was the fact that there was no PSA after the credits!  I fully expected one as a joke and a nod to the old cartoons.  There’s no way they could’ve just let that slip by.  Someone had to have thought of it!  Oh well, maybe on the DVD, I hope.

Overall, it was enjoyable. Watch it when you get the chance. Maybe it’s on at a cheap theater by now, since I’m finishing this so late.

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The Fallen Shall Rise or How Many Times Can We Play the Same Green Day Song in One Film

June 26, 2009

transformersDon’t get me wrong, “21 Guns” is an amazing song, and I listen to it quite often, but I can count at least four times off the top of my head where it was used in this film.  But I digress.

Here’s the main two complaints that I am hearing regarding this film, from both fans and critics alike.

1) There were too many explosions and it was too loud.

And this is a complaint why?  You don’t go to a movie like this expecting something artsy.  You expect it to be loud and full of special effects.

2) Megan Fox wasn’t as hot in this one.

I’m not even going to comment on the veracity of this statement.  It makes me laugh. Even if it is true, I find it extremely difficult to take any critic or fan who makes this claim serious.

I went to this movie expecting to see the latest summer blockbuster action movie.  I wasn’t disappointed. Explosions, robots, great special effects, Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving…those are the ingredients of a great recipe. 

The story was fairly decent.  The Decepticons return to Earth in order to locate energon and resurrect Megatron (voice of Hugo Weaving).  Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has the map to what is believed to be the energon’s location stored in his brain which makes him a target of the Decepticons.  After traveling halfway around the world and across the deserts of Egypt and Jordan, the Autobots and the Decepticons meet in the final showdown.

The effects were great, the story was decent, and the acting was about what you would expect from a movie like this.  That being said, I had a few problems. 

Problem #1) The Twins

This was a lame idea.  They acted completely stupid and their humor was terrible. I’m all for comedy relief, but only when it’s believable and not over-the-top.  These robots were pretty much the Jar Jar Binks of the Tranformers movies.  I’ve also heard some criticism saying that the portrayal of these characters is racist.  I don’t buy that,  but they were just a bad idea. Period.

Problem #2) Identifying the Robots

I’m not a die-hard Transformers fan.  I never even watched the cartoon growing up except for a few episodes.  I knew a few of the characters and had friends that liked the show, however.  But for the average viewer, I found it somewhat difficult to tell the robots apart, especially the Decepticons.  But that’s just my opinion.

Overall, this was a highly entertaining movie that was worth paying admission for.  I would even say it’s worth seeing in IMAX, but I chose not to simply because I didn’t want to wait until late in the afternoon.  It’s what you would expect out of a summer blockbuster and there’s plenty of content in the movie that kids and adults will both enjoy, however the PG-13 rating comes mostly from the language and a suggestive scene or two.

If you’ve seen it, let me know your thoughts. If not, go see it and drop a comment or two.