A movie that could have made bigger waves, if only released a little later.
I can’t believe I missed this movie when it was still showing… I think it went under the radar, I assume based on the fact that it was yet another war movie, with Matt Damon and the producers of the Bourne series… I think the viewers probably wanted something new.
I got a second chance to watch it, while taking the plane from Montreal to Vancouver. You can even watch previews now on the high tech touch screens… It looked pretty intense (I love action movies) so I said to myself : let’s go for it!
I made a good choice. The first thing that I really loved about this movie was that it was filmed like a documentary. The camera is following an army squad, under the direction of Matt Damon. Their task is to look for those famous WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)… But after going out of the safe (green) zone and into the streets of Baghdad, trying to push back the locals asking for water and getting past some random snipers (without arming civilians), they are often finding… Nothing. Matt Damon gets frustrated and embarks, with the support of a veteran CIA agent, on the quest of the truth behind this intel that gives them wrong information about the location of those WMD. He might not like what he’s going to find but he wants an answer as to why he has been send to war.
With the documentary style, the movie seemed so real that I felt for the protagonists. Those soldiers being sent there, into this foreign country, with a culture they don’t know about, not being able to communicate with the locals but having to protect them at the same time.
Matt Damon is our lone soldier here , and doesn’t really know who he can count on. He’s just an army guy and he really did a good job of portraying this regular Joe with a strong ethic. He gets caught into something big but fights for the truth and doesn’t let anybody dictate what he has to believe. His support cast wasn’t as good as him but managed well, though I have to say that they could have done a better job with the translator.
There was a lot of action, but nothing like the regular martial art choreographed fights and car chases. Just following an guy around in the streets of Bagdhad.
I really enjoyed it.
Full of gold scenes
We caught the end of Spiderman 3 late Saturday night. I kinda enjoyed it and even if I didn’t approve of Tobey Maguire as Spiderman in the first place, I fell in love with his character’s portrayal. The movie felt a little rushed at the end, but the photography was excellent. So when my roommate told me he would watch the original Spiderman on Sunday, I decided to join him. I had never watched a Spiderman movie till this week-end and let me tell you how big a mistake it was.
Spiderman was ridiculously funny. It is too bad I can’t find the best parts on youtube or put them there myself. I guess I will have to write them down in this review…One of my favorite scene is when Mary Janes is leaving work and walking down the street. She’s turning at a corner when two guys starts checking her out and decides to follow her. She runs away but is cornered very shortly by 4 or 6 guys. One guy starts throwing kisses at her, while another one is barking? Barking????! Anyway Spiderman arrives and saves her. And how does she thank her? She french kisses him!
Except this part, Mary Jane’s character was not so interesting… She was just the whiny girl that always get caught in deadly situations and that our hero always have to save… The best character of this movie was the Green Goblin, hands down. He looked like he was coming straight from the villains tribe in those old japanese series, you know? Bio-man & cie. The scene with Willem Dafoe crawling back to his chair, while the mask is talking to him… That was just too much. Another favorite scene is when he bursts into Jameson’s office (another funny character) and confronts Spiderman. He just bump his fits in front of him and whispers: ” Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeep” while he releases gas to paralyze him. Later in the movie, he crashes into Aunt May’s bedroom while she was praying “And deliver us from…” and forces her to pronounce the last word :”Evil”. And lastly, at the final scene, when he dies, he just utters “Oh” before the final blow.
It may not mean much when you’re reading it, but watching it was another experience. It felt like a D-Listed movie and not one that costed more than 100 million to produce. I never laughed so much when, I guess, I wasn’t supposed to do so.
Nevertheless, the movie was good. Tobey McGuire was excellent as a teenager who’s growing new powers/entering into the adult life and has to make the choices that come with it. There were also some nice actions scenes. So overall, I quite enjoyed it.
- Moi: More like a 3/5... The movie wasn't bad, but definitely overhyped...I kinda knew it would kinda be like a Avatar 2.0, where everybody just loves it but cannot give you one reason why... "You have to see it", they say. Yeah I saw it and then what? The open ending was just too easy ...
- I'm still thinking about this.Enlighten me...
- Moi : I was reading the newspaper this morning and it gave the new Christopher Nolan's movie, Inception, the very rare rating of 5 stars out of 5... I had seen the preview at the beginning of the year, and frankly, the storyline of people entering other's dreams didn't make an impression on me... So why the perfect note? After reading the entire article, I still cannot answer this question... I guess it's the Dark Knight's legacy.
A POTC look-alike.
I read lately that Prince of Persia only made 88 M in the US theaters, less than what Twilight did in one week-end, with a budget of around 200 M. How is this possible?
I had to write a review and let people know how great this movie is. Well, it’s not that great, but it cannot be worse than Twilight, come on people!!!
I remember being kinda skeptical, based on the choice of Jake Gyllenhaal for Dustan, the prince who gets betrayed by its own family, and Gemma Arterton, for the tag-along princess, as she had just played IO in Clash of the Titans.
I had written once before
This is a sad sad day… Hollywood casting two actors that look nothing like the population that lives in the Middle East… The last time I went to the movies, two of my friends told me they could not understand this decision when they saw the poster[…]
Yet those two friends insisted on seeing this same movie.
We were not disappointed at all. Jake Gyllenhaal’s puppy look was kinda hard to swallow at the beginning, but I guess they were looking for someone who would draw sympathy towards him rather than someone with a tough look. After all, he just had everything taken away from him.
Gemma Arterton is really pretty and did great as the snobbish princess entangled in this story unwillingly because she has to protect the cursed dagger no matter what.
The game elements were well integrated to the movie, with some actions scenes where Dustan had to run through the city’s labyrinth, jumping from the ground to the roofs and vice-versa.
Add to this a solid story, a sprinkle of romance, lots of actions and a good handful of jokes and you end up with an enjoyable movie, that kinda reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbeans (this is also a Disney movie after all).