An overly long missed opportunity that could have done a much better job at telling us a story and instead opted to skirt around all the stuff that made the book dark and thrilling.
Excellent chemistry between Owen and Roberts, combined with an interesting story, careful use of flashbacks, and some excellent supporting performances (Paul Giamatti is awesome) made this an enjoyable film (if maybe a little long) despite the critical backlash.
Cage delivers a good performance in this initially entertaining sci-fi suspense and the supporting cast is equally good, however the bizarre twist near the end leaves you wondering why you watched it in the first place.
Transformers delivers an engaging movie experience with thrills, spills and robot explosions, no more than you would expect but it hits the spot if that’s what you wanted.
Salvation manages to pull the franchise out of the gutter with a good-enough performance supported mostly by the action and special effects.
Here’s a random collection of movies that might get released in 2009, and some random comments from me. I don’t have any good inside sources so I’m relying on magazines, imdb and other on-line resources to get this list together so I apologise if it’s all bollocks. Plus, this is for UK releases, some of this stuff has already been on in other parts of the universe. Oh and it’s stuff that interests me, so you’ll see a huge genre slant and an absence of high quality drama.
Hmm, I’ve not been impressed with the trailers and the buzz so far. I fear that the style will overcome the substance and The Spirit will be a flop, and I guess the most it can hope for is ‘cult status’. A cop dies in the line of duty and comes back as The Spirit to fight against Central City’s evil underbelly. The only thing I’m looking forward to now is Samuel L Jackson’s performance.
Excitement factor: 5/10
I have pretty low hopes for this prequel to the two Underworld movies. I fear low production values and a bad script. I may be wrong, but I just feel the story has been told once already and this is purely a cynical cashing in attempt (yes, most of Hollywood blockbuster material is about cashing in, but sometimes it’s less cynical). It may turn out to be a kick-ass fantasy action movie with witty dialog and solid direction, but …
Excitement factor: 6/10