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Average User Score: 5.9Dec 4, 2019A convincing job by Olivia Wilde, but I'm not sure what this film is trying to be. I get the feeling that somewhere there's someone waitingA convincing job by Olivia Wilde, but I'm not sure what this film is trying to be. I get the feeling that somewhere there's someone waiting to explain, in detail, that this is how victims of domestic violence and violent trauma evolve, at least some of the time. And if this film were presented as a dramatization, then fine. As a film, though, it's slow. And just when we get to the scene where the final confrontation should occur our heroine Sadie hesitates, because, one might guess, she really just needs to be beaten one last time before she can pull the metaphorical trigger and deliver vigilante justice to her abuser.
So then another 15, 20 minutes and when the moment for justice arrives we're deprived of seeing exactly how Sadie overcomes the disadvantages of size and weight, and having a broken arm, to get her abuser into a position where she can, well . . . do what she needs to do.
And, ok, fine. The film doesn't want to indulge in gratuitous violence. But, you know, a film is a film and it needs to entertain and that's where this film falls short.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Nov 16, 2019This film is like Michael J. Fox meets Indiana Jones in a galaxy far far away and in the process outdoes Star Wars and Star Trek both onThis film is like Michael J. Fox meets Indiana Jones in a galaxy far far away and in the process outdoes Star Wars and Star Trek both on practically every conceivable level by at least several orders of magnitude.
Yes, it's a comic action-adventure flick so if there are any Oscars to be won they will be in the realm of stunning visuals, of which there are plenty. We have landscapes unlike any other. We have aliens who bear no resemblance to cuddly stuffies and action figures to be found in toy store chains. We have absolutely NO robots attempting to provide comic relief. And we have Valerian and Laureline, billed as soldiers but handling missions more like agents, trading wisecracks and innuendos and the occasional contemplative remark about the meaning of life and the nature of the universe.
The criticism of the film merely confirms my general opinion of the modern movie audience. People say that the two leads lack characterization and chemistry and these same people will heap praises on Bourne and Wick and every other two-dimensional pot of offal being churned out endlessly by Disney and the rest of the industry. They'll say the dialog is stilted and nonsensical and then applaud films where there are two lines of dialog, primarily grunts, for every twenty minutes of blasting machine-guns and fiery explosions.
Valerian and the City of of a Thousand Planets is a very entertaining film. It's fun. It's a bit of a thrill ride. It does a few things I haven't seen before. I absolutely recommend that you give it a watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Oct 23, 2019There are two main problems with Resident Evil (RE) Apocalypse and its predecessor: 1) They're zombie flicks, and, 2) They're zombie flicks.There are two main problems with Resident Evil (RE) Apocalypse and its predecessor: 1) They're zombie flicks, and, 2) They're zombie flicks.
People who get paid to review movies can't just say, hey, it's a zombie flick. They have to try to be "insightful" and "meaningful." They need to say something "significant." So if they encounter a movie that isn't quite the equal of "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead," or "Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse," or "Train to Busan," or "NotLD," or "Dead Set," they have little choice but to proclaim they're watching garbage and no one else should waste their time.
Fans of Resident Evil the video games, by comparison, have a lot of preconceived notions about what the RE films should look like, and, to be honest, who cares? I never played the game and doubt I ever will. But I do like zombie flicks.
OK, so, this is a zombie flick. If you like zombie flicks you'll probably like RE: Apocalypse. There's lots and lots of zombies. Some get shot, some get burned, some get blown up, and eventually there's this big bomb that comes down out of the sky, but don't let me spoil the part I could easily spoil. I mean, sometimes you nuke things and it works, and sometimes it doesn't. If you've seen Andromeda Strain (1971) you have some idea about what I mean.
I'd recommend seeing the first RE film before you see Apocalypse, but if that's not convenient don't worry. You'll get a nice intro to what's going on right after the opening credits.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Oct 22, 2019This is a nice scifi zombie action thriller. And the train is kind of cool, if that kind of thing appeals to you. What else is there to say?This is a nice scifi zombie action thriller. And the train is kind of cool, if that kind of thing appeals to you. What else is there to say? OK, Roger Ebert is wrong. Resident Evil is better than any film Romero ever made, with the possible exception of the one, the only, Night of the Living Dead.
It also is not Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. But very few films even come close to that.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Oct 1, 2019The short version: Go watch "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" which is a really entertaining Australian zombie flick and forget that "The DeadThe short version: Go watch "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" which is a really entertaining Australian zombie flick and forget that "The Dead Don't Die" ever existed.
The long version: Had I known that the guy who directed "Coffee and Cigarettes" was responsible for "The Dead Don't Die" I would not have wasted my time. This is a film that is devoid of life and no I'm not making a pun. Bill Murray and Adam Driver spend most of the film mimicking the Bill Murray Deadpan Thing and that's about all there is to say regarding characterization. OK, there's a woman with a samurai sword and that's supposed to be wild and crazy and totally hilarious because this is small town Pennsylvania. Yawn. The story goes as follows: the dead climb out of their graves and set about killing people. The cops wander around not doing much. Hey, look, it's Iggy Pop playing a zombie. Ho-hum.
I don't know who actually thought that this mish-mosh of schlock might be a movie but I suspect it's the same school of thought that led to the theatrical release of "Swiss Army Guy" or whatever that steaming pile of maggot-ridden offal was called.
Don't waste your time on this limp excuse for a film.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Sep 19, 2019I'd give this a 7.5 because it really does go where few movies have gone before, though not quite an 8.0 because it's not really all that muchI'd give this a 7.5 because it really does go where few movies have gone before, though not quite an 8.0 because it's not really all that much better than the average entry in the "super-powered human" genre.
Basically, the idea is this: A trio of high school students encounter a thing of mystery and next thing you know they're doing stuff normal people can't do. So what could go wrong? The progression goes from a little crazy to totally insane.
It's entertaining. It has you rooting for the underdog. It shows you how power corrupts.
Give it a watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Sep 11, 2019Imagine if Rambo or Bourne or any of the uber-killer ego-stroking fantasy roles had been performed by someone with the stage presence of aImagine if Rambo or Bourne or any of the uber-killer ego-stroking fantasy roles had been performed by someone with the stage presence of a Woody Allen and you'll be close to understanding the off-beat appeal of American Ultra.
The plot is basically a conspiracy theory come true. If you believe that kind of stuff then there's a lot of deep dark secrets revealed by this film. If you know crazy when you see it then this film is a whole bunch of fun. Of course, if you harbor secret fantasies about being someone like Wick et al then there's nothing much left to say. But if you can appreciate a tale about a geeky stoner sort of dude thrust into the extraordinary without even recognizing his own surreal abilities, then this is the film for you.
It’s quirky, funny at times, full of action sequences that sometimes boggle the mind, and in the end it gives you a mild surprise that we all should have seen coming.
If you don’t like American Ultra then you have no sense of humor and you take yourself far too seriously.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Sep 8, 2019The film ambles around for an hour and a quarter before we are presented with a murder, or anything remotely resembling a murder, or any hopeThe film ambles around for an hour and a quarter before we are presented with a murder, or anything remotely resembling a murder, or any hope of a murder, and that's about all the time I can spare even for a Robert Altman to do something that I find entertaining.
It's fast cuts right from the beginning and a cast of thousands. Many of the cuts are mere seconds long and even with the subtitles turned on it can be difficult to separate from the crowds exactly who is doing the talking. This is compounded by the fact that the vast majority of the characters speak with the same voice, vicious and cruel and forever sniping at other people. The lighting is so subdued in some scenes that I did not immediately recognize Helen Mirren or Derek Jacobi. For most of the first hour I had no idea what was going on, or what was supposed to be going on, because it really did not appear that anything was going on.
Satire it may be but entertaining it is not. I eschewed the second hour. I suggest you avoid the whole thing.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 12, 2019This might've been a pretty good action flick. It starts off like a goofy rom-com and goes on to present us with insane bouts of violence.This might've been a pretty good action flick. It starts off like a goofy rom-com and goes on to present us with insane bouts of violence. But then, in the middle of a scene of absolute madness, someone picks up a gun and murders a cop.
Now you could argue that the cop just executed a guy, so he's a bad guy too, but it's not an argument I'm going to hear. Any character that murders a cop is stepping out over the line and there's no turning back and when the character is one of the leads you're done. I'm out. This is why I watched a couple episodes of NYPD Blue and never went back. It's why I watched a couple eps of The Shield and never turned it on again. It's non-negotiable. It's a deal-breaker. In my book, "True Romance" is **** and that's the beginning and The End for all time.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jul 30, 20191) Peter Dinklage is a really good actor and he makes characters more interesting than they would otherwise be.
2) His character in this1) Peter Dinklage is a really good actor and he makes characters more interesting than they would otherwise be.
2) His character in this film is an outsider, a loner, the guy who's never more alone than when surrounded by people he doesn't connect with. If you've never felt like that at all (if you're always surrounded by tons of awesome friends) then you're probably not going to get the character and you probably won't like the film.
3) There's virtually no action in the typical sense. There's a little menace, now and again, because you never know what might be around the next corner, but that's about it. OK, we see a little bit of corpse dragging, but . . . you know . . .
4) We get almost nothing about the cause and nature of the apocalypse. A little disappointing but I got over it. On the other hand we do get a little fly fishing and fish gutting.
5) I didn't really appreciate the film's title until the very last scene and then it hit me like a sudden fountain of droll irony. If droll irony can actually fountain.
6) This is not a great film, but it's a solid entry into the genre because Dinklage makes it so. You should therefore "engage".… Expand