Archive for March, 2010
So for the last two weeks I’ve been on a partial vacation working feverishly on the score to The Book of Zombie. While things are progressing nicely I haven’t been able to give full attention to the reviews that normally appear here. That in mind here’s the nuts and bolts of what’s out and what’s worth seeing.
Just kind of meh, predictable but okay, maybe worth a matinee.
Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Good fun for the family, mainly tweens, kids over 13 might be less impressed.
Good acting, but the film falls to pieces in the last quarter, maybe a matinee.
How to Train Your Dragon
Great family animation fun, although 3D doesn’t do much here, solid film for everyone regardless.
Hot Tub Time Machine
Well written comedy mainly for dudes, one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year, best bet this weekend!
And there you go…..now back to the semi-not-so-vacation-esque vacation for me.
After a handful of bad intelligence reports and fruitless raids on supposed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) begins to question his superiors and their motivation in Iraq. Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson), a high ranking CIA official also senses something suspicious is afoot. Working together Brown and Miller set out to uncover where exactly the weapons of mass destruction are hidden, but their work will not be easy, especially if Pentagon official Clark Poundstone (Greg Kinnear) has anything to do with the investigation. Can the conspiracy, corruption, and spin control be exposed or will the efforts be in vain?
Directed by Paul Greengrass with basically the same feel and fervor as his last several films featuring leading man Matt Damon, the Bourne Supremacy and the Bourne Ultimatum. To that end, intense handheld cinematography and fast paced action sequences lend to a frenetic and claustrophobic feel. Although a fairly safe storyline doesn’t exactly challenge viewers imaginations. Tough guy action hero acting seems to come naturally to Damon at this point and weasel bad guy acting is perfectly fitted for Kinnear which is all well and good; however, none of the actors in this film were particularly stretched in their abilities. In summary, there’s nothing technically wrong with this film, but we’re not getting anything that hasn’t already been done before– several times over. Maybe a matinee or rental later. Green Zone is rated R.
TSA inspector Kirk Kettner (Jay Baruchel) doesn’t think much of his fortunate opportunity to return a cell phone lost at the airport to Molly (Alice Eve), a beautiful, smart, and recently single woman. But, as the case may have it Molly is actually into Kirk; he’s down to earth, relaxed in himself, and not the slightest bit pretentious, he is however a bit quirky. Without much delay friends of the couple become concerned for each other’s well being since the two appear to be such an ill fit based on looks alone. This in mind and with many other outside forces pulling on their relationship the big question remains will the two stay together or will Kirk’s behavior and Molly’s other suitors sink the ship?
Weak attempts at humor provide a few chuckles but overall this screenplay falls flat and is predictable at almost every turn. Furthermore, any conflict that is developed to keep the film interesting hardly seems legitimate or likely to cause real distress, even in the most superficial relationships now days. If a mind numbing and poorly scripted romantic comedy is your cup of tea, this will certainly fit the bill, fish on dear friend fish on. Maybe a rental but I’d still pass this one up. She’s Out of My League is rated R.