Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Trespass

2011Trespass

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato

Trespass, my first movie for 2012… what a bomb.

This time it wasn’t just a crappy script, it was also crappy acting. I felt like they had pulled the gunmen off the street and said ‘here, act’ and let them do whatever. Horrible, horrible, horrible. And what gunman brings his coked up girlfriend along to a home invasion? I mean really, who does that?!

Nicole Kidman’s performance was almost unbearable. I have never seen her acting so… half-assed. Usually if her movies suck it’s because of a bad script or bad directing, this time, there was that and bad acting. What came over her?! Bad Nicole! Bad, bad, bad!

Nic Cage… Well, you either love him or you hate him. I personally love him. He’s pretty consistent in his rolls so I know what to expect going in. I think the last time he really rocked the silver screen was in 2009 in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans. Now that was the Nic Cage we all would love to see every time.

Anyway, unless you want to watch a movie with crappy acting and approximately 85 minutes of continual screaming I don’t recommend Trespass… at all… nope… thumbs are way down…

There aren’t even any good explosions…

Faster

2010Faster

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino and Maggie Grace

I have mixed feelings about Faster. It’s a good movie if you’re into an ex-con running around doing revenge killings. It’s a not-so-fantastic movie if you’re not.

Johnson plays an ex-con fresh out of jail from a 10-year stint. His one and only goal, avenge his brothers death. Hooked up with a fast car, a gun and the list of men to find he sets out to even the score.

Thornton plays an old rundown low-life cop with a drug habit who is just weeks from retirement. Everybody on the force knows he’s crap, so when he’s assigned to the case with Cicero (Carla Gugino) she is less than pleased.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen plays the hit man. He’s hired to track and kill the ex-con before he gets to the man who hired him.

Pretty women, fast cars, guns, God, forgiveness… This movie has a lot and it’s all crammed into 98 minutes.

I can’t say that I’d ever watch it again because once was clearly enough.

The Lincoln Lawyer

2011

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe

Welcome to the show Mr. McConaughey! Excellent movie. One the best non-chick flicks I’ve seen him in to date. Matthew has stepped up, put away his pretty boy persona and let it be known that he can play with the big boys.

Matthew plays sleaze-bag defense lawyer Mick Haller who has now taken on a wealthy client, Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), accused of rape.

As Mick gathers all the evidence he realizes that his case with Roulet may be connected to one of his old cases. All hell starts breaking loose from there.

This is where the movie really starts to rock. Definitely a must see.

McConaughey and William H Macy, who plays Frank Levin the PI, have got great chemistry. I really don’t have much of an opinion on Phillippe, but he and McConaughey were really workin’ it on screen. I’m hoping they’ll do another film together.

And how cool would it be to have your office in the back of a big ‘ol Lincoln?! Awesome!!

Absolutely giving this some thumbs up.

Green Hornet

2011

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz

Cool cars. Cool gadgets. A couple of nice explosions. But overall I was somewhat bored watching The Green Hornet.

Loser party boy son, Britt (Seth Rogen) inherits everything when bazillionaire¬†daddy¬†(Tom Wilkinson) dies unexpectedly. And since he has no clue, he gets with the mechanic/espresso guy, Kato (Jay Chou), to reek a little havoc around town… meaning, he takes a blow torch to his fathers bronze statue and cuts his head off.

blah blah blah… moving on. His next bright idea is to take on the the ever mounting crime that is plaguing the city.

With their pimped out Hornet car and their bitchin’ new suits, Britt and sidekick Kato head out to become hero’s… sorta.

I have but one question… Is there any movie in which Seth Rogen doesn’t have such a potty mouth?

I am giving this two paws up but ONLY because of the awesome cars and the bitchin’ gadgets.

The Town

2010

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively

Only an hour into this movie I felt like I had been watching it all day. This was the most drawn out (as in SLOW) action film I’ve ever seen. Fortunately, I was not alone in my thinking. The other movie watchers were disappointed. As a dedicated movie watcher, I forced myself to watch all the way to the end, which was predictable.

I was definitely expecting a better movie that what I watched. The synopsis and reviews let me down. There was quite a bit of this movie that should have been left on the cutting room floor.

By all rights, if they tweaked the movie here and there to shorten the film and make it movie along a little faster, the film would be great. And Kudos to Mr. Ben Affleck for his directing abilities.

Oh, and the FBI Agent… I was really hoping someone would take his annoying ass out! Just sayin’.

Casino Jack

2010

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz

I have to admit, I was expecting more from this film. I was seriously bored to tears watching this.

I’ve watched “the politician has screwed the little guy” type films before and my attention never wavered. Watching Casino Jack was like getting teeth pulled without anesthetic at the speed of grass growth.

Now, that being said… A stellar performance by Kevin Spacey. The man never lets you down.

Barry Pepper. What can I say, he looks like a sleazy politician or someone that needs to find his way back to the 70s and his one piece zip-front polyester lounge suit. If his character was made to be hated then they accomplished the goal. GADS! I wanted to smack his face off his slimy head.

Anyway, you can like it or you can hate it. I’m giving it a steaming pile of poo rating.

Far North

2007

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Krusiec and Sean Bean

Far North – superbly filmed and acted. Shot in the beautiful Arctic tundra of Alaska.

Two women struggle to survive on the Arctic tundra when an injured stranger (Sean Bean) appears. Anja (Michelle Krusiec) and Saiva (Michelle Yeo) nurse him back to health. His presence disturbs Anja and Saiva’s relationship.

Saiva starts having flashbacks revealing what brought her to her solitary conditions and how she came to have Anja with her. As well as what she is truly capable of.

There is very little dialogue in this movie, which creates some extraordinary and intense moments during the movie.

Overall, a very good movie I would recommend.