Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

Super 8

2011Super 8

Starring: Elle Fanning, Joel Chandler, Riley Griffiths, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Set in a small Ohio town in the summer of 1979, Super 8 tells the story of a group of kids trying to finish making a movie but end up witnessing a horrific train crash. Soon after there are unexplained events, people go missing and the military comes in and takes over.

Super 8, for the most part, centers around a group of friends trying to finish a movie project. Joe (Joel Courtney), best friends with movie maker Charles (Riley Griffiths), is trying to cope with the recent loss of his mother due to a factory accident. He dives in full force to help Charles finish his movie. Meanwhile, Charles has enlisted the reset of the gang to help and has even talked Alice (Elle Fanning), ever boys crush, into helping.

Gathered for a late night shoot at an old train depot, Charles spots a train in the distance. He yells for everyone to get ready, he doesn’t want to lose this shot. As they are shooting Joe sees something in the distance on the tracks. Everybody, RUN!

Cue military, strange events, curious friends, upset town (it’s the Soviets!!), and a Sheriff that doesn’t know what to do and isn’t getting any answers from anyone.

Now, I’ve left A LOT out and I did it on purpose. There is so much to this movie it’s hard not to give it away. Super 8 definitely has mystery, thrills, laughs, scares, etc. I really enjoyed it. I even jumped a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s because it was so loud or because I was actually startled!

Abrams and Spielberg did an excellent job on Super 8. I’m extremely impressed and would definitely recommend Super 8.

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Hanna

2011Hanna

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana

I’m not sure how I feel about Hanna. The movie had a lot of action but the storyline wasn’t that good. The directing of Hanna was great which made up for what the storyline lacked.

Hanna (Ronan), trained as an assassin by her father (Bana), is sent on a mission by her father that leads her to trek across Europe. All the while having to elude agents sent out after her by one intelligence agent with an agenda of her own (Blanchett).

As Hanna nears her missions end she starts finding out who she really is…

I have to say, Hanna can really kick some tail.

I’m a little confused about the DNA part, considering all they really showed was images of a rat/mouse. I can’t see how a human would get super powers from a rodent.  Can anyone explain this? Did I miss something?

All in all, I found myself indifferent to this movie. Hanna maybe to great to some, but to me… Meh.

I’ll give it one thumb up for directing.

Limitless

2011Limitless

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Limitless had the potential to be a great movie… a fantastic movie, but in the end it was just OK.

The plot:

“An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination.” imdb.com

Where the movie falls short… SPOILERS!!!

So, here we have Eddie (Cooper) trying his hand at writing. Obviously it’s not going so well, he looks like a bum and hasn’t written a page. Starving artist? Yes.

His hot girlfriend Lindy (Cornish) has now dumped him because of his bum-like status.  After 10 years, he runs into his ex brother-in-law Vernon (Whitworth) on the sidewalk.Vernon all dressed to the nines in his drug dealer wear. Vernon and Eddie to go have a drink.

Good ‘ol Vernon is a pharmaceutical rep (heh), now he’s got the handle on some powerful mind drug. You’ll be using 100% of your brain. “Here Eddie, take one… on me.” Seriously, you run into someone you haven’t seen in 10 years and they are dressed like a friggin’ drug dealing pimp and you take a so-called FDA approved pill in a clear baggie from them? COME THE HELL ON!

I did like, in a way, how they showed the drug working. All the light and such. That was rather unique. What I could have done without is when Eddie sat down to actually write his book all those stupid lit up letters falling from above. A bit overkill for my taste.

Next day, Eddie’s back to bum status. Back to good ‘ol Vernon. “Yo man, we gotta talk” “Sure, sure.. Go get some grub then we’ll talk.” Eddie comes back to find Vernon dead on the couch. Imagine that, the ‘pharmaceutical rep’ is dead. Hmm, maybe he was a drug dealer. Duh!

After Eddie calls the police and hides in a corner waiting he decides he should ransack Vernon’s apartment just in case whoever killed Vernon didn’t find those magical pills. Yo Eddie! Look in the oven, dude!
The police arrive just after Eddie finds the pills. They knock about four times and yell their identification and to open up. Now, I’ve watched a ton of cop shows and they should have busted down the door by now. Especially for a murder call. What were they waiting for, the maid to let them in? And engraved invitation??

Here we have our ziplock baggie of pills. It’s half full. He takes one per day, then after a certain point he’s hit a ceiling and starts taking two per day.  That little baggie should have been empty way before he became mister millionaire financial man that could buy his own lab and have his own pills made in 6 months time. Unless, of course, my timeline is WAY off. Even if he took one a day from the time he said “you have 6 months” there is no way those would last. Please, tell me if I’m wrong.

Speaking of two million dollars… If you make that in next to no time wouldn’t the feds be breathing down your neck almost instantly? Surely you draw some sort of attention to yourself other than that of some big whig business hot shot Van Loon (De Niro) guy.

AND… What about those thugs chasing Eddie? Not the Russian guys, Eddie was just stupid with them. I mean the ones that ended up wanting the NZT. How did they get on to Eddie in the first place? Did they see him with Vernon? I never caught that, they were just suddenly after Eddie.

Also, who killed the blonde bimbo? Last I heard Eddie couldn’t remember anything and then nothing was ever shown/mentioned again. Did I miss a subtle clue? Or is this just an open ended hole in their plot?

Finally, drinking a little of the dead Russian’s blood to get just enough NZT to kill the other two Russian’s? Seriously? Besides the fact that that was truly disgusting, I find it extremely hard to believe that it would even be possible to get enough NZT to do any good to anyone bigger than a gnats ass… Especially since Eddie has been a long time user of double dosage.

Well, there you have it. Please feel free to comment, I always like hearing from my readers!

Source Code

2011

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga

Good movie!

I thought I had this one figured out from about 5 minutes into the movie and started getting bummed that it was just another version of a craptastic movie. Boy was I wrong!

I’m still trying to figure out why they have this under the ‘Thriller’ genre… I wasn’t on the edge of my seat at all, I wasn’t scared, tensed… I’d just drop that one and keep it under the Mystery-ish Sci-Fi (<– see, CORRECT way to spell it) genre’s.

Anyway, little Jake G. did a bang up job as always as did the supporting cast.

So, check it out!

The Illusionist

2006

Starring: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel and Paul Giamatti

The Illusionist was amazing! Edward Norton was fantastic. Not a better person they could have cast for this part.

The Illusionist kept me in my seat the whole time, I was almost sad that it ended. Jessica Biel even did a good job, and she’s not the best actress.

Paul Giamatti played a good little impish Inspector wanting to do what is right but also wanting to move ahead in his career and do as he is told.  He has that ‘yes you can push me around’ look about him.

If you haven’t seen this movie you really should. Well, if you like magic and all.

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The Deep End

2001

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic and Jonathan Tucker

I’m not sure what to think about The Deep End.

You have a mother that is pretty much raising three kids on her own because her husband is out to sea most of the time. The older son is 17 and starting to get involved in things and hanging with people that perhaps he shouldn’t.

Mom (Tilda Swinton) tries to put a stop to it by talking to her sons friend, thinking she is doing the right thing. Everything pretty much snowballs from there on out.

Soon she is finding her self dealing with a blackmailer (Goran Visnjic) that keeps showing up at her house which leads her oldest son to believe she’s having an affair.

Tilda Swinton plays a great stressed out mother of three. As for Goran Visnjic, he’s played this type of character before and it suits him well. I remember him in Practical Magic, the movie was somewhat cheesy but his character was great and he was the perfect person to play it.

Anyway, I was going to include a trailer but I can’t find one that isn’t all choppy and dark.

If you’ve seen this movie drop me a line or two and tell me what you thought!

Get Low

Limited Release 2009
DVD/Blu-Ray 2011

Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek

My friend had showed me a trailer to this movie at some point last year. At that point it had been a limited theatrical release and there was no word on if or when it would be released again. I was so intrigued I put it on my Netflix que and began the long wait.

Get Low was fantastic! Robert Duvall was the best actor for the roll of Felix Bush. Kudos to the casting director for taking the time to find just the right actors for these characters. I can’t imagine anyone else playing these parts.

Bill Murray was fabulous with his wit and facial expressions. He and Duvall had a chemistry going and I’m betting the off screen chemistry was just as fantastic.

View the trailer, you’ll like it.