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The whole young cast is adequate. Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner. They're all talented, especially Rob Brown (that boy from Finding Forrester) as Kenyon Stone, an intelligent young man with a pregnant girlfriend (young pregnancy is dealt with, as in the director's previous film) played naturally by Ashanti. I would like to see a lot more of Brown, because he's got a lot to give.
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
Pity Jonathan Rivers. He's not psychic. His life of perfection has been shot to hell after a freak accident kills his wife Anna (Chandra West). He doesn't have the common sense to do what any normal grieving person would do under any circumstances: pick up the pieces and move on. He becomes the next victim of a band of paranormal-loving freaks who tell him he can make contact with his wife and hear her soothing voice. And instead of wigging out in anger he goes for it. Now his house is a collect...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
After "Flyboys", "Pearl Harbor", and now "Red Tails", I've started to change my mind. Without the real thing, we may as well be watching elaborate cartoons. The planes in these movies are not real: while they may look accurate, they do not move like the real things, and we do not get the same joy and excitement from watching them dance across our screens. The most satisfying moments of "Red Tails", then, were the scenes on the ground that showed genuine aircraft -- or at least full- size mock-up...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +1 votes | 0 comments
Former director, now writer, Len Wiseman, tries to inject some emotion into the movie by creating a relationship between Beckinsale's character and a hybrid child created from her DNA. There is only so much you can do in the movie's short time span and given the amount the screen time these two have together, it doesn't work. It doesn't feel natural, only a cheap ploy to create some type of humanity in this action snooze fest.
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
Despite the shortcomings of the plot, it's well executed. The story ends up being the very immediate experience of Mallory's character and the people she's fighting--the men she's fighting, which does add a clear but utterly controlled sexual dimension to the mix. The combat feels very real, though also artistic in a way that I appreciated. I don't particularly like violence but was pulled into each major fight, really noticing each turn of the tide and each opportunity to take advantage of a we...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
The subject explored in The Divide isn't new, but it's developed with quite a cruelty, appropriately claustrophobic locations and a screenplay which explores the darkest and most disturbing corners of human depravity under unexpected circumstances. But, besides of showing us the drama and fights between the survivors, the main point from The Divide (as well as the one from other post-apocalyptic films) is balancing the virtues and vices of humanity, in order to evaluate if the "end of the world"...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
First of all, we have Randy, the lead actor, whose acting skills were profoundly inadequate and the clichéd grin he wore throughout his performance didn't do him any good either. The lead actress gave the only decent performance during the entire duration of this movie, but it wasn't sufficient to make us overlook the innumerable flaws that this movie was apparently packed with.
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
Respiro is an Italian film about Grazia, a lively mother to three children and wife to a handsome but meek fisherman. Despite all the issues and her own illness, Grazia has redeemed herself in the end. Respire is film of abstracts and symbols, of contrasts and analogies, of pain and happiness, and of freewill and freedom.
Published by Guimo Pantuhan 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +24 votes | 7 comments
Rather than trash the messy screenplay (which, of course, features the predictable end-twist of the conflicted good-guy outsmarting everybody, and I mean, everybody), I want to single out the direction by Mr. Kormakur and the cinematography by Barry Ackroyd. Their combined efforts is a silly imitation of Tony Scott, whose style is full of quirks to make fun of. The montage of "Contraband" is constantly on the move, with many shots lasting just a fraction of a second and the camera propelled in s...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +1 votes | 0 comments
Towards the end, the movie builds up and it does a few things that I didn’t expect. It started to go into new territory and I like that about it, it really worked quite well. Everything is kind of starting to hit the fan and it looks as though it’s about to go into the third act of the movie ... then it stops. It stops dead in its tracks and the credits role. There is no third act of this movie. Just as it’s starting to build and it starts to get good, it just stops. Thatâ...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +1 votes | 0 comments
The original film was considered very inappropriate when it first came out, it was actually banned in the United Kingdom and a lot of people were not happy with the film and some of the things it depicted. I’ve seen about the first 30 minutes or so of the original and from what I could see they’re doing pretty much the exact same stuff, it’s just that they’re doing it in a different location and changing a few random things. It really seems like they are trying to rem...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
I sort of know where they wanted to go but they didn't quite make it out of the drive way. This is the story of a stunt driver with no name who also drives for stick up jobs. He has a little set piece he tells his clients about how he's just there for the drive, they have five minutes and for five minutes he's theirs. It's the most he speaks the entire show. Usually he just stands around with a slightly retarded smirk on his face. Life changes when his equally vocally challenged neighbour strays...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
Family feuds, financial difficulties, illness, loss, substance abuse, War, are all common issues within society. By supplementing these themes into the characters story arc the narrative creates an extra powerful new dimension that many viewers can relate to in some way. Life isn't always fair and to quote Forest Gump, it is like a box of chocolates, you never no what your going to get and regardless of your best efforts sometimes you might find yourself in hot water with your back up against th...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
It's a conspiracy movie all the way through. The astronauts are abandoned and left to die in space to avoid "contamination" back on earth, and convenient excuses are made up to explain what happened to them and why their bodies were never recovered (since their journey into space was never made public.) Since the lunar creatures themselves seemed to have some connection to moon rocks, the closing captions noted the volume of moon rocks that were brought back to earth over the years, and pointed ...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
The film relies so much on the actors that when we abruptly switch back to '97, I stopped really caring much. They give us three more excellent thespians in the form of Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds but then completely waste them by not giving them any acting to actually do. The '66 section worked so well because these characters were forced together under paralyzing circumstances, but when we jump to '97 it becomes Mirren on her own and she unfortunately can't stack up. She is a ...
Published by Leonie Manning 61 months ago in TV & Movie Reviews | +0 votes | 0 comments
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