World War Z-A Movie Review

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Jul 292013

World War Z PosterOn an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock. An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam. As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos. Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other – a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral. Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic. As the infected overwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to return to his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.

Release Date:   June 21, 2013;  MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images); Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Adaptation; Run Time: 1 hour 55 minutes; Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Marc Forster

Actors: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Anthony Mackie, Julia Levy-Boeken, Elyes Gabel, David Morse, Sterling Jerins

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Quantum of Solace – A Movie Review

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Dec 272008

Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano. Using his associates in the organization, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.

In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organization.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Sequel; Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.; Release Date: November 14th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Mathieu Amalric

Directed by: Marc Forster

Boy, I am way behind on blogging and reviewing movies. We saw this movie probably a month ago. More on my lack of blogging in another post, but let’s get on with the movie review now.

I admit to sharing the disappointment of some reviewers in the lack of a Q and all the gadgets of old. This film lacked most of the humor and double-entendre’s of the other bond films. In this movie, Bond was portrayed as a dark character driven by a sense of vengeance. As a Bond fan, I missed the older style.

However, it must be noted that the film is of an early Bond, not yet “matured” into the Bond of the later books (already done as films). So while I missed some of the traditional Bond flare, I still found this movie well done. The characters all played their parts well, and the action scenes (mostly fight scenes) were reasonable and well choreographed.

This movie is definitely worth a viewing, but be prepared for a very different experience than most of the previous Bond movies.

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Kite Runner, The

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Apr 132008

The Kite RunnerIn a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.

Directed by: Marc Forster 
Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Starring: Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Nasser Memarzia, Said Taghmaoui, Atossa Leoni
Running Time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Release Date: December 14th, 2007 (limited)

Lay and I started to watch this Friday night, but were both too tired, especially it is extensively subtitled. We came back to it last night, and I’m glad we did. Lay, who hates subtitled movies even got into this story.

This was an excellent movie, and now I want to read the book. The special effects and cinematography was great, and the music provided a perfect accompaniment to an excellent story well told. There where many parts where I wanted further elaboration, but I recognize that as part of the limitations of the medium…hence my desire to read the book.

The characters all played their parts very well, and while it was a very sad story, I very much enjoyed being drawn in. This one definitely goes to the top of the list for me.

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