The Bourne Legacy – A Movie Review

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Sep 062012
 
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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. To become an elite government operative, a man hands himself over to the same agency that birthed the likes of Jason Bourne, but he’s eventually forced to go on the run.

Genre: Action/Adventure/Sequel/Thriller; Running Time: 135mins; MPAA Rating: PG-13

Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

I am kind of trying to take some time off this week, but did have some work to do Tuesday. Lay was off. Once I was done, we went to the Britton 8 to watch The Bourne Legacy.

We weren’t rushing to see this one, as the reviews have been mixed and a little on the low side. I felt it kept to the spirit Of the Bourne series and kept me interested. It ended kind of abruptly after an unnecessarily long chase scene, but I am still glad I went to see it. If you’re a Bourne fan enjoy, you’ll most likely find it acceptable. Continue reading »

Lovely Bones, The – A Movie Review

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Feb 152010
 

Movie Poster for The Lovely BonesSusie Salmon, a young girl who has been murdered, watches over her family — and her killer — from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation; Running Time: 2 hrs. 19 min.; Release Date: December 11th, 2009 (limited); January 15th, 2010 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli

Directed by: Peter Jackson

Lay and I watched this movie a couple of weekends ago. Obviously I have not been posting much lately due to work demands, but hopefully I’ll be back to a more regular schedule.

This is an extremely dark story from a well written book. It had the potential to be an excellent movie, but managed to fail pretty significantly. The characters did a very good job with the parts they were given. Mark Wahlberg was excellent, showing great depth of character and subelty. Stanley Tuccia, a great actor managed to play his part very well. He maintained some great tension, but was just a little bit over the top with the creepiness.

We see a lot of the little girl in this “in-between place” she inhabits as she works to help the family move beyond the situation. Most of that did not make a lot of sense. Those parts of the movie, combined with narration by this character just didn’t add a lot to move the story along in a meaningful way.

I thought this movie came across as a college class assignment in cinema. It’s like the students had access to some cool CGI software, so they decided to try every tool in the palate during the scenes from the “in-between place.” There was a symbol (I won’t give it away), that seemed to be there for no reason other than an instructor might have said that some thematic convention was needed throughout the movie. There was even a love scene al la “Ghost.”

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Constantine

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Oct 132005
 

ConstantineJohn Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Adaptation

Running Time: 2 hrs. 2 min.

Release Date: February 18th, 2005 (wide)

MPAA Rating: R for violence and demonic images.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor-Vince 

Constantine comes straight out of the somewhat obscure comic book Hellblazer. This film is really geared to a specific audience, and even in that realm, the good and bad are quite intertwined. The concept, the overall plot of the movie, is interesting. Audiences will be left wondering what the clues mean and where the story is going. Most of the action scenes and special effects are cool enough to keep fans of this genre entertained.

Some of the jokes and interactions feel a little out of placeand that’s mainly because there’s almost no insight into any of the characters besides Constantine. Constantine has some depth to him, but literally no one else seems to have a past or real motivation including the main “bad guys”. There’s no good climax to the movie for some reason either.

All that being said, those who really enjoy these types of supernatural thrillers should probably see this because they will be entertained when it’s all said and done.

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