Various TV/movie opinions - 22.March2009
by, 22-03-2009 at 11:22 (1528 Views)
I already have a reccomendation list for fantasy movies, but this about stuff I see in the theatre or on TV adn I can't resist writing a few lines about it:
I recorded it yesterday and thought it might be an OK "breakfast movie" this morning. It's about a bunch of people that explore a cave, get trapped and attacked by "something hungry". Sounds familiar? About the same time this movie was released there was "The Descent" with a similiar story. The Descent was very good, claustrophobic and scary, The Cave on the other hand was just aweful. Semi talented actors, lose storylines that didn't serve any purpose and not really scary to me. The only thing that was good was the underwater camara and diving scenes, but you can see those on documentaries too.
Recommendation: Don't waste your time, see The Descent for scary cave action.
Welcome to the advertising to join the US Coastguard! What "Top Gun" did for the airforce, this movie does for the coastguard. The actors involved, Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher in the lead, did an OK job, both better than you would have expected from them. The story is old and has been done before (like in "A officer & gentleman", "Men of Honour"), but you can forget about it, because it normally works. But the film went downhill after it missed it chance to end about 30min earlier (Kutcher being a diver in Kodiak & Costner re-united with his wife). From that point the director plays the "heroism card" and can not deliver without "schmalz" until the very end.
Recommendation: An OK movie to watch on TV, not retal-worthy. If you are into heroism, see it. If you are repulsed by that topic, avoid.
Lord of War
Nicolas Cage plays an international arms dealer and does a great job. It's a slow film about the evil that lurks inside. "Every 12 human on earth has a firearm...how do we arm the other 11?" The movie leaves no doubts, that the biggest arms dealers are not the "Yuris" in this movie, but states like the USA, Russia, China and many european nations.
Recommendation: Watch it. Good story, good acting. It delivers the right message.