Average User Score: 7.3Aug 23, 2014Slow burning spy movie. Reminded me of the Good Shepard mostly.
Kinda felt bad for the guy caught in the middle (refugee/inherence gainer).
In summary, if you like spy movies, see it if you can in theaters. Otherwise, wait for it on rental or online.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Aug 22, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "I can't remember how I got here" You might be saying the same thing by the end of this movie.
Two things: Director knows his audience and that audience is mostly men. Like 95% men.
Anyway this is kinda like if you took all the color out of a gangster movie, added in some nudity, a pinch of mystery and a dash of magic. I guess that's what these comic book movies are all about anyway.
Eva Green is nude for about a good quarter of the movie (so, if you're into it, I guess it's worth the money) and Bruce Willis makes a solid return as well.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt also plays a smaller role (his character might warrant a whole movie) as does Jessica Alba.
You could tell this was based on a comic book, with separate acts and focus points, with one-liners and crazy metaphors strewn about.
In summary, makes for a good guy's guy movie, but not much else. No real substance to plot, just a continuation of the first really. Rent on Redbox or Netflix when it comes out. Unless you liked the first one.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.7Aug 22, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Went in to this movie not expecting anything special. Knew the plot from the trailer - girl gets in accident while in a romantic relationship. Everyone else in the family is gone (Seriously in the trailer!).
There's one line - sometimes in life you make choices, and sometimes the choices make you. Really good line, I'll have to remember that next time I need it.
Other than the flashbacks (to a high-school relationship) and flash-forwards (to the present-day hospital room), really relate-able movie. "High school relationships are the most inconvenient to try and sustain. Long distance relationships are BS."
In summary, see it for the lines, not the plot. If you have to decide between this and Sin City for date night, see this one instead. Otherwise, wait for it on Redbox or Netflix.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Aug 21, 2014Decent film based on a young adult book you most likely read in middle school.
Portrayed well by main character and female friend. Bridges and Streep had small supporting roles, as did Holmes and Skargard.
Message here is to take risks and do the right thing - even if it's against the rules (and you knowing the right thing is not always easy or well-known).
In summary, if you like the book, you might like this movie. II thought it was accurate and well done. Rent if you need to see it, although most book lovers might want to buy it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Aug 16, 2014Better than the first one by a long shot. I enjoyed every scene, except the ones with the Bard (who seems mild-mannered and not too leader-esque) and the barrel-river scene (which also was a bit long and somewhat ridiculous), but I digress.
From Lonely Mountain on it was a great show indeed. Can't wait for the Battle of Five Armies.
In summary, rent if you can. Buy if you like the LOTR and Peter Jackson/Tolkien series thus far. 3D not really worth the price honestly.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Aug 16, 2014A bit longer than it needed to be, but I guess when you break up a single book into two movies some parts are going to be longer than required. Ending was great, finally Bilbo has a self-fulfilling act! I about cheered when he and Thorin made up.
In summary, see it if you liked the LOTR series. Or if you like New Zealand scenery. Or if you like epics. Just go in with the notion it may last longer than needed. I bought it but rent if you're a not a Peter Jackson/Tolkien fan.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Aug 16, 2014Great film, just watched it again today for the hundredth time it seems.
Robin Williams great as Peter Pan regaining his form after he "grows up".
Message from the film still applicable today: Be there for your young ones, at all times, especially when they are young. Someday we all grow up, although all to fast it seems. This movie allows you to think like a kid again, when things were simple.
Music is better than I remember, very upbeat and great accompaniment to action and mood.
In summary, great for kids and young-at-heart. I still watch this movie every year at least once. Buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray to continue the happy thoughts.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Aug 16, 2014Decent film about prisoners of war and the resolutions of war.
Colin Firth does a swell job playing a British officer dealing with PTSD decades after the war when he finds a captor still alive. The young version of the officer (playing during the war) is great, much better than Firth as an older gentleman.
It was kind of confusing with the flashbacks happening so often, but I guess that's what happens when you make a movie that is all about the past.
In summary, decent flick about war although not as good as it is hyped up in the trailers. I would rent if possible or see on Netflix. Not worth a theater trip or buying, unless you like flashback-type movies.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.4Aug 16, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I guess you have to take this movie for what it is: a movie about a small-town church family dealing with a profound and uncommon event.
Typical for these small towns, the father is the senior minister, mother is the choir/music leader, children obviously are very religious and righteous people because of this.
What really pulls you in is how the father (the minister) reacts to his son being "in heaven". Really feel for the guy, as a person who does not have that experience (but sure would like it I bet). He's preaching this stuff, believing in it in some way, but his son lived and saw it with no intent of preaching it or validating.
In summary, worth a rent on a rainy day. If you like religious movies with a message, this one isn't as heavy-handed. You believe what you want to believe in the end really.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.3Aug 16, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I could see where this was going the whole time.
There were a few elements that threw me for a loop: 1) unrealistic "girlfriend" of the main character - no significant other would trounce your dreams so obviously. It seemed forced really.
2) The professor attacks the student personally (who would do that) and completely invalidates his points. Even in high school debate or discussions, they teach you a personal attack without relevance is just about the worst thing you could do. 3) Most surprising was the "rental car" fiasco that keeps appearing throughout with the youth minister. Why not just rent from a different company or take a cab? Hilarious.
About half-way through I noticed where everything was going and began to try note where the unrealistic points/ideas/situations were present (maybe that's the intent by the director?). I almost got to the point of saying "Leave boy! Leave the school because it's ridiculous! Leave the girl because she's insane! File a report against the professor for a personal attack!" (See a theme here?)
In summary, rent if you want a good laugh. Although some valid points are made (don't follow like sheep, stand for your beliefs), the way they were presented and challenged were laughable (see above). Don't buy unless you want to show to your friends or try to pick apart the flaws of a patchwork film.… Expand