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Average User Score: 7.0Aug 22, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This, in my opinion, was the only decent one in The Hobbit line of movies, and I am a HUGE fan of Tolkien's Epic. But there are still some things going wrong here. First of all, I am really bothered by how you guys went through all the trouble of making the orcs look all badass, and then they act like they have never had fighting lessons in their life. Even little dwarfs and hobbits are running around killing them left and right. It really looks kind of like you're playing Dynasty Warriors or something.
The entire screenplay is written in an asinine manner. Gandalf keeps telling these morons that there is a huge army of Orcs on the way, but everyone stands around and argues with each other rather than preparing an organized defense. Thorin stands there and watches his cousin's people get slaughtered, and then without any sort of explanation snaps out of "the spell" (gold can cast spells in this movie, but Gandalf apparently cannot). But does Thorin immediately rally the troops to go fight? No, he instead makes a long melodramatic speech, and when they finally do run out it looks like maybe 15 Dwarves. What the hell are 15 more Dwarves going to do in this situation? (Let's go after the leader, we'll just easily ride right on through this army that has been destroying us for a half hour now.)
I couldn't stop laughing when the giant troll thing knocked himself out to punch a hole in the wall. But I also had to wonder why they even brought trebuchets at all just to use them for about 15 seconds.
Here you have Gandalf, now he is supposedly like the best wizard around (even before his Zen Buddhism experience), but he really doesn't do anything wizardly. I mean, these guys are surrounded by orcs and giant worms (what happened to the worms by the way; they were there for one scene then they were gone), you would expect to see him shooting fireballs and all kinds of other stuff like he did in LOTR trilogy. But no, he doesn't even bother to charge his staff with lightning or anything when he hits fully armored orcs in the face. Maybe he invested too many stat points into strength and not enough into Magicka? If he was going to play battle-mage then why was he not wearing heavy armor? Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins pretty much stand there most of the time and shout things like "fall back." I guess at some point the screenwriters remembered that Bilbo has a magic invisibility ring, because they decided to have him use it for no other purpose than delivering a message in the middle of battle that really didn't do any good anyways. He could have been running around all invisible-like killing orcs, but instead he was the mailman.
Elf chick decides to go rescue her boyfriend (not in the book), who inevitably dies saving her life. Now the funny thing here is that elf chick herself has killed countless orcs during the course of the movie, but she gets tossed around like a ragdoll by this one. But of course, Legolas (also not in the book) comes along and is able to elf kung-fu this orc who for some reason seems to be able to fight a hundred times better than any of the other obes. This after somehow jumping up a trail of falling rocks and without even appearing to have super speed. It was absolutely spectacular to witness, though I have to question the physics of this universe they are in.
Elf king tells Legolas to go find Strider (Aragorn) who, according to the timeline of the stories, was still a child growing up amongst elves. You are telling me that the elves don't know where is the human ranger in their own kingdom?
All in all, this was not a terrible movie, but it was a terrible Tolkien port. Most of the Tolkien fans are adults now. We like adult movies that also feature some form of cohesive logic with regards to how the world operates and what constitutes a wizard. This series was so obviously meant for children. 5/10, +1 for all the laughs.
Peter Jackson, retire.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Aug 22, 2014This is one of the best movies that has been made since Elysium with Matt Damon. All of the people complaining about it must be tooThis is one of the best movies that has been made since Elysium with Matt Damon. All of the people complaining about it must be too unintelligent to realize the allegory in the movie, in addition to the cool action scenes and good screenwriting.
Even Hollywood is trying to wake us up about society, and yet people complain over the dumbest things because they don't understand the deeper meaning behind movies. and for the record, book to movie ports cannot be exact. It is a different media format that is being targeted to a different audience. I have also read the book, and yes it is better but that does not make this movie bad.
Also, this movie is nothing like Hunger Games. Hunger Games was retarded. This movie is far more realistic and intellectual.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Jul 7, 2014Much better than the first. More historical, better narration, much less slow motion-- and the presence of an actual storyline. I hated theMuch better than the first. More historical, better narration, much less slow motion-- and the presence of an actual storyline. I hated the first but this one was one I'll probably buy.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7May 29, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I could only make it through about 30 minutes of this movie. The premise is unbelievable-- somehow a lone aircraft sneaks past all our technologies and takes out several F/A-18s-- this is followed by ground troops appearing in D.C. and several spies in the white house taking out the S.S guarding the President. Of course, no explanation is give for how the ground troops (complete with tanks and trucks) somehow managed to enter our country, or how the spies somehow ended up in the bunker with the President and his personal guard.
To make this all even more unbelievable, the attackers are Korean. Now, wtf is Korea gonna do to the U.S.? Not a M.F. thing, that's what.
This film seems to rely on lots and lots of big gunfights-- there were several in the first half hour. Not only were they unimpressive, they were far from making up for the lack of coherent story.
The 2 is purely for the actors sake. If it wasn't for what I saw out of them, it would be a 0.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3May 26, 2014Oh man, where to start with this movie?
The 6 is out of respect for the quality acting and above average directing and choreography-- theOh man, where to start with this movie?
The 6 is out of respect for the quality acting and above average directing and choreography-- the screenplay and cgi just ruin it. This movie would have been far better as a standalone action-tragedy in a different Roman territory. The volcano cgi all through the movie was cheesy and fake looking, and did not follow known patterns of volcanic activity. There are inconsistencies when at one point the protagonist is able to quickly defeat 5 opponents, while at another time he almost dies to one Roman officer, but later defeats a higher ranking officer in single combat. The Romans would not have been so unusually cruel for no reason to otherwise peaceful territories. They fought to expand their empire, not to kill the people they wanted to tax. Also, no roman or noble of any nationality would have allowed their daughter to court a slave.
The last 35 minutes you can't help but scream at the characters who are lolligagging around when they should be running the Boston marathon. The story is so far beyond predictable that you have to come up with a new word for "really ******* predictable". Whoever wrote the screenplay did not attempt originality in the slightest-- there were times I could have sworn I was watching Gladiator or Rome. The love story is excellent, and once again would have been better served in a different setting. The whole movie seemed to be built around the final scene were we see the famous 2 lovers kissing frozen in time. It would have been much better to start with this and build from there with more of a focus on the natural disaster if they really wanted to make a movie about Pompeii.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6May 23, 2014This movie is absolutely ridiculous, but it's also very very funny. There is one scene during a gunfight where a dead deer randomly appears onThis movie is absolutely ridiculous, but it's also very very funny. There is one scene during a gunfight where a dead deer randomly appears on the hood of a car-- the whole movie is like this. I'm not sure what most of the people problems are, unless they were expecting a serious bank robbery movie or something. This is definitely one that I will watch it again and laugh at. Denzel Washington and Matt Damon excellent job. I would like to see some of the critics do a better job with the script.
nobody is going to be cruel to animals just because they saw Mark Wahlberg do it in a movie. It is humor people.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Apr 16, 2014This movie was awesome-- I don't know how I missed it for 10 years. This is the only King Arthur movie that I've ever seen that was based inThis movie was awesome-- I don't know how I missed it for 10 years. This is the only King Arthur movie that I've ever seen that was based in (arguably) textually substantiated history, actually mentioning the original record that Arthur was a Roman who became famous for fighting off the northlanders NOT for finding the holy grail. Lancelot was not added to the legend until much mater, so it was appropriate for them to relegate him to a supporting role like they did. The knights being pagans was awesome, as it is much more likely this was the case at that time in Britain. The portrayal of the vikings was very good. The fight scenes were good but not unnecessarily bloody.
The people who rated this low obviously have no appreciation for a well written piece of historical fiction. The reason it "doesn't follow the King Arthur story" is most people have only heard the romanticized version. So they took out all the magic and made it more realistic. If that's all you have to complain about then go watch Sci-Fi/Fantasy.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Mar 1, 2014Just when I am wondering why people on here keep giving bad reviews to great movies with complex, emotional screenwriting, here I see one ofJust when I am wondering why people on here keep giving bad reviews to great movies with complex, emotional screenwriting, here I see one of the lamest movies since Jodi Foster did "Contact", and people think it's cool because they watched it in Imax-- which reminded them that there are stars and a universe and stuff above our heads.
This movie has no story whatsoever. Literally nothing happens-- whoever called this "intense and gripping" must not have watched a movie since "The Wizard of Oz". Sandra Bullock floats around in space, there is a meteor shower (because wtf else happens in space without alien attacks???), George Clooney is in the film maybe 20 min....probably because he'd rather float off into space and suffocate to death than continue making this movie with Sandra bullock. I mean, at least with Ms. Congeniality we got to see her in a dress.
P.s. -- how do you have fires burning on the exterior of structures in outer space? Fire requires certain compounds present in the atmosphere... … Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Mar 1, 2014I didn't read the book but the movie is really good. Here we have this fantastical future where children are treated like they have brainsI didn't read the book but the movie is really good. Here we have this fantastical future where children are treated like they have brains (and hormones), and prepared for adulthood from a young age. The main character is a bit hard to believe, as he is a 13-year-old genius, hacker, laser marksman, master of space-battle tactics, who learned judo in about 5 days. I would discuss the parallels with American nationalistic imperialism, but it obviously went over most people's heads anyways.
Great acting all around. Harrison Ford should retire now and end on a good note before he does something stupid like another movie with Shaih Bluff. … Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jan 5, 2014Pretty good movie, but he seemed pretty lame for having super strength (until the last fight). Smarter viewers will notice the parallels withPretty good movie, but he seemed pretty lame for having super strength (until the last fight). Smarter viewers will notice the parallels with reality in the film, and many the issues we are dealing with in the U.S. good all around film worth buying a copy.… Expand