Average User Score: 4.8Oct 25, 2015Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama:
t's a great feat, but every Sparks movie is twice as worthless as the one preceding it.Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama:
t's a great feat, but every Sparks movie is twice as worthless as the one preceding it.
This was even more terrible than anything.
It fully deserved the bland main characters: a weak and dime a dozen Eastwood, and the ever so cowardly Robertson.
In "Ask me Anything" she already proved that she can do nude scenes without actually being nude, and here she doubles down on that.
Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 15, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The latest film in the "No-special effects SciFi"-subgenre, which includes "Primer (2004)", "The Man from Earth (2007)" webseries "The Ennead (2009)" and "Upstream Colour (2013)".
It's also a boy-meets-girl story of the low class boy seeks high class girl kind. Therefor, it's like Great Expectations: the boy tries to improve himself in order to get the girl. Class is not determined by money or intelligence, but by frequencies, something that determines the luck one will have. The girl, Marie Curie, is very lucky, she has never waited for a train in her life, while the boy, Isaac Newton, has all sorts of bad luck. Good effort in acting, plot. Casting could have been better since the younger and older versions of the main protagonists look NOTHING like each other, which is slightly annoying. Also, the abundance of close ups and the lack of wide shots gave me a nauseating feeling. Bad.
Other than that, cool film… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Apr 10, 2015Probably the worst movie of the last 10 years, it cements Eastwoods status as a senile Talker-to-Empty-Chairs, a sad end to a pretty goodProbably the worst movie of the last 10 years, it cements Eastwoods status as a senile Talker-to-Empty-Chairs, a sad end to a pretty good career! If he off sets this one with a movie from the PoV of the Iraqis, I'll reconsider.
The most hilarious part about this movie is that ALL of mr. Killers kills are so totally justified! Sure, he kills a ten year old and his mom, but hey, they were trying to kill AMEh'cans, the self-declared elitists of the world
That's .... like. BLASPHEMY, yo!
This piece of crap only serves as an American chest thumping device. Yes, indeed the main message of the movie is: Americans good, brown people baaaaaaaaaaaaad. American exceptionalism indeed.
sub message: the murderous SoB promises us to feel really bad about ambushing 150 "enemies"
Sure dude, if America was invaded, Americans would NOT do what the Iraqis did?
Hell, Americans already PRETEND the country is invaded!!
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Average User Score: 7.1Apr 10, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A good solid film about this essential event in modern US history. Great directing, great acting, and good that MLK is not painted as a one-dimensional good guy. His flaws are shown too, which makes this all the more powerful. Clever that the identity of Lewis is revealed later, then it really hits you.
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Average User Score: 3.1Apr 5, 2015in the end, it's just a very bland film, with nothing outstanding. the action is so so, the tension is so so, the acting is okay, but it alsoin the end, it's just a very bland film, with nothing outstanding. the action is so so, the tension is so so, the acting is okay, but it also lacks a hot young female. It's just a very straight story with no attention for intrige. It would have been better if we weren't immediately informed that the Bad Guy was still alive, or if we were really unsure if Lake was hallucinating, this would have made it more tense, challenging, interesting.
This was just very, very bland.Meh
~ The Melancholic Alcoholic.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Apr 3, 2015This has GOT to be one of the dumbest movies I've EVER seen. Not only is the protagonist exceptionally stupid for someone who is supposedly onThis has GOT to be one of the dumbest movies I've EVER seen. Not only is the protagonist exceptionally stupid for someone who is supposedly on the run from an alien race with super powers, but this guy is supposed to be 14-15 and has the square jaws of some one clearly at least 10 years older. And yes, the actor is THIRTHY ONE!!! and not in a "oh he can still pass for high school age" way. Pettyfer clearly CANNOT pass for a high school aged type boy, he'd have a hard time passing for a college student.
So, on top of that, his character acts SO stupid for someone who is supposed to be in hiding! He does everything to get noticed, and he does it ALL the time. It's really upsetting. His guardian tells him no clubs, no school and keep your head down. Next thing you know, he's all over the newspapers and the internet. He jumps from a 3 story building in front of a crowd. This dude breaks ALL the conventions that we know how to keep his secret identity hidden. It's as if he is waving flags to get noticed. He's like 16, but he acts like a petulant child, it's really amazing. 16 year olds can be stupid, but not at the level of this guy. My 8 year old has more responsibility and more wit not to get caught.
Then.... oh wait it's a Micheal Bay. There really is no God.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Mar 16, 2015Much has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is reallyMuch has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is really going on in America. The survival rate for encountering a traffic cop is now at 50-50. DWP doesn't address that at all. There's an lack of clever one liners about the white - black thing
Also, DWP does a poor job of explaining "blacks can be prejudiced, but they can't be racist".
A better way of putting that would be: Blacks can never enjoy white privilege.
And DWP does a poor job of addressing the "Racism is over because of Obama" hypocrisy. As long as whites are still 99 percent of all doctors, lawyers, bankers and wealth and income, racisims isn't over.
Having said that, DWP is a cleverly constructed film, with something to say, which mixes personal storylines well with the larger message. It's funny to everyone except to Angry Whites aka racists.
The acting, directing, script, cinematography etc. etc. is superb.
I would have like more Ebony and Ivy witticisms, I really missed those.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Mar 8, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ***SPOILERS!!!!!***
This movie is marked by cowardice. This what you get if you get a former Disney princess like Robertson to be the lead: She's not a bad actress, but neither is she very impressive. She doesn't take risks. This is not surprising from someone who comes from a very conservative, North Carolina, seven children household. Nowhere is this gutlessness more symbolic in Robertsons stingy blink-and-you'll-miss-it nude shots (can't hardly call them 'scenes') which come to a sum total of 5.214 seconds in a 1:38:41 movie or 0,0881%. for fast arithmeticers and yes, the first nude shot is even in a shady darkened room, even. At 23, one expects a girl wanting to shed the Disney image to be braver. Her only female friend, played by Gia Mantegna, who is one day older than her, almost seems braver in that she does do a full frontal, but it is fully out of focus, so no.
The whole movie is like that, a parade of almost but not quite. Near the end of the movie, we keep thinking, oh, this is totally gonna be a Disney ending of life lessons well learned, etc. There's even a chance that for the The First TIme Ever in American Cinema, an abortion would be described as something positive as something necessary and totally normal for American women to do. But alas, the writer lacked the courage to make a stand, takes the fifth on the whole abortion thing by pulling a completely unrealistic grim ending out of her butt. Think the Vanishing, but with the ending of the orginal Dutch film.
It's clear that she wanted to have a Fight Club twist ending, but failed utterly. Instead we get this spineless, gutless "I-know-I-should-get-an-abortion-but-I'm-too-yelly-belly-to-say-so-out-loud" escape trick.
It was as if the writer thought: "Yes, I know abortion is the only way to end this movie with some bravery, but hey let's go with the Silence of the Lambs stuff because that will get me less criticism from the folks back in Idaho." In this, she's not wrong. ReichWing red staters scream bloody murder (literally) when it comes to abortion, but when it comes to kidnapping, raping and murdering young women ... that's just life, let's by all means shrug that off. This movie SEEMS edgy, but in fact is FAKE edgy. Lifetime/Hallmark movies are more sincere, at least there you KNOW it's crap. and they don't pretend to be otherwise. In this, it's exactly as gutless like Juno, only with a more bland lead.
I hope Robertson will be braver next time, as in going against the establishment of Thou Shalt Never Commit Abortion in Hollywood Movies, but I kind of doubt it. She will get good reviews for this one, since tout Hollywood shares this movies lily-liveredness. The days of "liberal media" are long gone, if they ever existed. She's not the next Sarah Polley or Michelle Williams. She's more like a poor man's Chloe Moretz. Very, very poor man.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Feb 5, 2015The subtext title for this film is of course: a space station as imagined from 1976. Setting the movie in the 70s is both a clever cost savingThe subtext title for this film is of course: a space station as imagined from 1976. Setting the movie in the 70s is both a clever cost saving device, because it's a lot cheaper to simply use decors, furniture, props from the 70s) and a hommage to the only golden era Hollywood has ever known, the seventies. It was the one time Hollywood prefered to make meaningful quality films, (Parallax, Lolly Madonna, They shoot horses, Sergio Leone) over the bombastic superficial crap that came before and the meaningless crap that came after.
Of course many people will mistake this for a sci-fi movie. It is not. It's a straight drama, despite the occassional absurd moment, like with Dr. Bot. I do have a preference for less plot driven films because plots are like straight jackets: The struggle HAS TO be resolved, the boy NEEDS to get the girl, the killer SHALL be caught, the world WILL be saved etc. Why, oh why should we give in to the infantile yearning for plots? It doesn't challenge us one bit. The characters are being made fun of, sure, but that's more to demonstraty the banality of life, or it's absurdity, than to make us laugh.
Special mention: Kylie Rogers, who is the 10 year old veteran with 20 credits, including a TV show with 9 episode.
Her acting is deceptively natural, and if she overcomes the obstacle of her rather run-of-the-mill Barbie looks, she might be a big one a la Knightly or Adams.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.5Jan 19, 2015Good thriller, especially considering the shoestring budget. Even though the script could've done with a little more suspense, the superbGood thriller, especially considering the shoestring budget. Even though the script could've done with a little more suspense, the superb acting and directing makes up for it.… Expand