Average User Score: 7.7Feb 28, 2015This is a legitimately good, intelligent sci-fi film. it doesn't try be "pretend sc-fi" by using cgi, futuristic technology, and otherThis is a legitimately good, intelligent sci-fi film. it doesn't try be "pretend sc-fi" by using cgi, futuristic technology, and other gimmicks. Instead, it takes a very unique idea grounded in some science and revolves the whole film around it.
Despite having low production values and relatively unknown actors, the film has very good writing and acting. The chemistry between the actors was very good, and their dialogue was some of the best and most believable I've seen on film. I never felt bored watching this film, despite most of it taking place in a house and showing people talking. This is the real testament to quality writing.
This film will surprise you, and engage your mind in trying to understand what exactly is happening. My only real complaint, and the reason I couldn't give this a 9 or a 10, is because at the end the protagonist acts contrary to her character.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Dec 27, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie is nothing like its 2 predecessors - it is boring and bland. Some of the problems:
- Above all, nothing exciting happens in the film - its basically 2 hours of Katniss crying at television screens, being difficult with people, and boring ass speeches
- Katniss goes from a badass female hero of the first two films to a mopey, annoying, irrational, and emotionally-unstable person
- Tons of cheesy speeches / dialogue that hold zero meaning for the viewer
- It appears like there's a total of a few thousand people living in the districts and the capitol - very non-believable
- Lots of stupid things happening, like lumberjacks climbing trees while being shot at, and people rushing into gunfire and somehow surviving in large numbers… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Dec 24, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Solid war film ruined by a horrible, unrealistic ending. I'm no WW2 expert, but I know that the Germans would make very short work of an immobile tank with anti-tank rocket launchers. The tank crew could catch them by surprise and kill maybe a dozen or two, but after that the Germans would simply disperse and shoot the tank with bazookas from a safe angle.
Not to mention using the stupid "characters die dramatically one by one, from least important to most important character" cliche. And the simple fact that they should have retreated as there was absolutely no strategic significance in holding that objective (like Don said himself, the war was pretty much over anyway.)
I really enjoyed the rest of the film though; it does a good job of touching upon the realities of war.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Dec 8, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Incredible vision and creativity in this film. That is ultimately why I love watching films so much - I want them to make me think, and go to places I've never been before.
To get some things out of the way - yes, this film is very similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I wouldn't say it is as good. There are small weaknesses which keep it from being a perfect 10/10 on my list, but it is still one of the best sci-fi movies.
The plot seems to be very well written for the most part, especially the science. You can tell they did their research. The use of scientific concepts like gravity and time distortion (or w/e you call it) was very unique and cool, and I really like that we got a glimpse inside a black hole - of course we don't know what is really inside, but its cool to explore one possibility.
There were some small things I didn't like - for example, I still don't know how I feel about the concept of "love" as some space/time transcending force - it sounded a bit cheesy. But on the whole this film dazzled me with its scope and creativity.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Aug 21, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I thought the writing and the idea and the execution behind the film were excellent - let the character and the dialogue and the drama entertain the viewer. However I disagree with Locke's decision-making.
He is willing to destroy his own family, lose his job, and also probably *beep* over a bunch of other workers on the building project with his last-minute decision. I can understand him wanting to be there for Bethan, but when weighing that against the above, the obvious decision is NOT to see her.
What he should have done is tell his wife way sooner, and keep his job. But then, there would be no movie to watch...… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Aug 20, 2014This movie was fun to watch but there are a lot of glaring problems with the writing. As long as you can suspend disbelief and acceptThis movie was fun to watch but there are a lot of glaring problems with the writing. As long as you can suspend disbelief and accept everything that happens on screen then it works, but the ridiculousness starts to pile up very quickly.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Aug 10, 2014I finally decided to see this film, despite its low ratings. I was pleasantly surprised and can now safely say that I understand why the novelI finally decided to see this film, despite its low ratings. I was pleasantly surprised and can now safely say that I understand why the novel is such a central piece of American literature.
As for the film, the acting is top notch, and the only thing I really disliked is the modern music. Outside of that, I thought it was a very profound story with some great messages and a fascinating central character.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Aug 4, 2014The trailer is deceiving and looked way better than the actual film. The interesting parts from the trailer (Hercules fighting variousThe trailer is deceiving and looked way better than the actual film. The interesting parts from the trailer (Hercules fighting various mythical beasts) take up the first minute of the film. The rest is taken up by a horribly boring, predictable plot which doesn't even have any mythical elements to it.
The dialogue is cliche and cheesy. The characters are all stereotypes who don't get much development through the film. The action is painfully average, and there's a lot of poorly-done CGI. Giving Hercules a team instead of making him a solo hero (or at least, limiting it to 1 companion) is also a strange choice that I thought made the movie a lot worse. So was making Hercules into some mercenary type anti-hero guy - that just doesn't work for a mythological hero like Hercules.
Overall I'm highly disappointed. I didn't expect amazing writing, but at least I wanted to see some fun action with cool mythological references - maybe have a few Gods show up, mythical creatures, etc.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3May 30, 2014The Great: My favorite part of the film is the speed mutant. It was just so cool to watch him in action. But if he had stuck around for theThe Great: My favorite part of the film is the speed mutant. It was just so cool to watch him in action. But if he had stuck around for the rest of the film, it would be too easy.
Great ending as well - we get to see all the changes in the timeline, and showing Jean and Scott as a small tribute and connection to the original X-men trilogy was nice. But most importantly, the older timeline is still remembered by Logan; so the previous timeline we saw still holds some meaning.
The good: Great humor - especially with Wolverine. Great action. The young versions of the heroes were handled very well - like making Young Charles a drunk / druggie, so he has something to overcome if he wants to save the mutants. They did a good job with building the characters of the three key heroes - Mystique, Xavier, and Magneto. The chemistry between Fassbender and McAvoy was great just like in "X-men: First Class", and I liked how even though they reconcile, Magneto still decides to do things his own way and act as the villain.
The bad: very formulaic story with tons of exposition. Like Young Charles not wanting to help Logan and then agreeing after a 10 second shot of Raven's picture. Or the X-men in real time being attacked right when Logan is about to succeed in his mission. The plot was incredibly predictable and everything is done by the Hollywood formula. Also, some of the character decisions (primarily Magneto) were pretty stupid - if he had just talked to Mystique after they stopped the assassination, there would be no point for the escalation that followed.
Overall though a very solid entry in the superhero genre and the X-men series.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9May 21, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have two big problems with "Godzilla". First of all, the human story does not matter at all. The ONLY THING that humans contribute to in this film is the awakening of the three beasts. After this, none of their actions matter. In fact, the human characters actually MAKE THINGS WORSE by trying to use atomic bombs. So you could literally remove the human characters from the equation, and not much would change.
Second, the actual meaty part of the film - the monster feature - wasn't executed very well. For one thing, we barely get to see much of Godzilla and his two adversaries. The only major fight happens in the ending of the film - out of a running time of two hours!
I also really dislike how they handled Cranston's character. He was the best thing about this film, and they just decide to kill him off early on to make the film easier to write.
On top of this, the human plot of the film follows a very formulaic Holywood formula which prevents us from caring much about the characters. Ken Watanabee literally spends the ENTIRE FILM with the same crazed "oh my god" expression on his face and the same crazy dialogue, while his female "assistant" is only there for exposition. Pretty much every character is this film is a stereotype.
Having said that, I did enjoy the backstory that they set up for Godzilla and the MUTOs (particularly the part about the atomic bomb "tests" in the 1950s). And watching giant monsters wreck cities was fun as well. But overall this film is quite disappointing.… Expand