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Average User Score: 7.7Mar 12, 2016This was a movie that had so much potential, but fell flat in the end. The characters are all fantastic and there is a constant sense ofThis was a movie that had so much potential, but fell flat in the end. The characters are all fantastic and there is a constant sense of unease and curiosity that you feel throughout the movie, yet it all comes crashing down in the last 10-15 minutes. I almost feel cheated out of experiencing what could have been a fantastically suspenseful film.
- So much about what makes a movie suspenseful is not what you see, but what you don't see. There is a lot of mystery as to whether Goodman's character is just a crazy psychopath, or if he's just a bit of a weirdo that happens to be telling the truth about all the chaos going on outside the bunker.
-John Goodman truly stole the show here. He acted a character that, in one moment seemed to be a kind-hearted and caring person whom you felt compassion for, and in the next he was a raging psychopath which made you want to run and hide away in a corner for fear of your life.
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character, Michelle, was well thought out. She wasn't your typical damsel in distress, but she also wasn't your overly used super strong female lead either. She was a bit in between which I found to be more believable and refreshing.
-The cinematography and editing was done very well. The opening scene comes into mind here, in particular. You can't hear anything MIchelle is saying, but you know just about everything that is going on simply by the imagery being presented to you. A phone conversation in which Michelle is clearly upset, to the point of tears, leads to her walking out of the room with her things while the camera pans to a desk with keys and an engagement ring sitting on it. Nothing was spoken, yet you know what just transpired. I love that and wish more movies would take note.
-Throughout the film, Michelle and her supporting partner-in-crime, Emmett devised plans and schemes which, for the life of me, I could not understand why they didn't just do while Howard was asleep.
-They loved to talk so loudly to each other while devising their little escape plans. I felt as though all of these scenes should have had them whispering or writing notes to each other if they truly felt Howard was a threat to their safety and ability to escape the bunker.
-All of the above is nitpicking on an otherwise great film. What really had me cringing, however, was the awful ending to this movie. I felt as though it would have been a perfect movie if it weren't for the out-of-left-field moments being experienced in the final scenes. A good movie makes you think after it's over. A good movie makes you wonder what really happened to the characters. A good movie makes your imagination go crazy trying to answer all the questions it didn't. When a film like this relies so heavily on mystery and the unknown, only to suddenly show all at the very end, it takes away all of that post-movie-going-experience wonder that I enjoy so much.
It's one thing for it to happen to a bad movie, but when it happens to a good movie, it's truly heartbreaking.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 8, 2014Nolan dares what many directors and screenwriters are scared to do these days: make you think. To me, that's a very good thing. His moviesNolan dares what many directors and screenwriters are scared to do these days: make you think. To me, that's a very good thing. His movies have repeatedly been original (which, among all the remakes, sequels, and reimaginings that are so prevalent now-a-days, is unfortunately quite rare) and Interstellar is no exception. It's a very unique film that touches on a subject that has somehow rarely been touched upon. Namely, the intricacies of how worm holes and time travel truly might work and how the human race might utilize them to aid in its survival. This movie doesn't need to rely on flashy special effects (though they are quite good). It doesn't need to fill each moment with action in order to tell a story (I'm looking at you Michael Bay). And it doesn't insult the intelligence of the audience by providing too much detailed explanations from the characters as to how worm holes and time travel work. There are a few scenes where they touch on the subjects, but Nolan assumes that his audience is at least reasonably intelligent and can not only understand the concepts by direct monologue, but also from inference by what's being portrayed on screen. There are moments which someone who is nit-picky might find to be far fetched, but this movie isn't targeted for such an audience. It's targeted towards those who can reasonable suspend their disbelief enough to catch the point the movie is trying to portray. In fact, the movie is less about the science and the theory, but more about the characters and that "what-if" factor. The acting is simply superb. I found my manly self holding back tears in one scene, and giggling like a fool in another. To this date, I have yet to watch a movie which Nolan has put out which has been anything but fantastic. He has built a reputation of one of the greatest Directors and screen-writers of our generation, and I'm personally glad to be alive to experience it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Dec 26, 2010This is a movie that goes beyond that which the "professional critics" expect out of movies. It provides an original (even though it's aThis is a movie that goes beyond that which the "professional critics" expect out of movies. It provides an original (even though it's a sequel) movie-watching experience that does a good job of allowing the viewer to suspend disbelief. It's visuals are stunning, the soundtrack fits perfectly to the theme of the movie (a lot of techno and futuristic music), and the sound effects are enthralling and make you feel like you're really in a virtual and high-tech sci-fi world. There are plenty of action scenes that break up the boredom and monotony from which the original movie suffered. I did not see the movie in 3D (because i don't believe in using 3D tricks and gimmicks to overshadow lack of movie-making abilities). Therefore I have no comment on the quality of the 3D experience. However, knowing Disney's track record with quality movie-making, I'm sure they didn't disappoint (for those who are interested in that sort of thing). The only downside to the amazing visuals was the CGI Jeff Bridges. Though the technology that goes behind recreating human faces and emotions are getting better by the year, they still seem a ways away. The tones and colors of young Jeff Bridges' face were spot on, but he often seemed to lack that emotional and subtle quality that we are all honed in to detect. The story was more enthralling and dramatic than the original, but very predictable. Do yourself a favor and ignore the "professional critics." See this movie if you have an open mind, are a fan of sci-fi, and enjoy stunning visuals and enthralling music and sound effects.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 24, 2010I know nothing of the remake or book regarding this movie. All I know is that I was highly entertained (something that movies haven't done forI know nothing of the remake or book regarding this movie. All I know is that I was highly entertained (something that movies haven't done for me in a while, recently). Being a western, I expected gun fights, horse-riding, booze drinking, outlaws vs. marshals, etc; and this movie delivered that, and more. Hailee Steinfeld plays a very smart and determined young girl that will not stop until her father's murder is brought to justice. She hires an old, beat-up, drunkard of a marshal that manages to find ways to bring men to justice, that few can do (though his methods are questionable, often unorthodox, impromptu, and frequently lead to someone getting hurt or injured.) Matt Damon's character is a Texas Ranger that's come to Arkansas (the setting of the movie) to hunt down the same criminal that killed ms. Steinfeld's father for a different crime that occurred in Texas. These actions bring the three together in a terrific story that manages to be traditional, yet hold a lot of its own originality at the same time.
In true coen-brother-fashion, the comedy was engaging and hilarious. Matt Damon stays true to his lack of speaking roles (which is a plus). But the one who steals the show, is Jeff Bridges. His role is played exceptionally well, and he manages to find a way to bring laughter to the audience, even in the most tense and action-packed scenes. His banter between the young girl, as well as Matt Damon's character makes for very classic scenes that will resonate with me for a long while. I found this movie thoroughly entertaining, hilarious, dramatic, meaningful, and action-packed all at once. Very few movies (especially those that have come out recently) can pull that off. If you enjoy being entertained (and who doesn't?) then I highly recommend this movie. True Grit will be a must-have purchase by me upon it's release to blu-ray.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Aug 27, 2010This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Green Zone is an obvious anti-Republican movie aimed at slandering the Bush party's decisions to invade Iraq. It portrays senior Republican leaders as oil-focused fact-creating greedy war-mongers that will do anything to keep the American public believing that WMDs exist in Iraq. From the start, the movie's agenda is painfully obvious as Matt Damon's character, Roy Miller, is in charge of a special task force whose sole purpose is to seek out Iraq's WMDs. As they go from site to site, donning chemical masks and special equipment designed to retrieve them, they constantly come up short. As Miller looks through his intelligence reports, once phrase continues to pop out at him (mostly because it's written in bold red text): "A source has confirmed that chemical and biological weapons are stored..." etc.
"What's the source?" Miller asks during an intelligence briefing. "These intelligence packets have all been vetted. They're good.", says a high ranking puppet of the Bush party. "You're job's to execute them, not worry about how they're put together." As the movie progresses, we are led to believe that High ranking military officials, senior leaders of Special Intel Units at the Pentagon, and members of the Special Forces are all working together to cover up the truth about the existence of WMD's in Iraq. Do the creators of this movie believe we are all so gullible? Do they honestly think that we are to believe that our senior leaders used made-up intelligence and sacrificed countless American and Iraqi lives as a front to invade Iraq for the sole purpose of tapping into their oil reserves? Though the creators of this movie did not mention oil at all during the course of the film, they made their statement obvious during the ending credits as Damon drives off into the distance with a nice oil refinery backdrop. Again we come across Hollywood's pathetic attempts to use their seemingly countless movie-funds as a weapon against those who are unsure of their political stance, or those just too ignorant to know better. Well I for one am not won over, nor am I fooled.… Expand