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Silent Hill: Revelation 3D-The 2D Experience

So I shall begin with stating that I never intended to see this in 3D.  While I agree that most 3D films have that tacked on feel, it really just messes with my eyes and gives me a headache to watch the RealD 3D movies in theaters.  And this does include movies that were made for 3D viewing from the beginning, I just can’t watch them.

Silent Hill is the fictional town that is the subject of what was first a series of video games, which never owning a PlayStation, I have only played one installment, “Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams” on the XBOX.  The games revolve around a central character who ventures into this very disturbing town cloaked in darkness and you’re just trying to survive while fending off monsters and facing your own inner demons.

“Silent Hill” was directed by Christophe Ganes, who directed “Brotherhood of the Wolf” (one of my top movies) and I really dug the “Silent Hill” movie.  Though the trailers for this sequel didn’t seem to have the same mystery, but appeared to be more about gore and what sick things they could put on the screen.  Much like a number of forced sequels, this movie felt more about what shock and 3D factors could be shown versus what kind of story can we present that helps build on what we had from the previous movie.

Now, I know they pulled elements from a number of the games to make the movies and didn’t necessarily just do one game and translate it to screen, but from what I’ve heard from fans who have played the games, the first film did it a lot more justice than this last one.  To be quite honest, this is one of those movies that even though it was a free rental, I’d like my free code back please.

If you’re a die-hard fan, you’ll probably appreciate the creatures, which I’ll admit were well done, but overall the film just doesn’t have substance.  And while I try to appreciate a movie for what it was, I can’t appreciate this one.

[Edit: 11:39PM, 03-24-13]

My friend, @PendejoJoe did remind me of something I did not mention.  What Christophe Ganes did for “Silent Hill” was really set the tone and create a movie world worthy of matching the video game one.  “Silent Hill: Revelvation 3D” was able to match that same tone and atmosphere and should be applauded for that at least.

But don’t applaud too loud please…it isn’t worth it…

 
 

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Paranormal Activity 4: Are We Done Yet?

So again, we come to a place where we have been before.  A sequence of movies that tries to one-up the ante from the previous, has higher budgets, and uses more technology to bring it current.  And so far, we’ve done not too bad of a job.

For those unfamiliar with the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, you have a basic formula.
1) Take unknown actors, some with virtually no experience.
2) Have some mysterious past/issue with the paranormal.
3) Set up a recording device that monitors each night with increasing activities.
4) Make this seem like it’s all real.

We’ve seen that found footage films actually do pretty well with audiences.  Films like “The Blair Witch Project,” “Cloverfield,” “REC” and now tons of other ones are pouring out to help give a different perspective to the audience.

The story in “PA 4” is that several years after the events of “PA 2” we have some new neighbors who seem to have some shady stuff going around them.  One of the children claims to talk to an entity that does things, and a young teenager tries to be a big sister and also record the events through her laptop and other devices.  For those keeping score, “PA 3” was a prequel to the first and second installments, and did a good job with upping the ante.

The problem I have with PA 4 is that we’ve been down this road before, and the story is starting to get old.  Sure we have some new scare tactics and some pretty neat technology usage, but this one didn’t have the same substance as the previous.  And yes, while the first one had a number of major flaws, it succeeded on a very low budget and used a number of effects to really wow the audience, and made a lot of money, as did number 2, on a slightly higher budget.  I guess what probably is more off putting to me is that fact that they children are the ones being targeted and I just don’t like to see that.  Sure, it’s a central part of the story, the children being used for the nefarious/demonic purpose, but doesn’t mean I have to like it.

All in all, it’s the weakest of the story, and with a fifth installment coming out in October of 2013, I hope the writers and others involved can get a better story out there and make a movie that closes out the franchise with a powerful stroke.  But something tells me if the studios can keep making money, they’ll draw it out as long as they can…

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Redbox: $1 Movies FTW

 

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The Boring Bourne Legacy

Let me begin by saying a few things:

1) I LOVE the original Bourne Trilogy.  They are some of the only few movies that I will watch without any issue multiple times, and even with owning them all, will still watch them at any point that they are on TV.
2) I enjoy Jeremy Renner, especially in movies like “The Hurt Locker,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and “The Avengers.”

3) I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve regularly posted, things have been crazy to say the least, but I have a number of write-up coming soon that should help fill the gap.

With all of that said, I really found “The Bourne Legacy” to just be boring.  As action movies get further and further along, they find new ways to use a newspaper or magazine to beat the crap out of someone.  The original Bourne movies showed that with Matt Damon and I still cringe each time the guy gets beat up with the magazine.  The problem with “Legacy” is that they tried to stretch on a story that was had a nice and clean wrap up, but also make a guy who was more badass than Jason Bourne.

For those who haven’t seen or read the movies or books, respectively, Jason Bourne is a super spy whose name is not really his and was trained to be a really awesome operative.  And when I say awesome, I mean the best.  Even with all of the stuff that goes wrong, he’s still on top of his game, and constantly has to fend off so much stuff and does it all with the increasing difficulties with a style that just rocks.  Again, did being able to beat the crap out of someone with a magazine not clearly paint a picture of how awesome he is?

Now take that image.  Hold it, smile a little, and then say, “Well, he’s good…but we have better…And all of that nicely wrapped up plot we had?  Yeah, we’re going to mess that up and intermix stuff while also debunking all that happened.”  Now sure, with the government, we can believe the coverups and debunking, but to take a nicely wrapped package and tear it apart, not cool…The plot moved along in predictable patterns, with characters you didn’t care or feel for.  And what’s sad about this is that Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for the original Bourne movies, wrote this one.

It’s probably because I enjoyed the first ones so much that I just couldn’t get in to “The Bourne Legacy.”  There are stories to tell in the Bourne universe, this wasn’t one of them.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Redbox: $1 Movies FTW

 

Dredd…And Not Sly Either

1995, a year that will live in the memories of many as one that followed the past two years of Stallone’s “Cliffhanger”, “Demolition Man,” and “The Specialist.”  Yes, I’m talking about “Judge Dredd.”  Let’s be honest with ourselves, it was bad, I mean, really bad.  Even Sylvester Stallone agreed that there was a lot wrong with the film, as well as John Wagner, the creator of the comic.

But enough about the past…and Rob Schneider…Don’t even get me started…

“Dredd” uses Karl Urban, who plays a good action star and has the stern face and chiseled jaw to pull off Dredd.  To be honest, I haven’t seen a movie that I have disliked seeing Karl Urban act in.  Also at the table we have Lena Heady as the drug dealer and gang lord ‘Ma-Ma’, who has been in a thing or two where she has to be a tough bad-ass, like “300” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”  Also is Olivia Thirlby, who plays the rookie under review by Dredd and has some unique talents to bring to the table.

The story involves a new drug call SLO-MO that, you guessed it, makes the user feel like things are moving in slow motion.  Often times the slow motion sequence in most action films get used so much that you think the movie could have been shorter and used its time better without the sequences.  “Dredd” uses them rather well, with a couple of people being pushed off a really high place and seeing the perspective of slow motion towards their deaths.  Dredd and the rookie, Cassandra Anderson, go off to put an end to the ‘Ma-Ma’ and her pushing of SLO-MO and her gang control in this large complex.

The movie is what you expect, a bunch of shootouts, massive property damage, and some pretty fancy tools from Dredd’s arsenal of ammo in his gun.  And the movie does this really well, and in the end you leave with a satisfied feeling that will cleanse the palate of the poor aftertaste from “Judge Dredd.”

PS: We still love you Sly, but you’ve done a lot better.