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Karen Posada

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2013/05/07 at 12:00am

Jack Reacher (Movie Review)

05.7.2013 | By |

It is not the right time for ‘Jack Reacher’ to be opening nationwide because of its thematic material and unfortunate similarities to the current events that happened in Newtown, Connecticut. There are plenty of scenes that are hard to watch because they will easily remind you of everything that we are seeing and hearing about that tragedy (there’s even a character named Sandy) and if you can’t get pass that, then it’s better to skip this film. On the other hand if you are able to see past the terrible coincidences this is an action movie that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Read More

Karen Posada

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2013/02/28 at 12:00am

Jack the Giant Slayer

02.28.2013 | By |

Jack the Giant Slayer

Hollywood has decided to recreate a number different tales from centuries ago, now is the turn of ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’, a mix of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Jack the Giant Killer’; which means a little bit of innocence, adventure and violence. The film will do best with its intended audience of 13 and up; the first half is slow paced and a little dull, but finally the action picks up on the second half and that’s the kicker that makes the film fun. Watching the movie in IMAX 3D is a real treat, because it truly enhances the experience, although you have to wait for the effects to really begin after we get past the “meeting” the characters part of the movie.

 

The classic story begins with a poor farm boy named Jack (Nicholas Hoult) who is trying to get some money by selling his horse; the boy gets easily tricked into taking magic beans as payment. Back at home he laments his innocence, but when the beanstalk grows he finds himself in an adventure where he’ll fight giants that live in the sky, meet princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), her most noble men among them Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and together they’ll try to save the world.

 

We get two similar stories between Jack and Isabelle that have their keen differences but unite into one thanks to their love for adventure. The story doesn’t become interesting until we reach the world of giants, which are fantastically gruesome, idiotic, and somewhat cavemen like and we want to know how these humans fight for their survival there. There’s conniving between the humans and giants and this part although predictable helps the story.

 

Hoult and Tomlinson play their parts fine enough, but there’s nothing that really stands out here; Hoult was much better in ‘Warm Bodies’. Stanley Tucci as the villain is instantly dislikable, but lacks mystery. McGregor is usually on point with his roles, but here his script calls for corny jokes although despite that he’s one of the most interesting characters. Of course the giants steal a lot of the focus, specially their two-headed leader Fallon (Bill Nighy). The CGI of these creatures and their world is for the most part well done and are the biggest part of the tale driving the movie forward.

 

The story saves itself because just when it starts dragging the action really picks up and here is where your money goes. The movie mainly suffers from a very weak script that is full of corny jokes, lines and predictability; all of which would deem it to fail were it not for the great CIG effects and battle in the second half of the film. There’s an unexpected interesting twist at the end, where the story tries to connect fantasy to reality and it’s a nice closing touch.

 

Here’s another classic fairytale 21st century style which though it complements the original stories, by no means is it a cinematographic wonder, but it is still a good enough film to enjoy with the family. Director Bryan Singer uses his knowledge in superhero action films and incorporates a pinch of it here, but a little more could have gone a long way. It might put younger children and adults to sleep at some point, but will eventually wake everybody up on the second half till the end.

Karen Posada

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2012/12/20 at 12:00am

Jack Reacher

12.20.2012 | By |

Jack Reacher

It is not the right time for ‘Jack Reacher’ to be opening nationwide because of its thematic material and unfortunate similarities to the current events that happened in Newtown, Connecticut. There are plenty of scenes that are hard to watch because they will easily remind you of everything that we are seeing and hearing about that tragedy (there’s even a character named Sandy) and if you can’t get pass that, then it’s better to skip this film. On the other hand if you are able to see past the terrible coincidences this is an action movie that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

 

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is an ex military policeman who’s gone off the grid and decides to come out of the shadows after a sniper terrorizes a city. Policemen, Rodin (Richard Jenkins) and Emerson (David Oyelowo) are ready to convict the assassin, but a well to do lawyer, Helen (Rosamund Pike) believes in fair trials and she recruits Reacher to help her solve the case. As a trained professional Reacher believes there might be more than meets the eye.

 

I thought the movie was going to be very ‘Mission Impossible’, but it was more like ‘The Bourne Identity’. The beginning is a little slow, but shocking; again because of what we’ve lived through recently. The movie is based on a book by Lee Child who’s written a series with Jack Reacher as his protagonist, perhaps this will turn into a franchise like ‘Bourne’; at the moment is hard to say, but I sure wouldn’t mind. The fights are great, especially because Reacher has no boundaries and there’s even comedy involved in the violence. The conspiracy theories keep spiking your curiosity throughout the movie and string you along all the way to the end.

 

The movie isn’t perfect, there are some things that don’t quite add up and there are gaps in the story. The main villain The Zec (Werner Herzog)is creepy all around, but he looked too feeble to be that threatening. Some of the other bad guys are such muscle heads that it’s hilariously ridiculous. There’s so much sexual tension throughout the film, that it’s a little distracting.

 

Cruise reminds us once more why he’s an action icon, he carries out his scenes with perfection. Pike gives a nice contrast to Cruise’s character as well as the rest of the film and she’s able to hold her own. Oyelowo has a couple of scenes that are all just body language and he’s great in these. Robert Duvall is brilliant, and gives us more of that interesting humor composed in this movie.

 

For anyone that likes action movies this is definitely one to watch, because the fights, surprising comedy, mystery and car chase that keep you glued to the screen. I do hope everyone that goes to see this film knows exactly what it entails, because many people might not be ready to experience this movie right now. For those that feel ready and can enjoy this fictional but realistic story you are in for a treat.   

Jack Rico

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2009/05/21 at 12:00am

Valkyrie

05.21.2009 | By |

Rating: 3.5

Rated: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.
Release Date: 2008-12-26
Starring: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
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Country:USA, Germany
Official Website: http://valkyrie.unitedartists.com/

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Jack Rico

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2009/01/03 at 12:00am

Valkyrie

01.3.2009 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language.
Release Date: 2008-12-26
Starring: Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
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Country: USA, Germany
Official Website: http://valkyrie.unitedartists.com/

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