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Karen Posada

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2012/06/26 at 12:00am

Wrath of the Titans

06.26.2012 | By |

There’s very few times when a sequel is better than the original, but this is true for ‘Wrath of the Titans’.  This probably has to do with the fact that it has a new director, Jonathan Liebesman, as well as different screenwriters, Dan Mazeau and David Johnson. Obviously, this helped it tremendously as the original ‘Clash of the Titans’ had a flat storyline and other various problems that made it very hard to like. This sequel has a storyline that is more captivating and nutritious, it also has some mighty shots of various horrifying monsters that made the action all the more interesting. The screening I went to was 3D, which didn’t really enhance the movie as the 3D work was not good and this could be because of the fact that it was converted into a 3D film, it wasn’t shot as one.

 

This second film picks up with Perseus (Sam Worthington) a decade after his last adventure, although he’s a demigod he’s decided to live life as a fisherman and as the single father of Helius (John Bell). His calm life begins to change when his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) comes to ask him for help, the gods have weakened since people have lost faith and they are losing control of their prisoners in the underworld: Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and the titans. Perseus refuses but is forced to come into action when the unstoppable wrath begins. He recruits the help of Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Agenor (Toby Kebbell). Together they go on a journey in which if they don’t succeed the world will cease to exist along with them and their gods.

 

We get a couple of new characters in the story; one of the most exciting ones is Zeus’ godly son Ares (Edgar Ramírez). This Venezuelan born actor plays the god of war just how mythology and his title describe it. It is great to see a Hispanic playing a big role in a blockbuster film like this one. Another note worthy fact is that a big portion of the film was shot in the Canary Island of Tenerife, one more reason to like the film. The main actor, Worthington for the most part does well with action films and so this role fits him. I would also say this sequel fits Neeson better, as I thought it was embarrassing that he was involved in the previous film.

 

One thing I enjoyed about this film more were the monsters, they were so much more real and detailed. The diversity of them also really added to the story, along with the fact that in this film we have more than one fighter getting rid of them. Like mentioned before, the 3D might have been an element that took away from the film. Also, there are certain parts of the story that are supposed to be complicated but somehow end up having an easy solution, which I’m not sure was fitting. The film also should have worked a little more in relationships, as most characters seemed to lack emotion in certain places that merited it.

 

This film is just fun to watch because you are taken on a mythological journey, where you are surrounded by gods, monsters and powerful humans (both men and women) who together make for a fascinating story. Although this film is much better than its’ predecessor, is not to say it is the best action film of 2012 but nonetheless it is entertaining and will take you on a wild adventure for a short 99 minutes. 

Karen Posada

By

2012/03/29 at 12:00am

Wrath of the Titans

03.29.2012 | By |

Wrath of the Titans

There’s very few times when a sequel is better than the original, but this is true for ‘Wrath of the Titans’.  This probably has to do with the fact that it has a new director, Jonathan Liebesman, as well as different screenwriters, Dan Mazeau and David Johnson. Obviously, this helped it tremendously as the original ‘Clash of the Titans’ had a flat storyline and other various problems that made it very hard to like. This sequel has a storyline that is more captivating and nutritious, it also has some mighty shots of various horrifying monsters that made the action all the more interesting. The screening I went to was 3D, which didn’t really enhance the movie as the 3D work was not good and this could be because of the fact that it was converted into a 3D film, it wasn’t shot as one.

 

This second film picks up with Perseus (Sam Worthington) a decade after his last adventure, although he’s a demigod he’s decided to live life as a fisherman and as the single father of Helius (John Bell). His calm life begins to change when his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson) comes to ask him for help, the gods have weakened since people have lost faith and they are losing control of their prisoners in the underworld: Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and the titans. Perseus refuses but is forced to come into action when the unstoppable wrath begins. He recruits the help of Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Agenor (Toby Kebbell). Together they go on a journey in which if they don’t succeed the world will cease to exist along with them and their gods.

 

We get a couple of new characters in the story; one of the most exciting ones is Zeus’ godly son Ares (Edgar Ramírez). This Venezuelan born actor plays the god of war just how mythology and his title describe it. It is great to see a Hispanic playing a big role in a blockbuster film like this one. Another note worthy fact is that a big portion of the film was shot in the Canary Island of Tenerife, one more reason to like the film. The main actor, Worthington for the most part does well with action films and so this role fits him. I would also say this sequel fits Neeson better, as I thought it was embarrassing that he was involved in the previous film.

 

One thing I enjoyed about this film more were the monsters, they were so much more real and detailed. The diversity of them also really added to the story, along with the fact that in this film we have more than one fighter getting rid of them. Like mentioned before, the 3D might have been an element that took away from the film. Also, there are certain parts of the story that are supposed to be complicated but somehow end up having an easy solution, which I’m not sure was fitting. The film also should have worked a little more in relationships, as most characters seemed to lack emotion in certain places that merited it.

 

This film is just fun to watch because you are taken on a mythological journey, where you are surrounded by gods, monsters and powerful humans (both men and women) who together make for a fascinating story. Although this film is much better than its’ predecessor, is not to say it is the best action film of 2012 but nonetheless it is entertaining and will take you on a wild adventure for a short 99 minutes.     

   

Jack Rico

By

2009/10/27 at 12:00am

Orphan

10.27.2009 | By |

Rating: 3.5

Rated: R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.
Release Date: 2009-07-24
Starring: David Johnson, Alex Mace
Director(s):
Distributor:
Film Genre:
Country:USA
Official Website: http://orphan-movie.warnerbros.com/

 Go to our film page

Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra begins ‘Orphan’ like your usual thriller, with scare alerts and false alarms, but it then becomes savagely violent and because it’s source is an innocent child, that savagery is heightened to a surreal peak that makes one twitch and uncomfortable. The first hour is a pure frightful delight, but it’s second half discombobulates into a typical, laughable yet unpredictable Hollywood fare.

So you have an idea of the story, some have compared this film to ‘The Good Son’ starring Macaulay Culkin, but the similarities stop at the first half. ‘Orphan’ is the mother load of all evil child movies. It’s sick and beyond anything you’d expect.  The script has parts where it is absurd and ridiculous, but what about ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies and we all love it, don’t we? Orphan is actually better than those films. The first half is as good as any suspense movie as I’ve seen since The Strangers, regrettably the rest of the film cannot be defended. What it could have been.

In this premise, the tragic loss of a couples’ (Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard) unborn child has devastated them. It has taken a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt young 10 year old girl. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther – this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is known in the circles for making the horror remake ‘House of Wax’ co-starring one rich and young Paris Hilton. This is by far a better offering than the aforementioned. The protagonists Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga are well-cast in the role, however,  the manner in which the movie handles the other children, Daniel and Max, are perturbing. The film uses them as pawns in a demented game of danger and peril.

The climax is rather startling, combining the logic of the situation with audacity in exploiting its terror. Yet you have to hand it to ‘Orphan.’ You want a good horror film about a child from hell, you got one. This film is not for minors and I say this with all frankness, do not take children to see it. You’ll thank me for it later.

Jack Rico

By

2009/07/23 at 12:00am

Orphan

07.23.2009 | By |

Rated: R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.
Release Date: 2009-07-24
Starring: David Johnson, Alex Mace
Director(s):
Distributor:
Film Genre:
Country: USA
Official Website: http://orphan-movie.warnerbros.com/

Go to our film page

Orphan

Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra begins ‘Orphan’ like your usual thriller, with scare alerts and false alarms, but it then becomes savagely violent and because it’s source is an innocent child, that savagery is heightened to a surreal peak that makes one twitch and uncomfortable. The first hour is a pure frightful delight, but it’s second half discombobulates into a typical, laughable yet unpredictable Hollywood fare.

So you have an idea of the story, some have compared this film to ‘The Good Son’ starring Macaulay Culkin, but the similarities stop at the first half. ‘Orphan’ is the mother load of all evil child movies. It’s sick and beyond anything you’d expect.  The script has parts where it is absurd and ridiculous, but what about ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ movies and we all love it, don’t we? Orphan is actually better than those films. The first half is as good as any suspense movie as I’ve seen since The Strangers, regrettably the rest of the film cannot be defended. What it could have been.

In this premise, the tragic loss of a couples’ (Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard) unborn child has devastated them. It has taken a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt young 10 year old girl. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther – this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade.

Director Jaume Collet-Serra is known in the circles for making the horror remake ‘House of Wax’ co-starring one rich and young Paris Hilton. This is by far a better offering than the aforementioned. The protagonists Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga are well-cast in the role, however,  the manner in which the movie handles the other children, Daniel and Max, are perturbing. The film uses them as pawns in a demented game of danger and peril.

The climax is rather startling, combining the logic of the situation with audacity in exploiting its terror. Yet you have to hand it to ‘Orphan.’ You want a good horror film about a child from hell, you got one. This film is not for minors and I say this with all frankness, do not take children to see it. You’ll thank me for it later.

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