Tag Archives: action

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Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen (2009) is the second Zack Snyder movie I have seen in a short period of time. Instead of alternate realities of the mind in Sucker Punch, Watchmen is about an alternate 1985 where superheroes exist.

We follow Rorschach in a murder investigation where he uncovers a horrific truth which could change the course of history and life on our planet as we know it.

I have put off seeing this movie for quite some time, mostly because of its length. What I didn’t realize was that the movie could in fact hold its own and never become boring during its three hours director’s cut edition.

While I have never read the original graphic novel on which the movie was based on, I can see strong influences from for instance Dr Strangelove and perhaps even Sin City.

If you want to see a superhero movie but without most of the usual clichés, watch this.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

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Sucker Punch (2011)

Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch (2011) is a visually stunning story about a young girl who is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. As a method of coping, she envisions an elaborate scheme with a goal to free herself from the institution.

Beware, the following text may potentially contain spoilers.

This movie appears to be deeply misunderstood by a lot of people, and since it contains an infinite amount of visually appealing scenes, nazi zombies, monsters and lightly dressed women, overlooking the complex layers of the story may very well just be a unconscious decision.

The key here is that Babydoll is not the protagonist of the movie, but a figment of Sweet Pea’s imagination and doesn’t really exist. Sweet Pea was the one who ended up in therapy at a psychiatric hospital after being sexually abused and accidentally killing her sister when trying to defend her from their stepfather.

All other girls in the brothel were just different aspects of Sweet Pea’s personality, and Babydoll is the "fifth thing" to overcome – The lobotomy of Babydoll was a way for Sweet Pea to let go of her illness and fight back, leading to her imminent "escape", or being cured.

The "second" reality (the brothel) was in fact reality as Sweet Pea visualized it, and an obvious clue is where Blue Jones was stabbed in the shoulder which was present in the "first" reality as well (the hospital as we would see it).

Score: 7/10 (Good)

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Salt

Salt (2010) is a movie about Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), who plays the role of a CIA agent with a dubious background. After being accused to be a Russian spy by a Russian defector in CIA custody, she goes rouge and does what no one expects.

Score: 6/10 (Fair)

This is set out to be a standard action movie, which is does very well by the way. It does however go the extra mile with not fully expected plot twists and turns which will definitely keep you on your toes. This is in contrast with most classic over-the-top action movies which usually have a very simple and easy to guess plot.

If you want 100 minutes of pure action, Jolie and the whole world at risk, this is the movie to see.

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) is a movie directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), about Scott Pilgrim, who plays the bass in a local Toronto band, trying to make it and get signed. He meets Ramona Flowers after having a seemingly random dream about her, and Scott immediately falls for her quirky alternative appearance and personality. There is only one problem, Ramona has seven exes, who Scott has to “defeat” in order to win her over.

This is one of those movies where you have no idea what so ever about what will happen after seeing the trailer. Once seated and the movie starts however, it quickly becomes apparent how surprisingly brilliant this movie actually is. The moment the movie starts, you are thrown into a comic book atmosphere with an infinite number of video games references, and the Universal logo and theme are even in 8-bit.

I constantly kept thinking “What the hell am I watching?”, while at the same time feeling that this is something new and fresh. The transitions between the scenes were abrupt and fast, and could jump back and forth in seconds. There are no intense drama-scenes with deep conversations, but instead lots of one-liners and whitty comments.

This movie seems to have a lot of haters out there, but I think they just don’t get the feel of the movie. You will just have to see it for yourself and decide whether it is ingenious or overrated.

Score: 8/10 (Great)

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Green Zone

The Green Zone is the common name for the International Zone of Iraq — a 10-square-kilometer area in central Baghdad, Iraq, that was the center of the Coalition Provisional Authority and remains the center of the international presence in the city[1]. This movie is a political conspiracy thriller set in the beginning of the Iraq war and the politics surrounding the search for Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Roy Miller, played by Matt Damon, is the leader of a team searching for WMD’s at strategic locations around Iraq. These locations came from from a well-protected and highly regarded source in the US army, but after several operations without success, Miller starts to question this intel and begins digging. He finds an ally at the CIA which pushes him in the right direction and gives him the means and authority to execute his plans to capture the Iraqi General, Al Rawi, who is believed to be the key to the whole war.

The first few minutes of the movie felt like being on the battleground in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 — There were the same weapons, clothes and similar enemies. After yet again coming to terms with the Green Zone not being a Bourne movie, it could be enjoyed for what it truly is.

The movie is suprisingly fast-paced, and gets going immediately and holds the viewer in its grip right until the very end. There are plenty of hand-held shaky camera scenes, which most of the time enhanced the experience, making the terror and drama more intimate and real.

There was a scene where there was a sniper in a tall building were shooting at the team, which immediately brings a similar scene to mind — in Lebanon, there is the exact same scenario, however, since this is an American movie, there is no fear and everything always goes as planned.

Since this is a movie about the Iraq war and the controversies surrounding it, there are lots of facts thrown in there (like former president Bush holding a speech) and fiction are interweaved to make the story more real. Even though the movie is a fiction, having real facts and people brings a whole new dimension to the genre itself.

To conclude, if you go in expecting to see a Bourne blood-bath, don’t bother, but if you are expecting a combination of politics and moral dilemmas, you are in for a treat!

It is said that the movie is supposedly based on the novel Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist for The Washington Post.

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RocknRolla

RocknRolla (2008) starring Gerard Butler among others, is a complex story about a gang of local British gangsters, a man with connections and the Russian mob. This is the typical Guy Ritchie movie, but with higher stakes and rewards. The story has many threads which are intertwined, and all threads eventually touch the main storyline and makes for a thrilling, exciting, entertaining, albeit complex movie.

If you have seen Ritchie’s other movies like Snatch and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, you will already know the setting and the feel of the movie. This inception brings nothing new to the table, but still manages to grip the viewer and hold that grip all the way to the end.

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, and you should definitely go see it.

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The Hurt Locker

I recently watched The Hurt Locker, a story about an elite bomb squad in the middle of a war in the middle east. Danger is everywhere, and a bomb can be hidden where you least expect it.

This is a decent movie, but did not quite meet the high expectations of an Oscar winner. It was slow and too emotionally disconnected at times, even though there were a couple of amazing scenes as well. After reading some reviews online, many people claim that there were an enormous amount of inaccuracies in the display of the US soldiers.

As for recommending this movie, you should absolutely see it, but make sure not to have too high hopes for it, even though it is an Oscar winner. If you can see past the errors in military protocol, it has a decent entertainment value.