Sin Nombre (2009) is the movie about a Honduran girl trying to migrate to the USA, and the struggles and sacrifices she has to live through during that journey. The movie also centers around members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang who are known for their violent revenge culture and the inability to escape from their reach.
Tonight I went back to the classics with Enemy of the state (1998), the story of hotshot lawyer Robert Dean who becomes the victim of a high stakes identity theft after unknowingly receiving a video portraying a murder. The NSA sets out to recover the tape and to take Dean down in the process.
Seeing this movie after the recent scandals facing the NSA makes this movie all the more important. They foretell a world where mass-surveillance is omnipresent, and everyone should be considered being under suspicion. It seems writer David Marconi wasn’t too far off.
This is one of my favorite movies from the late nineties with high paced action scenes bundled with a dystopian present where trust is no where to be found.
Score: 8/10 (Great)
Veronica Mars (2014) is a crowd-funded movie about private investigator Veronica Mars who returns to her hometown to help her old high-school friend who has been accused of murder. Arriving back at Neptune, she soon realizes that things aren’t what they seem and starts unraveling a deep coverup.
I have watched and rather enjoyed the old Veronica Mars TV series, so I was delighted to hear that a movie had been made to complete the story a decade later. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to bring back that old fuzzy feeling, reminiscent of the old series. They did it fairly well, and I enjoyed watching every minute of it, even though the movie was riddled with clichés and an undeniably predictable plot.
Since being a fan of the original series left me with a marshmellowy veil covering my senses, one could say that I am somewhat biased and looking at this movie as a self-contained unit instead of and extension of the old series, it barely holds up. The viewer is presented with an small history lesson in the beginning of the movie, but it’s far from enough to convince the viewer to ignore the cheesy characters and predictable plot.
If you are a fan of the TV series, just watch this movie already – if not, don’t bother.
Score: 7/10 (Good)
I have finally taken the time to watch The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). The plot itself seems quite straight-forward at first glance, but what makes this movie unique is the way three separate stories are connected in sequence, yet intertwined at the same time.
A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
The movie starts on an excellent note with Ryan Gosling doing what he does best. It loses some momentum in the middle though, and continues to dwindle as the movie progresses. The characters don’t really evolve during the story and they have a couple of questionable motivators12.
I would have preferred a greater focus on the first part and further developed the motorcycle riding and the life of crime with Goslings life spiraling further down the drain, and perhaps even leave the other parts out.
Score: 8/10 (Great)
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.
The Usual Suspects (1995) is a movie about five conmen, who are brought in for questioning by the police. None of the are guilty, so they join together to perform a retaliation against the police. One of the conmen, Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) is brought in for questioning regarding a boat explosion resulting in the death of 27 people.
This is a very interesting movie and it is where the name Keyser Söze comes from, which is references in a number of movies and other places. Since this is already a classic, there is not much to be said. Just go and see it if you haven’t!
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.
I recently watched Law Abiding Citizen, a movie about a father named Clyde Shelton, whose family was brutally murdered. He now seeks revenge on the entire justice system in a very unconventional way. He does not go about it with flaming guns and lots of ammo, but we are instead taken on an intellectual journey, a cat-and-mouse game, where every action is thought out and executed with the precision of a swiss clock.
This movie came out with a great start, and showed lots of potential. Given the nature of Clyde, the movie was very unpredictable and gained momentum quickly. However — there is one big problem with this movie. That problem is the ending.
The ending of this movie ruined what could have been an amazing plot with a message. Instead they made the standard “Hollywood ending”, which is completely contrary to the premise of the movie. If the ending would have been what everyone though when watching the movie, it would have been darker, but more true to itself.
Despite the problems, this is a must-see. It was perhaps not Jamie Foxx’s best acting, but Gerard Butler did a splendid job portraying the vengeful father.
I just watched The Machine Girl (Kataude mashin gâru), a japanese action/gore movie about an orphaned brother and sister. Despite the terrible loss of their parents, the tragedy do not stop there. The sister, a normal teenage girl, suddenly finds herself in the middle of a lethal cat and mouse game, which can only end one way.
If you love blood and gore, this movie delivers high-pressure blood enough to fill a small lake — but with a comic twist. It gives a slight reminder of samurai movies from the 70’s, where blood were shooting out from severed limbs like geysers. No exception here, the movie features just about any extremity that can be severed on a body from hands and fingers, to feet and heads.
They could have done without the excessive CGI though, since they are horrible and only draw attention away from the story and the characters. Even though this, being a gore movie, is considered a B movie, the main characters have a resonable depth behind them, and you feel for them as they experience all the terrible trauma.