Enemy of the state (1998)

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)

Oldboy (2003)

Even though Oldboy (2003) is a South Korean movie from this century, it has already become something of a cult classic. It’s the story about a man who must deal with the horrors of unknowingly having made someone his enemy.

After suffering through a terrible ordeal being imprisoned without knowing why for a long time, he dedicates his whole being to find the one responsible for his imprisonment after being released for an unknown reason.

It is hard finding the words to adequately describe this two-hour exquisite blend of gory violence, feeling of despair and hopelessness, which at the same time is intertwined with joy and love and sex.

The scenes in this movie are impeccable, with an insane amount of detail in every inch of the background as well as the main elements. The only problem is that it will take multiple viewings to fully appreciate the rich world that is laid out before the viewer.

There’s really nothing else to say – just see it if you haven’t already.

Score: 9/10 (Superb)

Chloe (2009)

Chloe (2009) is a movie about a doctor, played by Julianne More, who hires an escort to seduce her husband, as a way of verifying that her suspicions of him cheating on her.

This was a fairly straightforward and simple movie with a simple predicament, and there is where the problem lies. The story in a way too simple, meaning that any avid movie watcher will smell the plot twist from miles away.

And what’s up with the embarrassingly weak window frame?

Score: 6/10 (Fair)

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)

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.

The Usual Suspects

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!

The Box

The Box (2009) is the story about a young couple struggling to get by, who one day receives a mysterious box on their porch. The box contains an encased button, and when pushed, one million dollars will be given to them in cash. Another consequence of pushing this button however, is that one human being somewhere in the world that they do not know, is going to die.

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Knowing

Knowing (2009) tells the story about a teacher who opens a time capsule with pictures drawn by school children 50 years earlier. One of the pictures stand out, containing predictions on things that have been and things to come.

This is the second time I have seen this movie, and it’s a decent movie with a great start. After a while though, things start getting strange, with weird special effects and plot holes everywhere (what about the stones?). And when you expect the credits to roll, it continues for a few minutes just for the sake of it.

The movie had decent entertainment value though and has a good combination of sci-fi, thriller and drama to make this interesting to keep watching.

Moon

I just watched Moon, a mystery/scifi/thriller about astronaut Sam Bell, who is at the end of a three year long mission on the moon. His only companion is a HAL-like computer called GERTI. While being a robot, he is very helpful to Sam and helps him cope with the loneliness and the ache of mission his wife. Because of problems with the communication to earth, he spends lots of time talking to himself or his plants.

While being out on a mission on the surface of the moon however, Sam has an accident which knocks him out. When waking up in the moon base, he decides to go back to the accident site, where he makes a discovery which leads him to question his sanity and identity.

From the classic plot theme, it is obvious that the writer has borrowed from classics such as Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the story truly stands on it own. It digs deep into what it means to be human, and in solitude. It explores matters such as corporate greed, scientific ethics and compassion.

Even though this is labelled a sci-fi movie, do not watch it expecting lasers, warp drives and worm holes. Being set on the moon of course brings the essence of space travel and technology not yet available. However, think of it more as a mystery than a sci-fi movie, and you will definitely not leave the theater/couch dissatisfied — on the contrary, this is one of the better movies of this genre in a long time!