The film is an energetic action techno
cocktail- think of RUN LOLA RUN and THE BOURNE IDENTITY meets a Grimm's fairy
tale. Saoirse Ronan is phenomenal as a young teenager who wasn't allowed
to have a childhood. She is vunerable while still being so deadly as Hanna.
When you team up Simon Peg and Nick Frost
together in a movie, it's comedic gold. PAUL is charming, vulgar, and funny.
DRIVE is a slow burn love story. Ryan Gosling plays Driver with a cool and silent intensity.
DRIVE still stays with me. It has haunted me as a viewer since watching
the end of it. Nicolas Winding Refn continues to bend his films to be different
from each other. It is amazing that one director has made such different films
as BRONSON, VAHALLA RISING, and DRIVE.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL-
Tom Cruise is in another MISSION:
IMPOSSIBLE film which is as good as the last one. Brad Bird creates one of the
most fun and dynamic action films of the year.
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES-
This is one of the better prequels/
remakes of the year as you cheer for the apes to take over and it breathes new life into THE PLANETS OF THE APES series. Andy Serkis steals the show through motion capture performance as Caesar.
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS-
It is the other prequel/ reboot (in a way)
that has made up for the uneven X-MEN: LAST STAND and the disappointing WOLVERINE origin film.
Matthew Vaughn along with various screenwriters (including the super team of Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz)
have created a superhero origin film/ 1960s spy thriller that surpasses the Bryan Singer X-MEN films. I definitely want to see a sequel to this prequel.
J.J. Abrams presents his love of his childhood
in this tale about growing up and filming Super 8 movies with friends. It has
a Steven Spielberg feel to it. It makes me remember growing up and how
times have changed since then. It is a nice trip of nostalgia.
FAST FIVE has taken the fast cars and hot
babes series and turned it into a series about family in a heist film as good as the original THE ITALIAN JOB (the one from
the 1960s, not the crappy remake).
ANOTHER EARTH- The movie had an interesting concept of a mirror Earth and a fascinating ending. Too bad that the movie focused too much on melodrama (and not enough on the idea of a mirror Earth).
GREEN LANTERN- It is a $200 million movie that looks good and has the building blocks for universe building. The thing that failed this movie and audiences was the lack of a good story.
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