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I, Robot (2004)

I, Robot (2004)

Looking back, maybe Will Smith didn't do Isak Amanov's legacy total justice after all. He turned a mindful book (I've read it since last time I watched this) into a blockbuster - although I did enjoy it, and the topic is as relevant as ever today. Just maybe not so much regarding robots as - that which it's really all about - AI.

In the movie Will Smith plays the robot-hostile detective/cop Del Spooner, sent to uncover the truth behind Dr.Lanning (the father of all robots)'s unfortunate death, all the while a new model of robots are being introduced in the city. Something's fishy... the more he uncovers the more get on his back, until finally... well, watch the movie; you'll see. :)

The special effects stood the test of time well! Some are simple, but they're thorough too. The inconsistency with how the robots can't keep up with humans (at least one particular one) yet in robot VS robot battle fight or catch up to one another at speeds none of the humans could ever manage... let's just disregard that bit. Let's forget about the final explosion and the car chase too, as those effects were a daze, but everything else - robot design included, still looks pretty damn good.

I like the future this movie builds up, the oldskool ways of our main character, and the clash they provide. The shrink (played by Bridget Moynahan) isn't bad either, even if she comes across aggravatingly naive in expression sometimes... almost like she might be a robot herself.

And the title doesn't really match. I, Sonny, isn't it? But it was great. Not perfect but way better than I remembered it, and maybe the best movie to really solidify the AI threat yet. It's the most fundamental, yet most dangerous idea, that to save humanity humanity itself must be destroyed. Or enslaved. Or something equally nefarious, yet scarily logical.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Deadpool 2 (2018)

What can I even say about this one? I mean how can I possible begin to describe it. It's a violent love story, but it's more about realization than love - more about how your actions affect others, but it's Deadpool, so you know a lot of those action that affects others is the ACTION type of action - and it often affects them in a way that leaves them dead or mutilated or severely wounded.

It's a strange blend of witty remarks, crude humor, and serious, heartfelt moments. Action, too, of course. And it's not just Deadpool this time but his whole gang: X-Force.

Domino was a nice appearance, Gabe from the future a bad-ass Dolph-like lookalike and Juggernaut... well he wasn't around so long, but the rest were great. An appreciated gathering of both old and new faces - and some surprise cameos. I mean I won't spoil them. They're great surprises. The whole movie is like one big great surprise.

It's an intense, artistic medley of... I know not what to call it, but although I sometimes feel like it could've taken a few breaks somewhere and maybe slowed down just a little amidst the most intense moments, I also had a blast.

Marvel nail the CGI too. The CGI-only battles might look a bit fake in a while (the motions already do) but for the most part it's all just grimy. I mean it's good. Great, even. It's a family movie... in a way. It's all well worth a watch but I'm not sure it's something for just about anybody. If you're new to the Deadpool franchise: best look into this with caution.

And watch the first one first.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

This If The End (2013)

This If The End (2013)

What happens when the world ends? Or more specifically: What happens to a group of actors gathered at one giant LA party - locked down in a party fortress - when the world ends? This is their story. They as in: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride. With some unexpected guest appearances like Emma Watson, Rihanna and Channing Tatum.

It's like the cast from Pineapple Express but with a few more. You never know who you'll see. It's both refreshingly natural and surprising that way. And I do wonder what happened to Emily, to be blunt...

Also it really simplifies the reviewing process when the actors act themselves like this! No need to write in double names for each of them. Easier to remember too. They should do this more often.

As for who's directing: it's Seth Rogen again! You know everything he touches is bound to be both a mixture of refreshingly crazy and awkward and uncomfortable and disgusting... it's unfortunate, but you just can't seem to get one without the other. I loved some parts of this but other parts... ugh. All in all though I'm glad I watched it.

The special effects and shaky cam were a bit crappy at times - fire and smoke and blue lines, but the demons awe-inspiring, the locales good, and overall: it was great. And this is just the beginning. Almost a four but...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Spies Like Us (1985)

Spies Like Us (1985)

A couple of unlikely candidates end up as spies, and go through a rigorous training to prepare them for a mission in Pakistan of which the details they do not know. Little do they know they are merely decoys to a real duo sent to... well you'll get to that part. The viewer's let in on the secret early on, though it sure takes the main duo long enough to figure things out!

It's a comedy with a more serious tone than most comedy movies like it. A bit like James Bond, but with a less professional lead. The setting's refreshingly light-hearted despite the serious setting.

And the props! The missiles, the satellites, all the moments of training they go through... it's impressive. Massive props on detailed prop level detail levels, and a charismatic main character duo that both make the movie feel superficial and fun. It's a movie about spies like us, but really, there are no spies quite like them.

Overall it's a good movie from a different time. Also: take some time to appreciate the view! The lake in the mountains especially. Sometimes I wonder if views like that even exist anymore in our modern world. Surely all that remain are at least reserved for the ruling elite by now. Spies like us... maybe we can still sniff out some good views too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Allied (2016)

Allied (2016)

Casablanca... it seems to be the scene for all romantic dreams.

Here's a new take on that classic drama, set in 1942, during that one war, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as the Canadian Intelligence officer (though I thought he was American... or British) Max Vatan, and French Resistance fighter Marianne Beauséjour.

It's classy, oldskool, good... it skips through time with finesse and tragedy, and tells the story of a daughter born during the Blitz, outside a hospital as the fire burns inside and bombs shatter the windows. Though that's just a little bit. There's a bit of making love in a sandstorm too, and guns under the champagne table, and a suspicious backyard party to name a few.

It's a sad but beautiful story. Well-filmed; well-everything. The language might not be, but everything else feels typical of the time. IMDB shows it's not all so, but at least I did feel like I stepped through the doors into another era when I watched it, even if hearing the way they spoke was a strange contrast to that world.

It must've been captivating, because I didn't think of the time when I watched this, and then it was over. Great movie. Minor imperfections keep it from a top score.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Fire City: End Of Days (2015)

Fire City: End Of Days (2015)

That girl looks a bit like the blue girl in Guardians Of The Galaxy... and the plot reminds me of Léon. It's like Léon but with Demons. Sort of.

The story is that of Vine - a demon secretly living with others of his kind in the world of humans, sustained by their misery, where one day that misery seems to be fading away... and his kind are growing hungry.

For a budget movie I was really impressed with the props here, and the effects. For pretty much everything but that one ending flap it stood on par with the best of them, and though the scenery was mostly limited to the one apartment block - and the cast to the same limited set of human/​demon characters, they managed to keep the setting brooding and bleak all the way through.

I wasn't expecting to see a full-on strip scene in the middle of it either, considering other bits were so veiled, but the sinful demonic nature comes across well there. That was one steamy scene too, short as it was. The director could have a career in softcore hmm... stuff... if he doesn't make it with movies.

I really liked this. So different. So demonic. The story slows down sometimes, and could use a bit more variation regarding the rooms, and scenes, but otherwise it delivers wholly. In a way the limited setting makes it feel like they're in a world of their own, yet the human cityscapes do rise outside.

This was a pleasant surprise. Good movie. Kicking it up to four because it was just so new, and thorough, even if budget limitations do go noticed.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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