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Hitman (1998)

Hitman (1998)

Another great Jet Li movie from the old days. As usual he plays the kind kinda guy, to the point where you may start thinking he's naive - but if you think that you'll soon notice how wrong you are.

Come from mainland China, he's in HK to become a killer and earn some extra money and build a house for his mom... sounds like a comical story no? There is plenty of comedy, but along with that, there's intensity and intrigue that most of these HK movies don't have. He gets recruited by an agent, who turns out to not be an agent at all. He falls in love with this agents daughter, who has a lawyer boyfriend, and meanwhile there's a revenge fund on a hundred million dollars going out to whomever can kill the killer of a certain rich Japanese man, all kinds of criminal crooks are involved, and amidst them there's a set of interesting characters that eventually all get together and have a showdown with a final all-but-bland-bout of flashy fighting. That's the main event!

I feel the soundtrack really enforces the story too. It's nothing complex but it does a great job at building up an atmosphere - even when you sometimes don't notice the sound. Great actors, great action; overall a work of art from the heyday of HK craze.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Tomb Raider 2 - The Cradle Of Life (2003)

Tomb Raider 2 - The Cradle Of Life (2003)

A new directer, and a completely new take on the filmatizations of the Tomb Raider series!

And it seems to be the end of it, too. I can't say I'm surprised. It was a good movie, but compared to the last it was all but flawless. The bits that bothered me a bit were mostly how both the butler and Bryce were always camped in the caravanette, always on the look out for when Lara called. She was always ready with clear instructions. She didn't pick up on the coffee mug hint (if it was a hint). Too many good people die. Alex, from the last movie, is suddenly gone with the wind and... most of the main battles take place either in a forest that looks like it was taken from LOTR or in the big city, in a shopping wall. It didn't really have the same atmosphere of mystique as the last one, and it feels like the main characters all underwent some subtle change since last time... for the worse.

There were plenty of beautiful sceneries, a great sense of adventure, plenty of action, actually pretty good relationship drama as well... but part of the charisma is missing. Plus, the plot is over-the-top fantastic, ultimate, the no-sequel-will-ever-match-up-to-this kind of ultimate that I guess - really did ruin the potential for a sequel.

But though I was a bit disappointed, I was also entertained. There are plenty of stunts, plenty of scenes; good intrigue along with clich├ęs and loopholes. But... but I don't feel like writing any more butts. Its good, but not as good as the previous one! That's all.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Blueberry (2004)

Blueberry (2004)

Well that was awesome, I'm thinking, as the camera pans through the mountains, out into the desert and far far away to the stars.

But it wasn't really what I expected. You'd think they could have chosen a tougher actor to play Blueberry. It's not that I have anything against Vincent Cassel, but he does not look tough. Michael Madsen plays the villian, as so many other times, and an interesting cast, most notable Geoffrey Lewis and Juliette Lewis, father and daughter in the movie just as in... real life! And I thought Will and Jayden Smith were the first to do something like this in After-Earth. They both put on a great performance, and I used to be just a fan of the former (he's been in a ton of awesome action flicks over the years) but now I'm definately a fan of both.

What the movie's about? Well it's about Mike, who grows up, makes love for the first time and looses his love at the same time, sees her goes up in smoke along with the man who killed her, stumbles out of town on a tired horse and is taken in by Indians, comes back to town and somewhere along the line becomes a marshall, and one day, bad memories come back to haunt him.

At the beginning it really has that western atmosphere, but towards the end it's more about the spirit world, the Indian world, and it's a both beautiful and psychadelic experience followed by an interesting nude scene with Juliette Lewis swimming under water and Mike following after... I wonder what Geoffrey thought about that? It's a movie riddled with beautiful sceneries; life experience, and not as much Western as I'd expected. Not as much influence of the comics either, there's not even a train, no prison break, no revolution, no war... none of the things that really characterized the comic... and the main character's totally different than his more static countrperart. But I should've known better huh, having expectations that the cimematical thing would've been the same as the one on paper? In a way I'm glad they made something different, it surprised me.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Ice Soldiers (2013)

Ice Soldiers (2013)

I'm seeing Dominic Purcell in a lot of places lately. Well actually just Vikingdom before this, but since the Blade Trinity movie I don't think I've seen him anywhere else. His rather apathetic style of acting is... rather apathetic, and yet he seems like one of those down-to-Earth people who looks a bit like Mel Gibson. Down-to-Earth'ness and melgibsonishnish are entirely separate btw.

As for the movie, it details a search (and find) of three genetic super-humans frozen somewhere in the icy tundra. They kill their captors, one of them rapes a scientist and then they leave. Fifty years later, a new scientist is back, on the same spot, once again searching for these three 'men'. He finds them, and things go bad. It's a minimalist movie as much in story as in scenery and filming, but it works. It delivers. Like a bedtime story it takes you in, gives you a message, shows you some action and then leaves you both inspired and satisfied. No more no less. Good watch!

 rated 3/5: not bad

Barbarian Queen 2 - The Empress Strikes Back (1989)

Barbarian Queen 2 - The Empress Strikes Back (1989)

Another batch of bad acting and beautiful babes bashing down tyrants!

One of them begins a queen, but when the king is supposedly killed she is forced to leave her castle. She joins up with yet another resistance and together with a man who leaves the evil King's alliance they fight to reach the scepter and take over. There's some family drama involved, like when the king accidentally kills his daughter (and his scream clips terribly - bad budget sound equipment) and when a couple of other couples die, but overall it's... yet another B-Movie, complete with catfights and that one scene where the main character's imprisoned and supposedly tortured while she lies bare-titted on a blistering bench (there's one of those in the prequel too).

The props are higher-budget than the last time around, but it's basically the same thing in a new package, with a few more characters and some new elements of mystical magic involved.

The 'evil king' looks just like the one from Robin Hood btw. Oh, and it's from 1989! Looks like I've yet to watch all the good stuff from my first most masterful year. That is all! OK watch.

 rated 2/5: decent

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