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Grind (2003)

Grind (2003)

An adventure movie, of modern sort, featuring a skater novice on his mission to become a professional. Lots of skating, lots of comedy and lots of adventure. It's a typical Hollywood movie too, with predictable events and happy endings. Doesn't mean it's not good though, the actors do their job, the storyline is well written and everything is nicely filmed. I haven't seen any skating movies other than this, unless you count the cartoon one with Goofy in so I don't have anything to compare to. But nevertheless, this is a good movie. If you don't have anything better to see, or if this just happens to playing on a channel you switch to, watch it.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Ong-Bak (2003)

Ong-Bak (2003)

I've only watched two movies from Thailand in my life. I watched the first one, one that I can't remember the title of, two weeks ago. It was good, low budget but funny and well-made, so I looked up another movie, and it was a real goldmine. Never heard of it before, but I'm happy to have found it because it turned out to be one of the best movies I have ever seen.

The plot is about a Buddhist statue head stolen from a small village (the statue representing the god Ong-Bak). Without the statue the village's time of prosperity will be over, chaos will rule and their crops won't grow. Therefore a young man volunteers to head into the city and get the statue back. A unique storyline follows, with a lot of running, fighting and fun.

It's a both comical and sad movie. And it's low-budget, it is, but they still somehow managed to make better use of their money than Hollywood managed to do with any of their latest blockbuster hits. All the stunts are real, no strings attached, no special effects. People got hurt in the making of the movie too, it's not only fake fighting, and that's another part of it which is, to me, pretty amazing. Thailand's style, when it comes to movies, is much more serious and brutal than in the western world, even when it involves comedy. The main character isn't your typical American tough guy, with bigass muscles and witty comments, neither is he your typical Asian assassin, with smooth moves and wise words to throw. He's just a normal person with amazing fighting abilities. It's not often you get to see Muay Thai either, the form of fighting they use so often in this movie, which involves more knees and elbows than any other martial arts I've seen.

At times during they movie hey show the same event from different angles, multiple times, which I don't recall seeing in any other films. It really looks pretty good though, and they chose to repeat the kind of scenes that you want to watch again, and again, and again. The main characters always have unique personalities, the fighting is realistic, and though the main character has a good portion of luck as well as skill, you never get to the "that wouldn't have worked in real life" comments, as in all other action movies nowadays. Everything is well made, they've thought closely about every aspect while making the movie. Some say that the main character (the actor) is better than Bruce Lee, and I might agree, though they didn't have the same filming techniques or stunt capability back in Bruce Lee's time, so we may never know how good he really was. Anyhow, this movie is a masterpiece in action and I look forward to seeing more of Tony Jaa. If you like action; especially martial arts, I highly recommend you watch it!

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

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Dirty (2005)

Dirty (2005)

The story of two corrupt cops. One with good intentions, in the wrong place. The other one with bad intentions, also at the wrong place. It's a drama, with a little action, and a sad insight in corrupt cop life.

The filming is great. Just the intro is a masterpiece in itself. The different transitions flow together smoothly and the special effects all appear at the right moment. Some of them are so good you almost don't notice when they're cut, must be the best transitions I've ever seen in a movie. I spot Wyclef Jean in the short note of credits and think this movie will truly be great, but it isn't.

The actors or good, the filming is genius and the plot is a smart one as well. All the characters have clear personality displays, the plot is complex, the lighting is always right and theres a sort of brown/depressing hue in the whole thing. It really is a great movie, so why don't I like it? It's just not what I like watching. It progresses slowly, contains little action, no beautiful sceneries, no heroes, no anger, no love, just normal emotionless street life. And it's not just depressing, it's just... dull. Even with magnificent filmography, it's not enough.

 rated 2/5: decent

Box (2008)

Box (2008)

Yet another detective drama. It all starts with police bursting into an apartment, bodies strewn on the ground, guns, blood, uncertain circumstances. After that, ninety percent of the movie is staged in the questioning room, where two suspects are being questioned. One of them seems like a nice person, the other seems like your typical criminal, dishonest and weak.

As they are being interrogated they get flashbacks to what happened earlier, the same events play again and again with different sequences of events. But everything isn't as easy as it seems, the plot thickens, more secrets unravel and the end invites you to a nice surprise. Starts off pretty boring, but after a while the suspense increases and you start understanding that it's not as easy as it seems. Good actors, good filming and a nice play with different colors in certain events. Great movie! If you haven't seen it, I recommend you do so.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Transformers (2007)

Transformers (2007)

There is this cube. Nobody knows where it comes from, all they know is that it was the object used to fill the world with life. For a moment everyone lived in peace, but like all powerful items some wanted it for evil, some wanted it for good, and thus the war began. Then the cube was lost, and where did it land? Earth.

Movie starts nicely with a digitally animated object floating around while a deep voice tells us this story. Then the action starts. It's the story of a boy, a girl, and two alien forces struggling over control. I wasn't expecting much when I watched this movie. Basically everyone I know has been telling me that it's just full of crap, but I haven't seen anything transformer-related before this, except for toy figures in the stores. I guess that lets me build a different standalone perspective, not taking into consideration any of the previous episodes or movies that have been made, if there have been any made, I have no idea. It's by far the best digitally animated film I've seen. The storyline is a unique one, the heroes are heroic, the villains are bad, the boundaries are clear, and everything goes as it's expected to. Real film and digitally animated monsters blend in perfectly. The angles of filming are great, the camera changes are great, everything just looks perfect.

Lots of action, lots of variation, great music and characters with clearly defined personalities. The transformations and modern technologies displayed in the movie look pretty amazing, and the details even in the most chaotic atmospheres are fantastic. Even with the robots flying through office buildings you see the people running around inside, moving realistically, running for cover. Explosions are well-made, everything sounds realistic, everything looks realistic. It's a alternative vision of this world. The storyline is fast-paced, filled with both comedy, action, drama and romance. Everything looks flawless. I don't want to hype this up too much or you'll be disappointed if you watch it yourself, so let me just conclude the summary here. If you haven't seen it already, I recommend it. It has everything a great action movie needs, and a lot more.

And I haven't even mentioned the comical elements. The main character is a funny guy. The parents are typical parents. The robots have their own awkward traits. The script is just as good as the filmography is. You get to see a lot of nice cars, too. Personally though, I actually liked the old broken up Camero better than the new one. I like old cars. Anyway, I don't think I need to elaborate on details, just go watch it if you haven't.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Planet Terror (2008)

Planet Terror (2008)

A friggin masterpiece. Great actors (famous, good), great characters (unique, defined), great action (bloody, explosive), great plot (crazy, detailed), great colors (gritty, old), great filming (creative, stable), great music (atmospheric, timely), great twists (expected, unexpected)...everything is just perfect. Need I say more? If you like action, go watch it.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

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