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Shaolin (2011)

Shaolin (2011)

Shaolin takes place in China, in a time when the land is at war and lords are trying to expand their power by fighting against neighboring lands. Though Shaolin is the theme, the main character is Hao Jie, a young arrogant general with great power. He kills a rival on temple ground and sneers at the masters, but after his family is suddenly killed he takes refuge with them anyway and learns how wrong he was. He tries to better himself, but can't escape fate, who arrives one day in a form similar to his old one on the temple grounds to kill him.

It's a sad story, even with Jackie Chan in it, and it ends with the whole temple getting burned to the ground and monks lying strewn around the grounds slaughtered like chess pieces wiped off a board. Our main character rests in the hands of Buddha, and his rival finally realizes what a fool he was, but it's too late. Jackie Chan and a group of children take refuge in the mountains though; where there's life there's hope. Shaolin lives on!

Is it just me or have all HK movies lately being historical? What about a Shaolin movie in modern day? Have martial arts dying out in the 'real' word? I hope not! Anyway, this is a great movie. If you've seen Little Big Soldier or Flowers Of War or IP Man or any of similar movies you know what to expect.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Dragon Fist (1979)

Dragon Fist (1979)

I thought I had watched pretty much all Jackie Chan movies, and especially his old ones (except for a few that are virtually impossible to find, such as the ones where he's a child actor) but low and behold the gold, I found Dragon Fist, from 1979. It's one of Lo Wei's movies, the director that knew Jackie's potential and starred him in a bunch of movies but never managed to make him a hit.

The movie features the classic Hong-Kong movie master fights master, master dies, student avenges master plot. If you like old school Kung-Fu movies (I do) it's a real find. There's lot of fights, lots of old buildings, lots of techniques demonstrated through the hacky one-move-at-a-time choreography that everyone used at this time.

Any recommendations on other good less known movies?

 rated 3/5: not bad

Colombiana (2011)

Columbiana (2011)

Columbiana is an action movie in style with Leon The Professional. Seeing as it was made by the same movie director, Luc Besson, I'd say it is an attempt at revitalizing the classic. Luc has done a lot to make this into a good movie. He's chosen a great main character, he's captured the atmosphere in the various location, he's matched colors and textures and created a variable beautiful and glum environment, and the special effects are absolutely perfect. The gunfire smoke, the bullet holes, the blood, everything keeps a good balance between realism and chaos, not too much nor too little destruction and mayhem. (more…)

Sniper 3 (2004)

Sniper 3 (2004)

Apparently people did appreciate the second Sniper movie, because they only waited two years before making the sequel this time. Or was it just because they already had this one planned? For the third and final part of the series our main character is a burned out man. Since movie 1 he has only four fingers on one hand, and since movie 2 his vision is starting to blur at times when it matters the most. In this movie he's trying to look like a tired old man, nearing retirement, on his final mission. (more…)

Transformers 3 - Dark Side Of The Moon (2011)

Transformers 3 (2011)

If you've seen the first two Transformers movies, you've seen this one as well.

It's swell, I say with a yell, but it's nothing new. After a while the intensity turns dull, because it's intense all the time, the suspense never has time to build up, the effect are always amazing. There's so much detail you stop paying attention to it. So much speed you get used to it, like driving at 200 km/h and then slowing down to 120.

The movie in itself isn't bad, but if you eat enough of something you'll lose taste. The plot is full of cliches, the actors all picked by appearance or racial background, the scenes all viewed from the optimal angles. So what am I really trying to say? I don't know, this sequel just didn't captivate me at all. The first Transformers was great, the second was just as good; they should have left it at that.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Sniper 2 (2002)

Sniper 2 (2002)

A full decade has passed since the filming of the first movie, and I guess that goes to show the first movie didn't gain the kind of recognition it should have gained, but that someone watched through it and thought "Hey, this is pretty good!" and decided to give it another shot and make a sequel. Though they added all the Hollywood elements missing in the prequel they didn't manage to make it better. (more…)

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