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Looper (2012)

Looper (2012)

I hadn't planned on watching this movie. A brochure came with the mail today, some movie commercials, and Looper was among them. I saw Bruce Willis on the cover and expected yet another great action movie with the one and only, but this movie just blew my mind. I've watched it late so I'm probably a bit more susceptible to emotion than I normally am, but it just overwhelmed me. Most action movies don't. And Bruce Willis wasn't even the main character! Well, you could say he was half the main character, but more on that later on...

In the movie we're brought to the future, a future where the criminal organizations send people they want killed back in time, to a group of people called the Loopers, who kill them and dispose of them in a time where they technically don't even exist. Sometimes the future versions of themselves are sent back to be killed, it's a part of the contract in becoming a looper. You'd wonder why anyone would choose such a line of work? Well, the bounties are high, it's a profitable job, and the risks are a part of it.

In the movie we grow to know Joe, a looper like many others, who is one day faced with his future self. He tries to kill himself from the future, but the future him gets away. It turns out that a new boss called the Rainman is taking over in the future, killing off all loopers, and the Joe from the future is here to kill him before he grows up. A little Terminator influence? That's all the Terminator influence you get (apart from the ending, maybe, which kind of reminds of how the original Terminator kills himself for the benefit of humanity), the rest of the plot is unique, clever and filled with footage that should suit all critics. There are moments of calm and there are moments of carnage.

The main character falls in love too. He's faced off against the criminal organization, against moral conflicts and against himself, both in the now and in a time to come. It's not confusing. It's easy to get the hang of, just watch it, you'll be depressed. Just like you were when (if) you watched Terminator. Or Invisible Target. Or The Green Mile. It's a great movie.

On an unrelated note, the showing of affection by filming how either mother or lover strokes a foot (seen from the owner-of-the-foot-angle) is an interesting perspective. A director with a fetish, maybe? The filmography in this movie is creative to say the least. The blood and the special effects look natural as well, even when they obviously aren't. We get to see a future world in addition to the regular one, not the future-future, but rather the future before the future.

Well that's enough chit chat. Here's the score.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

This movie was a major mindfuck. Especially the end of it... which I won't spoil to you. It starts with two marshals arriving at an asylum, located on an island. There's an escaped prisoner. There's a storm on route. There are 66 prisoners, err... patients, but according to the escaped prisoner there should be 67. Where's the last one hiding? What goes on in the lighthouse? What are those strange flashbacks the main character keeps having? It's all made clear in the end though, almost. Definitely worth a watch if you're not easily depressed, cause this movie is definitely one of those movies that will leave you feeling...

Still, it's a work of art. Great actors (Di Caprio especially). Great filming. Great plot.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Brave (2012)

Brave (2012)

Pixar does it again! Another masterpiece! This time it's about a wild red-haired princess in the uncivilized lands of Scottland (I guess) who potentially lived a long time ago. Her mother wants her to marry and carry on the legacy. She doesn't. She wants to keep her freedom. She wants to keep climbing mountains, drinking from the falls of fire, riding through the wild with her fiery hair blazing in the wind.

It's a beautiful movie, with amazing views, remnants of ancient cultures, castles, parties, a witch, etc etc. Did I mention the mother turns into a bear? Yupp, it all goes to hell, and it happens with both comedy and drama. It's a heart-warming story from start to finish, with a bit of action intermixed with the fun and hysteria. The characters you'll grow to love. The scenery you'll want to see again. The plot is clever, but not complex. Just another Pixar movie huh, it gets a clear...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil (2003)

This one was not so good, maybe old? Maybe they just didn't pour enough of a budget... but on the bright side the cast of characters is a great one. Daredevil, the blind superhero. Electra, the rich villians' daughter. Bullseye, a dude with a corsair tattooed onto his forehead and a tendency to hit everything he aims at, and finally... the Kingpin.

The start of the story does remind me a bit of Batman, the father getting killed and all, but that's where the similarities stop. Plot-wise, actor-wise and script-wise it's a great movie. A really great GREAT movie. What it lacks, though, are realistic digital effects. At times the mixture between real filming and animated objects is so fine it's hard to tell where the divide goes, but not always, sometimes it's just ugly. If they had spent more time perfecting the balance, this movie would have been just as amazing as all the other Marvel legacies. As it is, it's just great. It would get a 5, but as it is I suppose It'll have to make do with a...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Fun fact btw, the filesize for that image above turned out exactly 6,66kb. What a coincidence huh. O_o

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers (2012)

How is it that Marvel manages to make great movies out of everything they invent? Seems like all they touch turns to gold. This is no exception. The mixture of digital effects and real filming maybe works even better when the characters are taken out of a comic than if real people are supposed to be portrayed. It doesn't all need to seem realistic, it just needs to seem awesome. Though I must admit it does seem pretty realistic, not in terms of plot but in terms of atmosphere, movements; how the gravity affects the different characters.

It feels like iron Man has the biggest screen-time in this one, the biggest role, maybe because his movies were the newest? Most popular? Or was he the main character even in the comics? I'm not ashamed to say I've barely read any of the Marvel comics. I live in Sweden and we don't get those here; in fact, there's more Manga (Asian comics) than there are comics from America or any other countries of the world. Not counting Donald Dunk and Co. But yeah, this was a good movie. If you're a fan of marvel, sci-fi, fighting or just want to be entertained by another good guys/bad guys movies with a sinister apocalyptic plot, you better watch it!

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

CZ12 - Chinese Zodiac (2012)

CZ12 (2012)

This is probably the first movie of his that I was anticipating before it came out. I was introduced to Jackie Chan way too late, so all the movies I watched with him were made long before I actually saw them. Well, except for Rush Hour 3 which I watched at the movies. How did I become such a Jackie Chan fan anyway? Back when I watched RH 3 it was just because it seemed like a good movie, not because Jackie Chan was in it. Anyway, I didn't have very high expectations for this movie because I've read a lot of bad reviews about it, warning me that there's barely any martial arts in it, that it's long and boring and that Jackie just tried too hard, and sadly, it was partially true.

When the movie started I was thinking that all these rumors were false, because at the beginning it actually seemed like a great movie. It all starts with a chase in which Jackie Chan wields some kind of suit with wheels all over it, on hands, feet, chest, etc. He's rolling downhill, weaving through traffic, rolling under cars, fighting motorcyclists and at one moment actually roller-blading on a thin ledge with no safety nets beneath him. Just as in the previous two Operation Condor movies, it really begins with a bang. It's a good start, and the continuation isn't so bad either. The story behind the artifacts (12 of them, as the movie states) isn't so bad, and there's a bunch of good actors apart from Jackie Chan, but the ending is just... it's a disappointment.

As the movie progresses, there are occasional stunts, and then there's the grand finale, right? But it doesn't feel complete at all. It feels rushed. It feels like it could have been so much better than it was. Jackie Chan rolling down a volcano in a pretty cool suit and ending up victorious in a hospital bed, that's just not how he rolls. He doesn't end the movie injured. Injured but happy, but still, injured. It's not his style. There's no final fight. And after the credits roll there are supposed to be a bunch of outtakes, right? Nah, there's just him falling through a frame and lying on the floor writhing in agony, and that's not fun at all. He just looks like an old man. In real pain It's depressing. Is he showing that final sequence to let his fans know, subtly, that he can't keep doing such crazy stunts? I wish he'd just let it be and only include the good stuff, and end it with yet another crazy-stunt and survive-all as we all expected him too. This is kind of like Rocky Balboa, in which Rocky puts up a final fight but gets beaten in the end, but he's still in the spotlight because he gave it all he got. It was a mighty finale, but at the same time just downright depressing. This feels the same way.

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