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Shadowless Sword (2005)

Shadowless Sword (2005)

So there's yet another tragic Asian movie I have to review. This time it's tragic in a good way, though. I mean, not all the good people die. It's like 300, but with Asians, with not only men, with no half-naked people, with much better stunts, with much more scenery and a much better story. Well not exactly, but it just suddenly reminded me of that movie.

There's a lot of sword fights, and a lot of wires, and a lot of special effects, but it still looks good. The plot takes place around the year 900 and tells the tale of a prince in exile who is suddenly the last prince alive, and has to make it back to Bahlan (is that spelled right?) to become King. He doesn't want to, though, but the girl who comes to fetch him is very dedicated to her task. At the start he seems like just another asshole with no backbone, but time changes him, and the journey changes him, or maybe it's the company that changes him... or maybe he had never really changed after all.

Good movie. Sad ending. :(

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Battleship (2012)

Battleship (2012)

I had expected more. The battleships from outer space were all high-tech and amazingly detailed as the Transformers in ditto movie, but somehow the plot seems unsustainable. The fact that the invaders are a superior race, their only flaw being intolerance to direct sunlight, should allow them to wipe out the 'enemy' ships much quicker than they do in the movie. But then again, they're compared to colonizators of early, such as Columbus, and as they're faced with comparatively primitive foes maybe it's easy for them to underestimate their resistance. Their security systems, surveillance and radar and stuff like that, does not seem to be on par with Earthly equivalents though. Overall the space critters seem to have a few defects, the main characters are all blatant stereotypes and it's pretty much a mixture of Transformers and some of many naval movies in which there are bad guys, good guys, romance, sibling rivalry, one reckless, one mindful, one captain that nobody likes and an underlying mission to save the world.

It's predictable, obviously, but it has it's moments. On the bright side the acting and the effects are all superb. And Rihanna does a decent debut. Even if she isn't the greatest actor, and especially doesn't really fit the tough role she gets in this movie, I look forward to seeing more of her in the future! No doubt involving her in this was big hype for the media, and maybe even a big boost for this film. I'll give it a...

 rated 3/5: not bad

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Lockout (2012)

Lockout (2012)

This movie takes place in 2079. It features a bunch of not-so-well-known actors that all do a great job. It's directed by Luc Besson (one of my favorites). It's about a prison floating in orbit around Earth, the president's daughter, a prison break, two crazy brothers and a lone hero: a young relic from a past that reminds us of the world of today. The digital effects suck, but apart from the highway chase which kind of ruined the atmosphere a bit, the movie is great. It has all the elements of genre a good movie needs, including dark 70& action. There are troublesome moments. There is an underlying plot that constantly grapples you. There are sacrifices and good guys gone bad and happy moments you thought would come in a flash.

It's an unpredictable action movie, in a good way. It doesn't always surprise; some things are predictable, but it keeps the suspense high all the way through and gives you a twist when it feels like you could use one. Overall it's much better than Luc Besson's last movie, that remake on Leon The Professional with a female lead (though of course he never said anything about it being a remake). This is good and... maybe not entirely new. A lot of the elements in the movie remind of past movies, a little Demolition Men (the stasis, frozen prisoner), a little Final Fantasy 7 (the motorcycles look alike, the chase seems inspired by it), a little from... well I don't recall the name but I've seen a few with the exactly same hostage drama taking place on different locations. But I suppose almost all movies fetch some inspiration from other movies, it's nothing new.

One notable thing in this one is the beginning scene, an interrogation with frequent flashbacks, and even more notably a heavy set of punchlines. Every time the main character says something you laugh or smile or smirk and honestly I've never heard so many well-devised phrases at the start of the movie before. If you don't want to see the rest of the movie, at least see the beginning. It's special.

The presidents daughter btw is an actress I've previously only seen playing less benevolent roles. I saw her first in Lost (the series) where she was a real bitch, deceiving, conceited, all bad female traits personified. Since then I've seen her occasionally in similar roles, so somehow I had her coupled with bad personalities. She fits them well by appearance somehow. Something about her small... dark... eyes and that twisted sadistic smile *shudder*, but apparently she fits well as a kinder personality too. I suppose she's just a good actor. It was interesting to view the change. Overall, this is a great movie. Maybe not the best action movie this year, but it's somewhere at the topping. I'll give it a...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Cradle 2 The Grave (2003)

Cradle 2 The Grave (2003)

This movie gathers a lot of great people in one place. Not great actors per say, but people that I like. Martial artists, rappers, comedians. It's an action movie with all the explosions, chases, thievery, awkward or comical situations, drama, romance, hate, vengeance, fighting that you would expect. There's also something valuable that everybody wants to lay their hands on, and I've watched the scene where Jet Li 'falls' from balcony to balcony a few times trying to figure out how much of it is real and how much of it isn't. It looked so real I had to look it up; turns out I'm still no wiser. Google doesn't say.

Regardless if the stunts are real or not, this was a great movie. People say DMX can't act, and they are probably right. He's good at being mad but not much else, but I don't see it ruining the rest of the movie. In a way it defines his character, and at least he always looks very intent on whatever he does. I'm not saying so just cause I'm a DMX fan, cause actually.. I'm not. :) Otherwise, there's great coordination in the stunts (and a lot of stunts), a lot of fighting, so many other explosive elements combined it's arguable too much... but then again I like a movie where the action never stops. This is one of those.

This is the second time I watched the movie; first time I review, so the score is aftermathically a...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Cold Light Of Day (2012)

Cold Light Of Day (2012)

This movie had pain. When the main character returns to the bay to find the boat missing, you can see his despair. The other people at the beach all go about their own business. The cops aren't much help. The American embassy only offers him legal council. When he meets his sister (he didn't even know he had one!) he is a pretty apathetic act, but that's not strange considering he's just been shot and her uncle was just found dead.

It's a gritty action movie, with a lot of chases, a little people getting beat up, and only some real action. The scene where the car flips over and they rotate the camera from the characters perspective to the perspective of someone standing outside the car (and that's not the only time they twist angles like that) almost makes me dizzy, it's like you're in for the ride. It's also one of those thrillers that seems professional from the start. All the actors are good actors, everything seems natural, humans are humans. Animals are... what am I even saying?

The plot? It has many flavors. There's the agency, there's family, there's corrupt agents, there's kidnappers, there's a plot that weaves from one thing to other and uncovers realities that are sometimes harsher than you like. But in the end, it leaves me feeling satisfied. Cause justice prevails? Cause.. Bruce Willis was in the movie? I'm not sure, but it was a good movie.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

FB - Fighting Beat (2007)

FB - Fighting Beat (2007)

I watched this movie for Tim-Man, and I got Tim-Man, and not just one fight (I thought it was over after his first fight) but a couple, and the last one was pretty intense! He's just a side-character though, and though it seems to me like he's way more agile and experienced than even the main character is, there's plenty of good fighting! There's also a lot of arguing, a lot of talking and a lot of telling a tale about relations and friendship and a bar that some evil dudes want to take over and transform. That's what the final fight is all about. Oh, it's also about the main character avenging the death of his father. Kind of stereotypical plot, and no amazing actors either, and none of them are good at English either (though they do speak it, attempting to internationalize the movie... I guess). If you want to watch a few good fights, then give this one a shot, but the rest of the movie is nothing special. Not even the fights are overly dramatic, and I can't help but feel as if the soundtrack is more suited for a scary movie than for this (it's a-la Scream sound). Anyway, I'd give it a 3, but... nah. Time to switch to a 1-10 rating system maybe so I don't have to give such low scores when it's not that bad? Maybe later...

 rated 2/5: decent

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