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Fatal Contact (2006)

Fatal Contact (2006)

Note! This entire review is a giant spoiler! Don't read if you want to savor the surprises when you watch it. You have been yarned...

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Taken (2008)

Taken (2008)

As I said I would, I've watched Taken: the first. It was much better than I expected it to be. Usually sequels don't fully measure up to the original films in each series, but in this case the series does seem to keep it's consistency. There's more desperacy in this one, with the father not fully controlling the situation all the time, but it's still clean, professional action. Varied action. A few car chases. Cleverness. Characters with their own unique personalities, a well bred plot, good filmography, still a little shaky cam but nothing intolerable. Overall it was a good watch; good action. Short review cause I'm short on time.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Taken 2 (2012)

Taken 2 (2012)

So, I thought that I had watched Taken, the first movie in this... series (?) earlier. I didn't recall much of it though. Well actually I didn't recall anything of it. That's what I realized when I watched this movie. Before I started watching it, I assumed the first Taken movie was actually the one with Nicholas Cage in which his daughter has been kidnapped and he has to search for her. You know, Stolen. I suppose it's an understandable mixup since the titles are so alike... Stolen - Taken... well, maybe not really, but you have to admit the plots are. The only real difference is that the main character in Taken is a retired CIA agent, whilst the main character in Stolen is a criminal. The content of those two movies are probably as different as they can get though, even though the plot seems so similar, and I really have to watch Taken sooner or later. And I will.

Reason? The sequel was good! It's as close to a sequel as any sequel can get, too. A bunch of relatives to the people the main character killed in the last movie decide to get revenge on him, and this time they kidnap him... and his wife (ehm, ex-wife... but not for long), and they try to kidnap his daughter.

I don't know if there is much similarity in the plot between this movie and the former, though they both sound very similar, but at least this was a good movie. There's plenty of action, and the fights are staged in a way that make them seem professional, though at the same time there's never any real sense of danger to the main character. He takes hits, sure, but the weapons are somehow made to seem less dangerous than they could be. When they're fighting around with batons it looks like they're just regular sticks. They even sound very sticky. I mean, the action sequences never seem really brutal except when there's shooting involved (or grenades!), but at the same I suppose it conveys a certain realism. The main character also always seems to be one step ahead of his kidnappers. Though it's exiting, it always feels like he'll walk out of it OK, and he does.

But, it's a good movie! It contains plenty of action, a decent plot, good actors, and... there's really not much more to it. The obligatory car chase is included too (with a twist, his daughter driving!), and the filmography is consistent and atmospheric. It's good! If they could stop using the horrible shaky cam effects in all these modern action movies it would be even better, but that's a different aspect. Overall, this is yet another gritty action flick for all action fans to pop into a BRay player (if they have one, that is) and as if it was a game: play! Until next time.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Gunfight At The OK Corall (1975)

Gunfight At The OK Corall (1975)

Old movies really aren't that bad, at least not old westerns. It's like they were made to be old. Back when they made this movie they probably didn't need a set the same way they need today, everything looked like it did back then like it did back then. Dusty, dry; wild.

This movie is a little special since it's a bit of a documentary on one of the many legendary shootouts of the wild west, with Doc Holiday & Wyatt Earp and a bunch of other less known people. The movie moves at a rather slow pace, and the action is all but intense, but it's got that gritty slow brutal style that all good Westerns have. It's a change of pace, a drama, a series of events that lead to a grand finale. And then, bang, the bad guys die. You know how it goes, right? I should watch more of these! :)

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Project X (2012)

Project X (2012)

How can a movie like this score so big. Really.

It's about a party, a crazy party indeed, but it's all about a party. In the end, nothing really happens. They don't even move around (except dance and jump from the roof and stuff). Everything (almost) takes place at this one kid's house. Things get crazier and crazier until people get injured and some stranger walks around with a flamethrower (that part was pretty cool) burning up the neighborhood, and police helicopters circle in the air and the whole crowd is like an angry mob ready to start a revolution.

Hey, it's a not a spoiler, just watch the trailer. And the moral of the story is: arrange a big party that pretty much burns the house down and fucks everything up and kills people - and girls will respect you. WTF. And what's even worse, I was entertained. I'd rather entertain myself with movies like Inception though, movies with talent and plot, not useless shit like this. Though I hate to admit it was fun to watch though, so it gets a...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift (2012)

Ice Age 4 (2012)

Continental Drift. As always they manage to patch on a pretty exiting subtitle (yes I know that doesn't mean what it's supposed to mean in this context but wth). And this time it's not just false promotion either (as the title in the last movie); the continents really do move apart! Manny, Diego & Sid end up disconnected from Ellie & Peachy, and of course they have to join up again, so it's time for another grand adventure!

I guess they (as in the people behind these movies) realized that people were a bit tired of the family aspect in the last movie, so, they threw the original three main characters off on their own adventure, just like the original! Of course it's not as good as the original, though, or the second movie for that matter... or 'A Mammoth Christmas', but it's still a good movie. Moving on to plot the plot...

They (the original trio) spend a lot of time adrift on the sea. They meet a bunch of pirates. Diego finds a possible soul mate (voiced by Angelina Jolie! Woo!) and then they all get back... oh wait, no spoilers. Though I can use this tag for stuff like that.

Of course the squirrel is there too, no story without him. And his escapades just get crazier and crazier. :) I don't think I've mentioned him in the first movie btw, but all the movies start with him trying to jump a not into the ground and making something crack. First it was snow, then it was ice, then it was ground, now it's entire continents!

Though I still don't think any of these sequels match up to the first movie (you're probably getting tired of me saying that) it was a fun watch, and I look forward to seeing what they'll manage with the plot next time around. They've gone through pretty much all the major aspects of evolution already, so what's left? Space travel? Eminent Doom? Still, the movie can't end with 4 though... right? There will be a 5... right? Until then!

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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