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9
Jun

Movie Review: The Matrix

Morpheus: What are you waiting for? You’re faster than this. Don’t think you are, know you are. Come on. Stop trying to hit me and hit me.

Director:

Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

Producer:

Joel Silver

Writer:

Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski

Cast:

Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson / Neo

Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus

Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith

Joe Pantoliano as Cypher

Julian Arahanga as Apoc

Anthony Ray Parker as Dozer

Marcus Chong as Tank

Gloria Foster as the Oracle

Belinda McClory as Switch

Music:

Don Davis

Story:

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Review:

First of all I’d like to say that I absolutely hate Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburn. Keanu isn’t a strong actor and Laurence’s role in CSI ruined my image of him. But when they are given good roles in good movies, without stupid lines they actually do a good job.

The Wachowski brothers have done a beautiful job in this movie. We are in a time where sci-fi movies lack a good script and rely heavily on SFX. It was a refresher to see such a movie. This movie has humor, action, science fiction and little bit of romance. The action sequences in the movie are a little like a tamil movie, but since it’s happening in The Matrix, its’s forgivable.

The visuals are stunning and the action sequences are choreographed to catch your attention. The movie gets interesting only after the first 30 mins, when Neo gets the message from Morpheus asking him to follow the white rabbit. The ship has a rather complicated name –  “Nebuchadnezzar” – not bad as names go but a rather  funny name. The acting of Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith was very good.

The Matrix, is essentially a good vs evil, dystopian future movie. All  in all it’s an awesome movie.

Final Verdict:

8/10.

22
Apr

Titanic 3D (1997)

Rose: [letting go of Jack's hand] I’ll never let go, Jack. I promise.

Director:

James Cameron

Producer:

James Cameron, & Jon Landau

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater/Dawson

Billy Zane as Caledon Nathan “Cal” Hockley

Frances Fisher as Ruth DeWitt Bukater

Gloria Stuart as Rose Dawson Calvert

Bill Paxton as Brock Lovett

Suzy Amis as Lizzy Calvert

Danny Nucci as Fabrizio De Rossi

David Warner as Spicer Lovejoy

Jason Barry as Thomas “Tommy” Ryan

Kathy Bates as Margaret “Molly” Brown

Victor Garber as Thomas Andrews

Bernard Hill as Captain Edward John Smith

Jonathan Hyde as Joseph Bruce Ismay

Eric Braeden as Colonel John Jacob Astor IV

Bernard Fox as Colonel Archibald Gracie IV

Michael Ensign as Benjamin Guggenheim

Jonathan Evans-Jones as Wallace Hartley

Ewan Stewart as First Officer William Murdoch

Music:

James Horner

Story:

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Review:

The movie is wonderful. One of the best romantic movies I’ve ever seen. The movie doesn’t go overboard with useless comedy. James Cameron is a genius. While watching it, the movie being melodramatic would be the last thing on your mind.

It’s a timeless classic which does not loose its grandeur, how many times you see it. The visual and background score was  grand. ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion is beautiful song. Of all the movies that have been re-released in 3D, Titanic seems to be the most logical and best choice, for its sheer brilliance. Watching the movie in 3D wasn’t a waste of money at all.

I had never seen Titanic before this time. And the 3D kept me captivated in the wonderful story. Gloria Stuart acted very well as the old Rose and Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose and Jack Dawson (respectively) acted awesomely.

Final Verdict:

Titanic in another epic movie like E.T. .. 9/10

Quote:

Jack: You jump, I jump.

15
Apr

Alien Resurrection (1997) Review

Ripley: [voiceover] My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Producer:

Gordon Carroll, David GilerWalter Hill & Bill Badalato

Cast:

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley

Dan Hedaya as General Perez

J. E. Freeman as Dr. Wren

Brad Dourif as Dr. Gediman

Raymond Cruz as DiStefano

Michael Wincott as Frank Elgyn

Kim Flowers as Sabra Hillard

Gary Dourdan as Christie

Ron Perlman as Johner

Dominique Pinon as Vriess

Leland Orser as Purvis

Tom Woodruff, Jr. as the lead Alien.

Music:

John Frizzell

Story:

200 years after the conclusion of Alien 3, the company is able to resurrect Ripley through the process of cloning and the scientists successfully take the Queen Alien out of her. But, Ripley’s DNA gets mixed up with the Queen’s and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, but they later escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to earth. The Queen then gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It’s up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches earth.

Review:

The movie is a bit too cartoonish for my taste. But nevertheless its enjoyable. There are many factual errors in the movie: In the end when Ripley throws her blood at the glass in the space ship, the hole is too small to cause a suction effect.

The story is written by Joss Whedon, but not all of it is used. The acting was good too.

Final Verdict:

An enjoyable movie. 6.5/10..

My review for the other Alien movies: Alien, Aliens & Alien 3

14
Apr

Alien 3 (1992 Assembly Cut) Review

 

Director:

David Fincher

Producer:

Gordon Carroll, David Giler & Walter Hill

Cast:

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley

Charles S. Dutton as Dillon

Charles Dance as Jonathan Clemens

Brian Glover as Harold Andrews

Ralph Brown as Aaron

Paul McGann as Golic

Danny Webb as Morse

Pete Postlethwaite as David

Lance Henriksen as Bishop II

Tom Woodruff, Jr. as the Alien.

Peter Guinness as Gregor

Music:

Elliot Goldenthal

Story:

Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet.

Review:

The movie is good, but not one of David Fincher’s best work. The Alien looked more….um….beautiful in this. There were certain discrepancies in the story: How did the alien egg get there? Did the Queen from Aliens plant them on the ship or was it Bishop? How does Ripley know that its a queen inside of her? How does she get impregnated in the first place?What happens to Golic? All these questions are unanswered for me.. It either ruins the movie or adds to the enigmatic feel of the movie. I can’t decide.

The movie otherwise is pretty good. As I said before, the Alien looks better, though its missing the pipe kind of things in its back. The acting was as usual good. The special effects in the movie was much better.

I saw the so-called ‘Assembly Cut’ which differs from the ‘Theatrical Cut’. The Alien develops and bursts out from an Ox in the Assembly Cut, while in the theatrical cut it burst out of a dog. The assembly cut was longer than the Theatrical Cut for it had a deleted scene where the Alien is trapped. And later it was released by Golic. In the Theatrical Cut  the prisoners aren’t able to capture the alien. These are few of the changes that are made in the Assembly Cut.

Final Verdict:

The movie is quite enjoyable. 7.5/10

12
Apr

Midnight Feature #1 — Fight Club

Tyler Durden: “Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.”

Director:

David Fincher

Producer:

Cean Chaffin, Ross Grayson Bell & Art Linson

Cast:

Edward Norton as The Narrator/ Jack’s Body parts.

Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden

Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer

Meat Loaf as Bob/ Robert Paulson

Music:

The Dust Brothers

Bases on the novel of same name by Chuck Palahnuik.

The Story:

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that transforms into a violent revolution.

The Review:

The movie is amazing from start to finish. The acting of the three leads was also marvelous. David Fincher has done a great job of captivating the audiences with visual effects and background score.

It was awesome seeing it at 12:00 AM on 6th April with my cousin Karthik in Hyderabad, just an hour or so after I arrives in Hyderabad. This was one of three “Midnight Features” (Four, if you take Grindhouse to be two movies).

The movie was fun and so were the characters. The movie had a very unexpected twist at the end for those who haven’t read the book. The movie had some goof ups, like the boom mike visible and the face of the stunt man being seen.. But that was only because I read about it on IMDb.

Final Verdict:

8.5/10

12
Apr

Midnight Feature #3 – From Dusk Till Dawn

Seth: Let me explain the house rules. Follow the rules, we’ll get along like a house on fire. Rule number one: No noise, no questions. You make a noise… [holds up gun] Mr. .44 makes a noise. You ask a question, Mr. 44 answers it.

Director:

Robert Rodriguez

Producer:

Gianni Nunnari, Meir Teper

Cast:

George Clooney as Seth Gecko

Quentin Tarantino as Richie Gecko

Harvey Keitel as Jacob Fuller

Juliette Lewis as Kate Fuller

Ernest Liu as Scott Fuller

Salma Hayek as Satánico Pandemonium

Cheech Marin as Border Guard / Chet Pussy / Carlos

Danny Trejo as Razor Charlie

Tom Savini as Sex Machine

Fred Williamson as Frost

Michael Parks as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw

Story:

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Review:

This is the last ‘Midnight Feature’. Technically, its Post- Midnight Feature as I saw this at 2:00 AM.. The movie is written by Quentin and directed by Robert Rodriguez, both of whom worked on Grindhouse which I saw before this one. The movie was brilliant.

It had just the right amount of Slapstick Comedy and horror. It was also a cheap horror movie. It’s nice to see that English Cheap Horror movies are better than the hindi ones.

Final Verdict:

7/10

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