Transcendence Movie Review

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One Sentence: Johnny Depp’s bad year continues.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

The Second Renaissance  is two animated movies that were created to help explain the back story of the A.I in The Matrix.  How they were coexisting, came to power and how they took over.  There are no characters, it is like an animated history lesson but it is needed to tell that type of a story.  Transcendence is attempting that same sort of thing with character development and the human side of the story in 119 minutes.

They just could not do it.  There were so many huge jumps in the story line, things I wanted to know, that it felt so hollow.  It started off pretty good, the first 40 minutes I would say.  I was thinking this is a great Sci-fi movie.  I personally love the A.I. story lines.  Then the A.I. started, and the movie just got too much story for the time they had.  Military, giant solar arrays, a tiny town with weird people in it, nanobots, and so many more things that just happened, without explaining how, or why.  It seems like they took a lot out for time.

I wish there was more to this movie.  I think it had potential, and I loved the idea of the story.  It just didn’t cut it and when I left the movie I felt like this was a huge missed opportunity, and it just ended up being a movie that I will forget about very quickly.  I would skip it completely.

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The Raid 2 Movie Review

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One Sentence: Too long and it lost the magic of the first one.

Rated: R

Nudity: Boobs

After Credits: None

If you haven’t seen  The Raid: Redemption that was released in 2011.  An import from Indonesia, then you should see about watching that movie as soon as you can.  It did fairly well in America and so I guess everyone wanted to get back on that money trails and The Raid 2 is being released wide this weekend.  The Raid was a fast paced, hard-hitting action movie with Indonesian style martial arts, and a pull no punches attitude with its fight scenes, and action.  It was a very fun movie to watch.  So I was excited to see The Raid 2.

Clocking in at 49 minutes longer than the original.  This Raid 2 tries a little too hard with the story and loses what was so great about the original movie.  Well shot seamless action with a small story that didn’t get in the way of what you wanted to see.  This one you can tell from the poster that it has a lot going on.  Father, Brother, Cop, Criminal.  We are pulled all these different directions with story about crooked cops, his son that he doesn’t see, going under cover, and all these bad guys that were very hard to keep straight.  Then it seemed like there was less action.  There still were great fight scenes, but they seemed few and far between compared to the confusing story that was trying to unfold before us.  In the end it was graphic, bloody and confusing, and I felt like I could have had it end 30 minutes earlier.

So once again I think we have a sequel that lost sight of what was so great about it predecessor and tried to do something else.  I can not really get behind seeing this in the theater.  I think it’s a little too much to ask to pay for a 2.5 hour movie with subtitles that is just not amazing, and The Raid 2 is just not amazing enough.

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Captain American The Winter Soldier

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One Sentence: One of the best Marvel movies that has been made.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: In the middle of credits.

I did not like the first Captain America very much.  It was a lot of back story, and I don’t really connect with Captain America that much.  I didn’t know a lot about the comic book, and I felt like he was too much of a goody goody to like.  The first movie didn’t shake that feeling too much, but I warmed up to him a bit in The Avengers movie.

Captain America The Winter Soldier had a hard time with it’s marketing, because while it is an action movie, it has a lot of plot going on. A lot of smart, well written plot.  Character building that was interesting.  Black Widow was dealt with a lot more in this movie and I really liked that.  Everyone had a little bit more time to develop and that really helped.  Fury, Captain America and Falcon.

So along with this character development that was worked well into the full bigger plot, the full bigger plot was awesome!  I loved the story, the way it was written, the threat.  It all just worked so well together, I was glued to the screen, dying to know what was about to happen.  It was a little bit less funny than some other Marvel movies, but to make up for it, it was a lot more violent.  It really turned the fighting up to 11.  Good shots, good moves and loud punches that you felt in your chest.  Sound editing was amazing.

This was really a great Marvel movie.  So it goes without saying I think that you should go see it this weekend.  It is totally worth it.

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Divergent Movie Review

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One Sentence: If you are gonna watch a teen girls book movie with kissing, this one isn’t that bad.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

If this was a single movie with a much shorter story arc I would probably say that you do not need to see this movie. The acting is ok, the action is ok, and love interest is ok.  The whole thing is ok.  Except for Shailene Woodley’s acting which I thought was sub standard for most of the movie.  If this was the end, of this movie run, I would say forget it, you could get by never seeing this movie.

However there is a much larger dystopian society story arc that is going on during this movie.  This story line, the story about the Divergent, is what is going to make me say you might want to sit through this ok movie, because there is more story coming and it might be pretty interesting.  If you look at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the acting was pretty awful.  I am not saying this is as good of a story as HP, but I think it has enough there that I would be willing to sit through the other things that might not be so great in Divergent.

I really liked the story, and I liked it enough that it made me looked past all the other ok parts.  It made me think that I wanted to know the rest of the story, and it made me look up and see that there are three books out in this series and that I do want to see the next movie.  So if you are into trilogies, then you might want to check out Divergent.

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Muppets Most Wanted

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One Sentence: Funnier than the first.

Rated: PG

Nudity: None

After Credits: Yes, but short.

The Muppets are back and after their relaunch they are less about a lesson and more about crazy Muppet humor. Which is what I wanted anyway.  The gang is still here and they are going on a world tour.  It is everything you would want in a Muppet movie, songs, dancing, chickens, pigs, drum solos, Siberia and explosions.

Brent McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame is back from his Oscar win from the last Muppets movie to write more songs for Muppets most wanted. The opening song is a great launch to the movie and really sets the stage for a full  set of amazing funny songs.  The whole movie is very funny and I think funnier than the last Muppets movie.

Then there are the Celebrities filling full parts and wonderful Cameos which there are a lot of.  Tina Fey was amazing, and Ricky Gervais was fun.  Ty Burell was hilarious, and there are just so many great cameos you can go just to see who showed up on set.  I really had a fun time with this movie and it seemed to capture the magic of the Muppets that I felt like was missing in the last movie.  This is a great movie for everyone to see, and I would go this weekend to check it out for sure.

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300 Rise Of An Empire

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One Sentence: 300 on the water.

Rated: R

Nudity: Eva Green topless plus others.

After Credits: None

I can get behind this. I am all for another movie styled like 300.  I do not need an amazing story, just cool costumes, cool cg, blood, boobs and war.  It satisfied all of those things. It is a good thing it did, because without all of it, this movie would have sucked. 300 Rise Of An Empire is the exact same movie as 300, with a different hero, a different villain and it was on the Ocean instead of on land.  There were still monsters, and amazing sword battles, and cool ships and back drops.  It feels really close to the original.  It has Eva Green as an awesome dressed bad girl, leading the Persian Navy and looking smoking hot while doing it.  It has all the things that it should have to make those who pay to see it satisfied.

It doesn’t have the depth of the original 300 in story or character however.  I know that is saying quite a lot since the original 300 didn’t have a ton of depth.  300 Rise Of An Empire felt like a gratuitous cash grab with tits and blood splattered all over it.  I loved it, but it did feel a lot more hollow and a lot weaker of a story.  I hardly cared, but the sheen will wear off a lot quicker on the second 300.  I think the rewatch value is a lot lower on this one, but who cares.  I am never going to watch this movie again but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love seeing it the first time.  It is a wonderfully entertaining Hollywood movie and totally worth spending a few bucks on and then forgetting you ever saw it.

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Pompeii Movie Review

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One Sentence: Angry volcano is angry it has to be in this movie.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

I am going to open with this movie was slightly better than I expected it to be.  The Volcano really won me over.  The CG on it was outstanding.  Truly some amazing visual work on angry Mount Vesuvius.  It was as beautiful as this poster implies it would be.  So I just wanted to say up front this movie could have been a lot worse and at least it wasn’t.

So now the parts that were not so good.  It felt like at one time this movie was rated R.  They wanted it to be bloody, and have violent gushing blood shooting out of stabbed necks.  Then someone said, this movie isn’t good enough to make back our money if we make it rated R.  Make it PG-13 and then edited it down to make that happen.  The edits are hard and odd.  There are weird zooms and slow motion that was added to make it less violent.  It really sticks out, through a lot of this summer blockbuster that was banished to February.

The acting and story do not really help it either.  It adds a slave love story and an evil Senator, who killed a whole tribe.  It has justice, love, gladiators and a volcano that is blowing up.  It has a lot going on, and not a lot of time to do it.  So it feels rushed, and that things are happening a little too quickly.  If you can get past all of that, it is an entertaining mindless movie with pretty explosions.  However they were not enough to me feel like this movie is justified to be banished to late February.  I would rent it if you really want to see John Snow in a movie.

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