Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Home (Re) Viewing: Surrogates and other half-interesting titles

Bright Star: Abbie Cornish deserved every bit of praise she got for her performance as John Keats' muse. Too bad the rest of this underwhelming film didn't support her. Keats, as portrayed in this movie, is a real fop. I couldn't invest much in the film when I was rooting for only half the couple. Full review - GRADE: B-

Che: Steven Soderbergh's chronicle of the legendary rebel is ambitious - to a fault. The first half, which chronicles his rise in Cuba, is compelling, but the second half, which covers his long, slow demise in Bolivia, drains the film of most of its energy and interest. Benicio Del Toro's performance in the lead is outstanding and helps carry the movie through its lulls. GRADE: B

Gamer  - Over, man!

The Invention of Lying - Ricky Gervais' film starts with an intriguing and funny idea - a world where no one lies until Gervais comes up with the concept - and then devolves when it hits the religious satire a little too stridently. A little Gervais goes a long way.  Full review - GRADE: B-

Pandorum - I'm a sci-fi fan, and I could never summon up much interest for this one.

Smokin' Aces 2: *Cough Cough Cough Cough Retch HACK HACK HACK HACK Wheeeeeeeeze*. Sorry. I HATED the first Smokin' Aces. A 43rd Children of the Corn installment would actually make more sense to me.

Surrogates: This sci-fi actioner gets points for some inventive ideas and well-staged action scenes, but it failed to make me care about the characters very much. It's a little too robotic for its own good. Full review - GRADE: B-

Whiteout: HEE hee-hee-hee-heeeeeee, Wipeout!  (Cue the Safaris). What? You say the song has nothing to do with this flop about Kate Beckinsale in the snow?  And your point is?

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