I always loved this thread - needs to be brought back I think with the solid slate of good movies this summer and upcoming this fall. What have you seen lately Cubed3? Here's what I've seen this summer.
Total Recall (2012)
It's a bit baffling to me why this one is getting such bad reviews. I guess it's because it's a remake, which does take a little bit of the intrigue out of the premise. If you've seen the original, you won't be surprised by the plot twists and turns here. But that really goes without saying when watching a remake. I suppose it's harder to be as impressed with this reality-bending story in a post Inception world, too.
Still, what this does have going for it though is a very slick and fascinating vision of future technology. I thought the "future tech" on display here was far more interesting and imaginative than anything seen in Avatar. I was consistently drawn in by the "world" here - felt very Blade Runner esque.
Furthermore, the action scenes in this are actually quite engaging. Far too many films "hide" the action in quick cuts and shaky-cam close-ups. You never actually see anything except vague movement. Here though, the scenes are well choreographed and easy to follow. You see it all. I don't feel like the director is hiding anything from me, and I like that very much.
Overall, this one isn't better than the original, but it's worth a view in its own right. And Kate Beckinsale is downright gorgeous; perhaps moreso than Sharon Stone in the original. So it has that going for it too.
The Dark Knight Rises
Fitting end to the best superhero trilogy ever made. Not as great as The Dark Knight, but all the same provides all the closure you could hope for in a finale. Slightly disappointed by Bane - I feel like Tom Hardy's talent is wasted behind that mask. Has probably the best last hour of any film I've seen in years, though.
Joss Whedon knows how to make good stuff. It's that simple. Not as serious or high-minded as anything from Chris Nolan, but also perhaps more fun and enjoyable because of its comparably light tone. I also left the theatre with the Hulk as my new favorite among the Marvel group. Didn't see that one coming.
More of that cool future gadgetry on display here too. David the Android is fantastic, reminding me constantly of HAL 9000. The main heroine is also a good lead. The plot leaves plenty of holes, but I'm not too bothered by that. I'm sure there will be a sequel to fill in the gaps. If the sequel manages to provide the same tense and claustrophic atmosphere as this, I'll be there. Not a film for everyone, but if you're a fan of the Alien franchise and Sci-Fi in general, you can't help but appreciate this one.
( Edited 03.08.2012 22:38 by Jacob4000 )