May 24, 2009

The beginning of the summer movies marathon

I saw three movies in the last few days and completely enjoyed only one. I have this craze for seeing it on the big screen with real surround effect so much so that sometimes I see even dumb movies and animation movies in theaters. So I am not the one to miss out on good action movies. 

X-Men: Wolverine shows the travails of Logan as he starts off as a mutant with self healing powers and ends up with his bones being supplanted with an 'indestructible' metal. The movie keeps losing direction as it follows Logan chasing down Victor, his brother, for killing his girlfriend. Except for Hugh Jackman's acting and few special effects packed scenes, the movie fails to pack a punch unlike its predecessors. Cinematography looked good on the big screen with nice touches of CG.

Terminator: Salvation (4th in the Terminator series) is the story of John Connor who leads the resistance against Robots controlled by the Skynet. Originally started as a Defense program, Skynet becomes sentient and starts to control all robots (or cyborgs). The movie was as cliched as it could get. It stooped down to the levels of being a run-of-the mill hollywood action flick that packs all the stuff from mind blowing (and mind numbing) action sequences to a love between a robot and human. Some scenes were so cliched that I thought that the director actually saw some Indian films for inspiration. This was particularly dissapointing for some one like me who is a die hard fan of the Terminator movies (esp. Judgement Day). And I thought what lacked sorely in the movie was none other than Arnold himself. Maybe, he could have made even this poor plot interesting. Also the soundtrack was nowhere near T2. Though the famous track gets played here and there, the BGM never sticks in the mind. Christian Bale could have hardly done anything better with such a plot. After all, what else could you expect from a Director whose previous ventures include Charlie's Angels.

Angels & Demons was the best of the lot. I thought it was even better than Da Vinci Code (the movie). Again, the movie couldn't help but fall short of the book in some aspects. The beauty of the two books being that the plot is merely a vehicle used to deliver the rich information gathered by the author: the truth and fictious part of it. So there is no way anybody can make a movie that can have the appeal of the book in its purest sense. But what the movie did achieve was to hold the audience enthralled with some nice cinematography, taut plot, enough information about the Vatican and some suspense at the end. I read somewhere that Ron Howard is thinking about a trilogy for Robert Langdon's adventures. I am not sure if Dan Brown is writing another book on those lines, but if he does it sure does promise to be a good one.


Dot May 27, 2009 at 11:39:00 PM EDT  

X-Men - it's silly how too many characters want to be friend Wolverine in a limited time.

Terminator - no solid villain

Angels & Demons - one of the highlights of the book is the activities at the CERN and that's absent in the movie. Dan Brown's latest book is The Symbol which is releasing this September.

Anjana R May 28, 2009 at 10:18:00 AM EDT  

all these before release itself eh? youre my new best friend. :)

Filarial May 28, 2009 at 1:43:00 PM EDT  

Xmen- much better than the third movie thot it was good time pass.. I am a fan of hugh jackman.. :D

T- Yea!!! I did not even think about watching it.. :D christian bale is way too overated.. :|

angels and demons.. since I did not attempt to read the book I liked it.. :D definately much better the the da vinci code .. Dan brown rites books like Hollywood scripts so when u go and screw that up then u have reached a new low.. :| :D I guess it was Ron howards relaxation movies... :D u got to see Frost/Nixon to really judge him as a filmaker!

Mambalam Mani May 29, 2009 at 9:16:00 AM EDT  

@ Dot: Yes you are right. In X-Men, there were too many characters and they took lots of the screen time too. This made the movie drift even more. Yup I looked the new book by Dan Brown. Its called The Lost Symbol. Would be something to look forward to.

@ Anjana: Yes my new best friend, we own a thirutu vcd kadai in ritchie street :P Saw it in theaters in a land whose only appeal seems to be the timely release of these movies.

@ Filarial: Hugh is just awesome ila? sema talent. Me now seeing all his previous movies one by one. Heard The Prestige (also starring Christian Bale & Michael Kaine, Directed by none other than Chris Nolan) is awesome.
I am offended that a new Terminator movie didn't excite you as much as a dumb StarTrek movie :P Still Bale is better than Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. And he can say the F word 100 times in 1min :D
Will see Frost/Nixon but i think its just another amrigan political movie with usual hype and deep pathos only amrigans can relate to :P

Filarial May 29, 2009 at 1:30:00 PM EDT  

and thats where my friend u r wrong.. :D if it were another amrigan movie about politics would I ever recommend it.. :D after seeing the movie if u did not know what Watergate was u still wouldnt.. :D

Anjana R May 29, 2009 at 3:16:00 PM EDT  

oh. didnt know abt that, NRI Mani. :)

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