Archive for December, 2007

Juno

Posted in Movie Reviews on December 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: Juno

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, J.K. Simmons

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: 12/25/2007

Plot Summary: The story of Juno (Page), a 16 year old girl who gets pregnant with her friend’s baby, and her decision for what to do with it.

Review: AWESOME little indie movie. It’s just one of those movies that leaves you with an overall sense of closure. It’s a great, topical storyline (set in Minnesota, no less), with characters and situations that are very easy to get into and identify with. There are some moments where it gets a little weird, but it’s part of what makes the story so good. Michael Cera showed a little more of a serious role in this one compared to his earlier film from this year, Superbad, but he did just as well. I’ve never heard of Ellen Page before this movie (though I had heard that Hard Candy (2005) was pretty intense), but she is a great actress. She had the perfect, odd-and-intelligent-yet-witty sound for the part that made almost everything she said quite comical (except for the serious parts, of course). I would say that this is, at the very least in the top 3 movies I’ve seen in 2007. I’m just starting to get into these types of films, and if they all turn out like this one, I’m glad I started.

Rating: 5/5

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I Am Legend

Posted in Movie Reviews on December 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: I Am Legend

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: 12/14/2007

Plot Summary: Scientist Robert Neville (Smith) is the sole survivor of a virus outbreak in New York City. Now he spends every day trying to cure this diseased that mankind ultimately caused.

Review: Bad ass. The Fresh Prince (yeah, I’m usin’ it… what are you gonna do about it?) never fails to impress me with his acting. The movie itself was just as amazing. They had everything. A little comic relief at times, great action scenes and some amazingly emotion scenes that really hit deep. I went into this thinking it was more of a Dawn of the Dead style movie with zombies and people that fight them, but it’s much more than that. The story line has a much more advanced backstory, and there’s more a drama feel to it, other than action. Great movie, hands down.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Invisible

Posted in Movie Reviews on December 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: The Invisible

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Justin Chatwin, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Status: Out on DVD

DVD Release Date: 10/16/2007

Plot Summary: After being beaten to within an inch of his life, Nick Powell (Chawtin) is back up and walking around. Only now nobody can see him. Now it’s up to him to somehow get through to his attacker and convince her to find his body and save his life.

Review: In an odd way this movie reminded me a little of The Crow (1994). Only this time he can’t just kill everyone. I’ve read into the many plot holes this movie has, but frankly, it didn’t bother me while watching. It’s an interesting story, and it kind of jumps right into it. However, once it’s into the full story line, it starts to slow down. The ending is a bit odd, in my opinion, and I got quite a mix of emotions with it. It’s happy, but sad at the same time, so it’s just a weird feeling. It’s a good drama flick, though, and I enjoyed it for the most part.

Rating: 3.5/5

Day Watch [Dnevnoy Dozor]

Posted in Movie Reviews on December 29, 2007 by coryangennet

Title: Day Watch [Dnevnoy Dozor]

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Dmitry Martynov, Viktor Verzhbitsky

Genre: Action/Thriller

Status: Out on DVD

DVD Release Date: 10/30/2007

Plot Summary: A war between forces of Light and Dark has been going on for centuries. Now, with the help of a magically simple device, Anton (Khabensky) has a chance to change everything back to the way things used to be, and have a normal life.

Review: Crazy Russian flick. That’s about the only way to describe it. Aside from it being really weird (and in Russian), it was a pretty cool movie. This movie is the sequel to 2006’s Night Watch [Nochnoy Dozor], which is easily just as messed up. There were some really slow parts, and some of the stuff that went on was just way to messed up, and usually had no explanation. I think I’m going to have to sit down one day and watch both of these movies again to just make sure I understand everything. It’s a cool movie, effects and story are awesome, just too slow and too complicated to fully understand the first time you watch.

Rating: 4/5