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  • Deleted user 19 August 2010 00:19:19
    Yeah, just got back from seeing it.

    Twas awesome if a little bit slow for the first half.

    Roll on Expendables 2!
  • Deleted user 19 August 2010 00:30:31
    I never knew this was actually a real film until the other day, from the adverts I thought it was some parody mock up they made from other films as some sort of 'Action' month in an attempt to boost DVD sales. Heh.
  • LazyNinjaUk 21 Aug 2010 09:03:45 148 posts
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    Some the dialogue was a bit ropey, but I guess it is quite hard when you need to write for so many main characters.

    Apart from that I thought it was AWESOME. The action scenes were brilliant, and the bit with Terry Crewes unloading his AA-12 into the bad guys had everyone in the cinema (myself included) cheering.

    Can't wait for Expendables 2.
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 21 Aug 2010 13:05:22 10,861 posts
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    Awful film. So bad in fact it was one of the best films I've seen this year.

    Direction was appalling, acting was ropey at best but it was just such a throwback to 80's gun porn and "Straight To Video" action flicks that it worked.

    A must see for any classic action fan!
  • dsmx 21 Aug 2010 13:12:28 7,734 posts
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    Most critics don't get action films so reading a review for them is pointless.

    "If we hit that bullseye the rest of the dominoes will fall like a a house of cards, checkmate." Zapp Brannigan

  • PrivateFloyd 21 Aug 2010 13:12:52 4,189 posts
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    Ignatius_Cheese wrote:
    Awful film. So bad in fact it was one of the best films I've seen this year.

    Direction was appalling, acting was ropey at best but it was just such a throwback to 80's gun porn and "Straight To Video" action flicks that it worked.

    A must see for any classic action fan!

    YES! My sentiments exactly.

    Goat is hungry.....

  • LeD 21 Aug 2010 13:18:32 6,314 posts
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    I thought the last third was lazy. When Sly and Statham have that action sequence when they try to leave the island the first time, I thought I was in for a treat. By the end it's just explosions and random gun action, not particularly well scripted or filmed. Disappointing.
  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 13:22:19 19,687 posts
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    I wasn't very impressed with the camera work. Fast editing and shaky cam = blergh
  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 13:23:54 19,687 posts
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    dsmx wrote:
    Most critics don't get action films so reading a review for them is pointless.
    Evidence?
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 21 Aug 2010 13:25:03 10,861 posts
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    Genji wrote:
    I wasn't very impressed with the camera work. Fast editing and shaky cam = blergh
    Really was some of the worst handicam work I've ever seen. Very shoddily edited together.
  • Deleted user 21 August 2010 13:28:38
    Ugh. Begone, naysayers!

    It was a great action film.
  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 13:29:40 19,687 posts
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    No no, I still liked it! Just not the camera work.
  • craigy Staff 21 Aug 2010 13:30:03 7,850 posts
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    Was really excited about this, really excited. Wish I hadn't bothered seeing it now.
  • dsmx 21 Aug 2010 13:39:54 7,734 posts
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    Genji wrote:
    dsmx wrote:
    Most critics don't get action films so reading a review for them is pointless.
    Evidence?

    Because critics are in general up there own arse and mark a film based on it's camera work, acting, plot but always seem to forget the only truly important bit about a film, were you entertained? Films are entertainment and that is the only thing that any film should be marked on yet most reviewers forget this very simple bit.

    "If we hit that bullseye the rest of the dominoes will fall like a a house of cards, checkmate." Zapp Brannigan

  • Deleted user 21 August 2010 13:41:11
    dsmx wrote:
    Because critics are in general up there own arse and mark a film based on it's camera work, acting, plot

    :D

    Amazing
  • disusedgenius 21 Aug 2010 13:43:51 5,626 posts
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    dsmx wrote:
    yet most reviewers forget this very simple bit.
    Generally only the imaginary ones used in arguments, I find.
  • LeD 21 Aug 2010 13:45:28 6,314 posts
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    spudsbuckley wrote:
    Ugh. Begone, naysayers!

    It was a great action film.

    Not even close, but it could have been. The scene with the old plane thing was awesome, and should have set the standard with the rest of the film.
  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 13:46:26 19,687 posts
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    dsmx wrote:
    Genji wrote:
    dsmx wrote:
    Most critics don't get action films so reading a review for them is pointless.
    Evidence?

    Because critics are in general up there own arse and mark a film based on it's camera work, acting, plot but always seem to forget the only truly important bit about a film, were you entertained? Films are entertainment and that is the only thing that any film should be marked on yet most reviewers forget this very simple bit.
    Um. That's not evidence. That's an assumption, based upon a stereotype.

    Do you actually have anything to back this up?
  • Deleted user 21 August 2010 13:52:18
    dsmx wrote:
    and mark a film based on it's camera work, acting, plot

    You mean....you mean they critique it? How fucking dare those critics critique something. Especially using more criteria than just 'IS IT FUN?' Yes, those critics should critique with less criteria.

  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 13:53:59 19,687 posts
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    Also, I'll argue that camera work is actually quite fucking important to an action film, and - yes - the "entertainment" value of it.

    Will you be entertained by an action scene if you can't tell what the fuck is going on? I know I wouldn't be.
  • disusedgenius 21 Aug 2010 13:54:12 5,626 posts
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    Well, more to the point, if he thinks that those things aren't hugely important points (yes, even in action films), then he's a monumental idiot.
  • MrSensible 21 Aug 2010 13:56:53 25,394 posts
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    An action movie is never going to score high on those points though, so there's no need to look at those. An action is movie is all about entertainment, explosions, brutality, ridiculously over the top situations... as long as it has those, it's great!

    You can like David Lynch movies and ones starring Arnold Schwarzenegger at the same time :)
  • Deleted user 21 August 2010 13:58:04
    If he wants 'IS THIS ENTERTAINING Y/N' reviews, I hear Newsround on CBBC occasionally talks about Pixar movies.

    Sometimes they let the kids review as well, so, y'know, career in the making potentially.
  • disusedgenius 21 Aug 2010 13:58:14 5,626 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    An action movie is never going to score high on those points though.
    Of course it is, there's just different criteria to aim for. If you think the great action films were made like that by accident then, well, good luck to you!
  • Deleted user 21 August 2010 14:00:11
    disusedgenius wrote:
    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    An action movie is never going to score high on those points though.
    Of course it is, there's just different criteria to aim for. If you think the great action films were made like that by accident then, well, good luck to you!

    Matrix (ostensibly an action film) scored pretty fucking highly on the cinematography. In fact it was one of the selling points of the whole damn movie.
  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 14:00:18 19,687 posts
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    thefilthandthefury wrote:
    You can like David Lynch movies and ones starring Arnold Schwarzenegger at the same time :)
    I don't think anyone was arguing otherwise. :)

    But good camera work and editing is fundamental to most types of movie, no?
  • PrivateFloyd 21 Aug 2010 14:00:36 4,189 posts
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    For what it was I loved it.

    Goat is hungry.....

  • Genji 21 Aug 2010 14:02:18 19,687 posts
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    I liked the beefcake. But I could have used more cheesy one-liners.
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