I've reviewed Dredd 3D before. Loved it. 10/10. My film of the year so far. Probably. See Looper review |
Raiders on IMAX. It's Raiders of the Lost Ark dammit! 10/10 without question. Someone mentioned a "problem" with the focus on certain scenes. I found that too. I don't think it'll be a problem on the blu-ray release. It looked as though they'd IMAXED the original print without doing the restoration. These scenes were few and far between, brief and not really with getting upset about.
The Campaign - 8/10
Will Ferrell is back to his best in this very funny comedy about senate elections.
Ended watching this as a time waster before Looper and enjoyed it immensely. The trailer is very toned down (and edited) but it's very rude. It's a very different humour from Ted and I prefer this to be honest.
It's not Anchorman funny but it's a lot funnier than anything else he's done for quite a while. The other guy's good too. You can imagine politicians stooping to those levels.
The film is stolen by Dylan McDermott who plays a sleazy campaign manager/spin doctor. It's worth seeing just for him.
Well written, funny and Farrell (and the other guy) are on fine form. I didn't think I'd enjoy this nowhere near as much as I did.
Looper - 9.5/10
Depending on what you read it's a film that's as good as The Terminator, The Matrix or Blade Runner. Hmm...Not quite.
I've had a bit of time to ponder over this. It's a really superb film and easily one of the best of the year. One of the best sci-fi films in years too (apart from Dredd which is awesome! I'm really biased towards Dredd though).
The plot's all in the trailer. An assassin has to kill his future self but future-self gets away. That's all you need to know. The script is fantastic and although it's a very intricate plot, it's very easy to follow.
Performances are great with Gordon-Levitt nailing Bruce Willis's mannerisms. So even though they look nothing alike, it's still an excellent imitation. The special effects are superb but kept to a minimum to serve the plot.
Just go and see it. I doubt you'll regret it.
Resident Evil: Retribution (3D IMAX) - 7(ish)/10
About as good looking a video game cut-scene that you're ever going to get. Till the next film comes out.
Not seen any of the other 4(!)? Don't worry, it's all handily explained in the first 7 minutes or so. I'll do it in a lot less. T-virus + Alice = good. Everyone else = bad.
This film gets all the ol' gang together. Pretty much everyone who's been in any of the other films shows up in this. So what if they were eaten/cut up into chucks by laser beams etc. in the previous films? They've been cloned George Lucas style.
The plot? Get through level A and beat the boss. Then go to level B and beat the boss etc. Where A and B are computer simulations of cities around the world.
There's only one reason to watch these films. To watch the stunningly beautiful Mila kick zombie ass and look stunningly beautiful. She does this admirably. The director (and also her husband) tries to get her as naked as possible for a few scenes in the film. Splendid effort there chap!
These films have always been a guilty pleasure of mine and I've go them all on blu-ray. If you like these films how does it compare to the other 4(!)? It's not the worst and it's not the best. It's more moronic than any of the others (if that's possible) as characters show up and explain everything that has happened and what they have to do to get to the next level in great detail.
It has a few jumpy moments whereby my head nearly went through the ceiling. If you like the other films, you'll probably like this. If you don't, then don't bother.
I know they're shit but it's shit I like. There will be a sequel.
Edit: Just something else worth mentioning. I saw The Campaign on a 4K screen. Looked fucking amazing. If Sony's new console supports this, then wow!
Edited by beastmaster at 20:43:36 30-09-2012
The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.