Monday, June 27, 2011

Checkup: Sequels & Reboots - Part 1...

I did a post on sequels and reboots a little while back and I figured it would be a good time to check in and see where some of these movies are at this point. I also want to add a few more sequels and reboots to the list since there are so many coming out so quickly. Here we go again:

Goonies 2 - There still isn't much to say on this film. Corey Feldman says it's a possibility, but isn't making any promises. Josh Brolin says there is a script, but won't say more than it's written by Aaron Sorkin, popular for his work on movies like The Social Network and A Few Good Men. There is also talk of taking the sequel's script and turning it into a Broadway show instead. This treasure chest is still a long ways from being discovered; and whose to say whether we'll like what's in the box if we find it.

Starfighter - This film sequel is still floating around in space and may or may not happen. There is still talk on whether it would be a sequel where the son of the main character (typical sequel cop-out) will be the star or if it will be a prequel (typical sequel cop-out #2).

Three Men and a Bride - The only words from the baby's mouth on this film is a tentative release year, being 2012. Nothing more to tell.

The Amazing Spider-man - Finally, something with news! The beloved webslinger caught a reboot franchise in his web set to be released on July 3, 2012. The script is penned by James Vanderbilt (The Rundown) and stars Andrew Garfield (popular for his depiction of Eduardo in The Social Network) as the new Peter Parker/Spider-man. Production stills are available here.

Men in Black III - It's no secret that MIB3 got the green-light and is in full production now with a release date of May 25, 2012. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return to pelt some alien scum with the help of Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson. The plot involves Agent J traveling back in time and teaming up with a younger Agent K. You can see some production stills here.


Wrath of the Titans - This undesired sequel of Clash of the Titans is in full Greek god-like swing and boasts much of the same cast. Wrath has a release date of March 30, 2012. The storyline seems to be taken from another popular Greek-inspired film - Hercules. Like the crowd-pleasing Disney film, Wrath is about Hades using the titans to overpower and capture Zeus. A word of caution to Hades, if Hercules...er...Perseus should fight, you will fail. Production stills available here.

Avatar 2 & 3 - James Cameron is working on two scripts concurrently to shoot two sequels back-to-back. Michelle Rodriguez has confirmed that Cameron will return to his Abyss roots and take the first Avatar sequel to the underwater realms of Pandora (I knew he couldn't resist opening that box). The first sequel is set for a release date in December 2014 with the third film possibly arriving in December 2015.

The Bourne Legacy - Not only will the next Bourne film be written by Tony Gilroy, it will be directed by him as well. But you can forget Jason Bourne; he's not in this film and that goes for Matt Damon as well. This is apparently about a new hero, played by Jeremy Renner, and triggered by the events of the first three films. The movie will also feature Rachel Weisz and be released August 3, 2012.

Fantastic Four: Reborn - While this title is still pending, the movie still seems to be stretching forward. The rumors flying around so far include Bruce Willis as a CGI version of The Thing and Alice Eve as the Invisible Woman. If history is any indication - a 1994 version of the film that was bad enough to not see a U.S. release, a fluffy reboot in 2005, and a fallen sequel in 2007 - we should avoid a film franchise reboot.

Oz: The Great and Powerful - Disney is taking us back through the looking glass (oh, wait, that's the wrong series) to the wonderful world of Oz on March 8, 2013. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-man trilogy) and drawing power from acting wizards like James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz, the hope is that this film will be a bigger, better, and more successful equivalent of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Happy Feet Two - A sequel has danced its way into production and will chill our theaters this November. Let's hope they have an actual ending planned and won't treat us to a half-hour PSA as the climax. Elijah Wood and Robin Williams return and we will be treated to new characters voiced by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Hank Azaria. The story evolves around Mumble's son Erik, who wants to fly.

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Knight and Day

As a comedy this movie does pretty well; as an action flick, this movie is just plain ridiculous.
Knight and Day is a film about an innocent woman who becomes tangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse because of a chance encounter with a spy.
The performances of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz carry the movie through its rough and silly moments; although the chemistry between them is quite lacking. These two are very good in their team comedic roles and do a lot to make this movie enjoyable to watch. Some of the jokes were too forced and some of the comedy was predictable, but it wasn't enough to dampen the film.
On the other hand, the action and stunts in this movie are so over-the-top and unrealistic that you end up laughing your way through the action scenes. Does no one understand the law of physics these days? And the whole invincibility of the main characters thing is taken a bit far in this film.

**Spoiler Alert**
Diaz's transformation from innocent sweetheart into skilled spy in the end was very predictable and silly. It almost ruined the film. Yes, it brings things back full circle and creates a comic irony, but it doesn't add to the film.
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So, yes, see it if you are in the mood for a fun comedy that mocks the action film genre.

As far as questionable content:
As expected, there is some violence and profanity throughout, including a use the f- word.

P.S. - The image in this post is copyrighted by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Skyline

If you're laughing through most of what is supposed to be a serious movie, that's not a good sign.
When a group of friends meet up in LA for a birthday celebration, their partying is interrupted by the descent of some hungry aliens looking to harvest the human race.
Skyline is another alien movie that retells the same, old story of aliens taking over the earth. They tried to make it different, but failed to successfully do so. They also failed to capture our interest. They also failed in making a good movie.
To begin with, the movie did not make the characters engaging enough and while they attempted to make us feel emotionally involved by making one of the main characters pregnant, it did not work at all. Most of the characters dropped like flies, and you didn't really care. The acting was okay, but really suffered from a lack of good dialogue. The movie was painful to listen to whenever the characters had to speak more than a few words at a time.
While attempting to be a different kind of alien film, the movie had too many likenesses to other more popular alien films such as Independence Day and War of the Worlds. The music was overdone and tried to make you feel more emotional at certain parts, but it only ended up adding to the predictability of the movie. If the music starts getting triumphant, you know it won't last. And to sum up the rest of the film: The slow motion parts were ineffective, the action was ridiculous, the scares were cliché and predictable, the "redshirt" extras were obvious, but the special effects were good.

**Spoiler Alert**
As the movie was getting close to ending, I couldn't help myself from laughing out loud. The jet crashing over Jarrod and Elaine and then smashing into the giant alien harvester was so over the top that it made the stunts in Live Free or Die Hard believable.
The emotional "I love you" moment as Jarrod and Elaine were getting sucked into the spaceship was so ridiculous that I was rolling on the ground from laughing so hard.
But Jarrod becoming an alien and then saving his wife as the ending of the film had me guffawing away on the steamship of hilarity.
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Overall, if you can watch the movie for free and you're in the mood for a good alien movie spoof (that's the only way to enjoy this movie) then I'd say go for it. But if you want a serious alien invasion film, here's a good list to browse over:



Signs





Independence Day





Men in Black





War of the Worlds





Transformers





Close Encounters of the Third Kind



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