Friday, September 25, 2009

Two Extremes

Some curious films I belatedly got to see:

The Hurt Locker

“The Hurt Locker” is one of the best movies about war since “Saving Private Ryan”!!! A brave statement because it IS! This film is about a bomb disposal specialist played by newcomer Jeremy Renner. He is good at what he does, and loves what he is doing. What makes the movie so terrifying is that you’re in the center of the action and (hostile?) people are around you, and you don’t know if they are friend or foe? It is very suspenseful.

Director by Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, K-19 The Widow Maker) does an excellent job showing how taxing, thrilling and dangerous the job is. Screenwriter who is also a journalist Mark Boal keeps the dialogue very real. It is an intelligent movie overlooked for the studio decided to place it among blockbusters!!! This is not a blockbuster movie-it is a great movie. I hope it is nominated for BEST PICTURE at the Oscars.

Crank 2: High Voltage

“Crank 2” (on DVD) can be described as one crazy-ass ride!!! If you saw the first film the mob injected him with a Beling Cocktail and he can’t slow down or die. This time the mob takes his heart and replaces it with an artificial heart and he has to keep pumping himself with electricity!! Does he really need his heart back? He is Superman without it! Plot is not important but the action is!!! There is plenty of action, sex, bad behavior for about several movies. The film is an upgraded exploitation movie. If you are easily offended my advice---see it on DVD or Blu-ray. I did. I was told when I went to see another movie, a complete stranger told me don’t see the movie for people booed at the screen!! This movie is not for everyone but if you like action, comedy and pure madness this movie is for you.

A Small Note

Angelina Jolie is a very good actress, but the tabloids make her out to be a controlling man-eater. She can do action and she can act---very rare for actresses today. In the movie “Changeling” she's is a mother in the 1920’s who loses her son and the police replace him with another boy. It is not her son, but when she complains they put her in a sanitarium and she is abused there!! This is not for people who groove on 18-34 demographic movies. It is depressing, sad and at the end hopeful. The acting is nothing short of amazing and Jolie deserves her Oscar nomination. I saw it on Cinemax but I wish I saw it the theater.
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