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Since I’m having no luck in looking for instructions on how to go to Roosevelt College Cainta, (it’s the Rizal Open tomorrow) I might as well post some short reviews of movies or dvd’s that I’ve seen these past few days. So let’s get cracking!

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

Synopsis:

The first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.

Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar, as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, adamantium claws, and a primal fury known as berserker rage.

The film also introduces a team of mutants, including several whose appearances in the movie series have been long anticipated. Movie audiences will meet Team X, a covert military cadre comprised entirely of mutants. Its members are: Wolverine; his brother Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, a feral being of unimaginable power; Wade Wilson, later to be known as Deadpool, a high-tech mercenary skilled at swordplay; Agent Zero, an expert tracker and lethal marksman; Wraith, a teleporter; Fred J. Dukes, also known as The Blob, a morbidly obese and super-strong behemoth; and Bradley, who can manipulate electricity. Leading them is William Stryker, a figure introduced in “X2” but whose origins and motives are now fully explored, for it is Stryker’s complex relationship with Wolverine that defines much of Logan’s past …and future.

Comments:

I liked the movie enough: fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping, mutants! However, I’ve also seen the “leaked version” of this movie, and I must say, though the pirated version sucked because it was rough around the edges (unfinished CGI, cables showing, crappy editing), when I saw the “official” one, nothing much has changed. Yes, it was more “polished” than the leaked version obviously, but the fact still remains: it wasn’t that great. Don’t get me wrong, the 1 hour and 45 minutes was enough to showcase Wolverine’s past, however, it still wasn’t enough to let us see his character in a different light. Like everything about him is just screaming and letting all hell break loose (and you’re lucky if you’re still breathing after). Maybe I guess, that’s all Wolverine is all about.

Additional note: though they added a ton of mutants in the mix, same mistake: bad writing. Nothing much to look at.

Powers? Ding!

Personality? Powers!

Verdict:

3/5 – Watch it. You might learn a thing or two about our favorite indestructible, claw-wielding X-Men.

MARTYRS

Synopsis:

Lucie is a young girl who escapes captivity and is found by authorities, her body covered in the signs of physical (but not sexual, it is important to note) abuse. Unable to recount what has happened to her, she befriends Anna, her roommate in the orphanage she is placed in. Fifteen years later Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï, Crimson Rivers 2) believes she has found the strangers who tortured her all those years ago and, with Anna (Morjana Alaoui, Marock) as her support/enabler and egged on by the physical (in her mind, of course) manifestation of her own rage, sets out to exact revenge.

Comment:

At first, I thought this was your run-of-the-mill horror flick with a terrifying ghost haunting the lead actress. But man, was I wrong! I won’t get into details what I meant. All I can say is that this sets the limit on how brutal (emphasis on the word: brutal) a movie can get. I bet even the “bravest” fan of the horror genre will squirm when he gets on the latter half of the movie. Waaaaah! That’s it! Let’s go to the verdict!

Verdict:

4/5 – Brutality is given a new definition. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone, but a “must-see” for horror fans.

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

Synopsis:

When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, the President is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

Comment:

Sure, it was a nice treat for the whole family. CGI animations, aliens, monsters… Wait? Isn’t that the title of this movie?

To be honest, it wasn’t written very well. It was funny in some parts and most of it was because of B.O.B.! Maybe B.O.B should’ve been the lead in this movie… Hah!

Verdict:

3/5 – Just rent it. Skip iMax.

Crank 2: High Voltage

Synopsis:

Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Comments:

All I can say is: WTF is all this gibberish! I heard that the first one was absurd, but this was is insane! (and not in the good way) The only thing I liked in this movie was the Chinese prostitute who constantly throw around jokes in this movie, aside from that, it was full of crap. The Godzilla fight scene, the F-word being thrown all the time, racist jokes, the Horse track scene, rubbing against an old lady for electricity?!,and a living decapitated head doesn’t make this a movie worth watching. Heck, it was funny. I heard that it was an movie that doesn’t take itself seriously, but guess what? Maybe you should’ve.

Verdict:

2/5– Don’t bother. I wouldn’t watch it again even if my life depended on it. Japanese kiddie anime made much more sense than this.


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4 responses

  1. great review wrap up, ive only seen wolverine out of the films you touched on and I agree, the CGI and editing were terrible. But I agree with your ratings for the most part. Good post!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    • I’m glad you liked it. I just hoped that it would be great just like how Iron Man was made. They should’ve given Wolverine’s character more depth and not just a guy always on full-on berserker mode!

      (I guess I should make Rating Icons now. ^_^ ) Added you to my blogroll btw.

      May 6, 2009 at 11:55 PM

  2. lol, well I would be honored to be added, if you need a banner for the blogroll, you can use this if you wish:

    No worries. Thanks again!

    May 7, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    • Done!

      I think I also featured the movie “A Man Who Was Superman” and “My Sassy Girl”.
      But, it was not really a review anyway. Hah!

      May 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM

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