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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kinder Movies I Saw Recently

Unstoppable - A fairly straightforward disaster flick featuring the always-reliable Tony Scott-Denzel Washington matchup. Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson are in it, too, but the truth of the matter is that there's not enough here to make a movie. The character development isn't bad --it isn't deep, but it isn't bad-- but there's only so many things you can do with a runaway train and no real bad guy. They should have hit on the way to stop the train much earlier than they did, and editorially, they relied on way too many news media inserts to do the heavy lifting in the exposition department. If you like Tony Scott and you like Denzel, watch it. If not, don't.

The Green Hornet - If you were worried this one would be too goofy with Seth Rogan in the lead, well it's goofy. Too goofy? Yeah, maybe...

Tron Legacy - I heard this one was horrible, no story, bad CGI, blah blah blah. So maybe because of my low expectations I ended up somehow liking it. The Jeff Bridges face replacement thing did NOT work, and yeah, the story...is stupid. It's Tron. A guy gets sucked into a computer. Dumb...but it has some virtues. The action sequences "work" in ways that the new Star Wars trilogy did not. The soundtrack by Daft Punk hit all the right notes. The costume design, especially on the ladies, was awesome. (You won't missed the leotards.) Worth a Redbox rental.

Let Me In - The American version...and I wanted to like it, but it's not as good as the original. They downplayed the bully angle a little bit, and made it explicit that "The Father" character is a boy that grew up with Abby rather than the pedophile he was intended to be. The curious drunk is turned into a cop. Owen (Oskar in the original) is smarter. Abby (Eli in the original) is really a girl, still a vampire, but a girl rather than a castrated boy.

But the thing about it is that rather than telling this new story, a twist on Let the Right One In, which you could do pretty easily, they stayed pretty close to the original material. Some of the same camera angles, similar locations, even the damn trunk on a train at the end. It makes you wonder why they even bothered.

Skip this one, see the original.

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