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June 30, 2011 2 comments

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer:
Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell
Stars:
Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones

Ratings:
Scotty: 1 ½ guys
Klash: 1 ½ guys
Griff: 1 guy

Plot: While travelling in Germany Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) is involved in a serious car accident that leaves him in a coma for several days. When he wakes up, he discovers that someone else has stolen his identity. Now Dr. Harris must figure out who has stolen his life and why they did it.

Q and A with the 3 Guys:

Before we get into the film, what were your thoughts before seeing the film?

Griff – I had heard some so-so reviews of this film. To be honest I was really wasn’t interested or not interested. It seemed like another in a long line of utterly forgettable action films.

Klash – From viewing the trailer this appeared as though it was going to be similar to the Bourne Identity films or other films of that nature.

Scotty – I was not interested in watching it and figured it was another Liam Neeson movie.

Do you think the movie was fresh and innovative?

Griff – Not at all. More of the same recycled actions scenes and a fairly predictable plot.

Klash – I feel that this kind of film has been dome so many times there is nothing left to the imagination. There wasn’t any plot twist that left me thinking, “I didn’t see that coming.”

Scotty – Not fresh or innovative but enjoyable

Was the script well written?

Griff – Zzzzzzz…..

Klash – The script seemed generic in that there was nothing new to the story.  There was nothing which didn’t closely resemble films that have come out in previous years.  From start to finish it was very predictable and didn’t leave a lot to the imagination.

Scotty – Yes, I thought the twists and turns were well hidden and although it was over the top it was entertaining

Were the actors and actresses well cast?

Griff – Liam Neeson was well cast but I thought January Jones was a little awkward and out of place in this one.

Klash – The cast did the job they were supposed to.  This film could have cast a multitude of different actors and actresses and still have gotten the same results. 

Scotty – Yes, but I should tell you that I will have a tough time ever saying a bad word about January Jones, this may make me bias.

Do you remember a song from the film?

Griff – Nevermind the music, I barely remembered the film after I saw it.

Klash – Nothing comes to mind, I can’t remember if there were any songs other than the score that was used.

Scotty – No

What was your favorite line?

Griff – “I remember how to kill you, asshole!”

Klash – “I didn’t forget everything.  I remember how to kill you, asshole.”

Scotty – Whatever the old German P.I. says

What would you have done differently if you were the writer or director?

Griff – Hmmm…this is a tough one to answer. I am not going to pretend that I know anything about making a great movie. I fix computers for a living. That said, I feel like I can recognize a mediocre film when I see it. My advice? Don’t make the movie. Everyone’s gotta pay the rent sometime though I guess.

Klash – This is the type of film that needed a few plot twists that would have left the viewer wondering what just happened and how come they hadn’t seen it coming.

Scotty – I would have chosen someone different than Liam Neeson

Was there a performance you really liked or really hated? 

 Griff – January Jones looked and acted like a robot through the whole movie. Bruno Ganz is always great in anything I have seen him in.

 Klash – None of the performances were above standard as in show up complete your parts and call it a day.

 Scotty  – I really liked Bruno Ganz as the German Private Investigator; I want to watch a movie about him.

 Buy it, rent it, watch it on cable, or skip it entirely? 

 Griff – It’s not entirely rotten to the core. You could watch it on cable and maybe feel ok about yourself in the morning.

 Klash – For those who haven’t seen this film yet cable seems like a good alternative to the other options.

 Scotty – Don’t buy it because you will watch it once, you could certainly rent this film without feeling ripped off

 Any suggestions for another movie to check out if someone enjoyed this film (similar film)?

 Griff – Well, in the same vein I guess would be Memento. Also, you could check out Fear in The Night. I did a quick review on this one a little while ago. https://3guys1movie.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/fear-in-the-night/

 Klash – The Bourne Identity films are the first to come to mind.

Scotty –  Anything by Alfred Hitchcock if you enjoyed the suspense.  “Taken” if you thought Liam Neeson kicked ass.

 

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Battle Los Angeles

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Battle Los Angeles
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Christopher Bertolini
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Reviewed by: Klash

Aaron Eckhart plays the role of Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz. On the verge of retirement Nantz is called back to action to help defend Los Angeles from an invading alien force determined to wipe out the human race and steal our resources.

This is your basic alien invasion movie, a plot which has been done countless times before. There isn’t anything new or exciting in this movie which made any sort of lasting impression. It’s a plot that has been kicked to death and revived more times that I can remember or care to. This film isn’t nearly as bad as the garbage film titled Skyline so it has that going for it. This is the kind of film you can enjoy if you are suffering from insomnia because you’ll definitely end up falling asleep.

Rating: One Guy

Battle Los Angeles

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Battle Los Angeles

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Christopher Bertolini
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Reviewed by: Griff

This movie was directed by Jonathan Liebesman who is best known for, well, he hasn’t done anything good. This is more of the same mildly entertaining, run of the mill, pg-13 loving, mindless fare that Hollywood has been shoving down our throats for the last few years.

Aaron Eckhart plays aging combat veteran Sgt. Michael Nantz . Nantz is about to retire when he is called into active duty to help save the world from and evil alien horde bent on wiping out the human race and stealing our valuable resources. What? You have heard of this plot line before? That’s because it has been done to death.

The movie does have some good action scenes and some nice tension at points but it’s like bubble gum; it loses its flavor quickly and you are left chewing on something very bland. The best way to describe this film is that it’s like spending two hours watching someone else play a cool video game and its never your turn.

I started watching this film later on in the evening. I was doing the head bob for a little bit and finally fell asleep. I woke up about 20 minutes later and I didn’t feel as though I had missed a thing. It’s that kind of movie.

I am not going to say the movie is unwatchable, it’s the kind of thing you might sit through some Sunday afternoon on TBS and not feel ripped off but, I would not go out of my way to catch this movie.

Battle Los Angeles get 1 and Half guys from me.

 

Battle Los Angeles

Battle Los Angeles

Written by: Christopher Bertolini

Director:  Jonathan Liebesman

Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, and Michelle Rodriguez

Reviewed by: Scotty

Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz( Aaron Eckhart) has just had his retirement approved when all hell breaks loose in Los Angeles and all coastal cities of the world.  The world is under attack by aliens that use our water to power their machines and themselves.

Staff Sgt.Nantz is under the command of a newly graduated Lieutenant Martinez who has yet to have real life action and as the film progresses Lieutenant Martinez is overwhelmed and leans on the help of Sgt. Nantz  to get the crew out of harm’s way and save as many civilians as possible.  Many of the world’s defenses have been demolished and it is up to this crew to save the city and the world.

Battle Los Angeles is not innovative or fresh. It is the same movie we have seen several times but if you enjoyed “Independence Day” you will certainly enjoy this movie.  The action is intense for the first half an hour but then repeats and fades throughout the rest of the film.  There is nothing new here, unlike District 9 where you have a different view point this is a straight action movie with decent special effects, decent characters, and the same old world against the aliens.  We win the fight on the back of a few marines.

I give it 1 ½ guys.

The Company Men

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

The Company Men

Director: John Wells
Writer: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper
Review By: Klash

When business man Bobby Walker gets laid off from GTX due to corporate downsizing he is faced with the difficulties of finding employment. With no foreseeable job opportunities and a lack of options he is forced to move his family into his parent’s home and take a job working for his brother-in-law as a carpenter. Next there is Gene McClary who is a company man and friends with the CEO of GTX Jim Salinger. Gene who is more concerned for the employees than he is profits is let go due to several disputes he has with Salinger on this topic. Finally there is Phil Woodard, a man who started at the very bottom of the ladder at GTX and after many years of service earned his way into an executive position. Unlike Walker who is still fairly young, Phil is in his sixties and finds that in his later years getting a new job is nearly impossible.

Through the movie the viewer follows the struggles each man faces and how they come to realize that they still have lives which are not run by the normal grind of the nine to five they once lived by. This was a movie, that’s about it. I couldn’t bring myself to feel bad for any of the characters when I think about real people who are actually struggling with unemployment or still have jobs and can’t make ends meet. The story of three fictional characters that went from being successful and making immense amounts of money to making nothing and being unemployed isn’t something I really care about. I would have just assumed watched a bad eighties action flick and would have been more entertained.

Rating: One Guy

The Company Men

The Company Men

Director: John Wells
Writer: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper
Review By: Scotty

The Company Men revolves around the lives of three men, who through corporate downsizing, lost their high paying jobs.

Bobby Walker(Ben Affleck) was the first to get fired.  Bobby tries to stay upbeat but is beaten down at every turn and soon has to downsize his life and he and is family end up living with his parents again and Bobby takes a job hanging drywall.  Although this is a shot to the gut financially Bobby finds a family that he has ignored and begins to realize what is truly important in life.

Phil Woodward(Chris Cooper) is next and at nearly sixty years old it is difficult for him to find work.  Phil based his whole life on his job and has nothing to grasp as it falls apart, although he has a wife and daughter.  Phil’s demise is inevitable and you are just waiting to see how it is going to go down.

Finally,  Gene McClary(Tommy Lee Jones), the company man that is at odds with his long time friend and CEO of the company about the process of downsizing.  Gene has the employees in mind as James Salinger, the CEO of the company, is thinking about nothing but profits.  Gene’s journey is the most profound and interesting.  Gene has an empathy that comes across on screen through subtle gestures and dialogue that seems to glue the whole picture together.

This movie pissed me off a little. I found myself saying poor rich guys with beautiful houses and assets. I had a hard time connecting with these characters.  I mean really, there are starving people in Ohio, and you want me to watch a bunch of spoiled executives complain about their lot in life.  As I watched the movie though I connected to the characters humanity and soon forgot about my feelings of anger towards them. The moral of the movie seems to be there are more important things in life besides new cars, fancy dinners, expensive suits; family, honesty and integrity is where true happiness lies.  I give it 1 and 1/2 guys.

The Company Men

June 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Company Men

Director: John Wells
Writer: John Wells
Starring: Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper
Review By: Griff

Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is a well off business man who finds himself the victim of corporate downsizing after the stock market crash of 2008. Bobby is unable to find a job and when his severance pay runs out he is forced to work for his brother in-law as a carpenter.

There are several other side plots to this one as well. Tommy Lee Jones plays Gene McClary, the number two executive at Bobby’s company GTX. Gene is also fired after several insubordinate interactions with the company CEO over the firing of employees. Gene is not facing the same dire financial situation as Bobby but is lost and searching for direction after he is let go by the company he has worked for all his life.

Phil Woodard (Chris Cooper) is a lifer at GTX who crawled his way up the corporate ladder. He started working for the company in the shipyard doing welding and worked his way up to an executive position with the company. He is also let go and now in his early 60’s he finds it impossible to find work.

We follow the lives of the three men as they struggle to not only find employment but also to find an identity for themselves now that they are not defined by their jobs.

This was on ok film. There were some interesting characters and some fine acting but, I have never been an advocate of the multiple plot lines. Rarely does this work. There simply isn’t enough time over the course of a two hour movie to fully develop all the characters and as a result, we are usually left with a skeleton that never gets fleshed out. The Company Men is no exception.

I feel like this would have been a much better film if they had spent more time focusing on just the story of Bobby Walker. I would love to have seen more of the interaction between him and his brother in law, the relationship with his son, his wife, and his parents. Instead, we are left with short little scenes that are supposed to lead us to believe that the conflicts have been resolved. I felt dissatisfied with resolution of Bobby’s journey. The director seemed to be trying to drive home the idea that Bobby is a happier man now that he focuses on his family and not on work. At the end however, he goes right back to the corporate grind,
and I was left feeling like Bobby hadn’t really learned anything.

The Company Men is a good movie but it could have been a great movie with a tighter, leaner script. Chris Cooper is a great actor but his part in this movie should have been eliminated. The Tommy Lee Jones role should have been shortened and we would have been left with a much better film.

The Company Men gets 1 and half guys from me.