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Movie Review: Chappie

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 03/06/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Yo-landi Visser, Ninja, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver

Rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity, 120 minutes, Action/Drama/Sci-fi

Compare to: Short Circuit (1986), District 9 (2009)

It’s been a while since a review and I consider it all Hollywood’s fault. Save for Kingsman, nothing has come out this year that really felt like a reason to even bother watching and writing about and I still didn’t do it. And even if Chappie turned out to be horrible, the set up, cast, and writer/director Neill Blomkamp made it intriguing enough to check it out.

Whether or not it’s worth it really does depend on what you’re looking for. A “Lucy” take on robotics? A more violent Short Circuit? However you would define it, Chappie is a spectacle that isn’t easy to look away from. The same could be said for the Transformers movies but this has got a little more substance to it, even if it is all a bit hard to swallow. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Edge of Tomorrow

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 06/06/2014 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendon Gleeson, Bill Paxton

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material, Running time 113 minutes minutes, Action/Sci-Fi

Compare to: Looper (2012), Elysium (2013)

When Tom Cruise makes a movie, it’s always a sketchy thing. Sure, you may have a great script and all other makings of an entertaining movie. But you’ll always have Tom Cruise playing a character much like the last film he did, whatever that may be.

And even though Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t stretch his acting any more than he’s proven himself in the past, everything lines up just right for this Sci-Fi Groundhog Day to keep your attention until the very end. Continue reading

You Gotta See This: Sunshine

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , , on 04/25/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Cillain Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis

Rated R for violent content and language, 2007, Thriller/Science Fiction/Drama

Compare to: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Alien (1979)

Of all the “We’ve gotta destroy something huge to save Earth” movies, Sunshine (2007) is my favorite. It takes a ridiculous story and makes it feel intriguing and credible. It gives you characters you actually don’t want to die(!). I’m under the mindset that if you have a reasonable plot and a budget that’s just big enough, you’re gonna need a heck of a cast to really drive it all home. And by a “heck of a cast,” I don’t just mean one or more A-list stars, but rather actors who have a love for the craft and not just the fame it could bring. 2003’s pillaging of my favorite comic book character Daredevil suffered from this mistake: Get a big star to cover up for the fact that this won’t be as big as Titanic. I’m not going to use any puns here and say that this movie’s cast “shines” or some garbage like that, but it is what makes the movie. Continue reading