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Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 03:08 Written by Atilla Friday, 13 July 2012 12:39
One nation, under axe…
It was a pretty Sunday. The gloom and anger in the skies calmed down for just enough to allow the 5 of us to bike or cycle to the destination. It’d been so long since I cycled to Majorstujen that I had forgotten how much faster it is than using the bus. After being super-early I sat down for a beer on my own, wondering if anyone will actually show up. But how can you miss a film with such a spectacular title?
Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter. It might as well have been called The Pennsylvania Axe Massacre. It’s dark and gloomy and amazing; and apparently based on a book that is super-awesome. I can’t remember who praised it, but it was someone that is worth listening to, as far as I recall.
This is a Timur Bekmambetov movie, which makes it even more awesome. Before you ask – just like Adam did – “who?”, Timur is a Russian-Kazakh director that made two of my favourite movies – Night Watch and Day Watch, films also based on fairly good books with ridiculous story. And made in Russia. You should watch them.
If you wonder how on earth you go from Abraham Lincoln – president, father of nation and a banknote portrait to Abraham Lincoln – Vampire hunter, I can’t blame you. But I can’t spoil it for you, really, I can just say that it’s a fair enough plot. And it features wicked, swooshing, brutal ax-murder action afterwards, which should pretty much be all you need in order to go see it. Are you running to the cinema already? The fact that this is done in 3d and it’s done nicely should get you moving, if you’re still here reading this.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:24 Written by Atilla Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:52
So, review is late. Again. Seems like that’s the trendy thing to do this summer. In my defense – my Zerg ate my review, so I had to write a new one.
Speaking of trendy things – Inception is a trending topic on Twitter for a second week now. Trusting a community that keeps Justin Bieber as a trending topic for over 6 months is never a good idea, but since they predicted the awesomeness of Kick Ass, I was really expecting a lot from Inception.
On to the chase. The night started rainy and gloomy, while some of us had sunburn from the day before. While upside-down-burgers were being eaten again, we got to discuss “paratrooping” with our newest movie-goer, in his first homeland appearance. Apparently what we talked about was so deep and engaging someone had to try to walk trough a door, which didn’t prove to be successful. A few pats on the back later we were in a packed cinema, watching what the Matrix should have really been.
Dreamworld, in a dreamworld, in a dreamworld. It’s a game with the ultimate creative desire – to play God and shape the world at your whim. The same idea that got you thinking in the Matrix works here, only expanded in a whole different way. Especially fascinating are the moments where you see how recursion and paradoxes can work in a really creative way, one that you’ve never imagined. Call me geeky.
The movie had me interested at minute 5 and didn’t let go until the end. There was 1 moment where they could have messed it up, had they pushed the lame talk a minute longer. Good thing they know their timing right and stopped before this ruined an otherwise 100% immersed experience. It’s a rare thing when a movie gets me like this and given the plot of the movie, it’s quite fitting that you get out of the movie hall, wondering what happened.
The cast is something special. Leo DiCaprio has definitely learned how to act, a long time ago and it shows. Plus he’s not the cute kid from Titanic anymore so he doesn’t make me twitch just by looking at him. The typical Hollywood hotties were also missing, substituted with two slightly strange looking chicks.
Generally speaking, this is a movie with lack of cliché. It gives you a bit of everything that makes a decent movie stick out and tops it with great ideas and splendid execution. One of the movies you know you’ll watch again and mention as a reference a few years down the line.
I really wish they made more of those.
Last Updated on Monday, 1 December 2008 07:36 Written by Jeremy Monday, 21 July 2008 10:59
It was my first SMEx and the weather was horrible, though i didn’t let it dampen my spirits. We met up in Billabong before hand for the pre-movie beer. There was an unhealthy amount of guys with umbrellas but i decided to let that one pass.
In Hancock, Will Smith plays a lazy-drunk-bum who is lucky enough to have superhero powers. Its a pretty interesting concept and had a lot of scope for good superhero related comedy. The movie doesn’t disappoint, with some great laughs in the first half of the movie and a pretty decent performance from Will Smith.
Unfortunatly this is where it started to go downhill, the second half of the movie took itself far to seriously and broke the formula which worked so well in the first half. Don’t get me wrong, i still enjoyed the movie, i just think i would have enjoyed an entire movie of drunken superhero laughs more.
Technically Hancock has everything, some great laughs, a very attractive lady, decent action scenes, some drama, suspense and a couple of interesting twists. Maybe it was trying too hard to include everything.
Still if you have an evening to spare, there are enough laughs in this movie to make up for its inconsistant genre.
Hoff says: “Too bad I couldn\'t fly away when I was drunk”