So, with all the Oscar hopefuls out, as well as some pretty decent mainstream movies, a big box-office opening went largely unnoticed: Well, largely unnoticed by the public, not the critics. The Legend of Hercules had high hopes the young male demographic would turn out in droves to see the mythological hero on the big screen—and even a few female fans of Twilight’s Kellan Lutz, who plays the title role. Hopes were dashed last weekend as the only thing legendary about the movie was its flop.
I don’t understand. I truly don’t. Who greenlights a script like this? I get that director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, 2012, The Day after Tomorrow) loves some great special effects, but to the exclusion of all else? I can practically imagine the pitch meeting: Take the first and third Die Hards, Executive Decision, Olympus has Fallen and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, put them all together, edit out all the good parts and voila! I’m going to use a word I don’t use very often, and I hate that this movie has driven me to that place. But when my 14-year-old son (the target demographic, I might add) uses the same word, I have no choice. This movie is stupid.
Well, it’s another dry week at the cineplex. So if you were hotly anticipating my review of the Evil Dead remake or Jurassic Park 3D I’m sorry to disappoint. Nevertheless, if you insist on getting out of the sunshine and hunkering down in a murky movie theater here are your options:
Well, it’s another B- week at the movies. If you’ve checked all the Oscar nominated films off your list, and you’ve seen Olympus Has Fallen and Oz the Great and Powerful, it might be a good weekend to park on your couch. Here are some options:
Like many moviegoers, I enjoy a good action movie once in a while. While these movies often fail in the areas of acting and reasonable plots, they can overcome these flaws through thrilling action and special effects. Unfortunately, the recent released thriller “Olympus has Fallen” failed to do so. The audience is first introduced to [...]
The recipe for a good action movie is fairly simple: You need a believable, if not intelligent, premise; a seemingly undefeatable villain; and an unlikely, albeit handsome and hunky, hero. This movie has that in spades. Yes, it requires a certain willing suspension of disbelief, but don’t all action movies? I am happy to report that Gerard Butler must have fired his agent, as he has transitioned from crappy romantic comedy protagonist to spot-on action hero, a role for which he is much better suited.