Well there’s good news and bad news with R.I.P.D. First the good news, it’s not the Men in Black rip-off that the trailer makes it out to be, however the bad news is the movie also isn’t any better than the trailer makes it out to be. I will say this is a rare instance where I have not read the comic that the movie is made from so I’m sure there are some things I’m missing. Robert Schwentke directed this, the only thing that I’ve seen that he directed was the underwhelming Red, so it’s not too shocking that this movie turned out the way it did. We’ve also got Ryan Reynolds in yet another comic book movie; seriously this guy has been in more comic movies than non-ones at this point I think. Luckily though we’ve also got Jeff Bridges, the shining light of this movie. Jeff Bridges is pretty great in R.I.P.D.; if the movie had just been him doing what he does it’d have been great. Kevin Bacon was also an unexpected surprise. Basically Nick (Ryan Reynolds) dies, he’s a cop, he gets recruited to the R.I.P.D. to hunt down dead people that are still on earth. There he and his partner Roy (Jeff Bridges) uncover some world ending plot and have to stop it blah blah blah. I’m not sure if I’ll say just avoid this movie because Jeff Bridges is damn entertaining, but be aware that he’s pretty much the only good thing in here, if you’re going to watch it, do it for free.
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February 17, 2012
I was mostly pretty excited to see this movie; it’d been a good while since I’ve seen this type of action movie. The only problem I predicted by the trailers was Ryan Reynolds, I’m not too sold on him as an action movie star, but that crack only shined through a couple times, though most of the movie Reynolds holds it up because he actually is a damn good actor. The man really at the center of the movie though is Denzel Washington, he’s one of the greatest actors of the era and he’s always a badass when he’s in an action movie. And as an added bonus Robert Patrick is even in here for a little bit. Onto the actual movie though, Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is a traitor to the nation, and pretty much every other intelligence agency in the world. An ex-CIA man that started selling off secrets to the highest bidder. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a man that works at a safe house where Tobin is brought to once he is captured. Some shit goes down and Matt has to take Tobin on the run. The rest of it is you’re pretty standard fair action movie, and it does have some great action scenes. Awesome fights, cool car chases, some shootouts, you won’t be bored watching this. There’s also a lot of cloak and dagger stuff in here being a movie centered on the CIA, most of that is where the movie falls short. The twists are pretty lame, and the ending is kind of weak too. But the action really makes up for any other area the movie might be lacking in. If you’re a fan of the espionage action movies you’ll definitely want to see Safe House.
June 27, 2011
They finally made a Green Lantern movie, and I for one, as a big Green Lantern was both excited and fearful. I know to pull off a good Green Lantern a lot of CGI would be needed and CG is one of my most hated things in movies, mostly because it looks like shit most of the time, more on that in a minute though. First Ryan Reynolds, some people were happy about him being Hal Jordan/Green Lantern some people were happy. I thought he was a pretty good choice and it turns out this was correct. He did a great job as both Hal Jordon test pilot and as space cop Green Lantern. Peter Sarsgaard also did a pretty great job as Hector Hammond, I was a little surprised to even see Hammond in the movie as he isn’t a predominant villain these days but it worked out nicely. Now for the effects of the movie, the power ring needed a lot of them, sure they may have looked cheesy but at least they didn’t look super shitty which is what I feared, but past that what was just straight up impressive was the alien life needed for the movie. Sinestro, Tomar-Re, Kilowog and all the rest of the lanterns looked great. I couldn’t have been happier, except the movie really could have used way more Kilowog; we got him for about a minute and a half. However it wasn’t all happy, Parallax is a different story. Personally I wouldn’t have even had it in the movie, but it was there, and even worse it looked pretty shitty. I realize something like is hard to put up on a movie screen but why a giant cloud? Ugh. As far as the plot and all that shit goes it was pretty well done. They crammed a lot into the movie without making it seem too rushed or cramped. They had a quick but well done origin story, and some super villain fights, they even saved the universe. I could have done with a lot of the ‘love story’ being chopped out but I guess you’ve gotta have something for everybody. It was a solid comic movie for Green Lantern, it wasn’t fucking amazing and it probably won’t blow you away but they did a good job. I do think however this is a movie you’ll need to be a reader of the Green Lantern comics to really appreciate, if you’re not it might seem like too much is coming at you and it’s all just stupid. Green Lantern fans can breathe a sigh of relief and check this out, everyone else go read some comics before you see it. A lot of them.
September 21, 2009
Director Greg Mottola who we know from Superbad brings us Adventureland. Not a star studded movie but you don’t need big names to make a great movie, and this proves it. One thing I will say for this movie that seems to be a trend now a days is its not a comedy but it was marketed as such. Adventureland is about a kid who goes to work at an amusement park, finds a girl, who turns out to be the other woman already involved with a married guy and falls in love with her. More of a romance drama deal but it does have some laughs. Bill Hader is in this one providing most of the comedy. Also appearing is Ryan Reynolds who surprisingly provides no jokes at all. Despite being not the comedy I expected to see Adventureland was pretty great.
April 8, 2009
This movie is very highly anticipated for a lot of people, myself included, it was announced my first thought was “fucking awesome” then my immediate second though was “I hope it doesn’t suck”. Then the trailer was released and it looked like there was a green light to get excited, but I still held my reservations because I still remember the shitiligy that was the X-Men movies. Well one thing this movie succeeded on was being vastly better than any of the X-Men movies, in fact it was better than all three combined, granted that wasn’t too hard of a feat to pull off. It more or less follows the Wolverine Origins comic story with a few inconsistencies. For the most part I thought it was pretty good, not great, and not terrible. That is until ‘Weapon XI’ shows up, then we have about twenty minutes of pure and total shit. That aside Hugh Jackman still does a good job filling as Wolverine, Liev Schreiber gets the job done as Sabretooth (although I’m pretty sure the name Sabretooth is never in the movie), and Kevin Durand is pretty decent as the Blob. However that’s about as far as it goes. Taylor Kitsch was a pretty shitty Remy LeBeau/Gambit, but to be fair, I’m not sure how much of that was truly his fault, and the one that really surprised me was there was a very bad version of everybody’s favorite “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool aka Wade Wilson, trying to fill those shoes was a man I’m a fan of, Ryan Reynolds. I’m going to cut Ryan some slack here though and blame the script, he really didn’t have much of a role, and the action sequences he was in were pretty shitty but I still feel like given the chance he could have lived up to what it should have been. Also in this movie was the pain in the ass I can never escape, Scott Summers, I’ve always hated this douche bag, even when I was a kid and now he’s gotta pop up in every movie having remotely to do with the X-Men, it’s maddening. All in this entire movie was not good, but realistically it could have been much worse. I hesitate to blame the Director, Gavin Hood or the writer, David Benioff sense they’ve had very little experience in either roles but I really don’t see where else I can put the blame for this movie. I mean I would like to thank them for not throwing another piece of X-shit on me but I still feel this could have been so much better. Ah you know what, screw it, I’m blaming the failure of this entirely on Scott Summers.