Gladiator

July 13, 2009

Gladiator

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/

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I omitted a trailer because it honestly sucks and ruins a good scene. The movie focuses on Maximus, a commander of the Northern Roman Army, who the emperor wishes to lead Rome. When the emperor’s son hears of this outrage it prompts retaliation and he unleashes hell by ordering the execution of Maximus, his son, and his wife.

This is the story of the arena and one man’s fall from glory and rise to Rome. A movie of retribution via indirect influence of the people that define Rome.

8/10

The Killing Gene

July 7, 2009

W Delta Z / The Killing Gene

imdb: Spoils it even from the single sentence ‘plot’.
youtube: no trailer found

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So I’ve had this movie laying around for god knows how long and refusing to watch it because the title sounded retarded. It was labeled “The Killing Gene”. Actual title is “W delta Z”. In short, it had the atmosphere of Saw with the integrity of Se7en. Not a bad blend although the movie was far closer to Se7en. Despite the box art above being in spanish, the movie is in English with an amazing cast. One of my favorites being Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting, Angels and Demons, ect). The movie had a grunge/ sifting through filth vibe with a dirty-cop undertone. I’m typically not a fan of them but this was able to break free from it with rather vivid and disturbing acts of violence.

The character development was subtle and only present within two individuals. The presumed main-character’s story arch wasn’t satisfying and ended abruptly. Overall the movie’s plot can be summed up as “innocence lost” and “poor science”. Despite not being anywhere close to the level of movies I planned on mentioning here.. the fact that it was able to remind me of Saw and The Brave One (two movies I hate) and have me think of Se7en and leave me nodding in approval just before credits is worth a small mention.

It was a movie of vindication, broken bottle rape, shots of cigarettes being lit and smoked, and regaining a grasp on life via anyways possible. Rather decent and broke away from cliche in many ways.

6.5/10

The Hurt Locker

June 21, 2009

THE HURT LOCKER

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvMfyK9vGtI&feature

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One of the most surprising movies I’ve seen all year. The movie takes place in Iraq… yet has not even a hint of “pro America”, “anti war”, or POLITICS. It’s just a setting for something a bit deeper and more enthralling. There is no testosterone-fueled combat, big guns, or stupid “war is hell” moments. The director is a woman to boot. Probably what makes this movie feel like a breath of fresh-air compared to it’s counter parts. I honestly came close to considering it one of the top five movies I’ve ever seen. It’s at least top ten.

The ending drives this movie home and leaves you with an awkward aftertaste that takes moments to fully process and mull over.

I am also taking this time to invent a arbitrary rating system. I give this movie a
9.1 / 10