Thursday, September 28, 2006


I will be out of town this weekend, so I wont be having any reviews, despite the fact that there are cool flicks showing this week. I wont be leaving you this week for nothing; I’ll be giving you a preview of what’s new this week…

- Synopsis: Chev Chelios is about to begin his morning with an unexpected wake-up call. Groggy, practically unable to move and with a heart that's barely beating, he hears the voice of thug Ricky Verona, who reveals Chev has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live. As it turns out, Chev is a hit man who freelances for a major West Coast syndicate. A run of the mill job the night before instead went awry: he let his target slip away in an effort to quit professional killing and start a new life with his girlfriend Eve. Now, Chev must keep moving to stay alive: the only way to prolong the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. As the clock ticks, Chelios cuts a swath through the streets of Los Angeles, wreaking havoc on those who dare stand in his way. He must rescue Eve from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses and search for an antidote to save his own life.
- Critical Consensus: CRANK received a fairly balanced critical consensus among critics worldwide, citing it as one very intense action-thriller, on the other hand, it seems to have disappointed some other critics, who may just have been non-action movie fans.
- Personal Take: Ever since Jason Statham has taken on a slick underworld character in Guy Ritchie's SNATCH and has later established himself as an action hero in the Transporter, and after other cool roles in movies such as in MEAN MACHINE, it is hard to just underestimate Statham's movies (well, except for the awful kung-fu sci-fi "The One").

CRANK has a somewhat unique storyline for an action film, that could possibly go down in action movie history. I have faith in such a film, ESPECIALLY if you’re an action film director
- Overall: For hard-edged Action Junkies

- Synopsis: Out patrolling a California highway, police officer Edward Malus stops a station wagon to return a little girl's lost doll. Moments later, a runaway truck slams into the station wagon, igniting it into a fiery wreck with the mother and child trapped inside. Edwards fails to save them before the car explodes--and then spends months of his life choking down pills to get the image of their faces out of his head. But Edward is about to get a second chance. A desperate letter from his former fiancee, Willow, arrives at his home with no postmark. Willow came into his life and left just as unexpectedly years before. But now, her daughter Rowan has gone missing, and Edward is the only person she trusts to help relocate her. She asks him to come to her home on a private island--Summersisle--a place with its own traditions where people observe a forgotten way of life. Edward seizes the opportunity to make his life right again, and soon finds himself on a seaplane bound for the islands of the Pacific Northwest. But nothing is what it seems on isolated Summersisle, where a culture, dominated by its matriarch Sister Summersisle, is bound together by arcane traditions and a pagan festival known as "the Day of Death and Rebirth." The secretive people of Summersisle only ridicule his investigation, insisting that a child named Rowan never existed there--or if she ever did was no longer alive. But what Edward doesn't know is that Willow's plea for help has invited more into his life than a chance for redemption. In unraveling Summersisle's closely held secrets, Edward is drawn into a web of ancient traditions and murderous deceit, and each step he takes closer to the lost child brings him one step closer to the unspeakable. And one step closer to The Wicker Man.
-Critical Consensus: Critics lambaste this remake of a horror classic, with a solid thumbs down
-Personal Take: Sure, I’d want to watch this movie, the trailer has captured my interest, but i wouldnt expect too much. THE (original) WICKER MAN (1975) was a horror classic which is up there with other horror classics such as The Exorcist, and of course, it is hard to top that or even to make a satisfactory remake of it.
- Overall: It’s a horror flick but don’t expect it to be phenomenal

- Synopsis: A former superhero is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into new heroes at a private academy.
-Critical Consensus
With a firm judgment and a solid thumbs down, critics all over the world have deemed this super-hero-comedy flick to be a bore.
-Personal Take
It's a superhero comedy that is not based from any existing comic book, like "Sky High" but then again, this comedy does promise to have the innovative humor of "Sky High". It wasn’t also marketed well, which is a reason why there isn’t much interest that this thing gives on me. I saw the trailer once and there was no glint of originality, add to that is the bad reviews its getting... you may want to just skip this one and watch either Wicker Man &/or Crank instead. But if you have children with you, well, they may want to watch this kiddie flick.
- Overall: Treat it as a family movie; the kind you bring your kids to

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