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Yep, it's almost Halloween, that means time for another SAW flick since they are released every year at this time. Back at the directing helm is Darren Bousman who has done parts 2 and 3. Writing team is two dudes not connected with any of the previous SAW movies....let's see how they do.
The opening scene is an autopsy sequence that hits you right between the eyes with some very graphic images, complete with =squish= sounds as the body of Jigsaw is sliced and diced. Hope you didn't eat too much before attending as this is GROSS! Yep, this is going to be one for the most hardcore gore-fans out there!
The plot starts developing from here and it is all about the origins of the Jigsaw killer and scenes from his past that haven't been shown or explored in the SAW series. This gives a pretty good foundation for setting up all the "game" scenes that follow and kind of a whodunit aspect.
The torture/challenge/game/whatever scenes are definitely pretty clever. They tend to be better IMHO than either part 2 or 3. They certainly deliver some gruesome payoffs that will please the bloodlust crowd. Pretty intense and well-done. I LOVED some of the scenes, and there are plenty of them too.
Without going too much into the plot and what happens, let me say that the groundwork for future SAW movies is laid here, and it's fairly convincing. They are going to have a difficult time coming up with originality, but I sort of thought that 2 SAW movies ago, and they've done pretty well:) Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and thought it was better than 2 or 3, both of which I also liked. Hey, I'm a fan of the SAW series
My main gripe is that Bousman is too hung-up on jump-cut editing and unnecessary effects that detract from the mayhem sometimes instead of adding to it. His background before SAW 2 was MTV, and it shows here with the flashing an strobe-light efffects. He's passable at best. The acting is pretty bad, a trait of all the SAW movies. I mean, they just have some real Grade C acting talent and Bousamn isn't good enough to get much out of them besides the bare necessities of making the movie work. Oh well
I give this SAW an 8/10
and highly recommend it to fans of the horror genre. I'd say it's slightly better than 2 and 3 because the torture-test scenes are more original and the overall story a little more developed. Not as good as SAW 1, but duh, that's a given. A little better direction and this would be a 9, even if with the mediocre cast.
Ex-pro rassler' Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson continues his film career in a Disney family-oriented flick, The Gameplan
. Let's see how this #1 movie at the box office 2 weeks in a row holds up:
Ever heard of this plot before? Egocentric, selfish, ME-ME-ME guy enjoying his day-to-day existence suddenly has a kid show up on his doorstep that happens to be his. Of course, he didn't know the kid even existed before! He's got a funny pet too! Sound like BIG DADDY
? Oh yeah. In this case, The Rock is a pro football(not NFL, that might have cost rights fees for Disney) QB with a Elvis-obsession instead of a slacker, but the basic plot is almost identical to Big Daddy, minus the cruder, edgier parts. And minus ANY humor whatsoever.
Disney didn't set the bar very high for this movie. Get a known commodity in The Rock, throw in some kid who is supposed to be all cute and adorable(she isn't), get a few minor characters who are of little interest, some responsible female who is attractive and steers The Rock in the right way, blah blah blah, release it now!
The target audience for this movie is about 8 years old. I guess they expected the parents to NOT watch it, but drop the kids off and sneak over to the next screen in the multiplex and watch something else. This is a really BAD movie. Besides the utter lack of any originality whatsoever, it's not funny. It tells a morality tale that also is executed very weakly. The "cute" kid is boring. The Rock has nothing to work with here and any of the edgier parts of his personality that made him so popular in the WWE and other films is unused completely.
Women may enjoy this more than us dudes as there is a lot of Rock eye-candy with him shirtless in several scenes. Disney decided to CG-out his large tattoo he has on his chest and shoulder...guess that's not "kid friendly" or something. They had no problem though locking-in on the female ballet teacher's chest when she's in ballet tights and apparently cold. They focus right on her chest and leave it there. Then, do it again. Sloppy editing I guess or that's supposed to be eye-candy for the guys. Blehhh.NUK throws a flag on this movie for a personal foul and penalizes it 15 yards for sucking and wasting my time.
The kids in attendance were mildly entertained, but please, it doesn't take much to amuse the kids I took
I could have said "dookie" in the car on the way over and they would have laughed more than they did for The Gameplan. I've seen porno flicks with more original scripts and direction than this movie. While it's hard to judge a movie for kids by any kind of adult standard, hell, I'm going to anyway! I give this clunker a 3 out of 10. Take the kids to a museum or the real theater or even walk in the park and wait for the DVD if they still want to see this dud. On the Pain Scale, it's not as bad as sitting through a sappy chick-flick, but it's on par with being forced to watch 90mins or so of the LIFETIME channel.
Yeah, yeah, haven't done a review in a while so I thought I'd get back with the program. Let's take a look at what is sure to be a big hit from the Farrelly Brothers(Something About Mary
among others) starring Ben Stiller, The Heartbreak Kid
This raunchy comedy could almost be considered a sequel to Something About Mary as you've got Ben Stiller paying the same kind of role and a blonde actress Malin Akerman who has a very strong resemblance to Cameron Diaz. Yeah, the casting is intentional here.
Basic plot is Stiller marrying way too soon and discovering his now-wife is a nut-job and falling for another woman in Cabo while on his honeymoon. Of course, the other woman isn't aware of Stiller's marital status and neither is her hick family who are hilarious. Along for the ride playing Dad is Ben Stiller's actual father, Jerry Stiller, playing the kind of lounge-lizard perv old man role that he usually does. That's your plot synopisis:)
This movie is hilarious if you like the kind of humor of Something About Mary. Others might be a little offended as it's pretty dirty in parts.
but the audience that liked Mary or SuperBadd is really going to eat this up. Skillful directing and timing and some subtle humor mixes well with the outrageous parts to prop-up a pretty simplistic script and turn it into the funniest flick I've seen in quite a while. I can't really describe some of the better scenes here on a family-type forum so you'll have to see it to believe it.
I'd definitely see this one again and I'd give it a 9 out of 10. Maybe not as "classic" as Something About Mary, but it stands on its merits as quite a funny, raunchy movie.
Lots of female nudity and some sex along with even pot-smoking(like Mary again). F-word galore. Yeah, leave the kids at home for this one
Look for a brief appearance of Eva Longoria(yum) at the end.
Let's see if HOSTEL 2
can manage to live up to the very good original or if it's just another BS sequel. We have the moneyman Quentin Tarantino producing it and Eli Roth again writing and directing it. What could go wrong?
Uh, it's a BS sequel and that's being very generous.
This movie is absolute suck and makes 90mins seem like 300mins.
First off, ignore the mentally-challenged movie critics who seemingly get paid to say totally ignorant and asinine stuff like "Hostel 2 is sadism for entertainment!" or "Eli Roth wants to direct a snuff film next."
It's not anything like HOSTEL was in terms of violence, gore, sadism, whatever. This is a pretty tame gore flick by gore standards. I can see why some got hot and bothered over the first one...this? The only reason to get upset over this film is how bad it is, not because there is anything remotely as gross than the original.
If you saw the original, this one takes a similar path only it's 3 women running around Eastern Europe who fall into the "Elite Hunting Club." Unlike the first flick where the guys got to enjoy plenty of sex and drugs and the time of their lives, these 3 women can't get their party on too much because...well...uh...I'm not sure why not. It's not like the movie is full of lots of torture and mayhem. Oh wait, this one tries to develop the would-be torturers' characters a little more. Bad move here as it doesn't work at all. You care little for the victims or the torturers and the torture scenes are brief and lame. In other words, everything goes wrong.
I have to say this is one of the worst horror movies I have seen recently, right DOWN there with Hills Have Eyes 2
which was completely terrible. Maybe give HOSTEL 2 a limp 3 out of 10. Very poorly-executed story, actors/plot that no one could care less about and no payoff in the supposed torture/violent scenes. AVOID.
It doesn't take a genius to see that this movie is going to disappear from theaters in a hurry because it's the summer blockbuster season and the movie happens to suck big-time. Maybe Tarantino will get a clue and try something original instead of a re-hash of genre remakes. Grindhouse was a big fat flop and I'd say Hostel 2 will also be too. Bleh.
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