Author: JimmyD

Abduction ( 2011 ) – Review

Abduction starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina and directed by John Singleton is an Action, Drama, Mystery and Thriller genre film taking place in modern day Pennsylvania. “What if your entire life was a lie?” Nathan ( Taylor Lautner ) is a normal teen: he likes partying, loves his parents even if he doesn’t get along with them all of the time, is a member of the school wrestling team, and has a crush on a girl at school.  Only, he’s not so normal.  When Nathan finds a picture of himself when he was eight on a missing children’s site, his whole world is turned upside down.  Suddenly there are people after him, some trying to capture him, some trying to kill him.  Who he can and can’t trust is all blurred, and he is living life on the run.  Together with his long time friend Karen ( Lily Collins ), they find that they must end this themselves.  But how do you end something you don’t understand?  And how do you fight something you can’t see?  With determination, stubbornness and a life-time of training he never knew he received, they might just have a chance…. This movie is an interesting twist for a love story.  This film almost tries to define a new genre of film: something along the lines of a modern teen genre.  It has violence,...

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The Eagle ( 2011 ) – Review

The Eagle starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and directed by Kevin Macdonald is an Adventure and Drama genre film taking place in 140 AD Britain. As Rome is taking over Britain, one symbol stands out above all others: the Eagle.  Symbolizing everything that Rome stands for, it’s their pride and joy.  But then a Roman commander leads the Ninth legion into Northern Britain with it and they are never seen again.  Twenty years later, that commander’s son, Marcus ( Channing Tatum ), along with his slave Esca ( Jamie Bell ), set out to find the Eagle and restore his family’s name.  However, an entire legion didn’t disappear because of nothing, and they will have their work cut of for themselves if they are to get out alive. This movie is a great war movie.  It has a number of fight scenes, and they don’t try very hard to hide what happens in them.  These fight scenes are great shows of courage and are pumping with testosterone!  But this movie also has a great story line with it and you’ll be wanting the characters to win. The characters themselves are well defined and don’t venture outside of the way they should act.  The main star, Marcus ( Tatum ), is a very brave, noble and caring person, as well as being a warrior and doing what he knows he has too.  His...

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War Horse ( 2011 ) – Review

War Horse staring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson and David Thewlis is a Drama, History and War genre movie taking place shortly before, during and to the end of World War I. When an injured and drinking farmer buys a beautiful young horse instead of a plough animal, his wife is outraged.  However his teenage son, Albert ( Jeremy Irvine ), bonds quite well with the young horse named Joey, and they become very close.  But when the war starts up and Joey is sold to an Army-man as a battle horse, Albert makes a promise to Joey: that he will find him, no matter what the effort.  However, the war has other plans.  In the face of war, surrounded by life, death, happiness and misery, will Joey and Albert have the courage to fight through all that comes in their way to get back to each other?  Or will they even live long enough to have a chance? This is a very powerful movie!  The whole time I was watching it I was engrossed!  War Horse is pretty unique in it’s story, and Director Steven Spielberg did such a marvelous job telling it that I would advise everyone to watch this movie, and perhaps even add it to your movie collection!  The movie is full of plot twists, you never know what’s coming next; you can be laughing one second and crying...

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Soul Surfer ( 2011 ) – Review

Soul Surfer staring AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and Lorraine Nicholson is a True Life, Biography, Drama, Sport and Family genre film taking place in modern day Hawaii. Bethany Hamilton ( AnnaSophia Robb ) has grown up in the water.  Being the daughter of two avid surfers, you could say that surfing is in her blood.  After being chosen as the favorite for the National Championships, Hamilton, along with her best friend Alana Blanchard ( Lorraine Nicholson ), is feeling on top of the world.  But when a shark attacks her on a calm surfing trip with friends and she loses her left arm, she will have to learn to do everything differently, including surfing.  With a loving, supporting family, a strong belief in God, and a passion as determined and unstoppable as the waves she surfs, is she really out for the count?  Or, will she be the iconic come-back story that inspires the world? Inspirational.  That is the first word that comes to mind.  I could use that one word as the whole review.  Inspirational.  This movie makes you want to go out and do the impossible.  It makes you want to jump out of your seat and help someone.  Bethany Hamilton is such a caring, fun loving and kind hearted girl that you can’t help but like her.  You are immediately drawn into the character’s...

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Tower Heist ( 2011 ) – Review

Tower Heist, staring Ben Stiller, Edie Murphy and Alan Alda, is an Action, Comedy, Crime genre film taking place in modern day New York. Josh Kovacs ( Ben Stiller ) is a very devoted building manager for a prestigious apartment complex in New York City.  One billionaire resident, Arthur Shaw ( Alan Alda ), is a financier with whom Kovacs is very close to and plays chess with every day electronically.  But when Shaw is arrested for fraud, and all of the employee’s money Kovacs had trusted Shaw with is gone, he begins to rethink what kind of a man Shaw really is.  When the loss of the employee’s life savings leads to a tragedy, Kovacs realizes what he must do.  Putting together a team of not-so-talented former employees, an evicted resident, and down-town thief, Slide ( Edie Murphy ), to rob Shaw of the twenty million dollars the FBI can’t find is a sure fire recipe for comedy. Or is it?  While there were a number of comical scenes in the film, they were mostly stupid comedy.  You know witty comedy?  The kind that shows class and style.  This film has little of that.  Stupid comedy, although it is ranking pretty high in today’s society, is not my idea of good comedy.  In one scene two main stars are arguing about when they were in day care together...

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