Second favorite movie of the year.
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Matthew McConaughey is back and in top form and I couldn’t wait for that to happen. Having so much critical failures it’s about time he makes something decent.
It’s funny it’s the genre that brought him to the map. The first time people seen him was in Dazed and Confuse, but I saw him in A Time To Kill where he did a great performance alongside some heavy hitters. Sandra Bullock and Samuel Jackson.
He works best in thrillers we all saw Frailty which was a good flick and showed his chops. Even though he had a small role.
Now he returns in The Lincoln Lawyer as Mickey Haller a attorney who works from his black Lincoln and mostly defends criminals. One day a rich kid played by Ryan Philippe gets accused of beating a girl and hires Mickey to defend him. Strangely as the case gets bigger there’s a much bigger web of mystery to be solved.
The acting is the strongest part of the film and it has a great cast. Including Marisa Tomei and William H. Macy. Each actor brings it in this one. Everybody here is strong and charismatic. Ryan Philippe explores some very deep levels in his performance and it was pretty impressive.
What bogs down the film though is that it follows formula to the key instead of trying something different. So it makes it very predictable.
Other then that its enjoyable courtroom drama that proves McConaughey still got it in him.
The Adjustment Bureau is a electrifying film that shows a great version of how we question our existence.
Matt Damon stars as David Norris a up and coming politician running for senate. One day a tabloid digs up a embarrassing prank that he did a long time ago and he basically loses the office. He goes to the bathroom and gloats and meets Elise played by Emily Blunt a girl who’s hiding out in the Men’s bathroom. She inspires him to make a speech that changes his image towards the people.
He falls in love with her and they meet again but that was a accident and was not suppose to happen according to these 1950’s clothes wearing people. Who wants them separated because of a higher purpose.
I don’t want to ruin this great film for anybody. This movie makes everything work. Good chemistry between Blunt and Damon, and great conversations about faith, religion and free will. A very smart script and good direction. I love how the fact there is no villain, it’s people with a concern for the greater good. They just don’t agree with each other.
It’s been a long time since there was a movie where two people actually see each other eye to eye and have a conversation. This movie strangely allows that happen and feels great to see that again. The film was directed by George Nolfi this is his film debut and he might be a director to be reckon with in the future.
Some people might not like the ending because it doesn’t fall on the trappings of a cliche ending. Name a religious experience that ended with answers instead of questions. You won’t find much.
One of the best of 2011.
Unknown is a film the stars Liam Neeson in Europe trying to solve a mystery….but wait hold on…hold on… Didn’t we see this in Taken…
The film starts Neeson a scientist Dr. Harris who’s doing a presentation in Germany and he’s there with his wife played by January Jones. When they get to the hotel he notices he’s missing a bag and goes and grabs another cab to go back to the airport. He gets into a car accident and wakes up four days later in a hospital bed. He’s been in a coma, whats more strangely is that his wife and nobody has came looking for him he’s also lost his memory.
When he goes back to his wife she doesn’t recognized him and claims that he’s not her husband. There is somebody else who is Dr. Harris. He treks through Germany trying to solve the web of mystery around him.
They should create a new genre called “Liam Neeson kicking ass in Europe” I would watch that everyday no problem!!!
The problem with Unknown is that it’s extremely implausible and the things that happen with Neeson is pretty much hard to believe. Also while watching the film is like watching a knock off The Bourne movies.
The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra he’s the one behind House of Wax and Orphan. House of Wax is not that great but Orphan is a well made horror film for the genre nothing more and nothing less.
Unknown is well directed and Neeson gives it his all only to make the movie an enjoyable but forgettable thriller.
How Do You Know is the perfect example of a great cast and a great director coming together and just making a stinker. It’s impressive how they can just screw it up huh.
Reese Witherspoon plays a famous softball player who gets cut and starts a relationship with an other famous athlete, played by Owen Wilson. Happening at the same time Paul Rudd’s character is being sued and its not getting any kinda help from his psycho but eccentric father played by Jack Nicholson.
Of course Rudd and Witherspoon have a cute meet and the film tries to explore their complexities. Relationship and in their careers.
The movie fails by the tedious way this film is being directed. It feels really overblown and it feels very overwritten. Everybody does their best to push through but its not really enough. It tries too hard to to push its themes and its exhausting to watch.
The film is directed by James L. Brooks who brought us films like Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good as it Gets. So this is a huge misfire guys its just not worth it. He can do better.
A great cast helped by not much though.