September 2011 Mini-Reviews

Shark Night 3D – 1 out of 5
This film had one mistake that made it trip over itself at every level. It advertised itself as the next Piranha 3D, but unlike that film, it was only rated PG-13. This hindered it. Without the over the top sex and violence which made the other film actually enjoyable, it fell flat.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – 1 out of 5
This film not only failed in being scary, it also had incredibly bland characters. The “monsters” in the film just seem lame and the acting never brings it to a respectable level.

Warrior – 4 out of 5
Warrior is a film that gets a lot of things right. It’s similar to other fighting film. What is great is about this flick, though, is that Warrior puts two different fighting stories and puts them in one. The acting is good in the film and the characters are attachable. As a plus, the fights were intense and exciting.

Drive – 5 out of 5
Wow, Ryan Gosling is really getting on my good side. First “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and now this film. This film really shows his range, Gosling shines through out this movie. The action in this film is thrilling and sets up a lot of suspense also. The car chases are amazing, usually very quiet and subtle and yet wildly exciting at the same time. The pacing and the characters in the film really reminded me of last year’s “The American” with George Clooney, a movie that made it on my top 10 list of 2010. The same can be said about “Drive” for 2011.

Killer Elite – 2 out of 5
This is a film that I REALLY wanted to enjoy more, however it just didn’t do it for me. The acting from everyone was legit but there was never any fight scene or car chase or character that pushed it into overdrive for me. It almost felt like this film didn’t know if it wanted to be a smarter action film or a more exploitative over the top action film. I think that’s what dragged it down.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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