September 2012 Mini Reviews

Premium Rush – High 2 out of 5
If Stallone hadn’t already used the title “Over the Top” for one of his movies, it would have been a perfect fit for this flick. Everything about “Premium Rush” is over exaggerated, the acting and the action feels like it’s out of a cartoon. What helps the film is that it felt like it knew that it was over the top, the movie had a tounge-in-cheek attitude which made it fun and humorous. Unfortunately, the film ran just a bit too long and the story and characters didn’t have enough depth to sustain it.

For a Good Time, Call… – High 3 out of 5
“For a Good Time, Call…” is a comedy that I enjoyed quite a bit. I liked the two main characters, I felt the actresses had good comedic chemistry and the supporting cast, mainly Justin Long, delivered well. It’s not the funniest film out there but it did give me enough laughs for a high rating, just barely below a 4 out of 5. The humor did fall a bit on the raunchy however the film was able to write good jokes around it and it worked.

Lawless – 2 out of 5
Here’s a film that I think could have turned out a lot better than it did. “Lawless” had an interesting premise, however the plot structure really seemed to collapse in many places.

Everything felt a bit rushed, especially the ending. The acting was okay, I liked Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, however the main focus was on the characters played by Guy Pearce, who’s exaggerated performance didn’t mesh with the film, and Shia LaBeouf. With Shia, it always seems like he can’t separate himself from the characters he plays, it happened here and it’s happened in past films like “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” There were some interesting moments however for the most part it was rather disappointing.

Resident Evil: Retribution – 0.5 out of 5
I’m actually shocked at how bad a series can get. “Resident Evil: Retribution” is a terrible film, The character Alice, has no character, neither do any of the other ones. Here we are introduced to characters from the game, Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong, both were empty shells. The only thing Director Paul W.S. Anderson did was put whatever he thought looked cool in the film. Maybe Anderson should get into the video game business since this movie plays out basically like a video game, with the “characters” having to go through different levels. The last shot of the film is laughable because of how stupid it is.

They even bring back Michelle Rodriguez who is just wasted here, offering nothing really new. $10 bucks says that one of the first scenes in the sixth movie will be Alice waking up at some unspecified location.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but 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 now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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