REVIEW: ‘Killers’

Director:
Robert Luketic
Cast:
Ashton Kutcher
Katherine Heigl
Tom Selleck
Catherine O’Hara
Rated: PG-13

After seeing this I felt like I had been punked out of my money when leaving the theater by Mr. Kutcher.

The film follows Jen (Heigl, who while on vacation with her parents meets another single named Spencer (Kutcher). Although they have an awkward meeting, the two hit it off and eventually get married.

Their relationship starts off well enough, but after settling into their lives things begin to change. This is mainly due to Spencer being a spy and having people out to kill him. The result is Spencer going on the run with his wife.

The film is a complete mess in terms of its story telling. Not only does it feature cliches in the action and romcom department, the filmmakers couldn’t seem to decide on a good tone for the flick, either. Sometimes it seems to lean toward a more satirical look at marriage and other times it goes for over the top action comedy and it simply never meshes.

The script was lacking, too, with much of the dialogue trying to come off as witty, but feeling more mean spirited, making much of the picture unlikable. Additionally, the film features a twist toward the end that crashes the whole thing even more.

The worst offenders in the film, though, lie with the performances. Heigl, for example, did nothing with her character but shriek, yell and whine. This became grating really fast and made her intolerable.

Kutcher, meanwhile, was basically just playing himself which isn’t saying too much. Kutcher isn’t awful in comedic roles, but he just doesn’t have a high level of screen presence and he also doesn’t have chemistry with Heigl.

The action in the film was likely the best part of the movie. Despite the acting being bland and annoying and the story and the script not holding much weight, the action sequences were actually somewhat competently made.

In the end, that’s not much of a saving grace. The action might have at least made this watchable, but all of the other issues along with that horrific plot twist at the end push this one far down. 1 out of 5.

This review was first produced for the KSDM-KGHS Radio Station in International Falls, Minn.

REVIEW: ‘Robin Hood’

Director:
Ridley Scott
Cast:
Russell Crowe
Cate Blanchett
Max von Sydow
Mark Strong
Oscar Isaac
Mark Addy
Matthew Macfadyen
Kevin Durand
Rated: PG-13

This film probably would have done better with the title “Robin Begins” because this is a prequel.

The movie picks up with a young Robin Longstride (Crowe) who’s following King Richard Lionheart (Danny Huston) into battle. During the war, King Richard dies, making Prince John (Oscar Isaac) the King of England. During that same time, a character Godfrey (Strong) works as a double agent, pretending to be British but fully backing a French invasion.

As this happens, Robin returns to England and goes to the area of Nottingham. Arriving there, Robin begins impersonating another person to help a family keep their land and in doing so, he marries a woman named Marion (Blanchett).

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REVIEW: ‘Iron Man 2’

Director:
Jon Favreau
Cast:
Robert Downey Jr.
Don Cheadle
Scarlett Johansson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Sam Rockwell
Mickey Rourke
Samuel L. Jackson
Rated: PG-13

Iron Man has finally returned, but did this film live up to its original.

The movie takes place after some time has past since Tony Stark revealed to the world that he’s the hero Iron Man. In light of this, Stark holds a large expo to not only tout his technology, but also inspire other scientific achievements.

However, problems for the metal clad protagonist start to mount quickly. A new villain named Whiplash (Rourke) with a vendetta against Stark’s family teams up with a rival technology CEO, Justin Hammer (Rockwell) to eliminate Iron Man. Additionally, Stark is suffering from a new disease caused by his arc reactor in his chest and he’s unsure of what to do. Plus, the government begins to distrust Tony.

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March-April 2010 Mini-Reviews

Our Family Wedding: 2/5
This movie staring Carlos Mencia and Forest Whitaker had potential with a humorous premise but just turned out to be another run of the mill wedding movie that mostly used some racial humor. Simply put, it didn’t work. Plus Mencia can’t really act and Whitaker was phoning it in.

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REVIEW: ‘The Losers’

Director:
Sylvain White
Cast:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Zoe Saldana
Chris Evans
Idris Elba
Columbus Short
Óscar Jaenada
Rated: PG-13

Guns blazing and one liners, what could go wrong with this film?

Well, plenty,. “The Losers” follows a team of special operatives that includes Clay (Morgan), Jensen (Evans), Pooch (Elba), Rogue, (Short) and Cougar (Jaenada). The film picks up with the group wrapping up a mission when they are set up by the villain of the film, Max, played by Jason Patrick. In order to clear their names, the group seeks the help of a woman named Aisha, played by Saldana.

What takes place next is an adventure to hunt down their enemy and restore their names.

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REVIEW: ‘Kick-Ass’

Director:
Matthew Vaughn
Cast:
Aaron Johnson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Chloe Moretz
Nicolas Cage
Rated: R

Bar none, “Kick-Ass” is one of the best comic-book films ever made.

The film tells the story of Dave Lizewski (Johnson), a high school student and avid comic book reader who eventually decides to become a superhero himself. After some stumbles along the way, Dave establishes himself with a suit and the name Kick-Ass and ends up becoming an internet sensation.

Initially, Dave enjoys the newfound fame, but trouble shows up, too. By being a superhero, Dave get the attention of the mafia as well as a father-daughter vigilante duo who go by Big Daddy (Cage) and Hit Girl (Moretz). This all leads to Dave feeling in over his head.

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REVIEW: ‘The Crazies’

Director:
Breck Eisner
Cast:
Timothy Olyphant
Radha Mitchell
Joe Anderson
Danielle Panabaker
Rated: R

As the title would suggest, things get downright crazy in this remake.

“The Crazies” takes place in classic small town America. Set in Iowa, the movie follows Sheriff David Dutton (Olyphant) who begins to notice a barrage of strange activity in the town.

As more reports of crazed townsfolk become regular, Dutton learns that the cause is a virus that has found its way in the city. As a result, Dutton, his Sheriff Deputy and his wife have to deal with the ‘crazies’ and merciless government containment agents.

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REVIEW: ‘Cop Out’

Director:
Kevin Smith
Cast:
Bruce Willis
Tracy Morgan
Juan Carlos Hernández
Cory Fernandez
Rated: R

It’s early, but this will likely end up on the worst of the year list.

The movie follow’s two New York City police officers named Jimmy (Willis) and Paul (Morgan). Toward the beginning of the movie we find that Jimmy is trying to sell a prized baseball card to pay for his daughter’s wedding but it ends up getting stolen.

To get it back, he makes a deal with a rising drug lord which leads him and his partner into an even bigger case that neither expected.

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REVIEW: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Director:
Chris Columbus
Cast:
Logan Lerman
Brandon T. Jackson
Alexandra Daddario
Jake Abel
Sean Bean
Rated: PG

We have another Harry Potter copy cat here.

This picture follows the title character who’s played by Logan Lerman. At the start, Percy seems to jut be an average kid who’s living day to day life. However, this soon changes when he’s thrust into a world of gods and monsters.

While this partially happens because of his heritage as Poseidon’s son, it also is caused because he’s wrongly accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt.

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REVIEW: ‘From Paris with Love’

Director:
Pierre Morel
Cast:
John Travolta
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Kasia Smutniak
Richard Durden
Rated: R

John Travolta characters sure love to swear these days, first “Taking of Pelham 123” and now this.

“With Love” follows the character James Reese (Meyers), an intelligence agent who’s about to step up with a promotion as he works in France. As this is happening, Reese is partnered with another agent named Charlie Wax.

Despite Reese having reservations about Wax for his peculiar methods, the two partner their way through their mission to stop a terrorist attack.

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