Movie Review: National Treasure

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My Rating: 5Stars

This afternoon I went to see the movie “National Treasure” at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

What can I say… yet another great movie.

For fans of “Indiana Jones” and “Lara Croft” series of movies, this is another to add to that collection. May be “Ben Gates” will be another name to remember.

There are so many elements of the other series, including the constant revealing of clues and chases by the bad guys of the hero.

The writers definitely set this movie up for potential sequel.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Movie Review: Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I went to see the movie “Bourne Supremacy” at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another late addition to my Must See Movies list.

This is the 3rd sequel I’ve seen this year after “Spider-man 2” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, and I must say this one did live up to its predecessor. It had the numerous chase scenes that was prevalent in the previous movie “Bourne Identity”.

If I say any more I will just give away the movie for you, just go watch it and see it for yourself. One thing I can tell you, they set it up so that there may be a possible 3rd version in the sequel.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Movie Review: I, Robot (2004)

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I went to see the movie “I, Robot” at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The plot of the movie is nothing too original, matter affect it is very familiar to me. I did not read the book by “Issac Asimov”, but then I never do before a movie accept for the “Harry Potter” series. Of course Will Smith helped a lot in keeping the movie interesting.

The special effect is quite impressive, most of technologies used in the movie are very believable and possible. I have noticed recently in the past few science fiction movies; the technologies appeared in the movie are all very possible and some of them I can imagine seeing in the next few year. This shows a great deal of research were done by the set designers.

This is the first time Product Placement is done, where the manufacture designed the product especially for the movie, rather than placing a product that the manufacture is currently selling. Audi spent a year creating all the vehicles in the movie after studying the script and characters of the movie.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Movie Review: Troy (2004)

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My Rating: 4Stars

This afternoon I went and saw the movie “Troy” at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

The acting in the movie was okay. The casting was good, they were all the actors one would expect to see for these roles.

One of the best part of this movie are the hidden special effects they used to film the movie. Movie makers had come a long was since the “Lawrence of Arabia” days where they need to hire hundreds of extras for the movie battle scenes.

The story of the movie is well know by all who watch this movie, although the screen writes did a fairly good job in leading the audience to each of the events in the story.

The movie was considered long with its published running time of 164 minutes. I am not sure whether it was the fault of the movie that could not capture me through out the length of the movie, or was it the numerous cell phones that ran and the massive number of people that constantly got out of their seats near the 2 hour mark; washroom breaks or what have you.

Everyone should have known that this to be a long movie, they should be more considerate and gone to the washroom prior to the movie. But then again this is Hong Kong, I may be asking too much for people to be considerate; especially in a movie theatre. That’s another blog to be continued later.

Do everyone else a favor, please remember it is a 2 hours and 44 minutes movie.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Movie Review: Hidalgo (2004)

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My Rating: 3Stars

Today I saw the movie Hidalgo at AMC Theatre, Festival Walk. It was starred by some of the lesser known actors, like “Viggo Mortensen”. Another late addition to my Must See Movies list.

It was a typical feel good, under dog winning out, movie, with some elements of the bad guy trying to kill the hero, a wicket woman trying to seduce the hero, the hero being blamed for something he did not do, and a woman who try to win the hero’s heart.

In my opinion, I believe the thing that was missing from this movie, was more development on all of the above concepts. There was some good development of the hero’s character, but not enough. The star of this movie was the horse, but the the viewers would not expect it coming into the movie. I guess it’s like the movie “Black Beauty”, although the viewers were expecting it in that movie.

One thing that was unexpected was the good acting by the horse. If they give oscar to animals I think this horse should win; or at least a nomination for best supporting actor.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere