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Directed By: Nimród Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburn, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo

What It’s All About:

Awakening in free fall, mercenary Royce is plummeting towards the jungle below when his parachute opens. He lands into the forest and finds a number of other degenerates who find themselves in the same position. None of them remember how they got there, and soon things heat up as they work out they are being hunted by an unknown Predator.

The Final Verdict:

Taking on one of the classic Sci-Fi franchises is never an easy task, especially with one so fragile as the Predator series. After a brief affair with those horrible AvP movies, this is the first sequel since the 1990 Predator 2, and fans are after something that is true to the original. It’s gory, it’s full of action but Adrien Brody fails to fill the shoes of a compelling leading man, which is a detriment to the success of the film. A step in the right direction, but fails to reach the its full potential.



Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams

What It’s All About:
U.S Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck (Ruffalo) are sent to Ashercliff Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island. They are investigating the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando who has vanished from a locked room. As the investigation progresses Teddy begins to question what is really happening on the island, and his true intentions of why he is there are revealed. Nothing is as it seems on Shutter Island.

The Final Verdict:
Slow pacing, disjointed story and lack of emotional connection will keep most viewers at distance from Shutter Island’s brilliance. While not up to the same standards as other Scorsese masterpieces, he manages to tell a story that when reflected upon, is spooky, strange and very real. DiCaprio once again hits good form in the role of Teddy Daniels, and his supporting cast provide the backdrop to create this great psychological drama. Unfortunately the movie has it’s shortcomings that simply don’t allow it to see it’s true potential.


Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, David Clennon

What It’s All About:
A group of scientists enduring the harsh winter conditions of Antarctica discover an alien life-form that is capable of assimilating any living creature. The “thing” infiltrates the base and minute by minute the surviving crew members fall into a sense of paranoia, wondering who is human and who has been infected.

The Verdict:
The Thing is quite possibly the most important Sci-Fi horror film since Alien (1979), seamlessly creating an atmosphere of true terror and paranoia. Kurt Russell truly shines as the leading man, and boasting some truly gory and terrific special effects for it’s day, The Thing is a movie that has stood the test of time.


Will Smith A Legend?

i_am_legend_will_smith__1_.jpg There is no denying that Will Smith throws in a heartfelt, believable and surprising performance in Francis Lawrence’s new movie I Am Legend

The basic outline is that a scientist creates a vaccine with a genetically modified strain of the Measles virus that attacks Cancer in paitents, and the world is praising her efforts. Then the movie comes in 3 years later and we a shown the streets of New York City with abandoned cars, overgrown streets and total silence. This is a powerful vision, and sets the tone for the movie.

Will Smith plays the role of Robert Neville, a army colonol who is a virologist, who is the last human alive in New York City, and possibly the world. We follow the story of Robert who goes to the docks everyday at noon hoping that a survivor will come, catching animals and Nightstalkers to complete testing in his lab where he is working on a cure. It’s interesting how even in this horrible dystopian New York City that Robert still has a routine. Up at sunrise, works out, goes to the video store and gets himself a new DVD everyday, off to the docks and then back home before Sundown.

 The mutated humans left from the virus attack are known as Nightstalkers, and are illergic to UV light just like Vampires. These nightstalkers do looks like some nasty bad guys, but don’t have much of a brain left, taken over by the hunger.

Will Smith throws in a emotional performance, which has it’s interesting points. His relationship with his dog is heart warming, which is his last family member and friend in the world left. Yet he also manages to create some new friends in the way of manniquins, which he sets up outside the video store and inside, and talks to as if he speaks to them every day. The reason he has done this would be to deal with his lonliness, his fear, and his longing for someone to talk to. The importance of this is shown in the scene after Sam (his dog) dies, and he is in the store in where he says to the manniquin “I promised my friend I’d say hello to you today….so hello……….please say hello to me…………please say hello to me……….please say hello to me” as tears are streaming down his face. It just is such a powerful part of the movie where Will truly shines, showing that he can’t live without his dog, his best friend

I’m not going to spoil anymore from the movie, but I will just say the ending didn’t sit right for me. I expected a little more, not to say that this ending wasn’t expected. In the end I Am Legend is a decent movie, but isn’t going to win Oscars. All in all it’s definately worth a viewing, and I’m probably going to buy it on Blu Ray when it’s released