Saturday, November 1, 2014

September - October '14 Movies Digest

Once more procrastination got the best of another 2-in-1 digest coming right up:

A Good Day To Die Hard

Acting: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Perception: 1.5/5

Rating: 2/5

It is a bad thing when you get bored while watching a 'Die Hard' movie. The flick lacks adequate pacing, involvement from the center figure and it falls short in providing the entertainment of previous installments. John McClane should highly consider retiring.

Sin City : A Dame To Kill For

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Perception: 4.5/5

Rating: 3.5/5

The sequel everybody was waiting for, and that almost lives up to the expectations. They managed to keep general feeling intact but there are some details that fall a bit short. First, the dynamics is slightly faded and there are some action sequences depicted in a way that is too close to the comics, rendering it fake-ish. Otherwise the visuals are astonishing. The screen performances are entirely tuned to the production, but some of them stand out, like JGL and the guy playing Rourke. And once again Marv is fun to watch.

22 Jump Street

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Perception: 4/5

Rating: 3.5/5

The self-irony pill is served once more by the Jump Street crew, adding the 'sequel' double dose. And this coupled with the crazy chemistry between Hill and Tatum concocts a funny flick. They only have to be careful not to abuse the formula.

Gone Girl

Acting: 4.5/5
Story: 4.5/5
Perception: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

Initially not on my watch-list but a more than pleasant suggestion. I was expecting a pre-decided movie with two or three predictable turns and a heavy thriller vibe, and I got a mountain road series of twists and turns coupled with a detective mystery pace, sparkled with light, almost comedic glimpses. There are some questionable and convenient perks but nothing crucial. Moreover, the two leads are at their best, and the supporting crew put in their effort as well to instigate the viewer in doubting everyone's side every step of the way.


Acting: 4/5
Story: 4.5/5
Perception: 3.5/5

Rating: 4/5

A great mind-bending picture. I am not fond of the visual yellowish tones but that does really add up to the general eerie perception of the story. Gyllenhaal delivers a highly convincing performance, but the rest of the cast seemed too odd or dramatic even for this kind of movie. Anyway the impressive amount of clues and cryptic details makes the viewer analyse and retrace the plot every step of the way, including after the credits.

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