Movie Review – The Apostate (1999)

This is a forgettable flick despite the formidable talents of Dennis Hopper and Richard Grieco. They know how to swim but how can they save the Titanic?

Nothing works in this movie. Story, effects, characters… it’s all hackneyed, stereotypical, Devil-Meets-the-Church type of artificial conflict.

It is hard to place a finger on any one particular aspect of this film that does not work because there are so many things that do not work in tandem.

Even the music is weird — an amalgamation of spooky Gregorian chants, some electronic scratchings and base riffs emulating heart-beats, mixed with some “Clarinet Blues” from the Balkans, etc. It’s all over the place, like the plot line.

But worst of all, both Hopper and Grieco are seriously miscast. Especially watching Hopper is like watching an actor playing an actor playing a role. It is that self-conscious a performance; that on the surface and contrived. He is almost checking out his watch to see if it is time to go home.

Hopper is certainly no Hannibal Lecter in this particular film. His outbursts that were supposed to reveal some serious evil end up as the whining and protestations of a an artist bored out of his skull so he ends up butchering good looking young people right and left. All of course covered with a thin patina of “metaphysical angst” directed at Mother Mary, Jesus Himself and the Rest of The Universe.

Opposite him is the Grieco character, an artist priest… You can tell the kind of real talent Grieco has (fantastic diction, for example) but thanks to wrong directing, he ends up with an over-the-top performance that is painful to watch.

The bad guy Hopper has butchered up Grieco’s male prostitute brother. So the Grieco character makes it his business to find the left-handed artist madman. It takes a frustrated artist to find another who loves to paint with blood.

I’ll just stop there since I actually do not want you to commit the error of renting this DVD and watch it. Don’t.

A total disappointment. 1 out of 10.

Go rent the “Exorcist” if you want to really see some scary merchandise that pits the Catholic Church against Evil. Or the “Silence of the Lambs” if you enjoy the shock of facing some truly demented and twisted characters. But not this. This is just boring.

Best True Story Movies

Based on a true story movies are one of the best kinds. They are more inspirational than other kind of movie because you know it is achievable. This gives you hope and also lets you feel more for the movie. Because you know it happened to a real person. True story movies are either sad or really cool. What the person achieved is something you can look up too. Here are some of the best true story movie I watched.

Top 3: Into the Wild: This movie is a good movie to watch. It’s about this kid who starts living his life, the way he wants too. Traveling across American by hitch hiking, walking or another sort of transportation. He learns what his life is about and loves it. You should watch this movie because it shows how people change. From one life to another, he found himself. This is one of my favorite movie I watched.

Top 2: Black Hawk Down: This is an action packed movie based on the fall of the Black Hawk. One of the best helicopters that was made, they needed to save the pilots of the helicopter. This movie is super intense from the beginning to the very end. Many sad scenes and also crazy action packed scenes. This movie is about a mission that was supposed to take 1 hour. But it ends up to take 15 hours and they are in the battle within the streets of Mogadishu with Somali militia. Great movie to watch when you want an action packed true story movie.

Top 1: Pursuit of Happiness: A very inspirational movie that makes you think about your life. Then the life of the person of the movie. You reflect on what you are doing with your life; are you getting the best out of it? What is happiness, he ventures off thinking that he will run a successful business. When all fails, he becomes homeless, divorced and with his son. He knew what he had to do to protect his son, so he went on to get the toughest job there is. It’s all about will power, go watch the movie. Become inspired.

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Bollywood Movie Review – Dhoom 2

Dhoom 2, which came out in November 24, 2006, was such a big hit that it had a very successful opening in India and overseas. In the US alone, it had earned US$2,642,290 by early 2007. Dhoom 2 is a hugely commercialised film which does not have a proper story line, if it has any. Rather, the movie has spent much time and effort on all aspects of commercialisms in terms of the cast, entertainment, glamour, songs etc.

To some, having a good story or plot might be the most important thing to look out for in a film. Perhaps not too much of it should be expected, since the purpose of a movie is meant to entertain in various ways (acting, glamour, music, cinematography, video editing etc) apart from a good storyline. If people were to keep expecting just good stories from movies, they might as well read a good novel instead.

Then again, the director should not have neglected the story so much to the extent that critics come up with endless lists to highlight all the flaws which are so apparent throughout the movie.

Story:

As mentioned before, the story is not really paid attention to. A mysterious their, who calls himself Mr. A (Hrithik Roshan), goes literally around the world stealing priceless items in highly sophisticated ways. The purpose of his behaviour is not explained. A hot pursuit by an ACP, Assistant Commissioner of Police (played by Abhishek Bachan), then follows and along the way, Mr. A finds himself a voluntary partner Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai) whom he later finds out that she is sent to spy on him. She finds out later that she has fallen for him in a typical Bollywood fashion and joins hands with him after that.

The star appeal of each actor has been highlighted through their respective introductory scenes which may seem unnecessary to most viewers. In fact, most of the scenes are unnecessary but that is because story is not the focus of this movie at all.

Screenplay:

Fun and entertainment are primarily the main attention in this movie. This movie is taken in a rather commercially appealing way right from the start till the very end. Probably this is where its success is attributed to.

Eye candy supplied by Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu are part of the fun factor which is simply meant to divert the audience’s attention from wondering what the story is about.

Uday Chopra is the main entertainment factor as he does his comic antics to keep a smile on the audience’s faces.

Cinematography:

Cinematography is awesome. Every robbery scene is well taken care by the camera angles and shots.

Video Editing:

Video editing is quite well done, even though more of it could be implemented since the movie is done purely for entertainment.