I expected Shoot 'Em Up to be a somewhat stupid... well, shoot 'em up movie, like Smokin' Aces . I never thought it was going to be as funny as it was. This was a total man's movie. Think sex, violence, and... wait, that's about it. The whole time, I kept thinking about Crank . Both of these movies were very similar. There is one thing Shoot 'Em Up had that Crank didn't: the questionably perfect mix of sex and violence. I won't say any more, tho. You'll just have to see it for yourself. Of course, you'll definitely be rolling your eyes throughout the movie. You might expect this with some of the action movies of late. Nothing too over-the-top, tho, so it's still enjoyable. As a matter of fact, this one's better than Crank. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good action movie. The comedy just makes it even better.
If you liked Shoot 'Em Up, I'd recommend Crank.
The Immortal is what you get when you mix a little Highlander with a cheap vampire movie and throw in a dash of "what the hell?" Of course, we can't forget the crappy acting. The whole time I was trying to figure out what the point was. I originally got the movie and kept thinking about how it seemed so much like a TV series. Low and behold, it was. Apparently, the movie is just the first two episodes. The rest of the series held true to the cheap, Highlander rip-off impression I initially got. Unless you're a die-hard Lorenzo Lamas fan or just a sucker for pain, you might as well stay away from this one. It's not absolutely horrible, but I wouldn't call it good by any means. If you're bored and it's just sitting there, watch the movie. Like I said, the rest of the series is pretty much the same, so you'll get the gist of what you're "missing."
I didn't really think about this before watching the movie, but The Invasion is just another zombie movie. Granted, it's an new, interesting take on zombies, but a zombie movie nonetheless. I'd probably say this is more of a "smart" zombie movie. By that, I mean the "zombies" aren't just looking for brains to feed on, but have goals of taking over the world. Who doesn't nowadays, right?
The Invasion had a feel of 28 Days Later mixed with another movie I can't quite put my fingers on. If you get a chance, I definitely think you should check it out; even if you don't like zombie movies. Like I said, this one isn't simply about running away from dead people. The only thing I didn't really like about it was the quick scene covering the cure. These movies seem to speed thru the recovery period like it wasn't even a big deal. These scenes are almost anticlimactic, but I can't quite imagine a better way to cover it. Maybe it's just me, tho.
I would be interested in a sequel for this one. With the premise for why the cure was possible, a sequel has a chance to be better than the original. This wasn't really hinted at, but it was the first thing I thought of in that last scene. I won't really touch on why I feel this way so not to ruin it for you, but we'll see.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 wasn't as good as the first one , but it was still decent. I questioned the beginning a lot, but it picked up in the end. If you liked the first, but feel like walking out on this one after 30 minutes, try to stick it out. The acting is poor and they're trying to recreate something that will probably never be successful at, but at least it gets better. And, as we have all come to expect in sequels, we have the obligatory more-to-come last scene. I have no idea if they'll make a third, but they like having the opportunity. I doubt they will. I think it was more for effect.
The story behind this one wasn't as good, which is part of why I didn't like it as much. One thing I thought was interesting was how these two movies are all about making the nerdy guy the hero. I question the word "hero" in this sense, but at least he's the protagonist. I could probably comment on a lot of the personalities, but I'll leave that out so not to give anything away.
The bottom line is, if you watched the first and enjoyed it, check this one out. Force yourself to stick around past the first half, tho, because it takes a while to get into.
If you liked The Hills Have Eyes 2, I'd recommend Hostel and Turistas . Hell, there are probably half a dozen or more other horror movies I'd recommend, too.
I didn't expect much from Apocalypto
. Honestly, I was thinking I'd get annoyed by the movie and not feel like reading it. I was surprised when that didn't happen and, in fact, I felt somewhat drawn to it. The movie was full of action and had a somewhat compelling story behind it. I thought the last scene was funny, in an odd way. The whole movie was supposed to be about the decline of the Mayan civilization, but the last scene was the only one that really brought this home, in my mind. Of course, what I thought was funny was that curiosity got the best of the two men on the beach. I saw this as an omen of things to come. I could see a continuance to this, but doubt it'd happen. Nonetheless, I'd be interested in it.