Hancock Review

Hancock Review

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Stars — Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron
Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Vince Ngo, Vince Gilligan

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Jumper Review

Jumper stars Hayden Christiansen and Jamie Bell as jumpers, people who have the ability to teleport to wherever they please. Initially the movie begins with the background of Hayden’s character, David. As a young boy, his mother left him at the age of five, and had to deal with his father on an aggravated basis. When he becomes slightly older, he attempts to woo a young girl by the name of Millie, the older version played by the beautiful Rachel Bilson. The local bully sees David handing Millie a snow globe and throws it onto the ice in the middle of winter. David bent to finish what he started walks out to the middle of the ice, successfully retrieves the globe, only to take two steps and be immediately plunged into the ice, where his first jump takes place. After realizing he has the power (insert Arnold Schwarzenegger joke here), David begins jumping into the bank and begins to build a life for himself, away from his father.

Then as luck would have it, a secret war has been going on for centuries between jumpers and a group of people bent on erasing them called Paladins. One of those paladins named Roland (played by Samuel L. Jackson) shows up at David’s lavish apartment one evening and begins to thoroughly punish David for having such powers, which by the way, eerily piggy-back off of the famous Nightcrawler from Marvel Comics and moreover recently made an appearance in X-Men 2. And what’s even more interesting is the weapon the paladins use, somewhat looking like the lightsaber of darth maul, but shoot out a harpoon that electrifies you and renders a jumper’s abilities useless. Perhaps Samuel L. Jackson was still reminiscing about Star Wars.

Once David escapes from the hands of Roland, he ventures around different parts of the world, where he meets Griffin, a fellow jumper. Griffin is thee best part, and character of the movie, sadly to say. Hayden Christiansen is completely flat in this movie, I did not feel any compassion from his character at all, and what’s worse is that half the time I confuse him with James Franco, and Franco is a much better actor, and probably would have been more suited for the movie then Christiansen. Without Jamie Bell, the movie would have been a complete flop, even with the strong support of Samuel L. Jackson playing the lead Paladin. Bell also has the best visual effects in this movies as well.

            The visuals were really interesting. They could jump in and out of traffic, even appear in the sky at one point. Bell even drags a commuter bus from England to the desert to try and stop Roland. The cool gadget of the movie was the device that could keep the jumpers worm hole open, and then jump to that location, to further pursue the jumper.

Overall, I had a lot of fun, and the concept isn’t new but this movie made me talk about it moreover with friends afterwards. I felt the movie grow on me after I saw it. They could have toned Hayden Christiansen’s acting a little and I think the movie could have been perfect but other than that don’t expect this to be a breakthough for 2008. I think we have some definitive movies on the way.

Lions for Lambs Review

Lions for Lambs Review

 

Stars

Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Meryll Streep

 

Ah yes, a film based on the current presidential administration. Lions for Lambs combines three stories that intertwine through out the movie and come together at the end. Robert Redford is Professor Stephen Malley who teaches Political Science at a California University. Throughout the movie Malley talks to student Todd Hayes (played by Andrew Garfield) throughout the movie about his grade and about two other of Malley’s students who enlisted into the military to go to Afghanistan. Meryl Streep is a reporter who is interviewing Tom Cruise (who plays Senator Jasper Irving) throughout the movie. This was a sort of boring movie, but it was a movie that definitely makes you think about the current problems of today’s world. And it definitely brought up something interesting to my view. First and foremost was the point of the media. That they are now simply in it for ratings now. Not to give anything away but at the end of the movie there’s a scene where Hayes who has been talking to Robert Redford throughout the entire movie is watching TV and the main story on the TV is about some dumbshit singer named Fate resembling Britney Spears and Kevin Federline as the main story on the news and on the scrolling ticker is a story about the war in Afghanistan. This is definitely something I feel is true about the media today, because it reminded me of the time when Paris Hilton was going to jail, a giant U.S. General was retiring from the war, and they spent like three hours on Paris Hilton saying the same damn thing over and over again and they broke for thirty seconds just to say the General had retired, which was an absolute huge thing. It was definitely more news worthy than Paris Hilton. Absolute idiocy. Meryl Streep was sort of a boring character until the end as well until she breaks down after interviewing Senator Jasper Irving. Throughout the entire movie she is interviewing him about a new tactic going to be used by the military to take out the Taliban in Afghanistan, an exclusive that he is giving her, and I won’t give anything away but in the end the story definitely affects both Streep and Redford’s students. All around most of the characters are boring in this movie except for Malley and Hayes. And the backstory about the soldiers, the plot is good, but they didn’t do enough for the story. I think they should’ve played it out a little more and make it more exciting and make more of a point of it. Another point they made about this movie was about the political parties, and the point that wasn’t really brought up before was the war on terror a must needed win for the GOP (Grand Old Party or Republicans for short for those of you who are not politically correct)? Not just to beat them, but to signify that the GOP meant security.

 

Final Verdict: Boring movie, but really good thoughts, really good brought up points came across that definitely would make you think and actually have a discussion. And the ending sort of came around and made the movie better. Lions for Lambs gets an interestingly 3 out of 5.