New on DVD: Repo Men and Clash of the Titans
A couple of mediocre actioners hit the shelves this week. One looks to the future, the other remembers the past.
With Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga and Liev Schreiber.
This is a hard movie for me to rate. On one hand, this is a movie I found myself getting really into it, but on the other is an absolutely awful ending that made me regret getting so involved in the movie and feel like I had wasted my time. Aside from the ending, the movie is a really enjoyable ride with a fairly inconsistent tone. A lot of the more enjoyable scenes were handled in a campy manner, while there were some other scenes that might have suggested the movie thought it was bigger than it really was. Liev Schreiber, hamming it up in full-on sleaze mode, definitely had the right idea. He’s pretty awesome here, and gets to say such ridiculous things as “give me your fuckin’ heart!” The movie warrants a viewing for his role alone. I’ve also been on a bit of an Alice Braga kick lately (see my reviews of Blindness and Predators) and she’s good in this as well.
RIYL: Blade Runner, Minority Report, Equilibrium.
With Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng.
This is a pretty standard swords and sandals epic that isn’t nearly as epic as it thinks it is. Back in my day, a movie needed to be over 3 hours to even be eligible for the label of “epic” but I guess today’s movies just don’t live by those same standards. The CGI is pretty cheesy at times and the ending is really quite anticlimactic, but I guess the one positive thing I can say about the movie is that as short as it is (roughly 100 minutes) it feels even shorter than that. That’s got to be a positive, right? Anyway, I think I need to revisit Terminator Salvation because I remember seeing that in theaters and thinking “this Sam Worthington dude is the fucking man,” but I’ve thought he was pretty lame in everything since then.
RIYL: 10,000 B.C., The Scorpion King, Reign of Fire.