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Max Payne movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by funofmovie
Max Payne movie

Max Payne movie

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Duration: 1 hr. 39 min.

Starring: Beau Bridges, Chris ODonnell, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Olga Kurylenko,

Director: John Moore

Producer: Julie Silverman, Scott Faye

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: October 17, 2008

Writer: Beau Thorne based on the characters in the same game title by Sam Lake

There are guns blazing, mysterious winged creatures, a symbolic tattoo, an elusive blue elixir, an unresolved murder and big stunts, yet Max Payne is surprisingly lacklustre. Based on a video game, there’s plenty happening on screen, but it’s hard to feel much for any of the characters, even Mark Wahlberg’s brooding Max, who is obsessed to avenge the senseless murder of his wife and child.

The storytelling is secondary to the action with adverse results as director John Moore battles to create a credible world couched between reality and fantasy.

To me, the most striking element is the production design in which perpetual snow falls, gusts whirl over a snowy backdrop and torrential rain teems down soaking volatile characters at vulnerable moments.

When we first meet Wahlberg’s Max, he is freefalling in an ocean filled with dead bodies. In voice over, we hear that it is not heaven, in which he believes, but pain, fear and death. We quickly understand the world in which Max lives: one that involves loneliness, regret and hate. We watch in superficial fascination as Natasha (the stunningly beautiful Olga Kurylenko) tries to seduce Max, wearing a flimsy, ultra short red silk dress with thigh-high black boots, but he is only interested in her tattoo.

Then there’s Natasha’s hard-nosed sister Mona (Mila Kunis, unrecognisable from her likeable character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Chris O’Donnell as a drug company executive and Beau Bridges as BB Hensley, head of security. Frankly it’s hard to believe any of them. Amaury Nolasco however, is terrifying as Jack Lupino, whose handsome features are decorated by two large facial tattoos and whose demons come alive all too often.

There’s no shortage of firepower (Max shoots everyone in sight) and even if you ignore some of the plot’s unanswered questions, we are left with a cavalcade of bullets, noise and chaos.

The sum of the parts is more impressive than the whole and more’s the pity.

movie review by: Louise Keller

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Blindness movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2008 by funofmovie

When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.

Genres:     Art/Foreign, Drama, Thriller and Adaptation

Running Time:     2 hrs.

Release Date:    October 3rd, 2008 (wide)

MPAA Rating:     R for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity.

Distributors:   Miramax Films

Starring:       Don McKellar, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Alice Braga

Directed by:     Fernando Meirelles

Produced by:     Simon Channing-Williams, Gail Egan, Akira Ishii

Blindness – Blindness colors Cannes

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 2, 2008 by funofmovie

The Cannes International Film Festival, the most glamorous event on the festival calendar, returns to celebrate its 61st year from May 14 to 25.

It has kicked off with a bang with Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles’s apocalyptic thriller Blindness, starring and .

It was directed by Fernando Meirelles’s from a novel by Portuguese Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago. The novel of the same name tells the apocalyptic story of a plague of blindness sweeping the world.

Blindness is Fernando Meirelles’ third film after his 2002’s thriller City of God and 2005’s The Constant Gardener.

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Bangkok Dangerous movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2008 by funofmovie
Bangkok Dangerous movie 2008

Bangkok Dangerous movie 2008

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Young, Chakrit Yamnarm, Dom Hetrakul

Directed by: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang

Produced by: Denis O’Sullivan, Andrew Pfeffer, William Sherak

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller and Remake

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Release Date: September 5th, 2008

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality.

Distributors: Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate

Bangkok Dangerous review:

Deaf since childhood (a home movie-style flashback shows how he lost his hearing in a fight), Kong still suffers acute migraines, only partly alleviated by his job as a hitman in Bangkok. Between hits he shyly dates the girl from the drugstore who sells him painkillers – taking her, of course, to see a silent movie. By the time she discovers what he does, he’s begun to realise that not all his victims are bad guys. A largely generic script gets a phenomenal treatment. There’s an amazing level of visual invention, garnished with creative CGI effects, and entire reels go by without dialogue. The twin brother directors (HK Chinese, but Oxide works in Bangkok) have come up with at least two potential genre classic sequences: a hit on a HK subway train, and another in a Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, where Kong is accompanied by the ghost of his late colleague. Seriously impressive.

Movie releases – August 27 2008

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags on August 26, 2008 by funofmovie

– Traitor

When straight-arrow agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) assumes command of a special FBI task force, he becomes entangled in a web of covert operations. All the clues in Clayton’s investigation point to Samir Horn (Don Cheadle), a former Special Ops soldier who now aids terrorists. But as Clayton digs deeper and contradictory evidence begins to emerge, he begins to question Horn’s motives.

Cast: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Genres: Action Thriller, Unglamorized Spy Film, Thriller

Babylon A.D. (2008) movie release 29 august

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags , , , on August 24, 2008 by funofmovie

Also Known As: Babylon Babies

Genres: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation

Release Date: August 29th, 2008 (wide)

Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Production Co.: Legende, Dune Entertainment, MNP Enterprises, Nord Ouest Productions
Filming Locations: Canada Prague

Produced in: France

Running time: 90 minutes

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Melanie Thierry, Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Producer: Ilan Goldman

Writer: Mathieu Kassovitz, Eric Besnard

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

It is the not-too-distant future. Thousands of satellites scan, observe and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is a war zone; the rest, a collection of wretched way stations, teeming megalopolises, and vast wastelands punctuated by areas left radioactive from nuclear meltdowns. It is a world made for hardened warriors, one of whom, a mercenary known only as Toorop, lives by a simple survivor’s code: kill or be killed. His latest assignment has him smuggling a young woman named Aurora from a convent in Kazakhstan to New York City. Toorop, his new young charge Aurora and Aurora’s guardian Sister Rebeka embark on a 6,000-mile journey that takes them from Eastern Europe, through a refugee camp in “New Russia,” across the Bering Straight in a pilfered submarine, then through the frozen tundra of Alaska and Canada, and finally to New York. Facing obstacles at every turn, Toorop, the killer for hire, is tested like never before, in ways he could never have imagined–as he comes to understand that he is the custodian of the only hope for the future of mankind. For the first time in his life, Toorop has to make a choice: to make a difference or walk away and save himself. Too bad it came on the day he died.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Posted in Movies with tags , , on July 8, 2008 by funofmovie
Hellboy

Hellboy

Release Date: July 11, 2008
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Seth MacFarlane, Anna Walton, Brian Steele, Roy Dotrice, John Hurt
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Official Website: Hellboymovie.com | Production Site

With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world’s toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.” Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”).
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development–pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann–the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.