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 4.4
 
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Fast Five (Extended Edition) (2011) After the first couple of “Fast And The Furious” it seems shocking that the studio and filmmakers continued to greenlight more sequels.  The franchise no doubt dwindled after the second and third films.  However, the key to resurrecting the franchise laid in bringing back the original actors for the fourth film. As the name suggests, “Fast Five” is the fifth in the series, and some would regard it as the best in the series.  Personally, the fifth and first films rank close together.  The franchise has not had the biggest impact on me.  Parts of each of the films are catchy, but they are far from great films, relying on the fancy cars to get them from beginning to end. However, by bringing back the original cast members, the filmmakers are able to continue on the original story and backgrounds.  This is ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.3
 
Thursday, 22 September 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Count Of Monte Cristo, The (2002) “The Count Of Monte Cristo” is a motion picture re-telling of the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas.  While feelings on the outcome of the film range from so-so to enthusiastic, it is one of Kevin Reynolds better films. Kevin Reynolds has not had a very distinguishing career.  He has been sort of typecasted as a director due to the flop of “Waterworld.”  For me, Reynolds shining moment is “Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.”  Coming in a close second to that film is “The Count Of Monte Cristo.” The film is the story of Dantes (Jim Caviezel), a french sailor, wrongfully accused of treason.  An elaborate plot led to his accusation, and even more elaborate plot awaits those that betrayed him.  After his escape from prison, he vows to exact revenge on those that stole his life.  Among these people are his ex-best ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
X-Men: First Class (2011) X-Men has one of the more disappointing franchise runs in terms of comic book adaptation to the big screen.  The first film was extremely promising and then as with most franchises, but to a larger degree, the sequels got worse and worse.  Still, I found them quite entertaining, which is all that really matters to me. How ever, comic book purists and extreme fans tore the films apart for their lack of continuity with the comics.  That may very well be, but saga lives on.  After failing with the X-Men franchise, the studio broke away and created and origins film based on the character of Wolverine.  Again, another disappointing, but entertaining creation. The studio has now gone back to the original franchise and created the backstory, akin to a prequel.  “X-Men: First Class” gives us a look at the beginning of mutant ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.1
 
Monday, 06 June 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Drive Angry (3D/2D) (2011) "Drive Angry" was not the huge success that it set out to be.  However, based on this release, the home video market might just be the ticket for "Drive Angry" to gain popularity.  More accurately, "Drive Angry" in 3D may be the ticket 3D needs to convince consumers to invest in the technology. The plot of "Drive Angry" is fairly weak.  There is a good story in there somewhere, but it buried amidst undeveloped characters and far too many subplots, which by the way never get answered.  That is my pet peeve when it comes to films.  If a storyline is introduced then it better be addressed and resolved by the end. In "Drive Angry" Milton is out for revenge for the brutal death of his daughter and son-in-law.  At the same time he is trying to rescue his granddaughter.  There is ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.4
 
Monday, 21 February 2011 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Unstoppable (2010) “Unstoppable” is quite an unstoppable force, but veteran action director Tony Scott delivers powerful wow factor.  While the outcome of the film is inevitable, the ride is worth the price of admission.  “Unstoppable’s” entertainment value is high, but its overall formulation is mediocre. The film follows a basic action/adventure film’s path.  Someone screws up in the opening, big disaster for a major corporation, failed attempts at staving off disaster, two heroes to the rescue.  That about sums it up, except for the corporate struggle and the wife with a restraining order suddenly worried about her husband that becomes a hero. The film is set in Southern Pennsylvania where train yards still reign supreme.  Chris Pine and Denzel Washington, Tony Scott’s go to actor for action/suspense films (“Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3,” “Déjà vu,” “Man On Fire,” etc.) are our two heroes who are ...
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