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 3.9
 
Monday, 18 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Paycheck (2003) "Paycheck" was a hyped film that had its 15 minutes of fame.  Unfortunately, it deserves a bit more than that.  The film is tricked out with a top-notch director, top-level actors and a genius science fiction storywriter to boot.  In fact, I think it is one of the better adaptations. "Paycheck" is based on Philip K. Dick's novel.  More famous book to screen adaptations by the author are, "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner."  I would place "Paycheck" in the middle of those two.  "Blade Runner" is obviously a classic.  While "Minority Report" was well received, I thought it to be poor due to Tom Cruise's overacting.  I can't stand that.  Luckily, "Paycheck" enlists much better actors. "Paycheck" is basically the same story as "Minority Report," but it is much more interesting.  Both films have to do with predicting the future.  "Paycheck" uses ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.9
 
Friday, 15 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Taken (2009) "Taken" is your typical kidnapping case without the ransom part.  In fact when you think about it, it does have some originality, but the film falls short of a true suspense/thriller.  I am being critical of the film, but it did do fairly well at the box office (nearly $145 million).  In addition, typical theatergoers seem to give it good reviews.  There are just a few things that keep me from rating the film just that tiny bit higher. In "Taken," Kim (Maggie Grace) goes to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy).  Shortly after arrival, they are kidnapped by a group of unknown men.  This is where things in the film get a little more interesting.  It just so happens that Kim was on the phone with her father, Bryan (Liam Neeson), who just so happens to be an ex-CIA ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.5
 
Monday, 04 May 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Da Vinci Code, The (Extended Cut) (2006) Back in 2003, Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was a literary success.  Despite the legal matters that surrounded the writing, there was no doubt that the book would be adapted for the big screen.  Throughout reading the book, I always envision Tom Hanks portraying Robert Langdon.  There was no question about it.  When they made the announcement that he was indeed to play the role, I wasn't the least bit surprised. There was enough information in the book to spawn at least a three and a half hour movie.  And indeed the film does run nearly three hours.  Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they included all the storylines in the book.  Therein lies my disappointment with the film.  Too much was left out of the movie that was in the book, and still the film drug on and on.  The book ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.8
 
Monday, 20 April 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Sin City (2005) In the last several years the film industry was rocked by the fad of graphic novel films.  As video games become more and more popular as well as graphic novels, films are being used to adapt the original media.  In 2005, "Sin City" was a smash hit, but not for everyone. The film is structured like a graphic novel.  In the end all the story lines make sense and are interconnected.  However, throughout the film the stories jump from one arena to another.  It is a style of filming that is well received by video game lovers and comic book readers.  However, the majority of people did not understand the concept and were left scratching their heads.  Looking beyond that, the film is actually remarkable. The film boasts a stellar cast.  Each segment has one male and one female lead actor.  One ...
Editor's rating: 
 3.6
 
Monday, 09 March 2009 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Primal Fear (Hard Evidence Edition) (1996) There are few psychological thrillers that just blow your mind.  "Silence of the Lambs" is the most notable of them all.  However, "Primal Fear" follows a close second.  In 1996, the film made its debut to only moderate success.  Critics gave it fair reviews and audiences felt it was good entertainment.  However, the film has so much more to offer than mediocrity. "Primal Fear" delivers stellar performances by Richard Gere, Laura Linney and of course Edward Norton.  The film was Norton's breakout role and it has garnered him success ever since.  Richard Gere's performance is of high caliber as always.  Laura Linney also delivers a performance with conviction. Richard Gere stars as Martin Vail, attorney at law.  He is an egocentric attorney (what else is new).  He has to see himself on the cover of magazines and take the most notable cases.  ...
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