Archive for August, 2011

CONAN THE BARBARIAN

CONAN THE BARBARIAN – THE REMAKE

Possibly a full price ticket, but definitely matinee material.

Sometimes the title of a film sets your expectations before you ever see one minute of it. This was that kind of movie for us. Add to the fact that this movie was a remake from 1982 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Marcus Nispel had his hands full delivering the goods.

Conan (played by Jason Momoa) a fierce Cimmerian warrior witnessed the slaughter of his village and father to the hands of hulking rivals as a young boy.  As he grew to become a man, he lived his life to avenge the lives of those he loved by finding his rivals and making them pay.

In a nutshell, this movie delivered exactly what we expected to see. The fighting scenes, the costumes and the story line were decent and it even had a few similar elements to the 1982 version. Though the story line was not an exact replica of the older version, it delivered on entertainment value.

As a note, save your money on a 3D ticket. The effects aren’t worth the extra money, so you can get some extra popcorn or candy for the show.

FINAL DESTINATION 5

FINAL DESTINATION 5 – GET YOUR BOARDING PASS

WORTH FULL PRICE ADMISSION

We are on the fifth installment of the Final Destination franchise, so it’s pretty clear how the storyline goes; this version is no different.  A group of coworkers are headed on a work retreat and Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition that the suspension bridge that they are travelling across is about to collapse. Like the main characters in the first four Final Destination films, Sam decides to warn his friends and some of them narrowly escape death.

Because they cheated death, now the universe must be re-aligned and they all must die in the same order as the original plan on the bridge. The coworkers spend the rest of the movie trying to avoid dangerous situations and for some – it just doesn’t work.

If you are into blood, gore and decapitation, this is definitely the film for you. Director Steven Quale ensured that this one lived up to the hype of all the prior versions, but he trumped the others with advanced 3D film tricks. 3D simply took the film to another level. The blood, flying objects and gory deaths are brought to life making this a must see movie. There’s even a few moments in the film that will make you cringe and maybe even close your eyes because you know what’s coming.

You need to run out to the movies and immediately see this 5th generation classic, but don’t even spend your money unless you see it in 3D. It’s worth the extra few bucks.

30 MINUTES OR LESS

 30 MINUTES OR LESS – LOTS OF LAUGHTER

WORTH AT MOST A $5 MATINEE TICKET

We have to be honest and say that we didn’t know what to expect when we were on our way into the premiere for this one. The storyline had been done before, but this time it would have comedic twist to it. At minimum, it caught our interest.

What do two criminals do when they need money in a hurry? Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) takes you on a series of events through the day of Nick (played by Jesse Eisenberg) a pizza delivery man who is kidnapped and forced to rob a bank, all while a bomb is strapped to his chest.  Nick has to convince his best friend to help him rob the bank and get the money to the criminals before time expires.

This movie was not the funniest film of the year, but there were some memorable one liners by the cast, which we wouldn’t be surprised to hear repeated.  Parents beware though, there is plenty of cursing, nudity and violence throughout the film. You may want to leave the kiddies at home.