Archive for October, 2011

IN TIME

IN TIME – SHOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE TIME

CATCH A MATINEE AND GO TO DINNER AFTERWARD

Ever felt like you were running out of time? Like your life is dictated by a clock? Well this Justine Timberlake feature sums up how you feel.

Will Salas played by Justine Timberlake lives in a world where  time dictates everything from what you can buy to how long you live. Those in the ghetto must hustle to live another day, while the rich live a lavish life for eternity.  Will has the good fortune of protecting a man who has a substantial amount of time with no aspirations to keep it.  Eventually, the man passes his allotted time on to Will which gives him a renewed sense of hope of getting out the ghetto. With his new fortunes (time), Will can now move his mom into a better neighborhood  until she unexpectedly dies when her clock suddenly expires. Naturally, Will’s anger drives him to seek revenge by destroying the very system which killed his mom.

This film is a classic case of a great concept, with poor execution. The acting is sub-par, while many aspects of the movie just don’t add up. For instance, the film is set in the future but people use phone booths to call each other.  What is that about?  Do cell phone minutes somehow subtract time off of your life?   How about the cars sound as if they are from the future, but resemble classic cars from the 60’s and 70’s. Unfortunately, it’s almost as if they rushed through producing the film because this film could have been so much better. With a little more thought, this movie could have really been special.

One good aspect of the film is that it really opens your eyes to the reality of how we live our lives. The poor truly live day to day to make ends meet, while the rich seemly live with few worries.  If you have time to kill, hit the matinee.  Otherwise, don’t waste your time.

21 Oct

Action
Comedy

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN – UH OH

FAMILY MATINEE AT BEST FOR THIS ONE

If you didn’t see the first version of this film released in 2003, think of Mr. Bean meets James Bond.

Johnny English Reborn is based on a MI-7 secret agent (Rowan Atkinson) who made a grave mistake during his last assignment and is given another chance to correct things when he is called upon to retrieve a very important key.

Anytime you combine any character with Mr. Bean, you instantly can guess there is going to be comedy. Although he has a few of the same quirks as Mr. Bean, Johnny English does talk throughout the film and even has a few lukewarm action scenes.

The film was entertaining and to no surprise had a few funny scenes which got a roar out of the audience. We wouldn’t call this the funniest movie this year by any means, but this is a film that you could bring the family out to on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and be satisfied with the entertainment you receive.