Went to see “Gamer” in the movies yesterday.  As you might know, I actually expected this film.

It turned out to be quite a disappointment – silly story with a lot of non-sense, very shallow characters, horrible dialogues, extremely annoying shaky camera and fast cut editing, and overall feeling of pop.  There were some good special effects, but they were practically lost to fast cuts and horrible rush through the movie.

Overall rating 2 stars.

Max Payne

I just came back from the movies – watched “Max Payne” with a friend of mine.  I wanted to see this film since I came across the trailer.  I know a few people who were waiting quite a bit for this film, since there is a video game with the same title, and, if I am not mistaken, everything started with a comics.  But don’t take my word for it.

The film turned out to be very pleasing visually.  Lots and lots of really cool special effects, focal points, perspective changes, and the like.  Lots of things are done properly – snow, water, fire, broken glass, flying bullets, explosions, and so on and so forth.  And all that comes together with nice soundtrack.  Pleasant experience.

As for the rest of it – the film was pretty weak.  The story is one of those usual stories that you have seen in a million other stories.  Characters aren’t very well developed though.  And the best characters never live up to their fame.  Nicely looking lady – killed in the beginning.  Really evil looking guy – even worse.  There is a lack of major battle, and whatever replaces it is a sorry excuse.  Disappointing.

Altogether, I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10.  If you like good visuals, then go see it on the big screen.  You won’t be disappointed no matter how lacking the rest of the film is.  But if you need more than just special effects, than wait for the DVD to come out.  That’s about all I can say about this one.