The Expendables

The Expendables” – movie that I have been waiting for for so long didn’t disappoint me at all.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  I enjoyed each and every bit of it.  It was everything I wanted it to be – a moderately paced, funny action movie with very simple story and lots of fighting, shooting, chasing, exploding, etc.

It was very well positioned in its genre.  In such a way even that makes it easy to excuse any shortcomings, be they holes in the story or acting or special effects. I’m not saying there were any, if there were any.  I’m just saying that even if you notice something that you don’t like, you’ll probably forget about it within a second.  There’s plenty to enjoy.

Of course I’ll rate this movie as 5 out of 5.  That’s both for nostalgic reasons and for a historical moment of all three superstars – Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – appearing in the same scene together.  And there was so much more …

Demolition Man

Demolition Man

Demolition Man” was on TV yesterday.  It’s an old movie and I’ve seen it a few times before, but it’s good to watch some films from the past once in a while to see how well they age.  This one is actually still looking pretty good.  There is an engaging story, plenty of shooting, and lots of comedy.  Plus, the fact that it’s all about the future (as seen in 1993), and the future that we can see quite clear from today, makes it even funnier.

Overall, pretty good entertainment – 4 stars.

D-Tox

D-Tox (2002)I wasn’t sure that I wanted to see “D-Tox” in the cinema. So I waited for it to come out on DVD. And than I totally forgot about it. Until today.

Directed by: Jim Gillespie
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Mif, Christopher Fulford, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Berenger, Stephen Lang, Alan C. Peterson, Hrothgar Mathews, Angela Alvarado, Robert Prosky, Robert Patrick, Courtney B. Vance
IMDB raintg: 4.7
My rating: 3.0

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The Specialist

Watched “The Specialist” on DVD.

This movie is a disappointment in general. Considering the cast I cannot believe that could come up with this film – Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts… This was probably the biggest misuse of high-profile actors in the 20th century.

Other weak areas were a very shallow story, immature character development, and lack of action. Oh, and sense. There was no scenes in anything in this film. I mean, actions are well-known for their unrealistic and illogical setups, but this film is the king of nonsense.

4 out of 10.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Watched “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” with Olga on DVD. Both she and I really enjoyed the first two movies, and both she and I didn’t like this one. Let me explain a bit…

First of all, the expectations. Both the first and the second parts were entertaining, active and in general fantastic. So our expectations were a bit boosted up. Especially mine. And it is always a pity when a movie doesn’t live up to expectations.

Misuse of the resources. This film is full of stars. First and totally undoubtful is the directory himself –
Robert Rodriguez. He proved many times that he knows a lot about how movies should be done, and that he can do movies the right way. Here something went wrong. It felt very empty, lifeless, boring and commercial. Cast for this film has such a long list of well known names that I cannot even remember another movie like this. Among the ones who don’t need no introduction: Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone, Mike Judge, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi, and others. I mean there are probably more people you can name without IMDB than in any other movie. And they all have nothing to do there.

The story sucked. It was so pure and transparent that it was very boring. I bet that even kids were falling asleep while watching it. All coolness was gone. Noone was cool anymore. Superheros running towards their grandpa in case of any minor danger. No gadgets. No spy talk. Nothing.

There were plenty of annimation. Actually the whole film is one huge animation with real people in it (supposedly inside a video game). But even this was boring. It wasn’t anything like a computer game. Take for example a scene where they are racing some strange vehicles at magnificent speeds – no thrill and no turns. They drive in a straight line. In which video game was that? :)

Anyway, I have a bunch of complains about this film. I expected it to be in line with the previous two, but it was way off. I will write it off as something Rodriguez wanted to do for his own reasons and I will forget about this film. I’ll rate as 4 out of 10. Save you money and spend them on something else. Watch this on TV when it’ll come… it will help you fall asleep. With your kids.