28 May 2011

Movie roundup

Recent movies, in descending order of enjoyableness:

Ip Man. Semi-biographical account of the life of Ip Man, the grandmaster of the Wing Chun form of martial arts who taught Bruce Lee. Donnie Yen is pretty much the embodiment of unadulterated badassery. Excellent fight scenes. Recommended.

Source Code. Not only an entertaining thriller but also somewhat moving (which I did not expect). Don't take the science seriously and you will enjoy the movie a lot more for it. It's well executed and the characters and their interplay are very likable. Recommended.

In The Shadow of the Moon. Documentary about the Apollo missions, as told by the Apollo astronauts. Really brings to life the political and social climate of the time. I watched the JFK footage and I could not tell if he was a visionary, or insane. Also, sometimes we forget that, yes, some astronauts did die so that we could go to the moon. Recommended.

The Rock. Classic action movie, and one with heart.

Contact. It does have its moments of awe, but the cheesiness is way overdone.

Con Air. Everyone in this movie seems to play a caricature of himself, which gets tiring very quickly.

District 13: Ultimatum. I enjoyed the original District 13 (the parkour scenes are something to behold), and had been looking forward to the sequel. Unfortunately Ultimatum is just ridiculous and nonsensical in alternation.

The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Empty and unexciting.

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