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Rating: 2/4

In this sudden urge for post-apocalyptic movies, comes yet another entry that will blow your mind away, literally.  Acclaimed director/screenwriter/producer Guillermo del Toro has put his hands to work once again, this time as director and co-writer of what was sold as the biggest summer blockbuster movie that would come out: Pacific Rim.  And what better way to sell such a movie than by having such a visionary director as del Toro taking part in it.  This is the guy that wrote and directed the Hellboy series and the classic that is Pan’s Labyrinth.  And let’s not forget, he is one of the writers in The Hobbit trilogy.  So, given these facts, what can be expected from Del Toro’s  Pacific Rim?  As much as you can get from a movie about robots fighting aliens.  In other words, you will get the most beautifully pacificrim_poster_otachi_kaiju_largeenvisioned movie of the year since Oblivion, but almost no story to help it go any further than just style.  What Guillermo del Toro has done here is create Oscar-worthy scenery and cinematography, but has left aside all the elements that make up for a good plot, which is probably what Guillermo del Toro is best known for, his storytelling and originality. (more…)

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Rating: 0.5/4

I read an article once that talked about how this movie came to be.  Will Smith had an idea about making a movie that would put into test the chemistry between a father and his son, a chemistry that had been falling apart for years.  His first idea was that the movie would take them into some sort of a road trip in which the car crashes, and given that the father was badly injured in the accident, he was unable to move.  Therefore, it was up to the son to look for help in a remote place to be able to save his father and himself.  This would seem to be actually a brilliant idea for a movie, being both sentimental and shocking at the same time, given that it would be based on something that can actually happen any day.  And in a year full of post-apocalyptic movies, how great would it be to see a movie that goes far from this theme, while at the same time bringing into present time the idea of people that are alone in a remote place and in need of help?  Well, guess what.  Will Smith suddenly had the urge to be extremely original and move the time to 1,000 years later!  Oh, and of course, why wouldn’t he decide to give M. Night Shyamalan, one of the greatest directors in the present day, directing classics such as “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender”, a call?  Seriously, what could possibly go wrong? Everything. (more…)

Rating: 3/4

What would you expect from a third installment of a series about friends getting extremely wasted and drugged and ending in new places each time?  Well, a movie that does not have to do anything with what the series is known for.  Matter of fact, don’t even expect a party (except from Mr. Chow, he is a handful of a party himself).  The Hangover Part III is a darker, extremely more violent movie than its predecessors, and though it never reaches the potential of the first film, it does something that the second could not pull off: it keeps the audience laughing all throughout the movie.  And if you doubt that this is true, let me just say one thing.  The Hangover Part III revolves mainly around the character of Alan (Zach Galifianakis).  That is good enough for me, and for anyone who is looking for a good ass laugh this summer. (more…)

Rating: 4/4

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a streak for a long time now, doing great movie after great movie.  First with Iron Man, followed by The Incredible HulkIron Man 2ThorCaptain America: The First Avenger, and ending it bigger than ever with the record-breaking The Avengers.  Now, Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has begun.  And, oh boy, what a start.  Iron Man 3, which I got the pleasure to see before it was even released in the United States, is the best superhero movie Marvel has released up-to-date.  It is what The Dark Knight is to DC; it is Marvel’s perfect film.  It is a darker, funnier, and more exciting sequel of the Iron Man series.  It is flawless, with an above-perfect performance by Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and, even more so, as Tony Stark, joined by a superb cast that elevates this movie to other levels of greatness. (more…)

Rating: 3/4

If there is one thing I hate about movies that try to deal with the post-apocalyptic world, it is that they all show us more of the same.  Earth is a complete wasteland.  The protagonist is usually searching for other signs of human life, be it by himself or with one or two other people that have survived whatever struck Earth.  Of course, they usually find a group of humans that are living in a small, hidden community they have created, and together, they fight off whatever attacked them, giving Earth a new chance to be what it once was.  This is what I was expecting when I was about to watch “Oblivion“, more of the same.  Turns out that I was wrong.  “Oblivion”, while following parts of the usual simple-minded plot of post-apocalyptic movies, is able to give the plot some unexpected tweaks that make of Oblivion a pretty good movie. (more…)