DVD review entries

April 13, 2005


4 out of 5 stars

sahara is still in cinemas…

Sahara, far from being the formuleic average thriller i expected, is a really enjoyable film. It dosnt do anything particularly orignial or outstanding, but what it does do is particulary exiting action sequences held together by a very engageing plot.

The plot roughly: A group of treasure hunters go searching for an american civil war ironclad in africa, while a couple of doctors from the WHO go in search of the cause of a rather nasty plague.
This sounds considerably less exiting than is actually is, thanks to some above standard fare acting and some very cool on location filming.

The film maneges to be serious and funny, whithout detracting from the action sequences (theres a particularly cool bit with a speedboat. learn what "doing a panama" is), and there are several moments of undeniable coolness.

The music is what you'd expect from this type of film.

A highly enjoyable movie – and one worth watching on the big screen. You wont come out of the cinema feeling inteleectually challenged or enotionally stirred, but you will come out grinning, and occasionally going "wasnt the bit when they so cool?" with the ocassional hand gestures and 6-year-old style explosion sound effects to go with them.

Finally – im going to give it a percentage because i really hate mesuring things on only 5 stars.

89% – Does what it sets out to do very well – namely, entertainment.

April 05, 2005

Sky Captain and the World Of Steam Punk

5 out of 5 stars

Thought i'd quickly review this, as i just watched it.

Its pretty good, and about as cool as you could ask for (without being a tarentino film).

I had to purchase this as soon as i read the blurb: "When giant robots attack new york…." is about as far as i got. Then i bought it.

It's SO COOL. It takes a little while to get used to the film, as its as if its lifted from the imagination of someone reading a comic, not a comic adaptation – everything that could happen in a comic happens, and as if it was perfectly normal.

It's filled with delightlful cliches, such as the "engineering bloke" and his ray gun, and the "Evil german scientist". Sounds a bit corny, but simply adds to the coolness.

The special effects are beyond reproach, and they have to be – theres not a single actual set in the entire film – something quite hard to believe given the quality of the acting and SFX. Its good to see serious actors such as jude law having a laugh playing an impossibly cool Sky Captain with a Very cools plane and Both gwyneth paltrow and angelina jolie after his loins.

Yep. Damn cool.

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