Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Catching Fire/RoboCop/The Journey (and I need more movies)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Synopsis: Here's my very unimpressive review on The Hunger Games and this is a sequel to the widely successful movie. With Katniss and Peeta winning the games, they have inspired rebellions in the district and that angers Snow, who then announced for a special game where previous winners are forced to take part in.
The Thumb-Up(s): Compared to the previous movie,The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has obviously improved in terms of 'complicating' the storyline with deeper and richer story, better actions and giving more opportunities for great acting to its actors, which thankfully the likes of the awesome Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson nailed it.
The Thumb-Down(s): The movie made me go wow~ with the unique story in the first installment so for the second one, it didn't manage to surprise me that much.
The Verdict: A better planned and arranged sequel that is worth a watch.
3.5 out of 5

Director: Jose Padilha
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: A remake of the 1987's film with the same name, the movie talks about policeman Alex who is heavily injured and was taken by OmniCorp to make into RoboCop, a robot with a human brain to fight crimes in the city
The Thumb-Down(s): Storyline was way too predictable, the actions were way too little and there were literally zero climax or perhaps too short a climax in the movie.
The Verdict: Don't waste your time, really.
2 out of 5

一路有你 The Journey
Director: 青元
Cast: 尤凤音、李世平、Ben Pfeiffer
Synopsis: 外国念书回来的女儿带着一个洋女婿回家,当然气死古板的爸爸。爸爸后来决定让他们结婚,唯一的条件就是要女婿Benj陪他到全国各地派请帖给他的旧同学。
The Thumb-Up(s): 虽然故事情节还蛮老土兼predictable的,但对白和故事呈现的效果却让人有所惊喜。最令我惊喜的还是Uncle Frankie这个第一次演戏的老演员,不用怎么多说话,就凭那表情和演技就足以让我感动落泪了,真的很棒!
The Thumb-Down(s): 或许因为好评如潮,我带着很大的希望去看这部电影,所以虽然觉得的确拍得不错,但也没大家说得那么fantastic啰!电影很多部份应该可以拍得更感人、更丝丝入扣的,但就是差那么一点,就是有种不怎么到位的感觉,真的很可惜。老实说,真的可以skip掉那为了电影marketing而加入的热气球部分而把重点移向更重要的情节。另外,女主角的演技也是一大败笔,虽然我还是觉得以她的身高,真的还蛮适合这个角色的......
The Verdict: 虽然它有它的缺点,但还是一部蛮值得一看的电影。不管你是做人家儿女的、还是做人家爸妈的,这电影会让你学习到不少人生道理。
4 out of 5

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