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Monday, July 7, 2008

At the Movies-Personal Review-Urduja, Hulk, Wanted

Here's my long overdue review of some of the latest movies i've watched this June.

Incredible Hulk
"A lot better than the first"

For those who have had the sorry chance to watch the Hulk movie about five years ago starring Eric Bana (Hulk), one could not help but compare these two movie renditions. For one, this movie, (The Incredible Hulk) by Edward Norton, is a lot better than the first one.

There are more heart-pounding scenes this time, plus of course, they have incorporated some colloquial comics in Brazil.

The only thing that keeps bugging me is that I think Edward Norton is too thin for the role. I mean, It really sucks to see how a thin man converts into this huge green monster ready to save the whole world.

Fans will have to wait for the sequel because there are some questions unanswered-like how the love story of Bruce(Norton) and Betty (Liv Tyler) will end; and whatever happened to Mr. Blue (the doctor) when Bruce's blood dropped into his head; and what in the world is Starks (Iron Man, played by Robert Downey, Jr.) doing in this Incredible Hulk movie?????

"Not quite but remarkably worth watching"

APT Productions boasts of this one as ‘the Philippines’ first full length traditional and digital animation film’.

I dare say that this is not yet quite as good as those Hollywood animations produced, but then I would like to raise that fact that this is an "All-pinoy" digital animation film, the first ever produced by the country.

Regine Velasquez, Cesar Montano, Eddie Garcia, Johnny Delgado (superb!!!!) and Jay Ilagan provided the voice overs, while Michael V, Allan K, Ruby Rodriguez and Jeffrey Quizon gave the comic reliefs. One thing, though, is that, I personally think Michael V is over-exposed, stealing the scenes from the main characters.

Others, of course, would care about the quality. But as for me, this, being the First Pinoy breakthrough in the field of digital animation film, is worth watching and applauding.

"Actions Overload but... where's the value?"

I love the car chase. Really, really love it. Angelina Jolie is just as savvy as she is.

It's as if this is another sequel for the Matrix trilogy when it comes to effects. There are really lots and lots of overloaded effects into this one;- you need not ask for more.

However, I think I need to review the movie again just for me to find out whatever values this movie has to offer to the audience. I couldn't just understand why these assasins will have to rely on what the codes enrypt in order to know whom they should kill. It's like, "we need to kill this one even if we don't know the reason why just because we need to".

But of course, I should like to give credits to the "twists" of the story.

The zero to hero story of our Main character Wesley (James McAvoy- i think he's the main character in one another good movie, Last King of Scotland);
It was one of those movies wherein you will get to see Morgan Freeman as the...
Wesley's quest to kill his father's killer. The Fraternity of the Assasin led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman), informed him that it was Cross (Thomas Kretschmann) who killed his father. After then, the fraternity trained Wesley so that he could avenge his father's death and kill Cross, who happens to be......
And why in the world do they have to kill Fox in the movie??????

As one review appropriately puts it, "Wanted, starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, is the McDonald's of summer blockbusters: not much nutrition but a boatload of empty visual calories."

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