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‘American Assassin’ doesn’t quite kill it

Action thriller formulaic, but serviceable enough

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:10

They sank their Battleship'

Sci-fi action film flawed and formulaic

Sometimes when we go to the movies, we're looking for complex stories about the sorts of trials and tribulations we encounter in real life. They're dramatized of course, but at their core, these are stories that could have happened to us in some way, shape or form.

And sometimes, we just want to see some stuff blow up. Guess which category 'Battleship' falls under? Surprise the movie based on a board game isn't overly invested in character development!

The film is centered around Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch, 'John Carter'), a ne'er-do-well troublemaker whose latest scrape with the law finally pushes his brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgard, TV's 'True Blood') to demand that Alex join the Navy. Flash forward a few years and Alex is progressing through the ranks, though he's never quite shed his inability to be bound by The Man's rules. He's also dating the lovely Samantha (Brooklyn Decker, 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'), a smart, tough woman who just happens to be the daughter of Alex's superior officer Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson, 'The Grey'). Because that's just how things work in movies like this.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:33

John Carter' just misses

Adventure epic lacks spirit of source material

One of the problems with adapting a beloved literary property to the big screen is the simple truth that you can't satisfy everybody. Like it or not, two hours of film cannot match 400 pages of novel in terms of sheer volume of description. So filmmakers pick and choose the parts that they use - making a coherent movie, sure, but also infuriating the purists. Of course, if the literary property in question is almost a century old, there's a little leeway.

So it is with 'John Carter.'

The film is based on the Barsoom series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This film is based primarily on 'A Princess of Mars,' the first of a dozen different stories featuring the planet Mars as imagined by Burroughs.

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