Monthly Archives: November 2009
So you can imagine after all the hype of the new movie that I was a little more than curious to see this. After all, this is Astroboy, and if they did the same as they did with Speed Racer and Transformers, I had expectations that this movie would be just as good.
What we think may not always be the case.. Especially when it comes to remaking of a classic. For fans of the comics and the TV show, you are going to be very disappointed.
Directed by David Bowers, it is easy to see just why this movie does not quite cut it. The movie in itself was good in terms of animation, but to say that this film is outstanding would not do justice to the creator Osamui Tezuka.
The film left out a lot of the original storyline. Gone is the death of Dr Tenma’s son in an auto accident. Gone is the entire issue of Astro’s abandonment by his father who sends him off to a circus where he’s found and raised as a “normal” boy. Gone is Tokyo of the future. Gone is the notion of robots looking like people and the integration into society. Gone is the nemesis of Astro. There is a lot more things wrong with this, but I wont go on. Basically, this classic has been flushed down the sewer by American Studios, and that is putting it bluntly.
The villain of this trash was President Stone, played by Donald Sutherland. WTF?? Where was Atlas? Pook? Inspector Tawashi?
There were some scenes that proved favorable, and it will entertain the new generation of Astro fans, but that is about it.
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly.
Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it takes to be a hero
This movie will appeal to the new generation of Astro followers, but for those who remember the original series, this movie is as impressive as watching grass grow.
To quote Bart Simpson, it “sucks and blows”.
For fans of the show, wait til this goes to weekly rental at your local video store.
In Saw V, we saw the demise of Special Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) . Now Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood.
When it comes to movie sequels, there are few which make the grade. There are some really great horror sequels out there, but in most cases, the sequels should have stopped after the second or third installment.
Saw is not one of those that fail the grade. In fact, this series is definitely up there in there in the Top 5 of Best Horror Movie Series.
In the latest offering in the Saw Franchise, the opening game is pretty gruesome, with two “Takers” having to give of themselves in order to live. However, this game is not easy. Each person is in a cage and between them is the scale, and whoever gives the most apparently wins. In one cage we see an overweight male, and in the other a woman. Both are takers. So the game thus beings…. And a lesson to be learned…. (As Detective Hoffman later asks the woman who survived the game)…
It’s difficult to give a sentence that accurately describes what some movie goers feel after this installment, but it seems as if the year-wait paid off, because Saw VI is easily the best of the ‘second trilogy’ in the Saw series.
What makes Saw VI such a smarter film is it’s ability to play off the strengths of its predecessors. The film knows its destination, so we get a much more solid story this time around. It’s really incredible how everything in the plot came together so perfectly. All of the events that have occurred have demonstrated a Domino Effect — every character in the series is relevant, and one character’s actions can change the entire course of the story and lead to something else. Any questions brought up in the previous installments are cleared up in VI, so we finally get a solid conclusion.
When you look up the plot for Saw VI, it seems so simple: Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood.
There’s a lot more going on in this film than this. But one thing’s for sure, Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood, and that’s what mattered most. All of the pieces of the puzzle come together, and you remain on the edge of your seat because you have no idea what’s going to happen to these characters. The plot takes dramatic twists and turns that will have your jaw hit the floor.
We begin to follow where SAW V left off, Hoffman emerging victorious, or so it may seem. And soon enough, the introduction of our newest test subject, William. It’s hard to get into the character without spoiling anything, so if I seem vague, you know why. William is an insurance agent, the vice president of his company as a matter of fact. In that, he made a formula on how to determine who should be eligible for health insurance. Needless to say, John Kramer was a former associate of his.
Jill, the ex-wife of the infamous Jigsaw Killer was also presented a box. The box plays a large role this time around and again. Her role in the grand scheme of things is further explained and finally understood. Everything between her past with John, her present with Hoffman, is revealed and we get to see a glimpse of how one person can influence the life of another, and we get to see a side of Jill that we never expected. (Could she be a new successor?)
As for the hard-core traps: Saw VI is without a doubt the most gruesome of them all. They really raised the bar with this one in terms of the amount of violence shown on the screen.
The traps were disturbing as hell. And, most importantly: a hard-core Saw fan left the theater with a smile on his face. Saw VI Director Kevin Greutert really did an astounding job with this one.
To quote Jigsaw: You think it’s the living who have the ultimate judgment over you, because the dead have no claim over your soul. But you may be mistaken.
One thing is for sure, this is a must watch movie, and I for one am looking forward to the next installment of Saw VII next year.