It’s been a while since I posted about the movies I’ve seen. So here’s a recap of the ones we’ve seen at the theater and at home:
TRON: Legacy (in 3D)
A must-see for those who remember the original; with updated special effects and an awesome soundtrack. Jeff Bridges returns as Kevin Flynn, the designer of the virtual world that he developed on the original film. This movie follows Kevin’s son Sam Flynn as he goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world. I enjoyed the movie – Jeff Bridges is always entertaining and it was fun to see Olivia Wilde in a role other than Thirteen on House. The new-and-improved games played in the movie were high-tech eye candy, which is always fun. Did the movie change my life in any way? Probably not..but it didn’t matter. This one is more for the ride than the journey. It’s a must-see for anyone who saw and liked the original. RATING: B
Storyline: Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
We just watched this last night and it was REALLY GOOD. When it first came out in theaters, the trailer really didn’t do it justice. I was somewhat intrigued but imagined a movie filled with moving worlds and confusion and I wasn’t really in the mood for that. But Inception was so much more than that and there was only one major scene of “moving worlds”. It’s about dream-sharing where several people share the same dream, or rather, join the dreamer’s subconscious, usually with the goal of finding secrets and hidden information stored in the dreamer’s subconscious. It was a very cool movie. And the cast was great: Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic as usual. Ellen Page (from Juno) was great as the “architect” who created the dream worlds – talk about a cool job. Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were also very good. It was fascinating to delve into the various layers of people’s subconscious. All in all, an excellent way of sending a couple of hours. RATING: A+
Official storyline from Warner Bros.: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
The Book of Eli
This was one of those movies that I hadn’t heard very much about and happened to have the TV on when it started. And after a couple of minutes, it completely sucked me in.
In a violent post-apocalyptic society set in 2043, sometime after the Last Great War, the drifter Eli (Denzel Washington) has been travelling west across North America for the last thirty years reading a unique book that he brings with him. The movie follows Eli through his travels; the struggles he must face and the people he meets, in particular when he stops in a town that’s being run by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie’s gang finds out about the book Eli is protecting and make it their goal to obtain it. A girl, Solara, from the town (Mila Kunis) ends up teaming up with Eli along his journey. Solara asks Eli about the world before the war and he tells her that people had more than they needed and threw away things that others kill for today. When asked why he keeps the book, Eli explains that it’s the only Bible left in the world since it was singled out for extermination after the war, as the post-war population believed it was the cause of the war. They eventually end up at Alcatraz, where a curator has been gathering all the remnants of pre-war civilization, such as books, music, and art, and storing them in the cells until they are ready to rebuild and re-establish society. There’s an interesting twist that’s revealed but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie.
A fascinating movie. RATING: A
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