The Raid: Redemption

22 08 2012

I’d been hearing amazing things about The Raid for a long time, so maybe my expectations were a little too high since for the most part, the whole thing fell flat with me.  The movie seemed confused: at times, it was an ultra-realistic action flick with some of the best stunt work I’ve ever seen, while at other times it turned into an over-the-top spectacle where all the characters turned into borderline superheroes. Spoilers: As awesome as it is to see a villain fighting with a fluorescent lightbulb sticking out of his throat and taking (literally) 500 punches to the face with seemingly no side-effects, it didn’t really fit with the rest of the movie’s vibe.  They also just couldn’t resist giving the hero the most generic and overused “wife and kid waiting at home” backstory.  I wish the filmmakers had picked one route, either realistic or fantastical, and stuck to it.  That being said, there’s some incredible fighting sequences (one rivals the awesome hallway scene from Oldboy)  and again, the stunts are really amazing.  Despite my complaints I still think this is worth seeing, especially if you’re a big action fan, in which case it’s unmissable.

7/10

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My Top 20 of the Decade

22 12 2009

I’ve always enjoyed making lists, so this is the first of many to come.  I’ve hardly seen all of the films I would like to that were released over the last ten years, but as of now this is where my top 20 stands.  Feel free to comment with your own list.

1.  THERE WILL BE BLOOD

2.  SPIRITED AWAY

3.  THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

4.  THE BEST OF YOUTH

 5.  AMELIE

6.  DANCER IN THE DARK

7.  THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

8.  THE DEPARTED

9.  THE DARK KNIGHT

10.  4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS

11.  CITY OF GOD

12.  MULHOLLAND DR.

13.  THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

14.  UP

15.  NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

16.  BEFORE SUNSET

17.  CHILDREN OF MEN

18.  Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN

19.  WALL-E

20.  OLDBOY

Honorable mention: The Room (One of the most enjoyably bad movies I’ve ever seen)