Here’s a list of a few recent viewings I have gone through lately that I didn’t or didn’t want to review for whatever reason. Hopefully I can give a short review that may peak your interests to either watch or pass on a film you might have been considering. There can be a mix of newer/older movies with a few insights.
This is another one for me that came out with a good trailer that made the movie not only interesting but visually impressive. Both were correct…sort of. While the story of Robots helping humans in a post-apocalyptic scenario that are not able to hurt humans is not new, they did seem to add a twist to it. The robots are not supposed to be able to repair themselves or other robots. Some of course start to and that makes them learn at an incredibly fast rate. Antonia Banderas plays an insurance agent for the company that makes the robots and one investigation takes him outside of the city walls to see who is helping the robots. This is the halfway point to the movie and it is also where it becomes a little convoluted and its once interesting idea is wasted. The movies story doesn’t live up to its potential but kind of just turns into a shoot ‘em up action ending, which could have worked if it made sense for the movie as a whole. Visually the movie does look really good with light color tones, almost brownish to imply the dirtiness earth has become and the robots themselves look like they came out of Jim Henson’s brain and that’s a good thing. 2 stars out of 4
The Last Sacrament
I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie after watching a very good documentary on Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple on Netflix. The trailer for The Last Sacrament looked exactly like that documentary and looked like Gene Jones would knock it out of the park as the Jim Jones character. Unfortunately, anytime Jones isn’t on screen the film is slow and boring. The found footage genre just didn’t seem to work for this film because there were very obvious problems with why a camera was filming the way it was versus the reality that certain angles and shots would not be possible with only two cameras. I’ve tried looking online how they were able to pretty much recreate the Jonestown Massacre while never giving it credit for the story. I’d say just watch the documentary and you’ll be more horrified by that than this poor attempt at horror. 1 star out of 4
I was really, really looking forward to this one but, while it was a good movie, its disappointment lies in its pacing. Taking it from what could have been a tremendous outing for fans of both Denzel Washington and his action films to a great story idea that didn’t really get off on the right foot for a possible future franchise. What the trailers promised was a Washington pick in the vein of Man on Fire, which is my favorite Washington picture. What we got was something that could have been that great but just couldn’t find its footing. I did not hate the film, just disappointed that a film about a man who helps protect others because he has a special set of skills could feel so overly long. The action scenes are fantastic and Washington as well as Chloe Grace Moretz were great casting choices. The problem is it is about twenty minutes to long and you feel it. A sharper and more focused edit would have made this film awesome. 2 and ½ stars out of 4