Wednesday, November 01, 2006

DesperadoZ's Movie Review(s)

hey okay i just came back from watching The Prestige and i feel i HAVE to blog about this wonderful movie. thus the return of the much coveted DesperadoZ's Movie Review.

i'm gonna review 2 movies which i think qualify as the top 2 this year. they both have super screwed up and not interesting names but are both exceptional. The Prestige and The Guardian.

let's start with The Guardian.

Movie Name: The Guardian
Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher
DesperadoZ's rating: 4.95/5

Why it's that good: This movie is primarily an action-packed thrill ride packed with humour and feel-good moments. Wonderful, and very very meaningful. After the movie u are likely to go "wow that was an awesome movie/wow the whole movie was damn meaningful".

Any bad points?: None. The only reason why it didnt get a perfect 5/5 is because i think The Prestige just slightly has an edge over it.

Movie Review: Basically this movie is about the Rescue Swimmers - people part of the Coast Guards who go on missions into deep seas to rescue survivors of a shipwreck. The movie starts off brilliantly with immediate action as you get a glimpse of Ben Randall (Kevin Costner), the legendary Rescue Swimmer who has won every award there is and has rescued the most number of people of all time, in action. The rescue scenes are gripping and so suspenseful u would be clenching ur fists and staring without blinking. No kidding.

Alas, the legend Ben Randall loses his crew in a freak accident during a mission. He is then sent to be a teacher at the "A" School, an elite training programme for wannabe Rescue Swimmers, to let him get on with life and forget about the accident.

There, he meets cocky, arrogant Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher), who is no short fart himself, being a multiple gold medalist swimmer during his schooldays. He immediately leaves an impression as he declares to be the one to beat all of legend Ben Randall's records. That's when the humour part kicks in as we see the cocky arrogant Jake in action during training and how Ben conducts his unorthodox training sessions.

Then? Go watch the movie. Don't wanna spoil it. Just trust me, and yi rui (who watched with me) and my sis and loads of other pple who say it's a damn good movie.

now, then, lets move on to the movie which is still fresh in my mind, The Prestige.

Movie Name: The Prestige
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson (HOT CHICK)
DesperadoZ's rating: 5/5

Why it's that good: Dark, gripping movie. Storyline is full of twists and turns. Wonderful acting from all of the main cast. Presence of hot chick Scarlett Johansson is a godsend. Director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) scores once again. Movie can even get you emotional.

Any bad points?: May seem confusing at first, but storyline all adds up in the end.

Movie Review: The flashy, sophisticated Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) is a consummate entertainer, while the rough-edged purist Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is a creative genius who lacks the ability to showcase his magical ideas.

They start out as admiring friends and partners. But when their biggest trick goes terribly wrong, causing in the death of Robert Angier's wife, they become enemies for life--each intent on outdoing and upending the other. Trick by trick, show by show, their ferocious competition builds until it knows no bounds, while the lives of everyone around them hang in the balance.

The movie is shot in a classic "recounting" format where it starts with Borden in court being accused of the murder of Angier. The movie then slowly recounts the events that led to the court case, and, as we soon find out, things are not as they seem.

What also was intriguing about the two lead characters was that there is no right or wrong, no hero or villain. As I was telling daniel yip, it was either both of them lived or both of them died. As it turned out, the movie was loaded with twists and the ending is simply astounding.



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