Jason Statham is a hit man poisoned with "Chinese shit" that will kill him if there's not enough adrenaline in his system. It's all the setup this frenetic ADD-riddled actioner needs to deliver a fun and entertaining thrill ride as Statham's Chev Chelios seeks revenge on the men who did this to him before his time runs out. The directors use a variety of shots - many seemingly video-game-inspired, which seems apt - to keep the visual style always shifting…
Still pretty enjoyable the second time through. Really slick visually and I absolutely love the score by M83. Tom Cruise seems a perfect fir for sci-fi action flicks, Andrea Riseborough is a fox, and Morgan Freeman is passable. The story made more sense this time through, and even knowing the twists I liked watching it. I know a lot of people dismiss this as empty pablum, but to me it's fun and engaging science fiction that's amazing to your eyeballs.
While a lot of people seem to be down on the first Captain America movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and was pretty interested to see the next entry in the franchise. The Winter Soldier is nothing less than a relentless action thrill ride with a heavy dose of intrigue thrown in. You can't say anything about this before recognizing how amazing the action setpieces are choreographed and shot - I've seen enough action movies to be jaded…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
After the dud that was 1998's Godzilla (which I've seen but admittedly don't remember much about), I was understandably leery about another reboot of the classic Japanese mega-monster franchise. But the trailers promised something interesting - a dark modern monster movie that just might live up to the hype. Turns out I should have listened to my gut the first time around.
The first warning sign is when Bryan Cranston, who is a tad hammy but is nonetheless the most…