Sunday, 24 June 2012
In 2008, Russian director Timur Bekmambetov stamped his territory with his stylish Hollywood debut in WANTED. His trademark style of over-the-top action coupled with lots of slow motion remains intact in his second Hollywood feature, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. However that pulsating spirit that makes WANTED such an entertaining guilty-pleasure mayhem is significantly lost in translation with his supposedly more ambitious follow-up here. Not that it's totally misguided effort here, but for such a potentially entertaining genre hybrid that mixes historical fact and vampire genre, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER deserves more than just a mere stylish gimmick.
Disney Pixar's 13th animated feature, BRAVE, marks their first foray into fairy-tale adventure with a female protagonist (in this case, princess) in a period setting. Anyone is expecting this oft-seen genre given a refreshing change-of-pace will be disappointed that BRAVE is surprisingly opted for the more familiar route instead. But don't let all those familiarity fools you, because BRAVE happens to work well as a solid and often rousing adventure that is both heartfelt, funny and entertaining.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
How often you get to watch a blockbuster movie where it mesmerizes you at the opening minute, before gradually grabs you by the throat and never let go until the very end? The answer is none others than PROMETHEUS, Ridley Scott's long-awaited comeback to sci-fi genre since BLADE RUNNER (1982). It is certainly well worth the wait especially since PROMETHEUS is a prequel to his own timeless classic, ALIEN (1979). Well, actually it is more of an indirect prequel (you just have to see it for yourself). But one thing for sure, prequel or not, PROMETHEUS is a rare breed -- a thought-provoking, yet frightening science-fiction epic that isn't afraid to ask difficult questions related to our very own existence.
Sunday, 3 June 2012
When Universal was first greenlit a revisionist take of Brothers Grimm's classic fairy tale of Snow White, I was particularly interested how first-time director Rupert Sanders (formerly an award-winning commercial director who did Halo 3: ODST) would twist this oft-told story into a dark and gritty approach. Then came the trailer and the subsequent marketing campaigns, which I must say, something interesting to look forward to. But upon finally watching SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN in full, it was entirely different story altogether. To sum it all up, the supposedly interesting take of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN turns out to be a complete disaster in an epic proportion.