May 2013 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review: THE HANGOVER PART III (2013)

Alan, my god... I didn't know you're into guy who has fetish for lollipops.
A few chuckles here and there, but THE HANGOVER PART III is mostly stale and unfunny "comedy" that feels like a bad leftover.
 

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Review: FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013)

Each of us should have a superhero costume by now.
While it doesn't quite reaches the dizzying height of FAST FIVE in term of action sequences, FAST & FURIOUS 6 is surprisingly more fun and more entertaining than the previous five movies have come before.
 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998)


RATING: 4/5

A modern-day paranoia thriller in the vein of THREE DAYS OF CONDOR (1975) meets THE NET (1995) and THE FUGITIVE (1993), ENEMY OF THE STATE sees director Tony Scott returns with a bang in this high-concept, Big brother-is-watching thriller about how today's surveillance technology can invade your privacy and watches every steps of your way.



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] SPY GAME (2001)


RATING: 1/5

Call this movie as ENEMY OF THE STATE revisited as director Tony Scott explores the espionage genre for the second time. If anyone expecting SPY GAME shares the equal or perhaps better relentless excitement that ENEMY OF THE STATE did before, be prepared to get disappointed.



Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] MAN ON FIRE (2004)

RATING: 1/5

One of this movie's particular scenes got me bug-eyed: "He's an artist of death", says former mercenary Rayburn (Christopher Walken) of his long-time friend John Creasy (Denzel Washington), "and he's about to paint his masterpiece. I really don't have anything else to say." It's hard to believe that a veteran and capable actor like Walken can say anything like that in such serious tone where it supposes to be dumbfounded.



Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] DEJA VU (2006)


RATING: 3/5

Check this out: A joyful Mardi Gras on a Canal Street ferry boat off the New Orleans harbor ends in a shocking tragedy for the Navy men and women and their families when a bomb is exploded just beneath the Crescent City bridge, causing a high toll of five hundred fatalities. The first to arrive is ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is assigned to investigate the suspected ferry bombing but find no concrete leads until the body of a young woman, Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton) is found washes shore nearby. What could have been a direct assumption that she has to be one of the blast victim is later reconfirmed through forensic details, suggested that she died before the ferry explosion, especially with her fingers cut off and duct tape residue around her mouth. Carlin proceeds to investigate further about Claire's mysterious death, starting with her apartment in which he discovered plenty of evidence lying everywhere - a waste basket filled with blood-soaked bandages, a handgun, and an enigmatic message in magnetic fridge letters reading "u can save her."


Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 (2009)


RATING: 2/5

Joseph Sargent's 1974 original version of the same name was a classic hostage thriller that blessed with Peter Stone's smartly-constructed script filled with authentic New York street vibe, rich characters and an often gripping, race-against-the-clock suspenseful aura. In this bigger-budgeted and glossy re-imagining version, Tony Scott's brash take of that classic material is, not surprisingly, pales by comparison. Gone are the gritty vibe that characterized the original version all the more realistic feeling. Gone also are the brilliant quirkiness that gave the original the extra edge in the first place. Here, everything is replaced with flash-over-substance and likewise, Tony Scott goes overboard as he abuses his trademark of fancy visual tricks cranking up to the eleven.



Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)


RATING: 2.5/5

The heat just keeps on coming for director Tony Scott. Here is another hit from this British-born filmmaker and this time, he collaborates with rising superstar Tom Cruise for the second time since 1986's TOP GUN as well as mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckehimer for the third time in DAYS OF THUNDER. As one of the highly-anticipated summer blockbusters of the year, director Tony Scott brings the similar irresistible gimmick they once successfully did for TOP GUN and trades the film from fighter jet to stock car racing.



Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991)


RATING: 2.5/5

Fresh out from the last year's blockbuster smash DIE HARD 2 (1990), phenomenal action superstar Bruce Willis tries out on stepping the shoes of buddy-movie genre. In the tradition of LETHAL WEAPON (1987), THE LAST BOY SCOUT gets pounded with similar treatment of serious exploration in term of hardcore characterizations while given both extension side of main plot and sub plot that clearly avoided the genre-trapping of mindless action movie extravaganza. What makes this movie more interesting is that it was penned by the famed Shane "LETHAL WEAPON" Black (no thanks to his overpriced script), producer Joel Silver and helmed by one of the most commercially-successful Hollywood filmmakers today, who is none others than Tony Scott himself. With such top-notch Hollywood filmmaking crew and a tough lead from Bruce Willis, what's not to like? Still, sadly though, the plot is smacks of retread and its familiar gimmick of LETHAL WEAPON-like storytelling opted for swaggering mannerism than compelling depth whatsoever.



Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] DOMINO (2005)


RATING: 1/5

Cinematic demolition derby overruled in this Tony Scott's latest movie as his so-called abstract biopic of the late Domino Harvey, the rebellious and troubled daughter of English actor Laurence Harvey, who made an extraordinary life for herself on the fringes of the crime-ridden Los Angeles as a bounty hunter for hire -- and a word of warning, though: Scott's DOMINO is nothing more than a bulky splash of visual annoyance and distracting stylistic flourishes to a very point that reminds me all over again why I despise his last movie, MAN ON FIRE (2004) so much.


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)

Oh, so now you wanna play silent treatment with me?
Brimming with enough excitement, wit and engaging character-driven drama, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is a summer-movie masterpiece and one of the best sequels ever made in recent years.
 

STAR TREK (2009)

 
Uh, guys... is that Mr. Spock doing hip-swinging dance on the bed?

Vibrant and emotionally engaging, this long-awaited STAR TREK reboot hits warp speed as one of the most exciting summer movies of the year.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Review: VEHICLE 19 (2013)

How come I'm not allow to pair with Vin Diesel in this movie?!
A low budget indie thriller with an interesting concept, but VEHICLE 19 suffers from sluggish pace and short of adrenaline rush.