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Average User Score: 5.0Jun 24, 2018Ohhhh my god. Why did I waste $1.67 at Redbox on this? I knew better. I knew it would be bad. And it was... you really have to watch it asOhhhh my god. Why did I waste $1.67 at Redbox on this? I knew better. I knew it would be bad. And it was... you really have to watch it as comedy I guess.
If you accept the hilarious premise of this franchise, namely that giant Japanese monsters from another dimension are periodically climbing up out of the seafloor to smash all buildings that they can find, then you have to also accept the fact that you are watching something designed for 8-year olds, basically, and from that uncritical point of view, it's sort of entertaining for a while. But then all the usual giant-robot combat ensues, and it wears thin rather quickly... why is that pre-teen girl able to build giant robots all by herself? I never understood that... or any of dozens of other examples of far-fetched silliness that's taken for granted here.
Really the best part of this eye-roller is the names of the giant Jaeger robots... "November Ajax" etc. Definitely good stuff for 8-year olds to get into and then buy the plastic model kits...… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Jun 24, 2018A fine entertaining popcorn movie for a summer weekend. Nobody gets shot or killed, and lots and lots of glitzy fashion, bling and style, notA fine entertaining popcorn movie for a summer weekend. Nobody gets shot or killed, and lots and lots of glitzy fashion, bling and style, not to mention eye candy! Sandra Bullock is always fun, and while not entirely believable, the rest of these rather wholesome and middle-class badgirls are an engaging crew. Credibility wears thin in places, but hey--it's a tall tale, not a documentary fercrissakes. Whaddya expect?? The all-business guys at Cartier are one of the high points of the film, kudos for their faultlessly executed supporting roles. And that sure is a big heavy vault door they have there!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0May 6, 2018One of the greatest films of all time. John Boorman has brought extraordinary, magical and tender beauty to this tale, and brought it aliveOne of the greatest films of all time. John Boorman has brought extraordinary, magical and tender beauty to this tale, and brought it alive as never before or since. This is a theatrical work of great genius, crafted with passion and profound insight, on a tiny budget. Though the budget clearly constrained some of the sets and effects, so that some of the lesser, connecting scenes present essentially like stage theater, we don't care, because interspersed with those scenes, are spellbinding, gorgeous episodes -- the most visually enthralling, mesmerizing sword-and-sorcery scenes in the history of cinema.
It's that alternation of minimal dreaminess, which evokes an aura of fantasy and theatrical storytelling, with these dramatic eruptions of photo-realistic, vividly immersive beauty, magic, and drama, that build the power of this film like a steadily chanted spell.
IF ONLY Boorman could have been the one to direct Lord of the Rings! IF ONLY! He has the precise eye, heart and vision, style, and craft for it -- and no one else even comes close. The irony is, he WAS on deck to do just that, back in the 70s, but something went wrong, it never happened. "Excalibur" gives us just a glimpse at the utter glory that could have been LOTR, if they had given him the green light and a big budget. Instead we got the tacky bluetone CGI and Peter whatisname directing a shameful shadow of Tolkien's vision.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7May 6, 2018The Harrier jets attack and expertly evade a shoulder-launched AA missile, then pull around with a glorious "boom" across the sky and ocean...The Harrier jets attack and expertly evade a shoulder-launched AA missile, then pull around with a glorious "boom" across the sky and ocean... it's only a few seconds but it's one of my favorite scenes in all cinema. :) Besides these superb, vividly realistic military scenes, you get a tongue-in-cheek tall-tale spy story with nukes, snappy dialog between Arnold (S.) and Arnold (Tom), and an underlying subversive sense of humor, and it's all highly entertaining from beginning to end. A great job all around, at the very top of its genre.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2May 6, 2018One of the finest science fiction films of all time. In its originality, its chilling relentless drive, it moves us steadily from anOne of the finest science fiction films of all time. In its originality, its chilling relentless drive, it moves us steadily from an innocent, cheerful 1980s world into an utter nightmare, with the looming spectre of nuclear extinction and the end of humanity. The sweet young waitress finds herself in a fight to the death with an enemy that just will not die, that can't be killed, that will never stop its pursuit. Perhaps unintentionally, this film rises to the level of prophecy; it's a real warning, about the real future dangers facing the human race (AI, autonomous robots, and nuclear war), and it's possibly affected enough people over the decades to have had some actual historical effect. This film and its sequels has affected our culture, and our point of view, at a deep level, making us more skeptical regarding these emerging technologies. And that is a good thing. "Not for about forty years," says Reese in the film -- but now it's been 34 years, and there actually are walking, talking autonomous robots. That nightmare future... may be very close now.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8May 6, 2018A Saturday detention session becomes an intense encounter group for all concerned, even the teacher and the janitor. This film has the bestA Saturday detention session becomes an intense encounter group for all concerned, even the teacher and the janitor. This film has the best casting choices in the history of cinema. No plot at all. No gun battles, no car chase, no explosions... no three-act structure! Breaks all the strict rules of screenwriting and industry structure requirements -- but still ranks as one of the greatest films of the 80s. Bravo!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Feb 11, 2018Horsies galloping. Guns shooting. Pew-pew-pew! Bombs falling - kshhh! Bang! Barooom! Grizzled warlords talking, hard-bitten wise talkHorsies galloping. Guns shooting. Pew-pew-pew! Bombs falling - kshhh! Bang! Barooom! Grizzled warlords talking, hard-bitten wise talk but we not care at all about that. Grizzled warriors fighting, bad guys all in black. That's how we know they bad guys, all black clothes. More horsies! Rockets firing off like in Star Wars - ksshh! kshhh! BAM! Well anyhow... it was entertaining. That's all I ask of any film.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.7Feb 11, 2018The actor playing Rapp isn't physically imposing enough to be credible in the role. Seems like a kid, no threat, doesn't seem appropriate atThe actor playing Rapp isn't physically imposing enough to be credible in the role. Seems like a kid, no threat, doesn't seem appropriate at all. No voltage. The idea that he somehow works out for 6 months and then starts infiltrating terrorist cells in Libya, knows the Koran and speaks Arabic, etc. -- just doesn't fly at all, right off the bat. It's the kind of thing an inexperienced screenwriter writes, and it seems OK to read it in the script, but it doesn't actually play well to the audience. The intuition to detect this kind of problem and avoid it is a prime distinguishing characteristic of better screenwriters and directors. The whole movie somehow fails to create the suspense and credibility that Bond, Bourne, etc. do so well. It's like an imitation spy movie. I actually fast-forwarded through several parts of the DVD, just couldn't sustain interest -- and many scenes are hard to figure, stuff happens but it's not very clear exactly what. Lots of foreign dialogue with tiny subtitles hard to see on the TV also detract from the storytelling. Weird fail, doesn't make the grade despite a lot of effort that obviously went into it. The lousy special effects at the end - blue-tone CGI stuff - puts the nail in it. It's that blue-tone 1997-style video-game CGI that more than anything, brands a bad movie these days.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jan 6, 2018This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Absolutely brilliant choice of storyline, taking one or two lines from the original 1977 film and hooking in an entire film so that it segues seamlessly directly into the beginning of the original -- this film ends apparently only a few hours before the opening scene of the first "Star Wars". And that, very powerfully, gives us the feeling of having come "full circle" after forty years, after this Odyssey of disappointing sequels and prequels, here we are again -- back at the beginning! The real thing! Rogue One may well be the most magnificent prequel ever made, and it's the only "true" Star Wars prequel.
It gets off to a somewhat shaky start, and some of the side characters and subplots are half-hearted and unnecessary. If only those had been trimmed and tightened up, this would be a towering masterpiece like the original film.
NEVERTHELESS - once we get to the main event, and the battle drama unfolds in all its glory, all these minor concerns are swept away in a grand finale of wondrous spectacle, with a final sequence of utter genius.
The heroine's exit would have been more dramatic if she died wounded on the tower right after completing the transmission of the plans -- laughing defiance in the face of the Death Star commander on the screen just before they fired and blew her away. That's how I would have done it, haha!… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Jan 6, 2018No more than 10 movies will ever get a 10 score from me, and this is one of them. The superb execution of a brilliant story concept was goodNo more than 10 movies will ever get a 10 score from me, and this is one of them. The superb execution of a brilliant story concept was good enough to take me by surprise, and this is not easy for any movie to do -- most all film plots are very predictable. But the Matrix completely blindsided me when Neo woke up in that pod, I just didn't see it coming.
The special effects and fights could all be dispensed with, it's that core concept and story line that are so powerful and haunting. In the end, there's an uncomfortable similarity to our own Matrix-like experience in our work cubicles every day -- staring at computer screens -- being anonymous production units in a huge organization. We're not actually generating electricity, but something even more insidious -- our very brainpower and life energies are enslaved in our version of the Matrix, as our muscles atrophy. Eerily similar. But how can we waken from our Matrix? Will love save us, as it saved Neo? Whether it intended to or not, this film makes us confront the fundamental values and experiences of the human species in an increasingly cybernetic world. And for that, it rises beyond entertainment, to the level of chilling prophecy.… Expand