Friday, March 26, 2010


A problem with many American science fiction movies that they are mainly action/thriller movies with just a touch of science. But Contact is truly an exception in the science plays a bigger role in it.

The plot is woven around Dr. Eleanor Arroway, [Jodie Foster ] a scientist determined to capture some radio signal transmitted by any extra terrestrial intelligence. She has a hard time continuing her research, with the majority of her fellow scientist and even sponsors thinking she is on a wild goose chase.

But the whole world gets exited when she eventually does receives an encoded signal apparently transmitted from the star Vega. The message shows the video  Adolf Hitler's welcoming speech at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Apparently the TV tranmition of that speech had reached far out in the space, received by some alien beings, and transmitted back to the earth. Further decoding of the message reveals a set of instructions to build a very sophisticated machine that is believed capable of transporting a single person to Vega.

Over much discussion and argument, the Federal government decides to build the machine. After some dramatic incidents, Dr. Eleanor eventually becomes the Earth's representative who would volunteer to go in the machine. What she discovers after the machine is activated with her in it is,.....................

I consider this to be the best sci fi movie I have seen so far, though Jodie Foster's performance as the main actress was not much impressive and the end of the movie was a little awkward.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Vantage Point

Vantage point is  a political-thriller movie with a very unique editing that holds the audience's  curiosity and enhances the suspense. 

The plot is woven around an assassination attempt of the president of United States in  Salamanca, Spain, where he attends an international treaty designed to combat global terrorism. The movie presents the various parts  of the event as seen by eight different parties from different angles at deferent times.The audience has to make scene of the situation by taking the eight pieces together.  

The film contains really fast moving and thrilling action and a lot of suspense. And the actin performance of the whole cast is very good too.    The only and a significant draw   back is that the there is no point to the plot, it's just a mare assassination attempt,presented in such a manner that it gets the full attention of the audience.   At the end if the movie, you will wonder, "wow, that movie was one of a  kind, great action, acting is good too, but there wasn't any real story, eh?". But trust me, you wouldn't regret seeing it. 

Directed by Pete Travis
Produced by Neal H. Moritz
Written by Barry L. Levy
Starring Dennis Quaid
Matthew Fox
Forest Whitaker
Richard T. Jones
Bruce McGill
Eduardo Noriega
Zoe Saldana
Edgar Ramirez
Sigourney Weaver
William Hurt
Ayelet Zurer
Music by Atli Örvarsson
Cinematography Amir Mokri
Editing by Stuart Baird
Studio Relativity Media
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) February 22, 2008
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Friday, March 12, 2010

Savior, this movie touches your heart deep down

This movie shows us how misarable war can make people's lives, specially those who are not engaed in it. It shows us parents losing children, children losing parents, family members losing one another, even parents rejecting their children. It shows what horrible things some people can do to others, driven by the extrenme feelings towards a particular religeon, race, or ideology, going way against any religeon's core principles.
The movie leaves you shoked, sad, thinking. Showing some of the best acting performances music ever, this movie is a masterpiece.

Directed by Predrag Antonijevic
Produced by Oliver Stone
Written by Robert Orr
Starring Dennis Quaid
Stellan Skarsgård
Nastassja Kinski
Nataša Ninković
Sergej Trifunović
Music by David Robbins
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date(s) November 20, 1998
Running time 103 min.
Language English & Serbo-Croatian

Thursday, March 4, 2010

SHOOTER, great acting, great action

A problem I have with most Hollywood action/thriler movies is that their stunts are far too exagerating and unrealistic. Among the few exceptions are movies such as Saving Private Ryon, Cliff Hanger, and Shooter is a bit close to that league. It also las a good plot.

Retired Gunnery Seargent Bob Lee Swagger(Mark Wahlberg ) of US Marine Scouts, one of the very best snipers of the world, lives a solitary life in his mountain home. But tat's a about to change. A sertain Colonal Issac Johnson( Danny Glover) visits Swagger and and asks for his help to track down an unknown sniper who is rumoured to try to assaninate the President of US soon. As his patriatism gives in, Swagger reluctantly accepts. Then Swagger visits the three places where the president is scheduled
visit, and with careful observation,picks Pheladelphia as the most likely place to be chosen any sniper wanting to assasinate the president.

On the day of the President's presence in Pheladelphia, Swagger keeps watch for the mysterious sniper, together with a local polieman. What's happens is quite beyond what Swagger has been expecting. The Ethiopean archbishop, participating the sane event with the Presivent, is who gets assasinated, and, at the same time, the policeman shoots Swagger too. Though injured, Swagger escapes.

Swagger is suspected fot the assasination.The plot flows with Swagger's desperate attemts to untwist the truth behind this set up and prove his innosance.

Mark Wahlberg does absolute justice to his role in this movie, and I must say all the rest of the cast perform really well too.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Written by Stephen Hunter (novel)
Jonathan Lemkin (screenplay)
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Danny Glover
Ned Beatty
Michael Peña
Tate Donovan
Kate Mara
Rade Šerbedžija
Mike Dopud
Levon Helm
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Peter Menzies
Editing by Conrad Buff
Eric Sears
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 23, 2007
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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