Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer movies of 09 make up for last summer

There have been a lot of great movies released this summer. No doubt about it. However last summer it seemed there were hardly any good movies. There are definitely more action movies this summer, and less movies that generate revenue mostly by kids wanting to go see a movie and dragging along their parents, which pretty much doubles the income for that movie.

I haven't seen all of these, but they are the ones that have caught my attention... And there are certainly movies that I may not have even heard about... So, sorry if the list is incomplete.

Terminator Salvation
This film, while overall pretty good, disappointed many Terminator fans. I think one of the mistakes they made was giving away too much in the trailers. There wasn't much surprise. Not to mention a cheesy ending. But definitely the most realistic Terminator movie to date.

Surrogates
Hasn't been released yet but the trailers look promising: View the trailer here

Star Trek
I'm not a Star Trek fan, and viewers of this movie don't need to have any prior star trek knowledge or even like star trek to like this movie.

District 9
I haven't seen this one yet, but I'm hearing a lot of positive things. Mini Summary: "An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology."

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
I haven't seen this one yet, either, but I've heard nothing negative: "An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Lots of controversy arose from this beast. Visual effects were stunning, people say the story was lacking, and didn't know how they felt about Optimus pulling a Jesus. The only issue I have is the excessive amount of comedic relief characters, the new Transformers are too characturized (they don't look enough like machines, like in the first Transformeres) and some of the comedy was far too immature for my liking.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Record breaking revenue for any midnight show, ever. People complain about how it wasn't exactly like the book... What can ya do? I enjoyed it.

Angel & Demons
I haven't seen this one. "Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican." IMDB has a lame mini plot summary.

Up
"By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. "

A Perfect Getaway
I was told this was going to be horror movie, so at first I didn't really want to see it. But it turned out to be a pretty good thriller / comedy. Plus Milla Jovovich from Resident Evil is in it (There's just something about a female kicking butt, that screams awesome).

Public Enemies
Really wanted to see this one, still haven't, but neither has Johnny Depp, so I don't feel so bad. "The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s."

The Time Traveler's Wife
I saw the trailer for this and thought "I HAVE TO SEE THIS!!!" (My inner monologue can get very excited and loud.. definitely worthy of police intervention)

X-Men Origins:Wolverine
Good Action Film despite the predictability. But being able to predict movies just appears in ones repertoire of skills as one watches many movies.

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