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Reader Reviews: June 14th-22nd 2005

By Garth Franklin Wednesday June 22nd 2005 11:57PM

Shoot 'Em Up (script) "The script is a lean and mean 102 pages. It is relentless. Once it starts, it never lets down. Also the first script I have ever read where the action and the description are only one line, barely two. A lot of sentence fragments. I like Davis' writing style; he doesn't tell you what is happening, what has happened, or what is going to happen -- but simply what happens. This script is all plot, plot, plot, and plot..." (full review)

The Legend of Zorro "Regardless of my qualms, I had a blast watching it and I look forward to seeing the finished cut in October. It's not a classic like the first film, but it's a darn good adventure movie and well worth looking forward to..." (full review)

Fantastic Four "Fantastic Four feels very much like an extended episode of Charmed with great special effects. The film suffers from a weak script and lackluster directing and is only slightly redeemed by it's few impressive action scenes and some nice effects. It's hard to believe that visionary directors such as Steven Sodebergh and Peyton Reed were once attached to direct, hmmm, what went wrong..." (full review)

The Wedding Crashers "Fantastic Four feels very much like an extended episode of Charmed with great special effects. The film suffers from a weak script and lackluster directing and is only slightly redeemed by it's few impressive action scenes and some nice effects. It's hard to believe that visionary directors such as Steven Sodebergh and Peyton Reed were once attached to direct, hmmm, what went wrong..." (full review)

Land of the Dead "The movie's entertaining, but it's empty. Don't go in expecting the depressing, disturbing, substantive Romero you knew from the first 3 Dead films. Land of the Dead is a light, fast, comedy/action/horror movie, with almost no horror and almost all comedy and action. The film is basically Lethal Weapon 2, or Blade -- full of funny one-liners and ass-kicking action. The kids will love it. Unfortunately for the studio, the audience at the screening I attended averaged about 30 years in age. Those diehards, such as me, who have been waiting for this movie for years, are going to be left disappointed..." (full review) "Overall LAND OF THE DEAD is still pretty entertaining. Parts of it are actually great, but on the whole it's not what it could've been. I mean come on, this was supposed to be Romero's big finish. I expected a better experience from the film. What I got was a satisfactory feeling, which left me wanting something better..." (full review) "I just want to dwell a little bit in the glorious scene where all of the zombies have made their way across a huge body of water. It has been branded in my mind as one of the creepiest images I've ever experienced on the big screen- thousands of zombies just appearing out of the cold black sea moaning- it's truly an "epic" sequence and the defining moment of the film..." (full review) "Overall, I recommend this film; I also recommend that you dash your expectations. Look we all do it as horror/sci-fi geeks, when our big franchises come back around, our expectations tend to go through the roof, especially if it's been a long time between films. So if you check your lofty expectations for the film at the door, you will dig this film. This is a fun, gorey, Zombie flick..." (full review) "Following the natural progression of Night, Dawn, and Day - which managed to tackle such weighty topics as racism, commercialism, corrupt government, complacent consumerism, and genocide - Romero has turned in a refreshingly assured meditation on tolerance that does a damn good job masquerading as a zombie shoot-em-up. And don't get me wrong - there is TONS of gore and red stuff to be had here..." (full review)

Thanks to 'KC'.

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