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  ATM
Posted by: Mike on Jul 19th, 2012 Leave a Comment »

ATM Review

ATM

I had high hopes for ATM.  It looked pretty promising from the trailer, and usually a good trailer is good enough to entice me into wanting to see something. So I fired up my Apple TV, and gave it a shot.  It’s nice that the Apple TV does these “before they’re available” films.  It’s too bad that I’m striking out in terms of having any of those be any good.

ATM is a rather simple story.  A “holiday” party at a company.  The normal guy (Brian Geraghty) sees the girl he likes (Alice Eve) whose last day at the company is today.  Enter the dumb friend (Josh Peck) who screws things up, and becomes the third wheel while normal give gives hot girl a ride home.  (Notice I’m not telling you their names, because honestly who cares.)

On the ride home, dumb friend asks normal guy to stop at an ATM so he can get cash. At 1am.

When they go to leave the ATM, there’s a guy standing in the parking lot with a parka on. Around 50 feet away. Just standing there.

Chaos ensues, and he starts tormenting them.

You’d think this would be awesome, right? I mean Phone Booth was kind of similar, and that was pretty epic.  But that had Colin Farrell, Keifer Sutherland, and Forest WhitakerATM does not.

Honestly, I was kind of bored with the whole thing.  You know how sometimes you watch a “scary” movie, and it’s really lame but there’s one or two parts where you jump?  Great. Now imagine that same scenario, but without any of the parts where you jump.  Super duper lame.

I’m trying to hard to love Alice Eve, I swear I am.  But it’s like she hasn’t done anything worth loving since She’s Out of My League.  Maybe it’s a bad agent, I don’t know.

In short, ATM is lame, and you shouldn’t bother watching it.  It’s dark, there’s no great dialog, there’s no great story, and there’s no real wrap-up.  All reasons to stay away from this borefest.




  The Raven
Posted by: Mike on Jul 16th, 2012 1 Comment »

The Raven Review

The Raven

It makes me sad to say it given how much I love John Cusack. It really does.  But it has to be said.  The Raven is a pile of crap.

Its first problem is that it is a period piece, taking place in 1849, which is always hard to do for set designers and prop people.  Very few period movies have felt natural to me.  There’s always something about the way that they talk, that just doesn’t feel right.  You can say right words for that period, but when you say them with inflection and tone of how we speak now, it just doesn’t feel right.

The story itself is quite imaginative, but not quite enough to make me really invested in it, despite how much I love John Cusack.

Alive Eve continues to be one of my biggest celebrity crushes, but doesn’t do much for the movie or the plot.  She plays the love interest of Poe (Cusack), which is hardly believable, whether or not Poe actually dated a woman who was young enough to be his daughter.  (I later learned that Poe was famous for dating a relative of his, a first cousin, if I recall correctly.)

At one point, I had to stop the movie and look up whether or not it was shot in 3D, as there were a few scenes that felt very 3D to me, but alas, it was not.  What I was misinterpreting as 3D filming, was simply some bad CGI (specifically “The Pit and The Pendulum” scene, if you’ve seen it, or for when you watch.)

I really wanted to like the movie, but I didn’t find myself vested in any of what was happening.  Without spoiling much of things – a mysterious person is killing people and using Poe’s poems and stories as his inspiration. So the police call Poe in to help and hand him over a gun (they were very gun happy back then, apparently.)  A few short chapters later, and Poe’s fiance (Emily, played by Alice Eve) is kidnapped by said killer, who then plays a very Saw-esque game with Poe and Emily’s father (Brendan Gleeson).

In the end, I’m not sure I cared about what happened.  Sure, there were some cool scenes, and nice little surprise at the end.  But all in all, I was almost completely indifferent as to whether or not Poe rescues Emily.  It really pains me to say it, given how much I love Mr. Cusack.  He just hasn’t been himself in recent years, obviously.  Perhaps it’s time to get back to that sequel to Say Anything… or possibly a High Fidelity 2?

To sum up: stay away from this.  Unless you have a really big thing for Edgar Allen Poe, there’s really nothing great to see here.  While Cusack looks the part, he doesn’t pull off being the part, unfortunately.




  Alice Eve
Posted by: Mike on Jul 16th, 2012 Leave a Comment »




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