It’s that time again…. postage. And today I have not only one, but three films to talk about. No, this won’t be any ordinary reviews, ’cause you all know that’s not how I do things. I’ll be dropping some random thoughts on things I thought about, when the films subjected made me think about’em. Confusing? Okay then, let’s get to it…
First out, we have Sabotage, yet another installment of the oh so glorious comeback for the “Governator” and former Action Star Supreme, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This one, however, stands out a bit from his previous films, as it’s not just about the action and the one-liners, but rather about the story and the characters. Sure, it’s one Chris’ damn gory film, I give you that, but it has a depth to it than probably no other Arnie-films before ever had. Was it a good movie? Yeah, it was. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I tell you why… it was partly because of the director (David Ayer), but mostly because of the cast, which included Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello and my all-time favorite actor of color, Terrence Howard, among others. They are the ones that gives the story life and what really matters in the film….
I have to say, I wasn’t a big Worthington-fan before this but good golly, this is a man that can actually act. Holy shit, he is good in this one!! Where the hell did he hide this talent in ..Titans? And if he can, I would suggest that he keeps that goatee-ish beard he’s got going on, ’cause he looks badass! Something that bugged me, however, was the lack of screen-time for Howard. An actor of that caliber should’ve been given at least double of what he had… but, what he had, he delivered perfectly as usual! The rest of the ‘team’ were okay, I guess, nothing fancy. Joe Manganiello did some serious overacting at times, but he’s cut and the girls seem to like him, so I guess that’s something.
I’ve heard some discussons about the movie before I saw it, about it being a new kind of Expendables-ripoff, but I can assure you, it’s nothing like that. Sure, it has a bunch of badass soldier-ish type characters and a lot of gory action, but that’s nothing compared to the rest of what it has. If you don’t believe me, watch the damn movie, ’cause overall, the movie may not have been the greatest film of all time, but it definitely gets the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval’.
Next up, we have Need for Speed, another installment of a long line of videogame-based movies, which you all know mostly sucks. So, how did this one do? Well, honestly, I think it’s the best game-based movie so far (apart from Mortal Kombat, obviously!) I’m nt sure as to which NFS-game in particular it’s supposed to be based on, but judging by the title, I’m guessing the first one, and if that’s the case they didn’t do a very good job adapting it, ’cause I remember that game being a racing game more than anything else and sure, there’s a lot of racing in the game but that’s not only the standard ‘point A to point B’ type of racing, but a race to the death of sorts as well. Anyways, I liked the film in general, but it’s not a Top5 favorite car-movies, far from it. At it’s best, it gets a ‘Tango’s Stamp of Maybe I’ll watch it again some day’.
Aron Paul, however, has stepped out from underneath the shadow of Jesse Pinkman and shown us that he can very well be a true A-lister some day. Not yet, but some day. He shows a lot of potential in this one, and where some people say he’s just grabbing from his old bag of tricks, I would say that he takes what he has, utilizes it into something new and improved. Yeah, his acting is that fancy, and the chemistry he has with his ragtag team of partners (Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek among others) is a beautiful comic relief. The bad guy in this one, however, is one of the most generic and misplaced characters I have seen in a long, Long time. Dominic Cooper gives us a stale and utterly boring performance as the racing pro Dino Brewster, the biggest douche to hit the big screen since…. I don’t know, what’s the biggest douche you’ve seen? Him, times three. Sure, he gave somewhat of a good performance as Howard Stark in ..The First Avenger, but that’s nothing to hold over him in this one. In short, he sucked major ass, both as an actor and as a character and what happened to him in the end of the movie, wasn’t justice, it was bologna.
And lastly, we have the biblical(?) epic Noah, starring Russell Crowe as Noah. Is this really a biblical movie? Well, yes and no. Sure, we’re given a lot of trite dialogue about the “Creator” and how he made Us in his image and what have you, but we’re also given a backstory (narrated by Crowe) to the imagery of what’s obviously the occurrence of evolution, starting with the Big Bang, all the way up to our time, so I’m guessing… no? I’ve heard talking about Crowe not wanting it to be a biblical film, but given the source material, I’m pretty sure that’s an inevitability.
Anyway, the movie shows us, from his young years, how Noah’s the last of the line of Seth, which is the good part of the ‘Adam and Eve’ family tree, with Cain and Abel being the other two. It also shows a lot of magical stuff happening, such as a flower popping up from nothing but a single drop of rain, rock-monsters (who previously looked like angelic aliens?) known as Watchers and a King who’s hell bent on killing Noah and getting on the Ark. Yeah, there’s a lot going on in this film and at times, it’s just boring as hell. Some parts of it, they could’ve just let them go, cut them out all together, but I’m guessing the movie would’ve been too short otherwise. The best parts about the film, is the performance of both Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah) and Russell Crowe. They both deliver every line they have with such grace and perfection. It’s not strange at all, that they both have been called the best actors in the world at times. The cast of this film is not the greatest, but far from the worst, I can tell you that. Apart from Crowe and Hopkins, we have Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone, who all gives us good perfomances, especially Winstone as the mad King, but he as well, is great in everything, so… All in all, this is a film I absolutely not want to see again soon. Some day, perhaps, but I’m not at all anxious about it!