Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Movies II

More reviews

Dark Knight - It went about eighty percent of the way to living up to its hype however I did not feel that the movie was as good as Batman Begins (a definite 8.5/10). Nevertheless Heath Ledger was brilliant on the joker role (although he may have paid indirectly for this with his life - such is the tragedy of a method actor). Christian Bale was more than adequate as Batman - vastly superior to Val Kilmer and George Clooney and more or less on par with Michael Keaton. Make no mistake this is not a movie for kids or sensitive adults. It is violent all the way with the Joker playing the role of psychopathic terrorist as opposed to comic book villain.

Rating: 7.5/10

28 Weeks later - I am very partial to post-apocalyptic films and this one didn't disappoint. As expected it is eerily gruesome and continued the theme of its predecessor, 28 Days Later, in outlining the devastation in modern Britain caused by a lethal viral disease outbreak. Suffice it to say the rate that the plague overcomes a victim, which in the movie appears to be instantaneous following exposure to the pathogen, is not realistic but such license undeniably facilitates better entertainment and suspense (I Am Legend made use of the same phenomena but was a weaker movie overall). An added plus to 28 Weeks later is the excellent soundtrack courtesy of John Murphy.

Rating: 8/10

(Robert Caryle was one of the main characters in the 28 Weeks later. Is it my imagination or does it seem as though he has a role in every Brit Flick as of late?.........somewhat like Dame Judi Dench a decade ago. Fortunately I like Carlyle even if his resemblance to Tim Roth is somewhat uncanny).
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