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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 18 days ago

Fantastic Four


Directed by: Josh Trank
Written by: Jeremy Slater
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg Cathey
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book
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Plot: A new origin story for the Fantastic Four


Caved and saw Fantastic Four. It is the cheap night, so I was going to the theater anyway. The most insulting thing is the promise. You can't help but feel like its not a whole movie. The actors do a fine job before they get their abilities. And then after they become tropes who spout exposition and tired genre lines. The special effects weren't bad, probably could be better, but they weren't used very compellingly. Not many action scenes to speak and the climax seems too easily and/or quickly resolved. It itched a part of my brain though that I want to see a director's cut just to see if a few added scenes could actually add some narrative weight to the post-powers segment of the movie.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (1/10) , AlmostFamous91 (5/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 24 days ago

Big Game


Directed by: Jalmari Helander
Written by: Jalmari Helander
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Stevenson, Ted Levine, Jim Broadbent, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot: When Air Force One crash lands in a Finnish forest, a teenager on a hunting trip has to help the President of the United States survive.


Movies where the President of the United States is made into an action hero or protagonist of a survival horror movie are problematic. It means that the Secret Service agents have to be made fools of in order to have the President by himself and thus responsible for his own safety. I thought Big Game had the kind of premise that could gloss over that part. Air Force One is shot down by a terrorist, and the President is isolated in the forest of a foreign country. It relies on that weird egg escape hatch thing that Hollywood thinks Air Force One has, but if it was good enough for Escape from New York and Harrison Ford’s Air Force One, than it is good enough for this movie...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (3/10) , Jedd the Jedi (8/10) > Display all
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Pat Hatfreet at 07:11 AM Aug 06

Sorry to hear that! I was looking forward to see the film since I loved "Rare Exports".

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 26 days ago

It Follows


Directed by: David Robert Mitchell
Written by: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Maika Monroe
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Genre: Horror
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Plot: A girl must deal with a sexually transmitted curse.


It Follows is a remarkable enough movie. It stars Maika Munroe as a high schooler who is compellingly scared of what is happening to her. She is romanced by a boy and is passed a curse that passes from person to person through sex. It is a mostly satisfying metaphor for growing up with some really intense visuals. Unfortunately, the mythos behind the curse seems barely glued together and never thoughtfully enough explained.

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JohnLocke2342 at 04:38 PM Aug 04

Completely agreed

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 26 days ago

Kingsman: The Secret Service


Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Sofia Boutella, Corey Johnson, Taron Egerton
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comic Book
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Plot: A punk kid is enlisted into a private spy organization


Mark Millar needs Matthew Vaughn. Because Mark Millar kind of sucks. Millar would rather take it too far and than keep going than to actually create a good story. He panders to comic geeks baiting them with his books' "mature" ratings, which he receives for immature elements. Vaughn then takes it, irons it out, and creates something exponentially more watchable. I wasn't very charmed by the lead, Eggsy, but Colin Firth's ironically tough field agent is one of the coolest characters in action cinema. And Samuel L. Jackson's insecure and jumpy terrorist is perfectly annoying, in the way that creates a great villain. The way they unfurled Jackson's evil master plan while training a batch of new spy recruits was pretty well-paced peppered with a few fantastic action sequences.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (9/10) , razgriz21 (8/10) > Display all
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Pat Hatfreet at 02:45 AM Aug 04

Glad to read you liked it!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 26 days ago

Jurassic World


Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Written by: Rick Jaffa
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Chris Pratt, Idris Elba
Studio: Universal
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
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Plot: A version of Jurassic Park that made it to opening is threatened by a new attraction


In a lot of ways Jurassic World is the problem with blockbusters today. They don't appreciate the ease in which larger-than-life things and events can be rendered on screen. It is still fun and moderately thrilling, which is also part of the problem. It is just sort of stagnant. Just good enough to keep getting made, but not great enough to truly excite, surprise, or awe. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," can not be applied here. Think of it as detailing, not fixing. Think of it as taking what is warehouse stock and make it unbeatable in a race. All because Chris Pratt is just charming enough, Bryce Dallas Howard is just emotional enough, the kids are just convincingly scared enough, Jake Johnson is just funny enough, and the dinosaurs are just real enough to get by. But could be oh so much better.

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Slick Nick at 02:28 PM Aug 05

I totally agree with your review...I hope this wont be the current trend of summer blockbusters...specially since blockbuster movies aren't as frequent as they used to be. I wasn't as thrilled to learn about a sequel, but maybe it will improve upon some of the mistakes of this movie.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 26 days ago

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation


Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Drew Pearce
Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot: Ethan Hunt and his team go off the grid to track a rogue intelligence agency


MI5 is the best blockbuster of the summer, without a doubt. Tom Cruise is as good as ever as Ethan Hunt, fulfilling every bland action movie characteristic, and then is made better through his friends. Jeremy Renner's by-the-book company man, Simon Pegg's enthusiastic techie turned hero, and Ving Rhame's attitude incarnate define Curise's character through interactions in the best way possible. It is the only way Cruise, as a top secret super spy, can drop his guard long.

They are joined by the villainous Sean Harris, who the AVClub decribed perfectly as Steve Jobs as played by Hannibal Lector. And the ass-kicking duplictious Rebecca Ferguson steals the screen from all of them.

Jack Reacher's Christopher McQuarrie probably puts the least amount of direcot authorship on this movie than any of the directors who have taken on this series before. In a way, I think that just might be McQuarrie's style though.I think about way of the Gun. And I think Jack Reacher.The thing they have in common is they are all nuts and bolts. Very little style. Answers to the generations brought up on Tarantino. Just simply and engagingly thrilling.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (8/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 26 days ago



Directed by: Peyton Reed
Written by: Edgar Wright
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, Kevin Weisman, Bobby Cannavale
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Science-Fiction
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Plot: A thief is employed by a scientist to help steal back his invention


Ant-Man is a very classic superhero movie. It could have been released next to the original Spider-man and X-Men movies. Considering how Marvel has been trying to escalate the threats over and over, Ant-Man dials it back to its benefit. Rudd charms as Scott Lang, the thief who would become Ant-Man, when his screen presence isn't stolen from the always-on Michael Pena. Lang is having problems keeping his relationship with his daughter together, mirroring the relationship between Hank Pym, the scientist played by Michael Douglas, and his own daughter. Pym's arc is much more compelling than Lang's unfortunately. On top of that, Douglas gives a fantastically nuanced performance as Hank Pym. In the comics, Pym is an psychologically damaged character who, at this point, carries around his past sins as a great burden informing his redemptive behavior. Douglas plays Pym with a bit of this knowledge. He is easily irritated and is prone to passionate outburts and bouts of ranting. Rather than carrying Pym's burden, it seems like it could be on the horizon...[more]...

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cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

True Story


Directed by: Rupert Goold
Written by: Rupert Goold
Cast: John Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Genre: Drama
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Plot: Disgraced reporter Mike Finkel meets a man accused of killing his family who used Finkel's name as an alias.


Jonah Hill as the reporter and James Franco as the accused man make for an interesting pair. Their one on one conversations could have burdened the entire feature film run time, but they don't. Instead the movie follows all the trial and the reporter's book deal. Sadly, in search of nuance, the actors underplay their characters (Franco still gets some compelling line readings and quick looks) and all the urgency of the story is sapped. There are is one style cue in the whole movie (a falling teddy bear representing the death of a child, cliched and boring) which gives the movie less dramatic urgency than an actual news article delivering facts might have. In the end, there seems to be a last minute change, truth-bomb dropped on the main character as if that was the purpose of the movie the whole time, but it is too little too late. Merely a post-script to dull court case.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Danny Collins


Directed by: Dan Fogelman
Written by: Dan Fogelman
Cast: Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Melissa Benoist, Josh Peck, Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer
Studio: Bleecker Street
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: An aging rock star tries to mend the relationship with his estranged illegitimate sone


Another of Pacino's attempted comeback about another aging creative who has hit a block due to his poor personal life. As Danny Collins, unlike his character from The Humbling, Pacino is a charmer, constantly playing the room, coming off as fake, but never really reveals the character so that just might be who he is. Sick of playing the same songs for aging crowds, Danny wants to start writing again but he is disconnected from life. He reaches out to a son he never met, played by the awesomely charming Bobby Canavale, who is going through his own turmoils. They quickly strike up a relationship and struggle to retain it in a very feel good family flick kind of way. Enjoyable in a single serving sort of way. Lacks ambition in plotting but Pacino is lively and hopeful for a course correction in the later part of his career. He was once the best and he still can be.

Horrorfan99 at 05:01 AM Jul 11

I hear this was better than expected and considering how Pacino seems to be taking his decisions on movies more seriously, I would have to put more faith in him again.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Humbling


Directed by: Barry Levinson
Written by: Buck Henry
Cast: Al Pacino, Kyra Sedgwick, Greta Gerwig, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya
Studio: Millenium Entertainment
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot: An aging actor starts an affair with a much younger aquaintance


There's a few projects this year that look like Pacino is trying to make a comeback of sorts, a creative/artistic resurgence. And all 3 have to do with aging. In the Humbling, he plays a suicidal, alcoholic actor who finds a reinvigoration dating the opinionated 20 something daughter of an old flame. The movie sleepwalks at time, finds it self aimless often, but Pacino is showing such great energy and interest. Its his best performance in years.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago



Directed by: Henry Hobson
Written by: John Scott 3
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Drama, Horror
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Plot: A father and daughter spend time together during her last days


Zombie movies have devolved a bit. Romero had interesting social implications but as time goes on it became more about the chase and the gore. That's the problem with so many horror stand-bys. Maggie is a nice return to form. Here, the zombie virus is slow and contained. People get it and are observed by medical professionals and eventually quarantined when the time comes. This is what is happening to the wanderlast Maggie, played with a compelling amount of gravitas by Abigail Breslin. She adds a mature nuance to a youth looking death in the face. Due to the illness, she returns to her family farm, where her father, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is raising a new family. It's a great role for the big lug, it plays to his strengths and his age appropriately while gently nudging him out of his comfort zone just a tad. Maggie's inclusion changes that dynamic and the dynamic of the town. It came out at the right time, on the tail of American Ebola scares, mirroring past paranoia with AIDS/HIV, Bird flu, swine flu, etc. It never reaches stellar melodrama of say a Contagion but that almost makes it scarier.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (6/10) , acerky (7/10) > Display all
Glinda at 06:15 AM Jul 11

Really nice review. I loved this movie.

lol at "the big lug." Yeah, i love that big lug too. He did a great job.

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

What We Do in the Shadows


Directed by: Jemaine Clement
Written by: Taika Cohen
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Cohen, Rhys Darby
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Official Site:
Plot: A mockumentary about New Zealand vampires


The mockumentary is getting on my nerves. It is just played out and I almost hate this movie for being good and injecting life into it. But I don't. It is just really funny, thanks in part to having a few minds that were behind the HBO series, Flight of the Conchords. They mix and match vampire lore rules, they play with them in very satisfying ways, combine characters from different eras, and wring every bit of narrative advantage from the documentary structure.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (9/10) , Hubbs (8/10) > Display all
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Pat Hatfreet at 06:43 AM Jul 11

Glad to see you liked it anyway! Hahaha!

I enjoyed it too!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The Duke of Burgundy


Directed by: Peter Strickland
Written by: Peter Strickland
Cast: Sidse Babett Knudson, Chiara D'Anna
Studio: Sundance Selects
Genre: Drama
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Plot: 2 women engage in a dom/sub relationship


As a big fan of the Berberian Sound Studio I have to see filmmaker Peter Strickland's erotic follow up. In it, a butterfly specialist carries on a dominant relationship with her submissive female lover. They carry on their sexual acts with almost no ounce of pleasure or stimulation. They are like zombies going through motions. Almost as if they have already been down so many other sexual paths that nothing gives them pleasure anymore. It is uneasy nd uncomfortable to say the least.

That's not the interesting part though. The interesting part is when the 2 are not engaging in sex. They clearly love each other, but it turns out the dominant one during sex is only role-playing, egged on by her pretending-to-be-submissive girlfriend, who barks orders to punish her, coming up with more and more ways to be punished.

Just like Berberian Sound Studio, Strickland is able to build horror level tension out of things that are actually not horrific. You would think it would come off melodramatic but actresses Chiara D'Anna and Sidse Babett Knudsen inject a wonderful sense of realism and back up every bit of discomfort with a compelling reaction. Here it is watching their casual non-sex-life suffer for the demands of their sex life. He also is very ambitious in terms of visuals. It served him well with Berberian, but I think it is a detriment here.

Other reviews of this film: OldKingClancy (8/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

Ex Machina


Directed by: Alex Garland
Written by: Alex Garland
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson
Studio: DNA Films
Genre: Drama, Science-Fiction, Thriller
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Plot: A computer programmer wins a chance to meet his infamous recluse boss and take part in a A.I. experiment


Domhnall Gleason and Oscar Isaac have been growing presences in cinema. Here they join newcomer Alicia Vikander. The three do great work together.

Isaac pays Nathan as a twisted combination of Steve Jobs and Howard Hughes, one part guru, one part mental case, who has been experimenting with AI. He thinks he has cracked the code, he just needs someone to test it. Enter Gleason as the charmingly naive geeky programmer. He spends time with Vikander's gynoid, Ava. The two of them carry on charming philosophical conversations while Gleason goes through psychological warfare with the uneasy and scary Nathan.

Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine for Danny Boyle, makes his directorial debut from his own script. He clearly has picked up a thing or two. The film doesn't look like it was made by a first timer, but sometimes it sort of feels that way. It's ambition exceeds its grasps, but sometimes that is the point of science fiction. I think Garland gets that and he is able to strategically implement big ideas within a claustrophobic scope.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (7/10) , AlmostFamous91 (6/10) > Display all
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Pat Hatfreet at 07:27 AM Jul 11

I really liked this one!

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: about 1 month ago

The End of the Tour


Directed by: James Ponsoldt
Written by: David Margulies
Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Gummer, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston
Studio: A24
Genre: Drama
Official Site:
Plot: A Rolling Stone reporter shadows David Foster Wallace during the last days of his press tour for his book, Infinite Jest.


How does one write a review of a movie that is about a real life person when you know nothing about that real life person? I have heard of Infinite Jest; it is one of those much talked about books that I keep meaning to read. I might even bother to do it one day. I have not heard about David Foster Wallace nor do I know anything about him really, so the accuracy of Jason Segel’s nuanced performance as the writer is not for me to judge. However, I can say that Segel paints quite the picture of modern brilliance, shackled by his social awkwardness, that somehow seems original despite socially awkward geniuses being the subject of so many movies...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: TreyTheMovieMan (9/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 2 months ago

The Overnight


Directed by: Patrick Brice
Written by: Patrick Brice
Cast: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman
Studio: The Orchard
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: After moving to Los Angeles, a married couple with a young son meet another couple with a young son and have a wild night together.


It seems sort of strange that sex is still a taboo as if it isn’t something we all experience. In cinema, it seems like the less serious a movie takes sex, like Animal House or American Pie, it seems to go over a hell of a lot better than those films that try to examine it. Shortbus and Shame don’t exactly have mass appeal despite being pretty damn interesting. It seems like movie-goers are more comfortable giggling like middle schoolers having just seen their first sex ed video than actually have their sexual hang-ups challenged in anyway. Director Patrick Brice tries to fix that by taking it seriously and not seriously at the same time...[more]...

cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 months ago

Mad Max: Fury Road


Directed by: George Miller
Written by: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Courtney Eaton
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot: Max teams up with a group of women to flee a vindictive tyrant


Tom Hardy replaces Mel Gibson in this crazy, satisfying feature length action sequence . Teaming up with Charlize Theron's badass Furiousa, Nicholas Hoult's scene stealing warboy, and a group of underused by charming when they need to be female slaves. George Miller outdoes himself with every explosion and car impact and creates the most memorable villain of any Mad Max villain, thanks to original Mad Max baddie, Hugh Keays-Byrne. The only thing I have bad to say about it is Hardy isn't Mel Gibson. 99 times out of 100 I couldn't see Hardy being a lesser actor than Gibson, but there was something effortless about his Max. Max was mad, sure, but he was sly. Hardy was more like a Terminator, almost featureless in tone. Hardy played Max like a wolf, but Gibson was a fox.

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (9/10) , Kings-Rook1 (9/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 months ago

Hot Tub Time Machine 2


Directed by: Steve Pink
Written by:
Cast: Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Craig Robinson, Kumail Nanjiani
Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedy
Official Site:
Plot: The boys jump back in the hot tub and travel to the future.


I was surprised how much I liked this movie. I wasn't crazy about the first one either, but I think Rob Cordry, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson are incredibly funny and have great chemistry. The previews and the interviews are always so great, but once they are saddled with a story it all seems to disappear. It is still not great, but it at least deals with some repercussions of Lou changing the world at the end of the first one. And it is done so in a surprisingly compelling way. If nothing else, the ending montage of them in the hot tub going to multiple timelines could have worked as a funny short film by itself.

Other reviews of this film: oscarxp25 (3/10) , AlmostFamous91 (3/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 months ago

Furious 7


Directed by: James Wan
Written by:
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Ronda Rousey, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges
Studio: Universal Pictures
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Plot: Dom and his crew are targetted by their previous antagonist's vengeful brother


Jason Statham is utterly badass in this villainous Terminator esque role, but Paul Walker's untimely death is a burden on the movie itself and the other actors. Vin Diesel especially seems to have lost what made Dom great in the first place. His talkative and charming street kid has been replaced with a quiet, stoic bore. And even the scenes he was able to finish, Walker just seems to have turned off his personality. The action is still top notch, especially the finale opera of explosions and car dodges. But the former energy that has kept the series going is completely sapped from the interconnecting scenes. No amount of mugging by Tyrese can make up for it. And for that matter, why the hell did they get rid of Leo and Santos. They were always pretty funny.

Other reviews of this film: razgriz21 (8/10) , AlmostFamous91 (7/10) > Display all
cerealkiller182 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 3 months ago

Project Almanac


Directed by: Dean Israelite
Written by: Andrew Stark
Cast: Amy Landecker, Jonny Weston, Sam Lerner
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Science-Fiction, Thriller
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Plot: A mechanical whiz-kid finishes his father's time travel device


Another in a long line of found footage movies that are starting to bore me. Clearly they have a big enough budget that the mechanism of a home camera isn't needed to hide the budgetary constraints and only serves here as a gimmick. That said the movie was far better than I thought it could be. A likable lead with occasionally likable supporting cast members deals with the time paradoxes and "wings of the butterfly" type changes. It is often funny and usually adventurous, and it would probably be a lot better if it was just simply shot like a regular movie.

Other reviews of this film: AlmostFamous91 (6/10) , MattRooney92 (3/10) > Display all
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