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KING Of All Schmoes
|Directed by:||Wes Craven|
|Written by:||Kevin Williamson|
|Cast:||Christina Ricci, Omar Epps, Skeet Ulrich, Jesse Eisenberg, Shannon Elizabeth, Corey Feldman, Scott Baio, Scott Foley, Illeana Douglas, James Brolin, Robert Forster, Mandy Moore|
Cursed is an appropriate name for this movie. Directed by horror/suspense maestro Wes Craven and written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson, it feels like it's been cut and re-shot to fit the bare minimum.
I liked Jessie Eisenberg even though he plays the same character even though he plays that same character EVERY time. Chirstina Ricci is OK and Joshua Jackson is OK too. The cast is actually a strength.
I did like two sequences. One in a parking garage and one in a Hollywood themed night club. Too bad the rest of the movie wasn't that creative and exciting.
The dialogue feels, well stock. I laughed at a few lines though intentionally. Also, a stock bully character adds nothing but then redeems himself so points I guess for that.
The thing that brings it down is the cutting of the movie to the minimum and the not so subtle nods. You can't get more obvious then pentagrams and CONSTANT werewolf references. I know Kevin Williamson is more subtle then this.
It's a shame. I recommend reading the script to see how this could have turned out.
|Directed by:||Antoine Fuqua|
|Written by:||Richard Wenk|
|Cast:||Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz, Melissa Leo, Vladimir Kulich|
Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua team up to bring a great thriller.
The Equalizer isn't so much like Man on Fire. It is a slow burn thriller that maximizes it's action when it happens. It just doesn't throw it in just for the sake of it. It's effective build up even if the beginning is slightly slow.
Denzel as Robert lives a productive and low key life until he runs into Teri. When she is nearly beaten to death, he investigates and ignites a battle between him and the Russian Mafia.
It's a world of a resourceful protagonist vs. bad people. Robert uses his intelligence and brutal combat experience to equalize the odds.
Easily a great thriller that is worth watching.