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Rise of the Planet of the Apes(2011)  
105 min  -  Action | Drama | Sci-Fi   - 
 5 August 2011 (USA)

During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writers: Rick JaffaAmanda Silverand 1 more credit »
Stars: James FrancoAndy Serkis and Freida Pinto

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a revolution film through and through. The story takes the premise of the original "Planet of the Apes" franchise but adds a new modern medicinal background to it. A new drug created to treat many ailments such as Alzheimer's is tested on apes and chimpanzees. this testing drastically increases their brain power and cognitive thought patterns and Caesar, the lead chimp and main protagonist, leads a revolution against Humans.

The film is wonderful, stunning CGI and graphics, and the plot rips and tears at the heart. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a depressing movie if you are an animal activist and you have compassion for other species, especially a species that is so closely matched to our own DNA. Andy Serkis is phenomenal as the motion-capture talent and the movie exceeds that of others to get you into the story, hold your attention, and make you feel something when the credits start rolling.

Almost everything in this motion picture is great; the sound, the graphics, the scenery, the CGI, the story, the emotion, all except for the acting. Andy Serkis does a better job of acting through CGI and motion capture with his body language and sounds than James Franco all together. I can't understand why James Franco can cry over Mary Jane Watson choosing Peter Parker but cant shed a tear for Caesar or his father. I'm not saying the pain and sorrow of his character has to cry or weep, but his character seemed hollow and unresponsive like a shell-shock victim.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a fantastic film that shows the realness of the Ape species, the abuse of Mankind, and the respect we should show other creatures. I give Rise of the Planet of the Apes 4/5.

+ CGI and Motion Capture is Top-Notch
+ Animal Revolutionary Tales are awesome
! Silverbacks and Orangutans are Awesome !
- James Franco's lack of emotion
- Humans are cruel
* I warn those who love animals to tread lightly while thinking about watching this movie. If you change the channel when a commercial for an animal shelter comes on t.v., or you can't bare to watch an animal in pain this may not be your type of movie.

 
 
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Blitz (2011)  97 min
Crime | Thriller
6 May 2011 (Turkey)

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.

Director: Elliott Lester
Writers: Ken Bruen (novel), Nathan Parker (screenplay)
Stars: Jason StathamPaddy Considine and Aidan Gillen

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Jason Statham usually plays a hitman or a driver of some sorts on a massive rampage through many peoples faces and with a lot of anger. This movie puts "The Transporter" in the role of a hard-ass cop who's task in the film is to take down a cop-killing serial killer.

This British film flows well and feels good in all the right places but tends to gain a boring momentum towards the end of the film and ends with a classic turn of events that doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. The cast is filled with distinctive characters and a few actors who have the goods and others who are uncomfortable to watch. Aiden Gillen, who plays Blitz, is a good example of a crazy character being portrayed correctly.

+ British Accents
+ Nice plot and solid delivery
- Lack of enthusiasm in acting and action
? Why is Jason Statham always wearing some sort of Cardigan or wool sweater in his recent movies?

 
 
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Noroi: The Curse (2005
Noroi (original title)115 min  -  Horror   -  20 August 2005 (Japan)

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi

Stars: Jin MurakiRio Kanno and Tomono Kuga

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I began watching this film because it was subtitled as one of the best Asian horror films to date. Being a movie buff and an Asian horror fan I jumped on this film with enthusiasm.
To put it bluntly I was let down and disappointed. 

Long review short the film follows a reported who tries to learn and understand ghost sightings, poltergeists, rare phenomena, and others while the way the movie is shot resembles The Blair Witch Project. The film is dreadfully boring and it's hard to keep your focus. With the film being in another language with subtitles, a lacking story, terrible acting, and a dizzying sense of camera control the movie is a bust. Almost no scary moments, no jump-scares, no Macguffins, no action, no chase scenes, nothing. Just an awkward plot and awkward characters.

I do not like giving bad reviews but a film that is so highly boasted and tagged with “the best ending you’ve ever seen” should make me feel good about watching it, but I feel like I wasted my time and attention.

I give Noroi The Curse a 1/5.