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TRON: Legacy (2010)   
127 min  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
17 December 2010

A virtual-world worker looks to take down the Master Control Program.

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Edward Kitsis (screenplay), Adam Horowitz (screenplay)
Stars:Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde

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First off Tron: Legacy is a great 3D film. Its vast, colourful, and an epic of a story. The visuals in Tron Legacy are beautiful; simply put. Although some of the fight scenes can give your an eyeache the journey you watch on the grid is just plain entertaining.
Cast wise the acting was nothing special. Michael sheen pulled off a joker-esque performance as "Zeus," Oliva Wilde and Garret Hedlund were mediocre, and Jeff Bridges embodied The Dude from The Big Lebowski. The CGI Jeff Bridges as "Clue" was mesmerizing. Graphics have come along since the 80's.
Daft Punk's soundtrack is as awesome as it sounds. The bass and the synth mix well with the light-cycles and the bright neon.

Overall the movie is fun and exciting. Visually its addicting, and its ending is quite heart-breaking. I give this movie a 4/5 because everything was good except the flow of the movie.

 
 
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The Escapist (2008)

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence. Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Writers:
Daniel Hardy, Rupert Wyatt
Stars:
Brian Cox, Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes

1:34mins

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As I write this review I'm listening to the theme from the movie; Leonard Cohen's "The Partisian." The song is the best part of the film sad to say.
This prison-based film is set in an unknown location and follows five inmates and thier plan to escape. "The Escapist" is quick to introduce the flashback to its screenplay but the technique is done well to keep the audience's attention and to progress the story. And I must say now; watch this all the way to the end. The final scenes complete the movie and are worth giving this film 3 stars.

As in most prison films "The Escapist" has a homosexual undertone and some scenes that might make some certain people look away. Fear not though, nothing is shown, and nothing is really said. The cast fills the roles seemlessly and without much dialogue the film moves quite quickly. The plot escalates with action rather than words, which adds the suspension.

"The Escapist" gets 3/5 stars.
Its a one-time watch that has a great ending.
 
 
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)   
117 min  -  Crime | Drama | Thriller

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelery store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.



Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer:
Kelly Masterson
Stars:Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney

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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starts off with Phillip Seymour Hoffman having intimate relations with Marisa Tomei; who has 3 nude scenes in the film. This to me starts it off on a low note, but throughout the movie the relationship between Hoffman and Tomei's characters are very important to the plot. Ethan Hawke plays the little brother to Hoffman and shows off how much a man can cry and freak out within 2 hours. The film is a guy cry flick; but with good reason. The brothers' plan to knock off thier parent's jewelry store goes horribly wrong and keeps getting worse as the film ages.

The suspense is powerful but the film is slow to get your attention and fails at keepng it. Good features about this film is the screenplay and the flash-backs to show different camera angles and perspectives. This is a creative way to use what you've already seen, but to increase the knowledge you gain from seeing it a second time. This movie is worth a rent, but not a buy. 3/5 stars.