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New triple X December 11, 2006

Posted by ujj in action, Mood: WTF, Reviews.
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Vin Diesel deserved more justice. Ice cube, the next triple X film is one of the most cliched action film to ever hit the big screen. An ex navy seal serving time in a high security prison makes a deal with another ex navy seal to get himself out in return of doing a job. His job is to retrieve a hard drive from a highly secured area and after some hardly mentionable action sequences, he does that. Like I said, highly cliched. Theres absoutely nothing, nothing at all, in the film.
Not that I loved the original triple X but this one surpasses all the screwed up sequels to this date. The new triple X, as hes called, is nowhere near being cool and astronomical miles away from being an action hero, and did I tell you that it has some text book dialogues as well, like “are you sure this is our man!” and “I aint taking any orders from noone especially none from the college boy ! “.  If youve seen as many films as I have, you can almost predict the next scene with dialogues.
A few scenes are well shot, all credit to the stunt directors who almost always save the day, the rest is all old scenes with new faces.


Saw III November 9, 2006

Posted by ujj in Mood: Thrill me, Mood: WTF, Reviews.
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Saw III is probably the only film Im waiting for.. after a long long long long time.
Reasons–> Saw I was the only psycho thriller after psycho and se7en that actually got me stuck to my seat. Saw II lived upto its expectations like Saw I and finally because just the thought of not having seen a complete trilogy(ies) gives me physical pain.

The difficult thing about making a psycho thriller is that you dont have too much to innovate, as a matter of fact all you can do new is make the psycho look more psycho or the poor victims look poorer. Or you can choose to do the tough task, add a storyline that grips the audiences. Psycho, Se7en, Saw I, Saw II, Hannibal, Red Dragon and now Saw III all have brilliant story lines. Its not just gore and blood and gross man slaughter that gets them money, OK those are the few things that get them money, but they have to work a lot on their psycho, cause hes the one people are spending their money for, they want to know about his childhood, his ex girl friend, the sources of his weird ideas about the punishing the intricacies of human nature among other details. All these aspects are to be craftily woven into a storyline so that an acceptable explanation for the existence of such a human being in the society of the audience is provided.
The main theme of Saw is a man suffering from Cancer who like everyone else had the hopes of living forever but like everyone else is very close to realizing and confronting the utlimate fact. In excruciating pain and suffering, he discovers the solution to death.Saw “Immortality”. By continue to living in the memories of people after hes gone. His theory that people have lost the survival instinct forms the basis of his ingenious “games”. Needless to say these games are not everyday sports, these games are specially designed puzzles to test the reach of human endevour when a loss would mean painful death. Several ordinary American citizens find themselves trapped in the game specially designed for them. Most fail and did I mention that nobody has choice to play these “games”. If your trapped in the game then you gotta play. Just to give you a hint of what your game could be like, you could be wearing an iron helmet that will crush your head in 30 seconds, unless you pop your eye ball out with a knife to get the key that unlocks the mask, specially put behind your eyeball after a surgery while you were unconscious.
Dont think too much. You gotta watch it to get a feel of it. Like I said, a lot of innovation goes into making films like these. I completely advise against watching Saw II or Saw III without having watched the first one. Theres a definite story that youll associate with every scene in the later parts of trilogy. Arguably the finest shot in a room films of all times, most of the action hardly requires any change in space or locale. If you love thrillers and psycho thrillers, its one of those films that give you one of those feelings that cannot be described. Yes that feeling. You know what I mean !

Wasabi October 28, 2006

Posted by ujj in action, LAN, Mood: WTF, Reviews.

Wasabi is a spicy member of the cabbage family. It is used in frito lays or consumed justWasabi ! spicy mustard like like that as a hot salad. Why this particular french film is called Wasabi is unexplained. Like a tossed salad Wasabi (the film) has a lot of ingredients like a big built no shit taking T shirt wearing French policeman recovering from lost love and hangover, Japanese gangwars with guns and no kung-fu, a japanese girl who meets her french father after 17 years whose mother has recently died of .. yes .. cancer. Like all tossed salads the color of each ingredient stands out and looks (tastes) better with each other only. The genre is somewhere between pre 80’s action, when the hero had to be a close cousin of hercules, and present day comedy with a lot of saracasm and spoofs. A french kick-ass policeman is given an unsolicited break from work. He receives a phone call informing about the death of his girl friend, who he hasnt seen since the last 19 years. He leaves to attend her last rites in Japan where he meets his 17 yr old daughter. He suspects fowl play in the death of her mother and discovers her 200 m$ bank account and then we have a mystery on our hands, though not of the best ones.
The humour is way too cool and so is the action which is a little too much at times. Jean Rean (Captain Bezu Fache in Da-Vinci Code) suits the french policeman role perfectly his strong built makes up for his stupid expresssions and at time lack of them. One of my favorite scenes is the way he rotates a revolver on his middle finger like a cowboy, believe me that revolver keps rotating for almost 10 seconds, whoevers done it deserves more than what Jean got for the whole film. Jean’s is an old time friend in Japan is a person who loves to go back to the old times and is over eager to kick some ass, brings rocket launchers and hand grenades when Jean asks for a handgun. During a small 3 minute completely unimportant scene Jean and his friend have Wasabi which Jean instantly falls in love with and that friend of his doesnt take too kindly, thats the only mention of Wasabi in the film. Superb watch for action film and wasabi lovers, though theres not too much wasabi in wasabi afterall.

Behind Enemy Lines August 18, 2006

Posted by ujj in Mood: WTF, Reviews, Screenings.

A typical masala fast paced action film. What makes it different is that the hero fights for belhis survival in more believable ways (read: runs, hides and asks for lifts) . Owen Wilson has crashed in enemy territory and is now alone. He runs to reach a safe ground where he can be picked up. Gene Hackman is a the captain of the aircraft carrier (a ship) from where Owen left, he talks to Owen and we get to hear some great dialogues. Ofcourse occasionaly we have the same old American_technology_greatest spirit displayed in as Gene locates Owen from a sattelite image (ha ha !) . The rest of the film is really interesting especially when the enemies claim on the TV that theyve got Owen. Fabulous watch for action film lovers and I mean action films not like SunnyDeolAction films!