Think Of The Homeless

There are over 30 million Americans who live on the streets of our nation. Can you consider giving something to a shelter near you? Your fellow human beings need socks because they walk everywhere. Food and shelter are great too, if they will take them. So please give.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reviews by Hubie Goode: G. I . Joe, The Rise of Cobra

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Rex Gordon-Levitt, Byung-hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid

Paramount presents a film directed by Stephen Sommers. Screenplay by Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett, based on toys by Hasbro. Running time: 118 minutes. MPAA rating: PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout.

I had an idea when I saw the previews for this movie that I might actually like it. Good thing too, because I actually did. It reminded me of a “Superbowl” type set-up. The best of ours versus the best of theirs in a contest over an item that they both want. Y’know kinda like a football. And this movie moves along in the mode pretty well. There’s some nasty nano-bot type tech that is just like the Borg from Star Trek, but it’s programmed to eat anything it contacts with. Not a bad idea really, and it comes off quite nicely in the CGI. I really did appreciate the efforts of the producers to try and take things that already exist in other places and make them at least seem to be germane to the creative energy of this movie and this movie only. So, nice work guys.

More explosions again this time, not so much like the Transformers movie, and I will say this movie was a bit better than that one. But really, could the Johnny Quest theme music be as great as it is without being able to aim a laser beam at an old deserted ship and have it explode? Really. If you’re a boy from 13-19 yrs old, you need explosions. (heh). Those explosions are as clean as a fight on Championship Wrestling, you know that show, everyone beats up on each other with moves that would cripple most people and next week the same wrestlers show up without a scratch or bruise? You know.

Really great CGI graces the flick and really, it’s the star of the show. The plot is not too bad, and there is some human interest story stuff, i.e.: old friends who are now enemies, old loves who are controlled by the bad guys, yadda yadda. Seems most everyone here has a back story, and in meeting each other they go over it in their minds briefly like you already know the story and are visiting it with them once again. But there are many, many fantastic scenes of CGI to delight the fan boy crowd, and it was kind of nice to see such a modern movie with old fashioned predilections. There are a few, very few cuss words, but nothing your kids aren’t hearing in their own school on a regular basis. If you took your kids to see this magnificent production, there really isn’t too much that would bother you I think. It all depends on your level of tolerance and that level doesn’t have to go very deep.

All in all a great action pic that concentrates on ACTION, and doesn’t take any wrong turns for a calculated swipe at more box office. I’d give it a 90-95% for decency, really nice to see.

3.5/5 Stars

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