Episode #31 of the Flicksation Podcast includes discussions of the special cast in Lawless, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bike messenger film, Premium Rush and the stop-motion animated ParaNorman.
It also includes the usual film news discussion, Quick Fix and our Feature DVD pick segment “Dirty Cops”.
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SYNOPSIS:: To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
U.S. release date was January 13, 2012
I’d say that CONTRABAND is mostly a sufficient action / thriller. It has the typical feel of a January release, but it’s done in an interesting and entertaining way.
Marky Mark Wahlberg can be an enjoyable action anti-hero. Throw in a fun and villainous performance from Giovanni Ribisi, one of my favorite character actors in J.K. Simmons, and a thin but mostly enjoyable story and you get a film like this. Nothing special but passable.
Like most action films, you have to separate your thoughts from the pretty blatant unbelievability, and the numerous “last second” saves that heavily populate this film. If you are able to do that then I think you will have a good time with this flick, and even enjoy a pretty high caliber of cinematography. A textbook popcorn flick. Man, I can’t get enough of Marky Mark beating Ribisi’s ass in this film. Brought a smile to my face every time!
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Thanks to everyone for your patience. For those of you that don’t know, I took about a 6 month hiatus from my movie blog to get The Flicksation Podcast up and running.
In the coming weeks, I will do a 2 part rundown of the 2011 movies I have seen that I didn’t get the chance to post reviews for. A couple weeks after we do our 2011 Best of Film show I will post my 2011 top 25 films here.
Otherwise, I plan to blog my 2012 films as I see them, and so forth, starting with CONTRABAND.
Welcome back everyone, and don’t forget to listen to The Flicksation Podcast!
Synopsis:: When sad-sack loser Frank sees his ex-addict wife willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer, he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie, the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, & Kevin Bacon
U.S. release was April1, 2011
I found this too be mildly enjoyable. It is a pretty over the top and out there comedy that type casts Rainn Wilson, and uses his familiar brand of dunderheaded comedy. I didn’t find it to be rip roaringly funny but I chuckled a lot throughout and I could definitely appreciate the idea and aloofness of the script.
Rainn Wilson puts forth his usual performance here, so if you are a fan of his TV or movie work, and can appreciate some very unrealistic situations and gratuitous violence, I think you would probably enjoy this film. Ellen Page also plays her typical annoying girl character, this time served up with a side of psychotic. She is definitely an interesting character in this even though she is a bit hard to swallow. Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler do nothing for me in this film at all.
I saw this movie On Demand for $6 but I would recommend you wait and catch this on video. You slightly demented folks will likely get a kick out of this film but I can see how anyone could easily hate this film if you don’t align with the sensibilities of the overall experience. This film is cheaply made and even though there are a couple pretty inventive dream or vision sequences, it feels pretty cheap also. Don;t say I didn’t warn you!
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