Movieman630 has written 8 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    CONS:
    This movie is empty. It really just amounts to a lot of nothing.

    The tone is all over the place. One minute it’s dumb fun. The next it’s psychotically mean spirited.

    The villain is the worst kind of boring and poorly acted.

    There is no real flow from scene to scene. It’s just a collection of moments.

    PROS:
    Honestly, it’s so dumb that it becomes fun just enough times to keep from being unbearable.

    Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    How the do you even rate a film like this? It's not good, but then it was never going to be. The fight scenes are very cool, and for many watching, that's enough. However, in the end I found myself disappointed.

    There's a lot to love about the film, especially for fans of the game. The fight scenes are very well done. They are shot clearly, often in long takes that can show off the strong martial arts choreography. As…

  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    Perfect example of how NOT to edit an action film. All of the good stunts are wasted since the film cuts the scenes up to the point of incomprehensibility. The narrative suffers the same fate, clearly going through rewrites during filming. Honestly, it has some moments of unintentional fun, and does play well as an accidental spoof of Bond films.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    All three of the previous monsterverse films have had bad scripts and boring human plotlines that suck up waaay too much screentime. That said, they all also made up for that with a sense of weight, beauty and buildup. By the time you get to the final fights in each of those films, you really WANT Godzilla or Kong to destroy their enemy, giving these films a sense of momentum and buildup that justifies some of their dead air time.…

  • The Frighteners

    The Frighteners

    The Frighteners is fascinating to watch with the context that it led to the creation of what is, in my opinion, the greatest film of all time. Peter Jackson's ability to keep this film's budget small, despite it's heavy use of visual effects, is what led to New Line Cinema greenlighting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy with him as the director.

    That makes it so much odder that this film is, well, not very good. There is a very…

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    There's always an interesting question when you judge an older film: do you judge it by the standards of the time, or by current standards? In general, I try to keep the time in mind, but still be honest about my feelings about it. In that way I must say I understand the influence of The Searchers, but I simply don't feel it holds up anymore.

    The film's story actually has quite a bit of promise. A racist former soldier…

  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys

    Bad Boys is painfully 90s and painfully Michael Bay in some of the worst ways.

    Now, I have nothing against the 90s, or Michael Bay. However, this being Bay's first movie he hadn't quite figured out how to film an engaging action scene yet. When you strip that away and leave the rest of his style... it doesn't come out to too much here. To call this script thin would be an understatement. It feels like a sequel, as though…

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    Extraction is something of a frustrating experience. On the one hand, everybody involved clearly gave it their all. The performances are strong, the action is very well staged and choreographed, and the film generally looks good. Unfortunately, it all falls apart with the story.

    Now, not every action movie needs to have a good story to be good. In fact, some amazing action films have stories that are just there. However, the story needs to fit the film. Extraction never…