16 million dollar man Stephen Chow films

Friday 6th December 2013

Case 39

Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) is a social worker. If there are problems in a family, she notices it. As in "Case 39", where the parents of the tender, ten-year-old Lilith (Jodelle Ferland) behave suspiciously. Mother Margaret (Kerry O'Malley) stutters deadly pale that everything is fine with them, even if it doesn't look like it at all. Her run-down husband Edward (Callum Keith Rennie), on the other hand, remains completely silent and only gives the social worker a disparaging look. As if this negative attitude weren't already noticeable enough, Lilith whispers in the ear of the shocked Emily in an unobserved moment that her father wants to send her "to hell". When Emily then receives a call from the terrified Lilith, the social worker acts immediately. Together with her friend, a policeman, Mike Barron (Ian McShane), she breaks into the Sullivan's apartment. And she doesn't come a second too early, because Lilith is already in her parents' oven. The traumatized girl is rescued and finds a new home with single Emily. Happy end? No. There will soon be mysterious deaths related to Lilith ... The plot holds some surprises and the actors are really first class. Renée Zellweger would have been more or less interchangeable, but I personally like the woman very much and so I like to watch her. However, it is played loosely on the wall by Jodelle Ferland, who is now practiced in slipping into creepy children's roles. Jordelle supports the whole film with her achievements and looks downright incredibly believable. Overall, not much blood flows and yet the film is always exciting. The threat builds up very slowly before you actually realize what is going on. The middle part is a bit long because the plot is not really brought forward but actually only shows how angry the little girl is, but the finale is very satisfactory, although this part is a bit too short again.

Wednesday August 14, 2013

The Incredibles - Now You See Me

The charismatic magician Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and his magic troupe astonish their audience in Las Vegas by robbing the bank of a seedy business boss (Michael Caine) at the other end of the world and distributing the stolen money among the audience - all under the eyes of the amazed Present. But in doing so, they are also drawing the FBI's attention to themselves. The agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) and the French Interpol officer Alma (Mélanie Laurent) are assigned to the case, but distrust each other. The further the investigation progresses, the more opaque the case becomes. The assumption is that the Atlas troops have an internal informant. But in the world of magicians nothing is what it seems at first glance, and you can't trust anyone ... Every magician follows a simple principle in his show: Draw the audience into your spell, draw their attention to the obvious , distract him with something and ultimately pull your ace from an unexpected source. This film also follows this trick, which is a magical show from start to finish. Anyone who thinks they can see through it is certain that in the end, one or the other will discover what has escaped them and that is exactly what makes a good magic show and this film something very special. He mixes well-known techniques, sleight of hand, big show, a little feeling and charming characters and pulls the viewer into a spell of excitement that I haven't seen for a long time. Whenever you think you understand everything, a moment later you will be wronged and the more vigilantly you look at the obvious, the more you miss the real trick behind it. This film is suitable for everyone who likes to share the excitement, speculate, strain his head a little or want to expand his horizons with a pigeon in his sleeve. It is not always what it seems.

Friday 9th August 2013

Olympus Has Fallen - The world in danger

Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is one of the best agents of the American Secret Service. One evening when he was driving a car with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and First Lady Margaret (Asley Judd), a tragic accident occurred. Banning has to act at lightning speed: He decides to save the president and thus sacrifices his wife. Although he has been confirmed on all sides that he made the right decision, he falls from grace and is given a post behind the desk. When one day the United States suddenly finds itself overrun by a group of North Korean terrorists who manage to take control of the president amidst all the chaos, Banning sees the chance come to iron out the mistake of yore and the country with its heroic Use to save from destruction. "Olympus Has Fallen" is a very successful action flick. The takeover of the enemy is played out frighteningly real, even if it might not be that easy to get into the White House. The fact that no civilian is spared and the camera is on it still creates an immediate war seriousness. Hostage executions, storm fires on civilians, everything looks much more serious than it did in the times of "Die Hard". In addition, Gerard Butler mimes a very charismatic hero, who is only surpassed by Aaron Eckhart as a human president. The overall well-cast actors give the film that certain something. The tension is maintained over the entire length of the film and even if "Olympus Has Fallen" does not reinvent the genre - it is entertaining, entertaining and has one or the other gag up its sleeve.

Thursday July 25, 2013

Mindfuck # 4: Pandorum

In the year 2173 mankind used up all of the earth's resources. A rescue mission is undertaken to the planet Talis, which is Earth-like. The astronauts Bower (Ben Foster) and Payton (Dennis Quaid) awaken from their cold sleep aboard a gigantic spaceship. They have no orientation and do not really know what their job is. Apparently they belong to the team that was scheduled for the changing of the guard on the colonization ship "Elysium". But why is there no one to greet the two men? And why is the door to the navigating bridge locked? And how long did you sleep at all? Before Payton and Bower can answer these questions, a completely different problem arises: The spaceship is running out of energy ... There is a lot of rubbish in the science fiction genre, but this film was the 2009 science fiction blockbuster together with " District 9 ". Many will not believe it, but the director was a German: Christian Alvart. A German-American production that worked out wonderfully. The film is dark, has atmosphere and the special effects are very well done, although there are not too many digital effects, but you can tell that some of the scenery is not animated but real, which conveys more reality. The story is well crafted, the actors are believable and a real treat for science fiction fans.

Conclusion: A film that doesn't need to hide from film legends like "Alien" (quadrology).

Sunday 21st July 2013

Sunday Blockbuster # 17: World Invasion - Battle Los Angeles

The earth falls victim to interstellar looters - and the alien aggressors are really bad. City after city and country after country, the blue planet falls into the hands of the invaders, humanity is completely helpless at the mercy of the inferno. Los Angeles becomes the center of the Resistance against the overwhelming enemy. The hardened Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is supposed to strengthen the defense of the city. Can he and his troupe (including Michelle Rodriguez, Cory Hardrict, Will Rothhaar, Jim Parrack and R&B singer Ne-Yo) avert the apocalypse? Blockbusters like "Independence Day" or "War of the Worlds" have repeatedly staged the war between humanity and extraterrestrial invaders in spectacular fashion. The directors have understood how to put the fate of ordinary people at the center of their stories, how to cope with the elusive threat from outer space. Jonathan Liebesman ("The Curse of Darkness Falls", "Experiment Killing Room") relies on cracking action with a shaking hand camera in his battle against the aliens, but unfortunately forgets to tell the stories of his protagonists. But if you are into pure shooting action, "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles" has a lot to offer.

Thursday July 18, 2013

The East

Last week I was in a sneak preview for the first time. And with a little luck, I would have a good film straight away. Former FBI agent Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is starting a new career with Hiller Brood, a private security company responsible for protecting high-ranking clients and politicians. "Hiller Brood" boss Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) selects Sarah for a dangerous new mission. She is said to infiltrate the group "The East". This anarchist association has set itself the goal of attacking various companies that have covered crime and corruption. Sarah can integrate quickly and feels particularly drawn to Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), the leader of "The East". The agent slowly builds sympathy for the group's goals and ideas. Torn between two worlds, her task and her love, Sarah finally has to choose one side. The focus here is not on any message, but on the chemistry of a group that is simply breathtaking. All the actors do their job really well here and give the group a special atmosphere. Alexander Skarsgard is the right type of leader and Brit Marling plays this conflict between the worlds really well. Ellen Page is outstanding, of course, and has two really strong scenes in the film. She has an incredible presence even though she is not the main character. But supporting actors like Shiloh Fernandez are also convincing. The film certainly has some weaknesses

Sunday 14th July 2013

Sunday Blockbuster # 16: Beastly

Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is so successful that he no longer feels the need to treat others with respect. However, when he publicly humiliates his classmate Kendra (Mary Kate Olsen), it should take bitter revenge. The girl curses him - from now on he is inside out, Kyle the ugliest figure in Manhattan. There is only one chance to break the spell: he has to find someone who will accept him for who he is. Then he meets Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) and falls in love with her. Will he get her to return his feelings before it's too late? Excessive seriousness and unrestrained kitsch have not been able to prevent a resounding global success in the "Twilight" series, but this "danger" does not exist for "Beastly". Because it is still a lot more in the cheap B-film area and also written, played and turned down completely uninspired. Beastly is a completely disappointing reinterpretation of the classic story Beauty and the Beast. The actors seem haphazard and director Daniel Barnz has no creative ideas to spice up the unimaginative story. From the dialogues to the characters to the development of the story, almost nothing is right here. That's why it's best to save yourself the film and skip the television ...

Tuesday 9th July 2013

The Purge

In an America ruled by crime, the government is faced with huge problems: Because the prisons are overcrowded and the number of crimes can hardly be controlled otherwise, a radical measure is taken: once a year a 12- One hour period introduced in which every crime, whether theft or murder, becomes legal and therefore does not result in any punishment. The police cannot be called and the hospitals refuse any help within these twelve hours. This should give citizens the opportunity to solve their problems without having to face any consequences. When a burglar discovers the hiding place of James Sandin (Ethan Hawke), his wife Mary (Lena Headey) and their children, a fateful chain of events is set in motion: it seems almost impossible for James and his family, the night to survive without becoming a perpetrator yourself. The very idea of ​​the film is awesome. But it is hardly possible to say more positives. The implementation of the grandiose idea is hugely disappointing. Unbearably bad dialogues do not save the actors who are good in themselves. There's nothing more to say about it. Miserably successful.

Sunday 7th July 2013

Sunday Blockbuster # 15: Unstoppable - Out of Control

It wasn't easy for young Will Colson (Chris Pine) when he started his training as a train driver. The new colleagues behave dismissively towards him because the railway company wants to save costs and is therefore replacing old warhorses with cheaper fresh blood. When Will takes up his first job as a train driver, he is under the guidance of the experienced railroad veteran Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington). He challenges the newbie immediately and is strict. That doesn't exactly improve Colson's mood because his marriage to Darcy (Jessy Schram) is falling apart. 200 miles further, a bumbling shunter (Ethan Suplee) sets off an unprecedented chain reaction through his stubbornness. For convenience, he briefly leaves the train to be relocated when driving slowly in order to move a switch by hand. But then the situation gets out of hand. The throttle jumps to "full speed" and the workers didn't get the track down either. Without a driver, the locomotive accelerates with 39 wagons and threatens to ram Will and Frank's train ... When Tony Scott and Denzel Washington work together The result is mostly good films, even if it's just blockbuster entertainment. The film creates tension just because of the danger posed by the train. You watch with fascination as one attempt to stop the train fails over and over again. The development of the characters is, well, blockbuster. You shouldn't expect much depth, but still Chris Pine, Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson arouse sympathy with the audience. All in all, you will be entertained on a good blockbuster level for 98 minutes.

Friday 5th July 2013

Spring breakers

Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) is not only a classic southern beauty, but also a real adrenaline junkie. She loves the risk and the danger. She wants to celebrate spring break in Florida with her friends Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson) and Cotty (Rachel Korine). But because they don't have the change, they decide to rob a fast food restaurant. After that there is no stopping the girls: They squander the money and party until they are arrested at a drug party. Fortunately, the rapping drug dealer and arms dealer Alien (James Franco) pays them the bail - but the rescuer in need does not expect something in return: the young girls should get his rival Arch (Gucci Mane) out of the way for him . All means are right for him for this. It doesn't really matter who the four friends are played by. The main thing is that you get to see four young, sexy girls and that is definitely the case. Acting talent is less needed, but Gomez, Hudgens, Benson and Korine by no means played badly. However, the real star of the film is someone else. James Franco plays the crazy gangster really wonderfully wacky and I really liked it. Other actors hardly play a role. The atmosphere is eclectic and you can't assign "Spring Breakers" to a single genre. It starts like a teen party movie and is also reminiscent of drug movies for a moment. Afterwards it becomes more and more of a gangster film and a little drama can also be seen in the action.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Mindfuck # 3: Donnie Darko

At first glance, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) might be a normal, no-nonsense teenager. But he's mentally ill. More precisely, he sees a rabbit named Frank. It is a large, demonic rabbit that one night prophesied the exact time of the end of the world. Since he has followed Frank's call that night, he escapes his death and thereby opens a parallel universe that he is supposed to close again. It's a bizarre story with strange characters. Donnie Darko was the breakthrough in Jake Gyllenhaal's acting career, because he brought the mentally ill Donnie over very well. "Donnie Darko" is a very demanding and profound film that you cannot fully grasp the first time. Whether the end is good or bad is a matter of debate.There is also a sequel to the film, "S.Darko - A Donnie Darko Saga", which is not unbelievably bad now, but one should consider whether it is worth watching.

Conclusion: An old but good film that blends mystery and psychological thriller in a terrific way.

Sunday June 30th 2013

Sunday Blockbuster # 14: X-Men First Decision

Long before they became bitter enemies, Charles “Professor X” Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) were close friends. With their tremendous mutant powers, they try in the 1960s to correct the course of a world that threatens to derail into chaos in the face of the Cuba crisis. To this end, they found a secret private school for “talented young people” - because they have long known that they are not the only mutants. But Charles, who grew up sheltered, and Erik, the Holocaust survivor, represent such a contradicting view of human beings that it is only a matter of time before their alliance breaks up and a whole generation of mutants has to take sides ... With the latest "X-Men" Matthew Vaughn's offshoot was certainly not a total disaster, but produced decent entertainment. The entire plot captivates until the last minute, the US-Russia conflict around the Cuba crisis has been cleverly integrated. The cast is very convincing, especially Jennifer Lawrence is perfect for the role of Mystique. One can really hope that this comic adaptation will serve as a corresponding example of a successful story development for further "X Men" adventures, the level of which we are happy to welcome again.

Tuesday June 25, 2013

A homicide team

Ousmane (Omar Sy) is anything but a model cop with his jeans, hooded jacket and a big flap, but his territory is also the notorious Parisian suburb of Bobigny. There he has been shadowing a criminal ring in the Parisian underworld for six months and is on the trail of the really big fish. When the body of the wife of France's most important industrialist is discovered in his neighborhood, the snobbish François (Laurent Lafitte) from the Paris homicide squad suddenly appears on the scene. Ousmane's research and this case appear to be related. This forces the two men to work together unintentionally. An unconventional suburban bull with principles and an instinctive desk stallion with class arrogance - chaos in the investigation is inevitable ... If you disregard the rather weak plot, then the new Omar Sy film "A MordsTeam" is not that bad at all. The two main actors harmonize quite well with each other and provide some nice gags. Together they make for a really entertaining buddy movie that you can watch from time to time. No more and no less! Anyone who expects a film like "Pretty Best Friends" and is disappointed is your own fault. "Rush hour" in France was overall not as good as expected.

Sunday June 23, 2013

Sunday Blockbuster # 13: Tron Legacy

1989 saw the rise of the computer virtuoso Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) to become a major entrepreneur - and his sudden disappearance. For many years his now grown up son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) believed that the old man had run away. But one day he learns the amazing truth: Flynn has been stuck in his own computer world TRON for a quarter of a century - as a prisoner of his mirror image CLU (digitally rejuvenated: Jeff Bridges), an AI that rules the virtual expanse of the grid with tyrannical harshness . To thwart CLU's plans, Sam has to reconcile with his father and protect the cute and naive cyber lady Quorra (Olivia Wilde). Because it carries a secret that could change the course of both worlds forever ... The weak point is clearly the story. The transparent story about the father-son conflict becomes completely secondary. The viewer should be prepared for a film of the senses. "Tron Legacy" is a visual highlight, even for spoiled eyes it offers an unusually innovative look. The music is well chosen. In order to create a worthy atmosphere for the iconic film design, the electronic duo "Daft Punk" provides a close amalgamation of several overlapping, tonal layers. The result is a terrific soundtrack that, with over 100 minutes of music, is a concert in itself. Without wanting to get too close to the beautiful evening of television, but "Tron Legacy" is without exception a cinema adventure, without demanding the mind, but intoxicating the spirit.

Friday June 21, 2013

The miraculous life of Timothy Green

Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) cannot have children. One evening, in a fit of frustration, they simply create their desired child in their minds and write their wishes regarding the child as they want it on a piece of paper. The couple packs this into their own dream box and then buries it in the garden of their backyard. This evening it will be a very special night in Stanleyville. It storms, thunderstorms and rains in a way that has not happened in years. And then all of a sudden a little 10-year-old boy is standing in front of Cindy and Jim's door. Timothy Green (Cameron 'CJ' Adams) is exactly the child they described on their paper, with all his characteristics and traits. However, Timothy is not the only thing that suddenly appears ... "The wondrous life of Timothy Green" is a modern fairy tale, which from the beginning is characterized by its dreamlike atmosphere and the exquisite pictures of cameraman John Toll ("Braveheart", "Cloud Atlas ”) Impresses. Accepting otherness: That is the socially relevant as well as politically correct topic of the film. And this statement, like so much in “The Miraculous Life of Timothy Green”, is kept abundantly clear to the viewer.
Conclusion: “The wondrous life of Timothy Green” is a family film that is beautiful at times and is particularly captivating with its magical images.

Wednesday June 19, 2013

Mindfuck # 2: High Tension

To have some peace and quiet for their studies, Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) and Marie (Cécile De France) drive to a remote family farm of Marie's best friend. On the first evening, Marie stays awake a little longer and therefore witnesses a squat man (Philippe Nahon) gaining access to the house and brutally killing Alex’s father. The mother also dies soon, as does the little son of the family. Finally, the killer Alex picks up and ties her up. Marie is now doing everything possible to save her friend ... With this film, high tension is really guaranteed. Alexandre Aja's ("Mirrors", "The Hills Have Eyes") nerve-wracking psychological thriller with horror elements already belongs to the modern classics of the genre for me. Unfortunately nothing new, because a lot has been copied from other films. The provocatively slow moving killer, whose face we haven't seen for a long time, was stolen on "Halloween". And the girl in mortal danger is clearly borrowed from "The Silence of the Lambs". "High Tension" contains too much splatter elements. The unnecessary violence degrades the film enormously. The sound is first class, pure goose bumps. All in all, however, a half-baked film. Too little splatter for the splatter friend, too much blood for the thriller friend, too many mistakes and too little substance for the intelligent viewer. So all in all a film of wasted opportunities, which nonetheless provides enough tension. So what's Mindfuck about this movie? Let yourself be surprised ...