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The Colony

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The Colony

You know you’re screwed when even the rabbits won’t fuck.

Interesting premise, lame movie. It pissed me off, everyone was just so stupid! I’m going to ruin the whole damn thing because it made me angry.

It starts off with a couple running down a corridor being chased. Then cuts to lots of snow and ice shots until we get to ‘our’ colony. Young guy Sam is fixing some satellite. Trucker looking guy, Mason (Bill Paxton, you’ve fallen!), and anonymous guy take out old guy into snow. Old guy is sick, something about ‘quarantine’ and he wants to ‘walk.’ Mason says no, no more choices. Sam tries to stop him from shooting the old man. I guess when you get sick, you get the choice of a bullet or you can take a long walk into the snow. Old man tries to bolt, but Mason shoots him. Waste of bullets. Shouldn’t you be trying to conserve them?

As Sam go through the colony building, you see it’s some kind of seed depository, like the global seed vault in Norway. They have bees and veggies and the whole shebang. They’re gold. So, Sam complains to Briggs (Laurence Fishburne, why why are you in this?) about Mason not giving old guy the ‘choice.’

It takes a while, but it’s eventually explained that humans were using giant machines to manipulate the weather. Something went wrong and it just never stopped snowing. What’s left of humanity is hunkered down in random places all over the world.

Radio guy (never caught his name) tells Briggs that Colony 5 sent out a distress signal. Briggs decides they have to investigate. Sam is checking out the animals in the animal room (they’re living large, have rabbits and chickens!), and goes to get them some vitamins or something from the place where they keep seeds and drugs (I think. I’m a little confused on that. They seem to have multiple seed vaults). Sam is flirting with some girl, Kai, there. She’s apparently been searching on her laptop for a hopefully warm place, where there is sun and blue skies and all that crap. This colony has a hookup to a weather satellite, so she’s been searching haphazardly through the world, looking for a heat bloom.

Briggs calls a meeting and asks for volunteers to go to Colony 5. He gets Sam and some teenager. Briggs decides to leave Kai in charge, which pisses Mason off. I think. He just seems vaguely annoyed at why is he in the movie in the first place. Although, he may be wondering why the leader of the colony is taking off on a rescue mission that should be delegated to someone else. A woman at the meeting suddenly start coughing and everyone freaks out and shoves her and her husband into quarantine. Briggs warns Mason to leave them in there until he gets back. Mason has itchy trigger fingers.

The trio (Briggs, Sam and teenager) make their way through snow and stuff to the other colony. They cross a dangerous bridge that’s falling apart, so that’s obviously important.

When they get to the entrance of Colony 5, there’s blood everywhere. Smart teenager thinks that maybe, just MAYBE, they should leave, but Briggs insists that they ‘came to help’ so he makes them all go down the tunnel. Nice.

There’s mysterious screaming and banging. They come to a door that’s closed and locked, but beat up with scratches. Sam picks the lock and they go into a room with a single man. He’s gone kinda nuts, freaking out about ‘them.’ He reveals that Colony 5 received a slightly garbled video transmission from an unknown location. They claimed to have fixed a weather machine and have blue skies, heat, and usable topsoil. However, they have no seeds to plant in the soil. OMG the colony does! Anyways, the transmission broke up before the full coordinates could be given, but Colony 5 triangulated where it could have come from and sent a scouting party. They didn’t find the paradise, but a bunch of ’them’ found the scouts and followed them back to the colony.

Briggs and Sam are ecstatic. They write down what’s left of the coordinates and nutty man shows them the approximate location which is slightly off of the map. But they have the weather satellite hookup at their colony, so as long as they know the possible location, they can find the exact place by looking in that area for a heat bloom.

The nutty man claims he wasn’t knocking or screaming, so that means ‘they’ are still here. The trio tries to take him with them, but he pushes them out and locks the door. For some damn reason, they follow the screams and find what’s left of the people. They’re being eaten by cannibals. Rather than, oh, I don’t know, stealthily peek around a corner or just send one person, they all go lumbering in to the cannibal kitchen and, of course, wake up the cannibals. Teenager gets killed and Sam and Briggs escape. They bring down the entrance tunnel with some dynamite and take off back to their colony.

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So usually I’d end it here, but the idiocy keeps going. Teenager had the only radio, so they can’t call back and say ‘oops, pissed off a bunch of murderous cannibals.’ They’re not covering their tracks, so the cannibals easily follow them… to the bridge!

Briggs blows himself and the bridge up. To be fair, he tried. He lit the dynamite on fire and scurried off with Sam, but the wind blew out the fuse. So he had to go back and sacrifice himself heroically.

Sam makes it back, turns out Mason has taken over from Kai. Mason doesn’t believe the whole paradise or cannibal thing. Sam finds the heat bloom using the satellite and shows Kai. They grab about 3 canisters of seeds and decide to book it. 3 canisters. Just 3. I don’t think he even saw what canisters he was grabbing. Hell, he might have grabbed 3 canisters of dandelions or grass! Or catnip! And just ignore the bees and the other things you’re going to need for successful crops. Genetic and crop diversity for example.

They try to run, Mason stops them, the cannibals arrive, blah blah. From what I saw, a lot of the people lock themselves in the various seed vaults and Mason manages to blow up the cannibals. Sam kills the head cannibal, awesomely I’ll admit, by cutting his head through the jaw with an herb cutter. There might be a couple of loose cannibals, but it looks like most of them died. But instead of stopping to repair the colony and maybe grabbing the people in the vaults, Sam thinks it’s a great idea to just FUCKING WALK OUT OF THERE WITH THE 3 CANISTERS AND 7 PEOPLE. They have no gear, they’re not even dressed for the weather. Everything they need is still intact in the colony, but nooo let’s just take off unprepared instead. So you choose death then?

Why didn’t they just repair the colony? The bees! The bees! The genetic diversity! The animals! A couple of seed canisters is not going to cut it. They could have repaired the colony, sent out a scouting party to the exact location (that they know from satellite images), come back with extra people to move everything to the new place. Instead, they leave their friends in the seed vaults, the animals, insects and plants to freeze to death and the seed vaults to just kind of freeze. Oh, and Sam and Co. probably die about 3 hours after the movie ends from exposure, starvation or dehydration. Or maybe they turn into cannibals, I don’t know.

1 candy corn out of 5.

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A Good Day to Die Hard

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A Good Day to Die Hard

Are you always looking for trouble, or does it find you?
After all these years… I still ask myself the same question.

The latest in the Die Hard series (there was no fourth Die Hard. That was a mass hallucination). And I gotta say … I liked it. It got a lot of hate, but honestly, I don’t think A Good Day deserved all the hate piled on it. While admittedly not on the same calibre as the first three, it is still a pretty good and fun action movie on its own.

In Russia, a billionaire, Yuri, is being put on trial for some bogus reason, but really because he apparently has some kind of ‘file’ on the Russian defence minister that could bring the minister down. Shoot back to the US, where the CIA wants that file too, and sends in one of their men to get it.

Around Moscow, we see a young man (Jai Courtney) fiddling with some vans near some buildings. He goes into a nightclub, says ‘Yuri says hello’ and shoots some guy. The young man is arrested. He claims to the police he will testify that this is all Yuri’s idea if they will put him in the courtroom with Yuri.

Meanwhile, good old boy John McClane (the incomparable Bruce Willis. Oh my god, how I love love love this man), is dropped off at the airport by his daughter. Seems John Jr., or Jack, is in trouble in Moscow. McClane is going off to try to bail Jack out or figure out some other way to help. He has a file a cop buddy gave him, showing that Jack is some kind of small time thug in Moscow (vandalism, theft, smallish stuff). We see from a photo in the file that the young man in the nightclub is Jack.

On his way to the courthouse, McClane tries his very awkward Russian on the cab driver, who luckily speaks some English. After serenading him, the driver lets McClane out of the cab because this ring road is always jammed with traffic. McClane walks to the courthouse. There are tons of protestors around the courthouse. Yuri is considered a political prisoner by the people, unjustly held by the villainous defence minister.

McClane watches as Jack is led out of the prison van with Yuri. It’s not a good moment for the (mostly) law abiding cop McClane. Jack is brought into the courtroom with Yuri and they are both put into neighbouring clear cells along the wall. Some kind of holding cells? I don’t really know.

And shiiiiiiiiiit hits the fan.

Some sleazy guys, apparently paid by the defence minister, blow up some cars outside and rush the courtroom, also blowing up more stuff and shooting shit. Jack breaks out of his cell and breaks the very confused Yuri out too. He drags Yuri out of the courthouse and into a waiting van, one of the ones he had been fiddling with before the nightclub shooting. As they start to get away, Jack almost runs over McClane!

McClane is pissed. He sees what looks very much like a jail break and drags Jack out of the van. The confused Yuri jumps out of the van and the sleazy guys with guns come running out of the courthouse, shooting at Yuri. The head sleaze stops his boys, shouting that they need Yuri alive, but that the others can be killed. Jack drags Yuri back into the van and he then pulls a gun on McClane. He dares Jack to shoot him, but Jack finally just pushes him out of the way and jumps back into the van, driving off. The sleazy guys take off after the van, and McClane does too. He’s not done chastising his boy!

Back in the getaway van, it turns out Jack is the CIA man in Moscow. But because of McClane’s interference, Jack’s window of escape has closed and the ring road has been shut down by the police. Time for Plan B. Then there is a truly awesometastic car chase between Jack, the sleazy boys, and McClane. Seriously, it is the shit. I could watch it over and over again. This is how action car chase scenes should be. McClane steals some meathead’s giant SUV (or some kind of car) and drives it off a fucking bridge!!!! He drives onto the TOP of a bunch of traffic stalled cars in the chase after Jack. Gorgeous.

McClane ends up saving Jack and Yuri from the sleazy boys. Jack takes them to the CIA safe house, where the CIA man there demands Yuri hand over the file and they will take him out of Russia. Yuri will hand over the file, but only if his daughter, Irina, is allowed to go too. He calls her and asks her to meet him at a hotel where he and her mother first danced. McClane is amazed that Jack is actually a professional CIA spy. The small time thug stuff was just a cover. Jack’s not a fuck up.

But the sleazy boys have found them and the CIA man is killed, Yuri is shot (in the arm), but he and the McClanes escape. They head for the hotel. On the way there, McClane and Yuri have a moment about fatherhood, something about thinking that working all the time and making money for material things for your family is what they thought was important, but they both realize that being there as a dad was way more important.

McClane, Jack and Yuri make it to the hotel and head to the top floor to meet Irina. The file is hidden in a safe (handily in Yuri’s first mansion, located next to sunny Chernobyl!), but the key to the safe is in the hotel ballroom. They meet Irina and she and Yuri have an emotional reunion. Jack and Yuri are getting the key by the window when McClane attempts to make awkward small talk with Irina. He politely asks her how she got to the hotel so fast and she replies she used the ring road… You know, the one the cabbie said was always snarled with traffic and that the cops had just shut down. McClane knows immediately something is up and the sleazy boys jump out. Irina has been working for the defense minister and the sleazy boys. The McClanes are tied up and Yuri is led away to waiting helicopter.

The McClanes have to get away from the sleazy boys, save Yuri and get that file. Which is in Chernobyl.

I really don’t get the hate. I think the main issue people have is that McClane is apparently no longer the ‘everyman,’ that guy who just happens to walk into a bad situation and deals with it as best as he can. Just a regular Joe. I think he IS a regular Joe still. The series has kind of evolved, if I can use that term. We’ve grown up, and so has McClane. He seems tired and phoning it in, because he IS tired. This is the guy who can’t go to the corner store to get a carton of milk because terrorists have taken it over. Or he tries to go help his son and stumbles into a Russian conspiracy. He’s tired of it all. He just wants to catch a break and be able to nap without the world exploding since he’s not around. Why is this happening to him again??

McClane’s got a lot of experience dealing with baddies now, so he can use that knowledge. But he still retains that everyman quality his son clearly doesn’t have. As Jack emphasizes again and again, he’s a professional. McClane’s just a regular dude reacting to situations, while his son is a trained professional with plans and scenarios mapped out. So Jack always tries to stick to the plan and process, like he’s been trained. When they get to the hotel. Jack is interrogating Yuri, trying to figure out the hotel layout, weak spots, blind spots, cameras, choke points, security… You get the idea. McClane goes up to the laundry guy and bribes him for his pass and to take a break for bit. They go up the freight elevator. A regular guy isn’t going to be strategizing like a professional. He knows that the seemingly least important employees will know all the information and usually have some very vital access. They are regular people, just like him. We can relate to him, not his son. He’s still John McClane, the man we all love, he’s just grown up a bit.

I love the action. Great, great, great! And of course, this is Die Hard, nothing is as it seems. And I admit to laughing at the helicopter scene (you’ll know what I mean when you see it), but it was more of hey I remember that! This was a homage!

It wasn’t as good as the first three. I will say that. Nor is it an instant classic like they are. But it has great action, John McClane, an amusing story and it’s something that you can watch again. Not the greatest, but still, pretty good. I freely admit to liking it.

Also, Jai is kinda hot.

3 raspberry sorbet scoops out of 5.

Resident Evil Retribution

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Resident Evil Retribution

You two made it… I thought I was the only one that survived. What is this place and why is everything in Russian? And what’s with the S&M getup?

What a load of crap. Seriously, LOAD OF SHIT. I thought the first 2 Resident Evils were pretty good, but when she got supertelekineticpsychic powers in the 3rd one, I just thought what the fuck? And they all sort of went downhill from there. Admittedly, Milla Jovovich still kicks serious ass as Alice, but the whole damn thing just make no sense.

We start out with Alice in water. But, it’s all rewinding, so she floats up and yes, it looks kind of cool when she comes out of the water but it goes on way too long. After the first minute I started to wonder if there was something wrong with the movie, rewinds shouldn’t go on this long. It went on for 4 damn minutes. I really was thinking maybe I should rewind the rewind so I could see watch it normally. Anyways, it takes off where the last movie ended, with Umbrella attacking the ship of survivors. Alice gets blasted into the water.

Suddenly it switches to cookie cutter suburbia. Alice is a housewife with a husband (the always sexy sexy Oded Fehr) with a deaf daughter, Becky. The little family is getting ready for the day when zombies bust in and kill the husband. Alice-Wife gets Becky outside and they are picked up by Rain (the also ass kicking Michelle Rodriguez). The car gets into an accident and Alice-Wife and Becky leave the apparently dead Rain in the car and run into a house. There, Alice-Wife hides Becky in a closet and uses herself as bait to draw the zombies off of Becky’s scent. It works until hubby-zombie shows up and kills Alice-Wife with the always cool mouth splity tentacle thing.

Alice wakes up in a round room. She is wearing just a front and back paper towel thing. Eye candy for the guys, I suppose. Milla is still absolutely gorgeous. Anyways, the floor lights up and so do the walls. She’s on top of a enormous Umbrella logo. Okay, guys, you are the ONLY corporation left on Earth. You don’t need to brand everything, we already know you’re the only game in town. Alice’s former ally, Jill Valentine, is now under Umbrella control due to this red glowing spider stuck on her chest. She does some sound torture on Alice, trying to figure out if she’s working for another corporation or group.

Some mysterious person hacks into the Umbrella base computer. Everything gets shut down, Alice gets some new duds and escapes into a lighted corridor. Jill and the other Umbrellaites all seem to be hooked up to the computer because they just kind of sit there, apparently asleep. Computer reboots, the Umbrella team wakes up and the hall does that laser cutting beam like we saw in the first movie. Alice escapes through another door. It looks like she’s outside in Tokyo. She breaks into a police car with a really heavy duty chain and bike lock and takes a gun. We see the classic Resident Evil scene where it shows the outline of the buildings and a computer command executed. In this case, it was something about a ‘Tokyo simulation.’ Suddenly it starts raining and people appear out of nowhere. It’s a recreation of the scene in the 4th movie when the Tokyo outbreak begins, with the young girl and the man with the umbrella. I thought it was a hologram at first, but then the zombies started attacking people and coming after Alice. She kills some and escapes back into the lighted corridor, but they follow her. She kills them all but sees a huge zombiefied crowd coming out of the Tokyo simulation towards her and she go through another door. It’s the command centre for the complex. Everyone has been executed, head shots. Alice grabs a knife and some weapons. She’s ‘attacked’ by some chick in a red ball gown, Ada. Turns out Albert Wesker survived the 4th movie and the Red Queen is in charge of Umbrella now and she wants to destroy humanity. I don’t know why, the virus was doing a good job already, don’t really need to do anything but sit back. Anyways, Wesker wants Alice to escape alive so that she can help him save what’s left of humanity. Ada reveals that the compound is underwater in some Russian sea and also covered with an ice sheet. There is also a strike team heading their way to rendezvous and help them get out, but the Red Queen is trying to kill them all.

The compound was used to test viral weapons and it composed of a series of large, interconnected spaces that simulate major population centres, i.e. Moscow, Tokyo, New York and… Suburban America. Alice and Ada are supposed to meet the strike team in Suburban America. There’s a forgettable fight scene in New York simulation (the girls fight those giant zombies with the hammers) before they make it to Suburban America, but the strike team’s late. They’re stuck in Moscow fighting off a horde of Nazi (I think they’re Nazis anyways) zombies that have a lot of heavy guns. They also encounter a large mutant brain monster zombie (it has an exposed brain). I do like the monster. It’s oozy and roars and I can see its fucking brain!!!!!!!!!!! Also, I don’t think it has eyes.

Something very interesting happens to the girls while in Suburbia. Alice notices someone moving in a house… Looking very much like the house Alice-Wife hid her daughter in. When they go in, Alice sees the dead Alice-Wife on the floor. Ada informs Alice that Umbrella has about 25 standard issue clones and the Alice form is one of them. The clones are imprinted with basic memories to ensure they act and react to situations realistically. I always wondered how Umbrella could have so many goons in a zombiefied world, but this was the one reason to watch the movie: to get that explanation. Anyways, of course Alice-Wife’s daughter Becky is alive in the house and she thinks Alice is her mom. So for some reason Alice gets all maternal and needs to take Becky along.

Yeah and more crap happens. For some reason, the strike team doesn’t tell Alice that they’ve rigged a bomb at the compound entrance so they better get their asses out. Blah blah, Red Queen trying to stop them, brain monster runs amok, etc etc. I got bored.

Nope, didn’t enjoy it. Had some moments, but that didn’t make up much of a cohesive whole. Also, the actors were awful. Ada looked like some kind of doll. Her facial expressions were nil and she spoke in some kind of robotic monotone. Also, who the fuck wears a ball gown to an underwater zombie testing facility??? She also kept doing that Angelina Jolie leg pose. The lead of the strike team was also equally wooden. I swear he was made of cardboard or plywood. Familiar faces show up, indicating they were part of Umbrella’s standard issue clones, but the ‘good’ clones and ‘bad’ clones never meet. I thought that would have been very interesting, sort of maybe start a war between the clones and the Umbrella corp. Like you see your dead body on the ground and realize your life is a lie, you’re an expendable clone so you have this whole existential crisis and rebel against your creator. But, I suppose that would have been too deep.

It ends with a set up for a sequel. I did like seeing the mutant bat people flying around.

Don’t waste your time with this one. Go and watch the first one again instead.

1 slice of brownie ice cream cake out of 5.

Chronicle

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Chronicle

Yes, it was the black guy this time!

I’m just going to say I really really do not like shaky cams and ‘found’ footage movies. When I go see a movie, I want it to look like a MOVIE, like someone spent lots of time, equipment and money making something look good. I don’t want to see something that some kid could have done with his dad’s digital camera. But luckily, that is not Chronicle.

Chronicle is about 3 high school seniors, the ultra popular but all round good guy Steve, his buddy with the implied perfect suburban family, the philosophical Matt, and Matt’s cousin, Andrew.  Andrew has a pretty sad home. His mother is dying (something to do with her lungs, I think lung cancer) and his dad is an alcoholic dickwad. Andrew himself is bullied at school and just lets out this air of vulnerability but with a lot of quiet anger. He gets himself a camera and starts documenting his life. Matt theorizes that this creates a barrier between Andrew and everybody else and that Andrew needs to let people in. At a party, Andrew gets beat up for filming another guy’s girlfriend. Steve comes to him and asks him to film this cool thing he and Matt found. The three guys go down an tunnel and a weird pulsating noise is heard. They come to a rock cave where there is a large glowing crystal structure. It’s changing colour and Andrew’s camera suddenly starts shorting out. He’s freaking out and wants to leave, but before he can convince the other two, the crystal lets out some kind of strong pulse that knocks out the camera.

Some time is implied to have passed before Andrew starts filming again. The three guys are shown levitating balls and throwing them at each other. They get nose bleeds each time, and Andrew shows himself to be stronger than the others, he is able to manipulate objects more deftly and build a Lego tower while the other two struggle to connect Lego bricks. He’s practicing quietly by himself at home. When they try to go back to the tunnel, they find it has collapsed. There are forest rangers there telling them that the whole area is unstable and collapsing.

Matt thinks that this new power of theirs is like a muscle. If they overexert themselves, they get nosebleeds, but as they slowly build up their telekinetic powers, they get stronger and bleed less. They start secretly pranking people as Andrew gets it all on camera. Innocent guy stuff at first, like making skirts flip up, making shopping carts move away from their owners, and in an awesome scene, make a teddy bear float around a little girl and then getting it to chase her. Steve is able to move a car to another parking space, making the owner freak out about who stole her car. But things take a turn when Andrew accidently shoves a truck off the road, making it smash through a guard rail and land in a river. Steve jumps into the river and pulls the driver out. Andrew tries to stop Matt from calling the cops, but Matt ignores him. The driver ends up alive, but in the hospital. Matt demands they make rules for themselves. They are getting stronger, but they shouldn’t abuse their power. They should never use their powers against living beings.

Later, Steve calls the other two and insists they come out to what looks like an abandoned mill or something. He can now fly! He teaches the other two, with Andrew being a quick study and Matt taking hilariously longer. They now go flying up in the clouds together, very happy. They almost get hit by a plane, but Andrew saves Steve (and the camera) and the three land on the ground, deliriously happy to be alive. Andrew that night tells the others that this day was the greatest day of his life and they agree. They also decide that after graduation, they want to fly around the world together, Andrew expressing interest in Tibet for its peaceful vibe and the monks who can supposedly float.

Andrew can now film without holding the camera, floating it to follow him around. Steve and Andrew become very close, with Steve revealing that his parents are having lots of marital troubles and Andrew opening up somewhat about his father. Steve convinces Andrew to participate in the school talent show with him, and using their powers, do a great magic show. Andrew becomes very popular and at a large party, drinks way too much and, while trying to hook up for the first time with a girl, he vomits on her. Steve tries to talk to him, but Andrew screams for him to go away and stop laughing at him, revealing his deep insecurities that no one wants him. It’s a devastating scene, and familiar for anybody who didn’t have the greatest time in grade school.

Andrew begins to become withdrawn and starts killing spiders with his powers. His dad tries to beat him, but Andrew flings him back with a show of extreme force, almost knocking his dad unconscious. Andrew flies up to the clouds to be alone, but Steve finds him. Apparently, Steve got some kind of feeling that there was something terribly wrong with Andrew and he managed to find him through some kind of connection. I think that had they been able to go on further, they would have likely developed telepathy with each other, and because Steve and Andrew developed a closer emotional bond with each other than with Matt, that they could feel each other’s emotions more keenly. Like if you know someone so well you can finish their sentences. But Andrew won’t be consoled by Steve, and his emotions are so strong and his powers are so heavily tied in with his emotions, that there’s an accident…

There is of course more movie. Andrew’s descent into complete apathy and arrogance are so terribly sad because at the core, he just wants to be loved and accepted. But that can never be after what happens.

The three actors are fantastic. When they are discovering their powers, they are so believably giddy that I was happy right along with them. I’m glad they showed Steve as an actual good guy, and not the stereotypical Hollywood movie stupid popular jerk. He is much more believable this way. Matt reminds me of those guys in university philosophy classes, the ones living in the books and trying to draw parallels between what the books say and what’s going on in real life, but putting more emphasis on the book theory than what is really happening. But Andrew is the star, the focus. The most powerful of the trio, the most emotionally vulnerable and ultimately the weakest link. He’s the one everyone can really identify with. Everyone during their teenage years went through that whole ‘who am I, what am I doing, why doesn’t anybody like me, where do I belong’ stage, just his is compounded with the bad home life. You can even see a physical change as the character becomes more and more withdrawn, his face looks thinner, paler and bags appear under his eyes. He begins to believe that HE is the apex predator, the absolute top of the food chain and everyone else is beneath him. And he shows it in the most devastating way, forcing Matt to make a terrible decision.

I’m not even going to complain about the shaky cam. It only shaky cammed in a few places (that made absolute sense, like when the crystal sent out the pulse or when the camera was plummeting to the ground after the close call with the plane).  I really liked how they made it so that Andrew could make the camera float around after him, so that he wasn’t holding it, but just allowing it to follow the trio around. This gives it a shaky cam vibe, but with actual movie filming (i.e. it looks good). The CGI is quite good too. I really liked at the start when Andrew was building the Lego tower. And wow, I know they aren’t really flying, but it looks pretty damn good and the pure joy on their faces made me really wonder how they were doing it. I feel like I would have been acting the exact same way. The end sequences are where most of the special effects budget was clearly allocated and it was money well spent. It looks fantastic.

The crystal is never explained, but I figure it’s probably some alien thing. It sure looks like it, but it’s not really important to the story except as what gives the guys their powers. I do kinda wonder why they just didn’t lift the dirt out of the tunnel with their powers, but I guess they didn’t care how or why they had powers, it’s just enough that they have them. The super in the background romance between Matt and a girl are to me showing that the power isn’t that big of a deal to Matt. He wants to use it to help people, but it’s just a tool. He was already going to be altruistic, this just helps it along. It’s not his life unlike the other two.

SPOILERS! Steve was obviously what was keeping them together and Andrew’s more destructive tendencies in check. Here was the guy who seemed to have it all, but could really empathize with Andrew’s bad home, especially since his own was imploding. To me, he seemed to be of almost, if not equal strength the Andrew. Steve was the first to fly. And since the powers seem rather emotion based, because Steve was going through bad times too, he was strong. Steve and Andrew used the powers to forget about the bad things in their lives. They would tell secrets to each other and say ‘but don’t tell anyone’ but they kept talking to each other about it. He was the buddy Andrew had always wanted and needed, the guy who would be Andrew’s bridge between his antisocial self and the wider world and his loss sent Andrew on a crazy egotistical rampage. Matt seemed too in control of himself and he didn’t need the powers to make his life better, so he seemed the weakest, but that control saved everybody.

Good movie. Great actors. Good special effects. Just good.

5 sour gummy keys out of 5.