Monday, June 16, 2014

Movie No. 44 (2014): CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FIRST AVENGER

Captain America, The First Avenger (2011)
Director: Joe Johnston
Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving

The movie presents the beginnings of Steve Rogers. It focuses on his voluntary participation in a military experiment that makes him Captain America, a super soldier that will be pitted against Red Skull, the villain who's the leader of the "terrorist" organization Hydra.

I never read any of the comic books featuring Captain America. I never saw any of the previous films about Captain America. This can be the reason I like the movie. At least, I'm not bound to compare this movie to any previous adaptations. At least, I don't spend time comparing the this present adaptation with the graphic novel. At least, I enjoy it. While most recent action movies are merely a showcase of mostly stupid special effects, the movie Captain America has a conscious effort to look like a real movie with a sensible script.

Rating: 3.0/4.0

Date seen: April 27, 2014

Movie No. 43 (2014): STARTING OVER AGAIN

Starting Over Again (2014)
Director: Olivia Lamasan
Cast: Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Iza Calzado

Boy met girl (or, the other way). Boy and girl fell in love. Boy and girl went separate ways, with circumstances unclear. Several years after, boy and girl met again. Girl tried to win boy back, but the situation was different now.

The movie presents, if not slowly, the reason (or reasons) of the breakup, in a manner that, as the movie moves forward, the characters (boy and girl) and the viewing audience learn about the revelations as scenes after scenes move backwards and forwards. 

The film is generally funny and entertaining. What I admire about the movie is it's never resorting to a contrived ending that will please the "palate" of the general viewing public. At least, the ending is sensible and realistic.

Rating: 3.0/4.0

Date seen: April 20, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Movie No. 42 (2014): CELL 211

Cell 211 (a.k.a. Celda 211) (2009)
Director: Daniel Monzon
Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Amman
In Spanish, with English subtitles

A day before his new job as a prison guard, Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammam) reports to the penitentiary for orientation. A minor (but freak) accident inside the facilities meets him, which leaves him temporarily unconscious. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself in the middle of a chaos - a prison riot. He must take side and play a dangerous confidence game to save himself.

This is a kind of movie whose heart-pounding suspense is sustained by a clever script,  a no-nonsense editing, and great performances. This is definitely one of the best prison movies that I've seen so far.

Rating: 4.0/4.0

Date seen: April 20, 2014