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Review: School Ties (1992)

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With future Hollywood biggies assembling the cast of this 1992 film, it’s perhaps one of those good “School Movies” to come-out pre-Harry Potter era. Nah, it isn’t like that at all. This is a story of anti-Semitism and elitism if you may consider it so. Brendan Fraser plays David Green, a working class Jewish teenager who got himself a football scholarship in his senior year to an exclusive school in Massachusetts. Here, David meets his team mates who are part of the “upper echelon” and have shown Jewish prejudice that made David uncomfortable in so many ways.

 We also have here the evil Matt Damon who plays Charlie Dillon whom David replaces as the blocker in the team which totally pisses the former off. To add salt to the injury, he also loses his girlfriend to David. Ouch!

 The whole thing didn’t explode in there though – after being harassed for his religion, he was also scrutinized for cheating on a final exam as Dillon exploits his influence to encourage everyone in the school honor system committee to oust Green.

 You see, it was actually a well written plot for a feel good “redemption movie.” There were moments in the book that you’d take the punch for David, like you want to give it good to Dillon. Oh, Did I mention that we also have Chris O’ Donnell and Ben Affleck here? No, they’re merely a support act. You see, it’s a delicate process figuring out where this movie really stands. Like remix Dead Poet Society / Scent Of A Woman / With Honors then add some football scholarship angle and you’d get a substandard result – that my friend is School Ties for you.

Director: Robert Mandel
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Cole Hauser, Andrew Lowery, Ben Affleck, Anthony Rapp, Amy Locane, Peter Donat, Michael Higgins, Ed Lauter, Peter McRobbie, Zeljko Ivanek

Rating: 8.5/10

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Review: Contagion (2011)

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Contagion is a film based on the premise of a SARS / AH1N1 virus-like epidemic, its outbreak and the world’s attempt to contain the disease.

I didn’t actually expect that I would enjoy watching this film because I wasn’t so thrilled about the trailer. I thought it was lackluster and some kind of an I Am Legend story kind of thing in a more “human way” if you know what I mean. In addition, the film boasted an all-star ensemble led by Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Marion Cottilard to name a few. This isn’t always the case about “good” films.

I was however very surprised with the flow of the story and the characters that are easily relatable. Its premise is very possible to happen and it is actually a very scary thought. I also love how the film maintained its realistic approach until the end. Some scenes are a  bit long and draggy at times but the intermittent scenes between the characters in focus will compensate for it.

Jennifer Ehle kind of reminds me of Meryl Streep in this film. Perhaps, it’s because they have similar features that is why I tend to compare her to La Streep. She was great though and very believable. Gwyneth, Kate and Marion are in unison of providing commendable performances. Jude Law was annoying in this film but I’ve to say that it works really well with his character.

@Gateway Cineplex 7, P191

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle

Overall, I did enjoy the film and I’ll give it a very complimentary 8/10 ratings.

Review: The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

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I’ve been waiting for this film for like forever since I saw its trailer last year. With its interesting premise and the amazing duo of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, I am more than excited to see it!

The Adjustment Bureau was based on the short story written by Philip K. Dick entitled, “The Adjustment Team.” It’s a romance / mystery film that tackles the choices that we make in life. The Adjustment Bureau pertains to a group of men wearing hats who introduce themselves as the watchdog of every people’s plan or destiny. Making sure that what is written in the “book” of their life happened as it is. David Norris played by Matt Damon is running for the United States senate. He loses and met the girl who changed the rest of his life. Both fell for each other but the Adjustment Bureau told Matt that meeting Elyse again (Emily Blunt) is not part of his plan. A plan made and written by whom they call the “Chairman.”

With David not agreeing at all to let go of Elyse, he devices a plot to change that plan by the help of  Harry who is a part of the Adjustment Bureau who feels responsible for what has happened to David, unable to intercept the meeting of David and Elyse for the second time which is not supposed to happen in the first place. David decided to tell Elyse everything and run for their life in hopes of being together notwithstanding what has been planned for them.

It was truly an interesting premise but it just didn’t live up to its promise. It is not “Inception-mind boggling” but it is more of a version of “Inception minus the dreams.” In short, it lacks narrative which is supposed to carry on the whole film. I have to admit though, that Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s chemistry was undeniable that you can truly feel the intensity of their emotions.

Analyzing the film now, I was thinking that it may pertain to different aspects of life such as freewill, choices, destiny, faith, fate. The film was like telling us “You cannot control your destiny because it’s already been written but it also delivers the message that you’re the one who’s making all the choices regarding your destiny thus you’re really the one controlling it.” Absolutely crazy right? I mean, it’s up to one’s belief of destiny or life as it is, whichever you’d take.

I thought the whole first and second half of the film was a tad bit draggy. It’s a bit long to be honest and I only enjoyed the first ten and the last 20 minutes of the film. I would still recommend it though, it’s still a good film to lounge over for a couple of hours.

I’ll give it a 6.5/10 ratings.

03.05.2011 1:15Am

Gateway Cineplex
P180 LFS w/D
Director: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Michael Kelly, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Jon Stewart, Michael Bloomberg

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