Monday, August 16, 2010

DVD of the Day: The Kingdom (2007)


The Kingdom

Don’t fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all. 

Originally published at Superfriends Universe

The Stats
The Director:  Peter Berg
The Cast:  Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven
The Release Date: 2007
The Runtime: 110 Minutes

The Plot

After a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia kills one of their own, four FBI agents head to foreign territory and try to investigate what truly went down

The Lowdown

In the post 9/11 world there have been a good deal of films released about terrorism. Some movies take it really seriously and are depressing as hell. Others take the pure action route. The Kingdom falls somewhere in the middle. This film succeeds in being both a political “message” kind of movie, but also has some pretty sweet action sequences.

On top of that, though, the film is also a “police procedural” as well. Once the FBI agents get to Saudi Arabia, it follows their process and investigation to find out just what the hell blew up their friend, and who was responsible for it. And it tops it all off with an incredible action/chase sequence that is incredibly suspenseful. One of the agents is kidnapped and is about to be executed on camera… can the rest of the team get there in time to save him? Pretty tense shit right there.

The film is incredibly well cast as well. Foxx really dials down his normal tendencies to over perform and delivers a really kind of stoic, bad-ass performance. Chirs Cooper and Jason Bateman are pretty much great in anything they do. Jennifer Garner isn’t great, she’s not bad, but not great either. However, she’s hot… so can you really complain? The only real complaint about the cast is Jeremy Piven who is playing the same character he plays in everything he’s ever done.

Don’t be afraid that this movie is going to preach to you. It won’t. At the end of the day it does have a “message,” but it’s not over the top. But if that kind of stuff does bother you, you still get a really good action thriller.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

The Man With The Golden Gun

- A duel between titans… my golden gun against your Walther PPK.
- One bullet against my six?
- I only need one, Mr. Bond. 

Originally published at Superfriends Universe

The Stats
The Director:  Guy Hamilton
The Cast:  Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize
The Release Date: 1974
The Runtime: 125 Minutes

The Plot

James Bond investigates a notorious assassin, Francisco Scaramanga… or, the Man with the Golden Gun.

The Lowdown

Yeah, I know… another Bond movie. But I’ve been watching a lot of Bond movies recently. So, screw it, here’s another one. (Besides, we’re all men here. Who doesn’t love Bond?)

So, I’m assuming most of you have played Goldeneye for the N64. If you haven’t… well, reach into your pants and see if your testicles are still there. It only happens to be one of the best games ever. And what makes it so damn fun is the player vs player mode when you can run around military bases and shoot your buddy’s head off. Ah, such innocent fun. Well, one of the modes in the game is “Golden Gun.” In this mode you have to find the Golden Gun and when you shoot your opponent, one shot is all it takes because then the SOB is dead.

Well, they got that concept from this movie. The golden gun in question belongs to Francisco Scaramanga, an international hitman with an island full of gadgets, half-naked women and a midget. Scaramanga uses said golden gun to kill his targets, and he NEVER misses. One shot is all it takes. So, this makes him already one of the coolest f’ing Bond villains ever right? Well it gets better, because the Man with the Golden Gun is played by none other than Christopher fucking Lee. Yeah. Chew on that one.

It’s not a perfect Bond movie, by any stretch of the imagination. It is Roger Moore after all, so expect lots of goofy campy fun. But really you’re watching this movie for Christopher Lee playing the heavy. Can’t get much better than that.

Do yourself a favor and throw this in your Netflix queue. Or if you can’t be bothered, there’s a Bond marathon seemingly every few months… watch it when it comes on.