I so wanted to love The Last Mani but unfortunately due to a needlessly overstuffed plot spreading across different sub-genres, it never quite meshed very well but with some work, this could have been a solid film.
First Kill was admittedly a tad better than I expected but not due to the point-and-shoot direction, a poor script or even Bruce Willis who seemed to give more of a damn compared to his other Grindstone DTV films, but a genuinely charm-filled performance from Gethin Anthony.
It’s become common place for a few years to find Nicolas Cage on the front cover a direct-to-video movie and normally I can appreciate it for his insane performance but with Outcast he’s merely a supporting player with the charmless Hayden Christensen taking front stage. It’s not a well made movie but it’s also not terrible, just utterly forgettable and even boring.
Vanishing on 7th Street is a film with plenty of potential but poor execution especially in regards to the screenplay and characters that are either unlikable or are forgettable/unremarkable, a description that goes for the entire film in general. I would, however, give it a moderate recommendation if you can get it cheap as either a rental or purchase.
Takers isn’t a bad movie per se more that it doesn’t offer anything new to the genre and features characters who, for the most part, aren’t very well rounded save for maybe Idris Elba’s character. I did enjoy a couple of the scenes which were efficiently shot but otherwise this is a very forgettable film.
Here is the trailer for Vanishing on 7th Street starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.
I don’t know, while I respect Brad Anderson and think he did a great job on The Machinist and Session 9, something seems awfully familiar, but I can’t pinpoint what movie at the moment…
I was absolutely enthralled with 2006’s Paris, I Love You as it beautifully showcased the City of Love, Lights, Dreams, Art, et cetera while also giving us stories that made use of each precious minute allotted; and I had high hopes for the follow-up, New York, I Love You where we get to see the City That Never Sleeps. Unfortunately even though the directors try their best to showcase New York, the stories never quite hit the emotional levels (be it for comedy or drama) that I felt with Paris.
While the picture and audio Quality are top notch and the disc is filled with hours of bonus features, it’s hard to recommend a purchase. This is an entertaining flick but not something I plan on going back to until its inevitable sequel comes out. It’s still a great rental an excellent popcorn flick for the entire family.