Wolves and conspiracies

Today is Saturday, 3.30 in the afternoon and I’m home alone because my leg muscles are aching badly from playing the interclass footsal final match the day before (which my class won). And, oh, headache. The kind that seems to come from lack of sleep, but sleeping more will actually make it worse, hell how could I get rid of it? Probably it’s because I spent too much time in the movie theatre this week. A day after watch-Watchmen-like-crazy day I watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Haryo, Tian, Harsyah and Ramna, and the day after that I watched The International with Ahtar, Sung, Juju and Tenji. And, you think, how good were they?

Copter with machine guns? NO PROBLEM!!

Copter with machine guns? NO PROBLEM!!

I know those claws are the coolest damn weapons for a superhero. You see, being stuck in your knuckles, it’s so practical to chop off practically anything. The problem is, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that “practically ANYTHING” part and his unbelievable healing factor is going to make you keep repeating “He’s a mutant, he’s a mutant, he’s a goddam mutant” throughout the film because, you see, Wolverine’s fighting scenes are so nonsensically badass you’d love to puke bullets at the screen unless you calmly reminds yourself that he’s a mutant. Seriously, bullets? Swords? Missiles? That’s not gonna stop him from frankly stabbing his adamantium claws down your ass in a berserk rage. Oh, and about the storyline, it’s unimportantly well-done. Put your brain down and keep your eyes occupied for around 100 minutes.

Put your hands up! We have a boring movie!

Put your hands up! We have a boring movie!

The second one I watched, The International, was pretty much a movie for your 50-year-old dad who understands politics and have a thirst for conspiracies. Don’t watch this movie if those subjects are not relevant to your interests, trust me. So the plot basically revolves around some guy trying to bring down a huge bank that does dirty business like money laundering and arms trading, and you’ve got 118 minutes of talking, talking, sniping, anger releasing, talking, chasing, and talking all the time. Okay it’s got a good gunfight scene in the middle but it’s not helping. The political theme is well developed actually, but if you’re not a fan of the genre then be prepared to sleep after around 2/3 into the movie.

That’s all for my good week, did you just watched those movies on your Saturday night out? Gimme yer thoughts!

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02. May 2009 by Kevin Aditya
Categories: Movies, Reviews | 14 comments

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  1. i watched ghosts of girlfriend past. hahaha your typical hollywood romantic comedy gibberish. the ticke was $8 too. waste of money. it was a feel-good film though. it makes you want to be loved by someone too. and badly

  2. Hey Kev..how’s it goin?
    Me and my friends were so excited to watch the thing..We came to the Theatre with high expectation.
    But our verdict on the movie are the same..Wolverine was utter crap!

    Well, it is the typical superhero movie with all the usual ingredients (all the cheesy and cliche ingredients indeed). But it was all bleak, makes no sense, with all the total cliche shit from all superhero movies combined. I felt nothing when i watched it. No emotion, no excitement, no sense of awesomeness.
    I laughed through most of the fighting scene..especially the ones with Will.I.Am..how the hell that talentless fucker get a gig in an X-Men franchise? and the Gambit jump from the roof, totally unnecessary.
    Well, except the first Logan and Victor encounter at the bar..that was awesome..oh, (spoiler)and all the scene with Ryan Reynolds before he transformed into the most forgettable villain EVER.

    You can see it clearly by comparing this crap with the cliche but well crafted Spiderman franchise..Wolfie came nowhere near the friendly neighborhood..

    This movie was supposed to be all the greatness of the iconic character and all the glory to superhero film genre.

    I was expecting a little bit of Dark Knight drama but Logan was so emo, a little bit of Iron Man unforgettable portrayal but Logan was angry all the time, a little bit of Spidey well crafted screenplay but this is a total garbage..

    Because the last movie I saw before this was Watchmen, the experience made me craving to watch watchmen again..

    so,it was a waste of time and 25K..
    Wait for Crank : High Voltage to hit theatre if you wanna experience a no brainer action tour de force..

    Thanks Kev for letting me curhat with you on all this heart-break over wolfie..

    • hey deg, hhaha gotta agree with you that the plot was so weak and the action is nonsense. I could guess everything from the start, and the gambit stuffs are totally unnecessary to the plot. I don’t really dig wolverine though but I think as bad as the storyline is, they stuffed enough history to make us at least understand his background. not a well-developed movie but quite a decent effort to inform people about his past life journey in around 100 minutes huh?

  3. I cannot agree with you two. I dunno but I am just deeply in love with Wolverine and those guys. The plot might be bad, and Wolverine might be too mutant (though he was too humane in the first X-MEN movie), whatever. I like it. Hahahaha. Yes, Gambit was a bit unnecessary, but maybe they just want one of the fave characters to come out in this movie. Too bad they only gave Wade too little time, I just love him, he’s different from any superheroes! And they turned him to the bad Deadpool… What a shame, I like Ryan Reynolds and whenever he talks gibberish 😀 This is Hollywood’s kind of summer movie you know, and though it’s bad, it’s a perfect movie to refresh your mind after weeks of torturing exams!

    Watchmen was good… I mean, they were awesome, not like other superhero movies… I understood the plot perfectly. I could absorb the characters’ personalities perfectly to my mind. I love the twists they made. But I just don’t get it. At the end of the movie, I was like, “After the 2 hours + 40 minutes… what the…?”

    • Yeah, the movie’s a good choice to lift up your mood after all those exams actually. I realized that Wade was Deadpool long after I watched it! Movies with exploited action scene, no matter how bad, are always easily lovable haha.

      About the Watchmen plot, it actually made me think so much about the importance of humanity. Because as Jon said, he had seen the galaxies and universe-scale events and our planet earth is just like a tiny grain of sand… but however small we are, what’s important is to value our lives and make the best of it, right? 8)

  4. Damn right Kev..Jon is god..Alan Moore is a genius..what the hell was he thinkin when he made Watchmen? And he made it in the 80’s for god sake..
    We can still relate so many things in our life to the story.. Watchmen is timeless..

    I think Wolverine’s story is great..It’s the regular superhero in the making story which everyone could never resist..

    what’s not right is the director..

    It’s the same cliche super hero movie like Spider-Man, but Wolverine is not a well crafted movie..
    Of course i like Logan and Wade too(i don’t know about Wade in the book but i am a fan of Ryan Reynolds). And of course Some of the action scene are awesome..
    But if you compare Wolfie with Transformers, (which is one of the best no-brainer-action-movie of all time) Wolfie is so forgettable..

  5. Guys, do you think the guys who came up with the New World Order conspiracy thingy inspired by Ozymandias?

    • Hmmm I don’t think so. That NWO conspiracy theory has dated back as far as around 1940’s and the idea of uniting the world is quite common among theorists, although the seemingly good-will of Veidt with sacrificing millions is not generally taken into those theories. I think it’s safe to say that Moore was inspired by those conspiracy theories and develop the idea even further to fit the superhero plot. It’s truly a timeless piece of art.

  6. i watched Wolverine and i like it. not v cool but not v trashy either.
    about his immunity and some people thought it made the fighting scenes not ‘fighty’ enough, too ‘super’, yadda yadda, what’s your reason to watch the film in the first place? that’s what wolverine supposed to be, yet from the start of the x-men movie.
    expecting it to be as phenomenal as the main movies will let you down. i take it as a side-movie to the main x-men movies.

    but the last fighting scene give me chills… i am mildly acrophobic

    and the international. i thought it was a smart movie. turns out it’s…. nothing more than a refreshment seeing clive owen wearing glasses.

    • Haha I have mild acrophobia at certain situations too! I agree that you’ve got to fully acknowledge that Logan’s really a mutant to not rant about his nonsensical ability to survive fatal wounds. From the start I’d known it would be nowhere near phenomenal, just another no-brainer movie to watch.

      Finally someone commented about The International! You’re right bey, I thought it would be kind of Da Vinci Code conspiracy story without the religious stuffs, turned out it left me, and anyone unless the fan of crime thriller genre, with a big yawn.

  7. clive owen and his sexy accent doesnt even help..

    groookk fiuiuiuu grooookkk fiuiuiu

  8. nice review 🙂 i think you and i have the same perspective in a way.

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