Posts Tagged ‘Clive Owen’

“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”: goes for bronze

October 16, 2007

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The follow up to the brilliant 1998 film Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age doesn’t take place so much during the Golden Age of her reign, but during the moments leading directly up to it, or at least it felt that way. And if you’ve seen the first film recently not only is the plot given in the final moments of the film just before the credits but so to is the outcome of the plot, so there are fewer surprises now. In fact, and unfortunately, there’s little to be surprised about in this new undertaking.

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“Shoot ‘Em Up”

September 10, 2007

shoot em upBetween “Exiled” and the new action film “Shoot ’em Up” my weekend was a hyper realistic blood bath. But while in “Exiled” the characters stuck to guns for their killin’. The characters in “Shoot ’em Up” rely on everything from helicopter blades to oil slicks to, well, thousands and thousands of bullets! It was really quite a zany, sugar induced treat.

One thing I always wonder in a film like this, or even the old samurai films, which this bears comparisons to some of the better ones like “Kill!”, is that once the hero, played with grizzled mysterious samurai baditude by Clive Owen, has mowed down 50 henchmen, what is that next henchman to run into the room thinking? Does he honestly believe he has more of a chance of getting off a fatal wound than the last fifty, before being sent spiraling across the nearest hard surface in gooey chunks of red. Maybe that’s because no one could possibly believe that they would run across someone so amazingly efficient in the accidental way that they do. (more…)