Posts Tagged ‘Samuel L. Jackson’

“Jumper”

February 16, 2008

Jumper

The studios have given Doug Liman another franchise to get started off on the right foot. After The Bourne Identity why wouldn’t you? It’s unfortunate that Jumper has a hard time getting up the energy or nerve to even begin lift off. The first strange thing you see is that this comic book movie was based on a book and not a comic book.

It doesn’t begin badly, following a young David Rice as he attempts to woo his childhood sweetheart Millie (any character without a last name you know isn’t going to be developed well) and ends up falling into an icy lake. It’s a frightening moment. The only one in the film, and the only one that we care about what happens to our hero. Luckily this is when he discovers his special powers. Teleportation. What a cool power. He runs away from a horrible home, run by a horrible father (the always wonderful Michael Rooker) and traipses around the world, pulling off the cleverest of bank heists, ones in which he doesn’t have to open the doors to the vaults.

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Snakes on a Plane Reviewed: The Descent Experienced

August 19, 2006

*This blog includes the original end to “The Descent”.

I did a double feature today.

Here’s how it went.

First let me speak a little about “Snakes on a Plane”. I will say that I didn’t see it at the right time. I went to a 5:10 showing, before the masses that really wanted to see this film would show up. In some ways it was a mistake, because this film is about the communal experience; the joy of sharing, and laughing at parts in which you shouldn’t. But now my thoughts are unaffected by the adrenaline of a large crowd and hopefully my response more honest.

It was pure pleasure waiting for this film to open. The curiosity of what they would do with it, then the bits and pieces released here and there, and I don’t believe I ever saw a full length trailer. My friend did however say that on television they played the now (in)famous line quoted by Mr. Jackson himself, something about the mother’s of snakes getting off the plane. Even though I knew it was coming, I’m glad I didn’t see it without the build of the rest of the film. Did I say build? Yes, there is a build to the film. Slow, then really fast. (more…)