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Luke's Movie Reviews
V for Vendetta (2005) 
Saturday, March 25, 2006, 08:28 AM
A movie with a political undertone? A movie that makes you think? A movie where the USA is in civil war and no longer the superpower of the world? Sounds like my kind of movie. V for Vendetta provides an alternative look at the current world and where we're headed with the choices we're making. What if a viral weapon was created to fight terrorism? What if our government used prisoners as guinea pigs? What if our religion dominated our government? Would we let another dictator like Hitler rise to power in the name of safety? Would we sacrfice our freedoms to ensure our desired safety level?

All important questions and very well done. Based on a graphic novel (comic book) and visually as stunning as the Matrix, this movie provides a very necessary message in an age of fear and unheard-of government reprisal. The actrors did a splendid job, even with Natalie Portman's british accent and V was as stunning as he was masterful with his dialogue.

Bravo. Loved every minute of it.

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Final Destination 3 (2005) 
Sunday, February 19, 2006, 08:41 AM
While on vacation in Georgia, my friend and I went and saw FD3, another hit in the same series. I never got around to see 1 or 2, namely because anticipated pain is never my strong suit (oh, why or why do I do this to myself??) but I succumbed to pressure and in the torture trap I went.

Visions of doom, thoughts of death... stopping the train before it happens. Oh no, you pissed of 'Death' and he's out to get you. In the order that you were meant to die and by the method recorded on the digital camera the night before, the lead players rush from kid to kid trying to save them from their own death. Can death skip one? If I save you, will it stop the whole process?

Nope. Death eventually gets to everyone, even in the end. Whoops! Spoiled it for you. Or did I? Creative ways to die, gruesome images of death and dying. Loved the 'death by tanning bed' which serves them right! Enjoy a good mindless scary flick. But don't get on the subway.

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Wolf Creek (2005) 
Friday, February 17, 2006, 05:27 PM
I just don't know what to make of Wolf Creek. That, and Australians are so hard to understand. The movie is based on a true story and runs the theme a la Chainsaw Texas Massacre. A trio of friends spend way to much time in the beginning partying and enjoying the good life (drinking, smoking, etc.) and set off on a road trip in the middle of the Australia desert to experience Wolf Creek National Park, which really does exist. It's a giant crater from an ancient meteor a zillion years ago.

Except when they get there, their car battery goes dead and they're stranded and they're forced to spend the night. OK, that's fine. We'll wait for help in the morning.. because SO many people drive by the middle of nowhere. Who leaves their car unattended while they hike 25 miles away anyway? Ugh.

So a stranger.. who reminds me of my father... offers to help these 20-somethings by towing their vehicle back to his camp. So while he tinkers with their engine, they drink some more and fall asleep. Yay, boring.

Except when Liz wakes up, she's bound and gagged and half naked. Struggling to make her way out the window of this tiny trailer, she eventually finds Kristy who is being beaten and sliced open by Mick. Gore. Blood. More blood. Pieces of flesh. Who gets off on that? Ugh. The systematic torture of the woman was very uncomfortable to watch and very unsettling to stomach. When the two eventually overpower the man by SHOOTING HIM, they flee the area by stolen truck narrowly tricking him (who is NOT dead) into thinking they drove the truck over a cliff.

Cut to him catching one of the girls and torturing HER to death. And by death I mean it's her own damn fault. Who cares about Ben, the guy friend? He stopped being important in scene one. But the remaining girl, who was tortured earlier, flees the area and hikes cross desert to eventually flag down a car to ask for help. Except Mick find her, shoots the stranger, shoots her, shoots everything.. and poof, end of her role in the movie. But what about Ben? Ben escapes fine with a couple bruises on his arms and is eventually arrested for the murders of the two girls. Wait, what?

Yeah, nobody ever found Mick and his torture camp. And speaking of that? How does Ben even know Mick did anything to anyone? Ugh.

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Rent (2005) 
Friday, February 17, 2006, 05:17 PM
I've always wanted to see the Broadway musical, but I guess the movie is the next best thing. I didn't get to see it in the theatre either.. so DVD is the next next best thing.. right? RIGHT?

I enjoyed it. Very heartfelt.. very sad.. a lot of friendship.. family.. what it means to belong and to care about other people. The message from 1996 still rings very true in today's world. What would you give for a year in the life. How do you measure a year of your life? In money? With work? In friends? With love? The characters struggle through drug addiction, AIDS affliction and relationship turmoil. But this circle of friends comes together to form a family under common cause: RENTing in NYC.

After the death of a major character, the family breaks and people drift apart. Couples are shattered and words are thrown that damage the love between them. Can they come back together and pick each other up? Friendship means so much to people with so little and the message that love binds each and every one of us rings true.

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King Kong (2005) 
Saturday, January 14, 2006, 08:45 AM
What do you get when you mix Lord of the Ring's director Peter Jackson and a thousand ton gorilla? KONG! Filmed in New Zealand (of course) and taking place in 1933 New York, this movie promises much and delivers more. So many questioned the wisdom of doing a remake of a beloved movie, but they were not disappointed.

The cast was well chosen, the lines well written and the imagery amazing. Though I'm wondering WHERE in New Zealand they found a jungle the likes the world has never seen. Seriously? Do these places exist? The love triangle between HERO, WOMAN and MONKEY was sorta sappy, but if you can get past the monstrous love this ape has for Ann and enjoy what this movie really is, then you will have a wonderful time.

Sometimes I forget how big New York City is, and this movie aims to remind you how utterly HUGE it all is. Even with a monkey the size of a semi-truck, he's still only a fly in Manhattan. But who really thinks they can chain an ape to a stage and make it recite poetry? While the storyline is following the original, I still find it hilarious that the capitalists of the early 20th century were so eager to make a buck that they were willing to risk life and limb.

Though nobody died. Except the guy that got stepped on by a dinosaur. But he wasn't important. No, stop thinking of him. Who?

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