May 31, 2015

San Andreas | The Corny Movie Review by Navin

Ok so we've all seen this like a gazillion times before. Everything from malicious aliens and zombies to the end of world disasters happen in the US. 
Introducing San Andreas. 



Starts with Ray (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson), a rescue copter pilot, in the midst of a cliff-hanger (no pun intended). Ofcourse like most of other movies of the same genre, Ray is one half of a divorced couple and a doting father. 
And predictably, his estranged wife is already with another guy who abandons the step-daughter in trouble. 
Meanwhile, a team of seismologist discover it is time for a mega-quake which will rearrange the West Coast. 

San Andreas doesn't tell you anything that Volcano and 2012 doesn't. This movie probably reinforces the belief that Americans living in America are probably the most afflicted people in the world. 
The theatrics and the scale of destruction is truly astounding. Unrealistic but still astounding. 

Where San Andreas shines is in it's actors. Chiefly Dwayne does a really good job and is really coming of age with San Andreas. Contrary to his previous outings, where he mostly grunts, and flex his over-sized bicep 3 times too many, here he shows emotions without looking contrived. 

Though the movie is filled with disaster/apocalyptic movie cliches, it is always good to see actors try something new, so watch this movie if you are sucker for movies like this and Dwayne Johnson. 

My Rating: 4

What does the ratings mean? 
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience

May 22, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road | The Corny Movie Review by Navin

Mad Max : Fury Road

Hollywood is blessed with the best technology money and imagination can buy and movies like Mad Max are children of this gift. 



Apocalyptic films are always tricky. They can get it right and are revered or they go wrong and are reviled. 
Mad Max is a grand spectacle of theatre. There are tons of high-adrenaline vehicular warfare and gore. 

Yes, water will be precious in the future and wars will be waged for the bare necessities of life. But how do you explain women in sheer clothing? 
Mad Max doesn't make sense for most of the movie. Charlize Theron is good, so is Tom Hardy. 
There is a simmering hatred between the two characters and sometimes it gets annoying. 
The pimped up cars and trucks appear like they mated cars  from the Fast and the Furious with Adams family. 
Mad Max is daring and packs a punch. 

If you like to see monster truck derby with pimped up gargoyle-looking cars being driven by equally goofy characters, then Mad Max is the movie to watch.
For me, Mad Max was a sheer waste of good money.

My Rating: 5

What does the ratings mean? 
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience


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