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by Tony Medley
(10/10): Wow! Director Pierre Morel delivers a non-stop, high octane
thriller that never lets up. Liam Neeson’s 17-year-old daughter, Maggie
Grace is kidnapped by some Albanian white slavers in
Paris. Liam Neeson is
an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director
Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in
order to live closer to his teenage...Neeson
is an unlikely action hero, and this adds to the mystique as he uses all
the skills he has honed as a CIA
operative to seek out and punish the bad guys as he tries to find
Maggie. There are bodies all over the place. There’s not a lot of time
spent in contemplation. Nor is there any hint of giving in to political
correctness. The bad guys include Arab sheiks and Frenchies without
scruple, and Liam uses everything at his disposal, including torture, to
find his daughter in 93 minutes that fly by with heart-pounding speed.
Frost/Nixon (5/10): History
is made by the people who write it, not the people who actually do the
deeds, and this film is a prime example. Just as Tudor writers
besmirched the reputation of Richard III, the last Plantagenet monarch
so do Hollywood leftists like Director Ron Howard
do the same to conservatives and Republicans. Frank Langella adopts
Shakespeare’s portrait of Richard III for his impersonation of Nixon,
even to walking stooped over; it almost looks like he has a hump. Worse,
although Nixon could be ponderous, his speech patterns weren’t anywhere
near the caricature Langella creates. Nixon was no saint, but he was no
Despite his admitted bias in making this film, Howard is a sometimes
talented director, and this is a sometimes entertaining film with a good
performance by Michael Sheen as David Frost.
(8/10): Bolstered by a terrific cast, headed by Bill Nighy, Tom
Wilkinson, and Terence Stamp, Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg is
the weak link in this true story of an assassination attempt on Hitler.
Even though most know the outcome (I’m astonished at the number of
people who have said they were unaware of this attempt, including
Cruise) it’s fascinating because of how they almost pulled it off.
(7/10): Although Clint Eastwood is still fascinated by death as a
way of giving up, at least he’s in his Dirty Harry mode. Despite his
initial prejudice Clint comes to the aid of his next door neighbors, a
Hmong family, to defend them against a local gang in this entertaining
movie that eschews politically correctness.
Millionaire (7/10): This is an inventively told movie directed by
Danny Boyle that uses the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be a
Millionaire” to show what life can be like in modern
India. The basis of the film is that
orphaned Dev Patel tells his story to a policeman who is torturing him
before the final question because he thinks he’s cheating, explaining
how he got to know the answers to each of the questions. The first hour
is pretty slow, but it picks up in the second hour.
Mall Cop (7/10): The first half hour fulfilled all my low
expectations. Paul (Kevin James) is pictured as a pathetic loser who
washed out of police school and ended up as a Mall Cop. However, when a
group of robbers take over the Mall, the movie quickly changes from a
piteous low intellect attempt at humor to an entertaining, light-hearted
takeoff on Bruce Willis and the “Die Hard” movies.
Bride Wars (2/10): This is
an infantile chick flick about two vacuous women, best friends for life,
who go to war because their weddings are scheduled at the same time,
date, and place. If there is a more offensive movie made in 2009, I
don’t want to see it.