Elysium – Official Trailer

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elysium-poster2Now this movie is one I’m definitely looking forward to this summer.  And it’s very cool to see Matt Damon going all bad-ass action hero in this Sci-Fi flick..

Not to mention Jodie Foster looking cool as a cucumber on the other side of the battle.  Plus it’s so rare to see her pop up in any kind of big-budget movie these days so that’s an added bonus since she can act the pants off of anything thrown at her.

So I definitely have my fingers crossed that this movie is as good as the preview makes it out to be.

Here’s the IMDb description of the movie:

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

But of course, we all know what it’s like with these ‘blockbusters’ – they get promoted to an inch of their lives, to the point where everyone is almost sick to death of hearing about the movie.. then when it comes out, it does well the first weekend, but is a critical bomb and goes the way of Battlefield Earth‘.

Fingers crossed this one is one of those exceptions that is actually good and enjoyable.

Release dates:

  • USA – 9 August 2013
  • UK & Ireland – 20 September 2013

Movie Review Double: Due Date (2010) & Identity Thief (2013)

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Trust me when I say this is one ‘double feature’ you won’t lose sleep over by missing it.

Truth be told, other than some plot-lines, they’re basically the same freakin’ movie.  That’s right, once again Hollywood is just rehashing the same tired formulas over and over again.

planes-trainsAnd neither one is anywhere near as good as ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles‘ – the ultimate buddy-road trip movie if you ask me.

It was totally coincidental that I watched these two movies within a few days of each other. With both of them I just wanted to watch something easy and that didn’t need me to think that much.

Too bad I hadn’t thought to watch something entertaining as well. 😉

Oh and you know the sad part?  I’ve actually watched ‘Due Date‘ before, but had totally forgot that I’d seen it.  Hahaha  It obviously wasn’t that memorable the first time around, or maybe I’d thought it was so bad I tried to block it from my memory.  lol

Ok, so here’s the general premise of both movies:

Due Date Banner PosterDue Date – Thanks to a misunderstanding on an airplane home, the straight-laced character (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees to drive cross-country with the somewhat annoying person (Zach Galifianakis) despite him being the cause of both of them not being able to fly.

Plot device The straight-man (no pun intended) is just trying to get home to see his pregnant wife give birth to their first child.

identity-thief-uk-quad-poster-630x350-622x345Identity Thief – The straight-laced character (Jason Bateman) agrees to drive cross-country with the somewhat annoying person (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity, so they wouldn’t be able to board an airplane with the same name because of that.

Plot device – The straight-man is just trying to get home to save his job to ensure he can provide for his pregnant wife (again!) and two other children.

Not really that much different if you ask me.  In both movies, the straight-laced character gets beaten up, handcuffed/arrested, and ends up a bloody mess.. and eventually comes to respect the annoying person they’re traveling with, accepting them into their respective families.

It’s really too bad that neither of these movies worked.  I like most of the main actors in both movies (don’t get the appeal of Zach Galifianakis personally, but to each their own..), and I could see where each movie could potentially be really funny.

So black is idea 'A', white idea 'B', and a bullseye is a remake of something that was already good to begin with.

Bulls-eye! Let’s just remake something that was good to begin with!

But alas, they both followed a tired formula where each character comes to respect the other, or shows their heart of gold.. or whatever other plot devise the ‘writers’ decided to toss in by throwing darts at a board with ideas on it.

That is how they write this kind of movie, right?

So instead.. I recommend reading a good book.  😀

If not, why not revisit some classic 80’s comedy .. maybe ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles‘ perhaps?

Here’s the trailer, just in case you were interested… 😉