What to See 2/28/14
Here is a break down of each new release because with the ludicrous ticket prices one must choose wisely.
Non-Stop (Rated PG-13, 106 minutes)
Genre: Obviously, this is an action film with thriller elements. But at this point, Liam Neeson movies should be considered its own genre: the Taken genre.
Plot: An air marshal jumps into action when he receives a text message threatening other plane passengers. If they do not transfer $150 million dollars to the killers account then he will kill one person every twenty minutes.
Director: The director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is an action movie veteran: he directed the 2011 Neeson film
Taken Unknown and will be directing Neeson in 2015s Run All Night. Needless to say he is now a Neeson veteran, but he also directed the underrated horror film Orphan.
Cast: Lets be honest, if you are seeing this film, it is for Liam Neeson. I mean who would have thought that after Kinsey Liam Neeson would become one of the biggest action stars on the planet? But if you need to know who else is in the film there is Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, and 2014 Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o.
Trailer: To be honest, when I saw this trailer in theaters I thought this was a parody. I seriously thought the funny or die or SNL banner would pop up followed by a joke title like Passenger 57 Part 2 or More Executive Decisions. But no, this is a real movie, which will probably make a ‘billion dollars’ because of Liam Neeson.
Metacritic Score: Out of thirty-three reviews the film garnered a score of 56 out of 100. To be honest, I expected a lot worse, but this seems like a decent action film brought down by its very stupid trailer.
Should You See It: It seems to me that most people have made up their minds about this film; you either think it is stupid or are ‘foaming at the mouth’ to see it. And to be honest, I cannot complain about either side; the reviews have been higher than my expectations, but the trailer looks ‘god-awful.’ So I would say see at your own risk.
Son of God (Rated PG-13, 138 minutes)
I do not usually tell people to boycott a film, but if there is any deserving of it, it is Son of God. And this is not because of the religious nature; I say again this is not because of the religious nature. This film is an edited version of the History Channel Bible miniseries. This means that one does not have to pay fourteen dollars to see this, they can watch it or own it on DVD. And if you are so desperate to see the Jesus parts get the DVD and fast forward to them: DVD’s have this thing called chapter selection which help the viewer skip large sections of the movie. But people will say it features deleted scenes; in which I retort, if you are seeing this film do you have to see deleted scenes in which you probably know what happen.
Yes, Hollywood is one gigantic cash grab and I write about it, which makes me a culprit; but such a blatant one like this makes me want to vomit. How dare they assume that the general public is stupid? Please skip this movie; lets try and teach 20th Century Fox a lesson.