Kick Ass 2
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison

Premise: Going off his high of vigilante crime fighting, Dave aka Kick Ass joins a rag-tag group of neighborhood vigilante superheroes. Though his real wish is to team up with Hit Girl/Mindy, Mindy has her own problems fighting with her superhero self and trying to be a normal teenager.

My Review: While I appreciated the fact that it wasn’t as gruesome as the first movie, I also felt it was lacking the spark that the first one had. The plots were contrived and lacking follow through. I liked the idea of putting Hit Girl in a high school setting, trying to be a normal girl, but the way she sought revenge on the “mean girls” was unsatisfying. Forget embarrassing them, I wanted to see Hit Girl kick those girls’ asses. As for Dave’s story, there was this unsettling feeling throughout the movie of Dave teaming up with other neighborhood friendly vigilantes. While it’s easier to forget that Dave and Mindy are just kids because they fight so brutally and swear like sailors, it’s hard to overlook teachers or married couples who lost a loved one and are fighting back against crime and murder. They don’t fight with swords like Hit Girl, they fight with purses filled with bricks. What happens when vigilantes like that come up against hardened criminals with guns, knives, and other weapons of mass destruction? Well, we never find out, because instead of touching on this seemingly interesting topic, we just get a massive battle between nerds on Halloween and escape convicts playing dress-up.

I’m not saying I wasn’t entertained by it in the long run. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the action. And I understand that this is a comic book movie and you have to suspend your belief to a certain extent, but the entire movie was being held up by Chloe Moretz and setting up plots and themes with no follow through.

Rating: 2 ½ Stars



Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner

Premise: Earth is dying and the rich and powerful have moved to Elysium, an upper-class space station where there is no crime and no sickness. Everyone else unable to afford a ticket to Elysium is left to fend for themselves on Earth. When Max is exposed to a fatal dose of radiation and given 5 days to live, he concocts a plan to travel to Elysium to save his life.

I was a big fan of Neill Blomkamp’s District 9. It was subtle, complicated, and understated in the best possible way. Elysium was none of these things. These are my three main problems:

  1. Though redeemed at the very end, Max wasn’t a likeable character. Okay so we kind of liked him because he was wearing his best Matt Damon suit and Matt Damon just has that loveable charisma about him, but the character was just awful. He wasn’t a bad guy, persay, he just wasn’t someone you want to root for.
  2. Everything was just over the top. The ending action sequence was over the top, the final fight between Kruger and Max, and even Kruger himself turned into a cartoon, his ultimate motivation not making sense to his character. Sharlto Colpey’s performance in District 9 was understated, this was not. He became like every other villain out there. The true villain being so easily destroyed earlier. Which leads me to…
  3. Plot. The plot just didn’t fully make sense. It was a little TOO unbelievable and it just got more confusing and complicated as the movie progressed. Adding in a “love story” that wasn’t really a love story didn’t help either.

Rating: 2 ½ Stars




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