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StevenF Review of Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation was released on May 21, 2009. In 2003, Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) is scheduled to be executed, but before he is, he signs his body to Dynacorp. Fifteen years later, the war between Man and Skynet is in full fire. Marcus stumbles across Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) in the ruins of Los Angeles. Reese is John Connor’s future father (Christian Bale) who is a leader of the Resistance.

There were a couple of points in the movie that didn’t make sense. I don’t always care for sequels, but this is one of the better ones that I have seen. The story line was comprehensible and there was plenty of action scenes. The three main actors were very believable and they played their parts very well. The CGI was also very kept Helena Bonham Carter and Bryce Katherine Harris were good in their roles, even though they didn’t have a lot of screen time.

Over all, this was a good movie. There was plenty of action without any gore. I would watch it again, but I probably wouldn’t buy it for my collection. I give this 4 stars out of 5, mainly for the story line and how it kept my interest. The acting was also commendable.

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StevenF Review of The Golden Compass

The fantasy film The Golden Compass was released in the United States on December 7, 2007. It stars Nicole Kidman as an evil and influential woman who has children abducted in order to separate them from their familiars (daemons). Dakota Blue Richards is an orphan (Lyra) who is taken in by her uncle (Daniel Craig), a professor who goes to the North to investigate the link between humans and the daemons. Freddie Highmore voices Lyra’s familiar Pantalaimon and Ian McKellan voices the bear warrior Iorek Byrnison.

If a story is well-written in this genre of fantasy, then I have no problem with the book or the movie. The Golden Compass, however, is a film that has a troubled past. Part of the problem stemmed from pressure to create another Lord of the Rings style movie. This is a film that had high hopes that, unfortunately, failed. The acting, CGI, and photography were all good, but the story line is weak in some parts. It is obvious from the ending speech by Lyra, that this was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, since the original books were a trilogy. It seems there may have been conflicts between the director and the studio, I’m not sure, but a Golden Compass 2 or 3 doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

It has been 11 years since the original Golden Compass came out and I’ve seen it only two times. Its a good enough film for children and some adults may enjoy it, but its not good enough for me to want to add it to my collection. In spite of the good acting, the weakness of the script was the major flaw of this film. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

StevenF Review of What Happened to Monday?

The dystopian multi-national produced film, What Happened to Monday? was released in the US on August 18, 2017. It revolves around the concept that Earth’s population is growing dangerously and a solution must be found. A scientist (Glenn Close) comes up with a universal one-child only proposition. Siblings are to be frozen until the Earth can support their numbers. At least that is what everyone thinks.

Noomi Rapace plays all seven sisters who are hidden and educated by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe). Ms. Rapace more than met the challenge of coming up with seven different characters who are pretending to be one woman. I cannot say that the acting was excellent, but the actors were believable. Willem Dafoe, an actor I like, spent maybe fifteen minutes total screen time. I felt that he could have had more screen time. The story line had action and suspense but other than that, it had gaps of logic. The story line was an expansion on China’s One Child Policy and a rather weak expansion at that.

Over all, I must say that I am disappointed in this movie. I don’t know whether it was the influence of the 6 or 7 production companies involved in the making of this film or the writing, but I would not buy this for my collection. If dystopian futures are your thing, then you may enjoy this film. As I stated earlier, the actors are great but the story line was a bit weak. I give this 2 1/2 stars out of 5.