Monday, April 12, 2010

Movie: Armored

This one's for you, Ryan.

I picked up Armored on a whim, because it seemed like a pretty simple movie to just relax and enjoy. About the only thing I knew was from watching the trailer, and it appears that it does a good job of promoting the movie's plot. I haven't seen Matt Dillon in anything for a while, but Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno had supporting roles, so how bad can it be?

In Armored, former soldier and Silver Star-earning Ty Hackett has caught on with Eagle Shield armored trucks as a probationary officer after returning home. Amongst the men he works with on a daily basis are his godfather, Mike Cochrane (Dillon), Cochrane's brother-in-law Baines (Fishburne), and a few other guys. Apparently these six work in tandem at all times. Hackett has a younger brother who he now takes care of on account of their parents dying, and times are tough for the family. The bank wants to take their house, and there doesn't seem to be anything they can do about it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Movie: Ninja Assassin

I remember last fall, when I saw a trailer for Ninja Assassin. I thought to myself, "That looks like it could be a lot of over-the-top fun." Oh, how wrong I was.

The basic premise of the movie is muddled, to say the least. What appears to be the plot is that ninja clans have existed for centuries, and in the modern world they sell their services as assassins to the highest bidder. Two Europol agents have begun investigating the possible connections between these rumors and various assassinations, a path which eventually leads them to join up with Raizo, a rogue ninja who betrayed his clan and is now hunted by them. It seems that in the ninja world, forgiveness is not a common virtue.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Movie: Law Abiding Citizen

It seems that in the last couple years, Gerard Butler has been signing on to just about every movie that comes his way, regardless of genre, good fit, script quality, or a coherent story. How else can you explain his minor but useful role in Rocknrolla, the awful Ugly Truth, the pointless Gamer, and now, the almost-saves-him-from-being-Thomas-Jane thriller "Law Abiding Citizen." I think his agent is terrified that 300 was his peak, so he keeps making sure he works regardless of the outcome.