Friday, March 12th, 2010


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] We watched this the very first week after Heroes stopped in 5/2009. It was a good substitute for no more Heroes!

HAIKU REVIEW: Powers are weapons.
Weapons constitute freedom.
Governments hate that.

PEOPLE: Dakota Fanning, who was in an episode of Malcolm In The Middle. Why do I know her name? Chris Evans (aka Johnny Storm from The Fantastic Four 2005 movie; also in Sunshine and Not Another Teen Movie). Camilla Belle, who reminds me of Zach’s friend Rola a bit for some reason. Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Stargate, Amistad, Constantine, The Island) as “the bad guy”.

QUIRKS: A movie about people with powers — perfect for dealing with your Heroes withdrawal. You have movers, pushers, watchers, bleeders, sniffers, shifters, wipers, shadows, and stitchers. Rather than everyone having a singularly unique mutation, like in X-Men, people tend to fall into categories. Movers move things; pushers push false memories into your head; etc etc.

VISUALS: This isn’t a high-budget super-power flick like The Fantastic Four, so there’s not an excessive amount of special effects being used on screen. They solve their biggest problems with brainpower, not super-powers. And some powers simply don’t have a special effect to go with it. Seeing the future? Changing someone’s mind? These aren’t as showy as some powers, like Wolverine‘s claws, Cyclops‘s power beams, Magneto‘s metal-fests, or Storm’s induced extreme weather. That being said — there’s no real complaints in the visual department.

In fact, some of the cinematography was interesting. It had nothing to do with the story, but there seemed to be weird colors and blurs abound. Just enough to keep it from looking too realistic.

POLITICS: The government is not your friend if you have something it wants… Even if that something is you.

MORALS: Killing people is acceptable if it’s in self defense :)

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. A solid superhero action flick with many parallels to Heroes (and thus to X-Men). I’d love to see more movies in this genre.

RECOMMENDATION: Can’t get enough super-hero movies? Then watch this! It’s not Marvel OR DC; it’s simply unique. That’s actually kind of refreshing in a way.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Well, this is a “realistic” super-hero movie that isn’t based on an existing comic book franchise. Doesn’t that also describe Hancock?

MOVIE QUOTE: Pinky Stein: [to Nick] Sorry, I didn’t know the protocol for blitzed ten year olds.
Cassie Holmes: [drunk] I’m thirteen! (more…)