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The 5th Wave

Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a typical high school girl.  She hangs out with her best friend Lizbeth (Gabriella Lopez) has a crush on a football player, Ben Parish (Nick Robinson) and is awkward around him.  Her seemingly ordinary life is turned upside down when aliens invade Earth. The aliens attack in waves, first they send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, putting an end to our technologically advanced society. The second wave brings earthquakes and tidal waves, and millions more die.  Cassie loses her mother, Lisa (Maggie Siff) in the 3rd wave when the aliens bioengineer the avian flu to make it more deadly to humans.  Cassie loses her father, Oliver (Ron Livingston)and is separated from her brother Sam (Zachary Arthur) at a refugee camp.  In the 4th wave the aliens disembark their ship and it is learned that they are parasites, attaching themselves to human hosts. Cassie is rescued from an alien attack from a mysterious farmer’s son named Evan. (Alex Roe) He agrees to help Cassie find Sam.  Meanwhile Ben joins a bunch of other teens and kids trying to repel the alien invasion, do they succeed?  Does Cassie ever find Sam?  Who is Evan?  Is he just a Good Samaritan?

The bright side about an alien invasion leaving millennials in charge is, no more college loans to worry about, the not-so bright side, movies like this.  The 5th Wave is a sub-par sci-fi film.  It uses the premise of an alien invasion to glamorize gunplay in the hands of kids.  It is derivative of many recent and far superior books and movies, like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Ender’s Game.  It even tries to squeeze in a possible love triangle between Cassie, Ben and Evan, as popularized in the Twilight Series.  There are several twists in the story, but frankly, Ender’s Game was the class of this genre, and so even the twists in this film weren’t that surprising.  And the ending is non-committal, leaving room for many sequels, which will hopefully never be made.

Chloe Grace Moretz, who I like, was shockingly bad in this movie, I was expecting Hit Girl from Kick Ass, and what I got was a whiny Valley Girl mall rat who is nothing more than a damsel in distress after she meets Alex Roe’s character.  Also Cassie manages to have perfect hair and make-up, while millions are dying on the streets, after an apocalyptic alien invasion.  It doesn’t seem to matter that Cassie doesn’t eat, even while managing to hike for miles in search of her brother.  Nick Robinson and Alex Roe bring little acting skills to their roles, and are nothing more than eye candy to the teen girls in the audience.  Only Liev Schreiber makes his role interesting, and makes the audience guess about his intentions.

The direction mostly features CGI scenes of destruction, and a few shots of a huge space ship that looks like it’s parked over Ohio for some reason.  These scenes are reminiscent of movies like 2012 and Independence Day, once again derivative. The pacing is very slow, and the director gets flat performances from everyone except Schreiber, who is a seasoned actor.

The 5th Wave.  Wave bye bye to movies like this.

Movie Review If I Stay (2014)

Posted: September 7, 2015 in Drama, Romance

if i stay

Seventeen year old Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) doesn’t quite fit in with her family.  Her father Denny (Joshua Leonard) was an aspiring rock drummer, whose band was rising through the ranks.  Her mother was a punk rock chick, who married Denny, and had two kids.  Mia fell in love with the cello, so his father sold his drums to buy a cello, and Mia played it day and night.  Aspiring rocker Adam (Jamie Blackley) hears Mia playing and falls hard for her.  But his band gains popularity, and she gets an audition for Julliard, and that puts tension on the relationship.  Then, on a family trip, Mia gets into a car accident, and lapses into a coma.  Will Mia wake up from her coma?  Will Adam come to see Mia in the hospital, despite their on again-off again relationship?

I did not like If I Stay, this is such a conventional teen/tween romance that it was harshly disappointing to me, the aspiring rock star that Mia is dating is supposed to be “dangerous” but he’s about as dangerous a rocker as Greg Brady of the Brady Bunch.  The parents usually provide tension in these movies, but these parents were part of the rock n’rolll generation, so they’re cool with Adam and Mia’s relationship.  I didn’t like the Mia character at all, she seemed totally repressed in the first hour, she didn’t drink, smoke or even kiss Adam, and then in the second half the floodgates break open.  It’s a wildly mercurial character, and real people don’t behave like this.  Everything seems innocuous in this movie, but there is one really dangerous idea here, that teen or tween girls pin all their happiness on one guy.  That’s a very dangerous idea.  A person has to find happiness within him or herself, and Mia is an accomplished cellist, that should be enough for her self-esteem, but without Adam, she is miserable.  That’s a horrible message to send.  To top it off, the lead actors had no chemistry together.

I like Chloe Grace Moretz, she’s played unconventional girls with great results.  She made a spectacular splash is Hit Girl, in the uber violent Kick Ass, and she was very good as Abby in Let Me In. But she plays Mia as a weak, simpering, and needy girl, I realize she can only play whatever is written, but it makes me wonder why she took this role in the first place.  Jamie Blackley sings well, but his acting is dull, flat and emotionless.  He looks much older than the high school senior he plays, and Moretz looks much younger, so the romantic scenes feel kind of creepy.

The direction is nothing to speak of, the so called light of the afterlife bathes some scenes, there is one romantic scene that looks like a home movie, but nothing visually outstanding.  The director didn’t get good performances from the primary actors.

If I Stay:  Overstays its welcome.


Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is a young orphan growing up in Paris.  He scavenges parts, springs, washers, screws, nuts and bolts to rebuild an automaton that his dad built from scratch.  Hugo’s stealing makes him a target of a local merchant, Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley)  and a local police inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) with a penchant for nabbing young street urchins.  Luckily, Hugo befriends Georges’ god-daughter Isabelle.(Chloe Grace Moretz) and after much hesitation, Hugo reveals  that he lives in a clock above Paris, which he winds and keeps running daily.  Hugo finally assembles the automaton, with the help of Isabelle and a heart shaped key she wears around her neck.  The Automaton starts to draw something and then stops, Hugo feels like a failure, but then the automaton starts to draw again, and finishes a picture, what is it a picture of and why does Isabelle have the key to  start the automaton?

This movie is obviously Scorcese’s love letter to the movies.  Scorcese illustrates his love for movies through the voices of Hugo, who tells Isabella more than once how much his father loves the movies.  Scorcese’s  love is further illustrated when Hugo hangs from a clock, like silent movie star Harold Lloyd.  Hugo is a visually arresting movie, especially in 3D, Scorcese never forgets that film is a visual medium.  Even with all the things that go right with this movie, there are things that are wrong with this movie.  The film is too long and the pacing is somewhat slow, Scorcese even manages to put in a plug for his favorite pet project, film preservation.  Here’s a pet peeve of mine, all the characters speak with British accents, why?  The acting is superb.  Ben Kingsley is very good as a ‘broken’ man, who thinks life has passed him by.  Asa Butterworth is very good as a sensitive young orphan who believes he’s found his purpose.  Chloe Moretz is very good as Hugo’s ever supportive friend, and Sacha Baron Cohen injects some much needed levity to  a movie that tends to be a bit stodgy.

Hugo.  You go, and see it.

Movie Review: Let Me In (2010)

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Drama

Owen (Kodi Smit McPhee)  is a twelve year old boy.  He’s a bit of a loner, and physically unimposing, so he gets bullied by three older boys in school.  Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz) is Owen’s new next door neighbor, she moves in with her father. (Richard Jenkins) Owen and Abby begin to talk, and right away, Owen notices some odd things about Abby, she doesn’t know what a Rubik’s cube is, she walks around barefoot in the snow, and she looks like she hasn’t bathed in a while.  Physical and social oddities notwithstanding, Owen and Abby decide to strike up a friendship.  He tells her about the bullying he is going through at school and she tells Owen to hit them hard, and if that doesn’t work, she will help him out, which strikes Owen as odd, because Abby is a 12 year old girl. Suddenly, kids in Owen’s school start  being murdered, and Abby’s dad ends up dead after dousing himself with acid.  The threats from Owen’s tormenters continue, and Owen does hit one of them in the ear. But they have a plan to pay Owen back., does Abby intervene?  How can she help?

This movie is a pale imitation of the original Swedish movie, “Let the Right One In”, it’s almost a scene for scene copy of the original, but everything is explained for the American audience, because American filmmakers feel they have to dumb it down.  The filmmakers here also try to force scares here, with scary music, and a few jumpy scenes, whereas the original movie sort of enveloped the viewer with a sense of foreboding.  The original was more about friendship, and the relationship seemed more natural, and the fact that it evolved into love and a protector/protected relationship seemed more natural too in the original.  The original is much more subtle too, I liked that.  Chloe Moretz tries her best, but she has this forlorn look on her face all the time, and does not show any of the spunk or fire that she did as Hit Girl in Kick Ass.  Smit McPhee was ok their chemistry was pretty good, but again the original was better.  The movie is set in New Mexico, which doesn’t strike me as the snowiest place in America, why not Vermont or Colorado?  And all the men in this town seem to have male pattern  baldness issues, I literally could not tell the difference between Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins.  Please do yourself a favor, watch the original movie, and not this dumbed down version.

Let Me In.  Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.