ALIEN invasion films serve the purpose of showing how humans react in a moment of crisis. Making aliens the common enemy, the films are free to make social commentaries about earthlings.
In War Of The Worlds and Signs, the films are about a father going to great extents to ensure his children’s survival. Similarly, District 9 is obviously an anti-apartheid film.
So, when Skyline’s protagonists are a filthy rich musician living in a fancy penthouse in Los Angeles and his friends, can the audience actually relate to the guy? Wait, would we even like him in the first place?
Well, the answers are clear enough to us common people and so it is the aliens we end up cheering for.
So despite the good special effects and some fun to be had (involving stealth planes), the film really has very little to say. – Mumtaj Begum ( HHIII)
IF it’s not Steve Carell, it’s Will Ferrell. These two comedic giants seem to be up in arms fighting for movie roles, and now their talents have even been successfully transported into the realm of animation.
This time around, Ferrell plays Megamind, a super-villain who’s perpetually blue in the face. He’s cute, brilliant and bald, but the world only has eyes for caped superhero Metro Man – handsome, charming and aptly voiced by Brad Pitt.
Megamind is besieged by the Frankenstein syndrome: no one is born evil – it is society that makes him so.
Since this is essentially a kid-friendly movie, Megamind is an unusually tame Dr Evil. Well, with great power comes great responsibility. Frankly though, this film doesn’t do a great job of showing this.
Ferrell’s vocal acrobatics are excellent here. His mispronunciation of “Metro City” (rhyming it with “atrocity”) and other “unfathomable” words provide the most laughs, though more would’ve been nice.
His chemistry with Tina Fey, the voice of love interest Roxanne, is nothing to hoot about.
Surprise! Roxanne is last year’s Monsters VsAliens lead character with a new hairdo. Sadly, Fey would’ve been much better off voicing a clumsy character than a stony wideeyed hottie.
Another primary yet unnecessary character in this heroic effort is Hal/Titan voiced by Jonah Hill. He’s your stereotypical loser with nothing for the audience to fall back on – not even a moderately nice attitude.
Fair enough, there is some The Incredibleslike action now and then though the magic of 3D is almost invisible.
But if you’re expecting Kickass ingenuity, I suggest you watch Megamind with an open mind. – LeeMeiLi ( HHIII)
HERE’S a sense of déjà vu: Denzel Washington and a runaway train. Nope, this isn’t the sequel to The Taking Of Pelham 123. This time, the train is literally on its own – no driver, no hostages and definitely no celebrities on board.
The title is perfectly B-Grade and so is the movie. But thankfully, Washington and Chris Pine give it a good save.
In the worst day of their lives, a veteran engineer and a young conductor are forced to bond as they try to evade – and later stop – a runaway train racing ahead with highly flammable cargo.
There’s no villain to discuss, so Washington and Pine’s characters have to make do with small talk but even that is limited. This movie lacks emotional drama; it would’ve been great to see Washington scared senseless or at least, shed a few tears. Disappointingly, it is the trains that provide the thrills.
Star Trek’s blue-eyed boy Pine isn’t given a lot of screen space to frolic, though he’s a
Run for your life: It’s tough battling aliens in the sci-fi film Skyline starring Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson.