Super powers, secret government agencies, Hong Kong– I’m in. Also, I couldn’t review “The International” as Mike Schmidt beat me to it. That sonofabitch! So ok, let’s see the guy from the Quatro Fantastico (they put the 4 first in Brazil) and Dakota Fanning get crazy. The film is about Chris Evans who saw his father killed when he was a boy because he had special powers but wouldn’t play ball with The Division, a secret government agency that monitors people with powers and wants to use them as weapons. Sultry-eyed Camilla Belle escapes from Division and seeks out Evans. All of this is watched by Fanning who draws pictures of the future. Overall I guess I liked it because the powers were interesting and “Heroes” has gotten stupid so I needed a “average person thrust into position of power when ‘special skills’ arrive,” fix. Chris Evans was far less annoying than in the Fantastic Four series, which made me want to throw some birds into the engine and have Sulley set her down gently in the drink when I was forced to watch it on a plane to Panama. Dakota Fanning was decent at playing a wiser than her age kid with psychic ability. But the scene where she is drunk seems to come out of a stupid punch-up writer’s head of useless. (I’m not sure what that last sentence means but it sounded good). Djimon Hounsou plays a driven government bad guy, with evil intentions, well. Also some interesting fight scenes and some Asians with the ability to yell really loud nicely round out the movie. Everytime these guys came on the screen and yelled so glass broke and ears bleed I loved it. Insane, but in a good way. So yeah go see this film if you need to kill time and PALM STRIKE the next episode of “Heroes”.
Author: Graham Elwoodhttp://grahamelwood.com
In addition to being a stand-up comic and filmmaker who likes going into war zones, Graham is also the Supreme Commander of the Palm Strike Army and a Samurai in training. His CDs include The Comedian’s Got A Boo-Boo and Palm Strike Dance Party. He also directed and starred in Laffghanistan, a documentary about his first USO tour entertaining the troops in Afghanistan. Graham starts every day by surfing, swinging his katana, and wondering when a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets… www.grahamelwood.com