I spent part of the weekend watching rentals from Blockbuster. I’m doing another unsolicited review.
Paycheck was a movie I don’t remember adding to my Blockbuster queue and I reluctantly sat down to watch it. When the beginning credits listed Ben Afleck as the star, I almost turned it off (despite his lovely face and physique – he’s sexy as hell to me, but he doesn’t seem to usually pick movies I like – except for his Kevin Smith appearances – Chasing Amy is a great movie IMHO)but decided to give it a few minutes – I’m glad I did. Sci-Fi!!!!!
I love Sci-Fi and any movie based on a Phillip Dick story is worth watching. In Paycheck, Ben Afleck’s character Michael Jennings is an engineer who works on secret or classified projects then has his memory erased for that period of time. We watch the erasure process – dangerous – but worth it to him. The jobs generally last for less than 3 months.
His buddy James offers him a job that’s expected to take 3 years and convinces him that the big ($90,000,000) paycheck will be worth it.
I don’t like spoilers so you have to rent it to get to the meat. I thought it was good.
Alpha Dog on the other hand could have been called “F’d up people behaving badly”. The acting was decent – in some cases excellent, but the (true) story was appalling. It’s difficult for me to imagine young men and women really doing all the things the film shows us. The message I got was parents with money lack parenting skills. (I thought Justin Timberlake was great – I just hated the movie) Quote from Adrian: “That was foul.”
Slingshot stars David Arquette and Balthazar Getty. This is the convoluted film from hell. I have nothing else to say.
I just took a look at my Blockbuster queue and saw that Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was another film I watched (well tried to watch) this weekend. Despite the sci-fi I could not watch this boring (boring like the Superman TV show from the 50’s boring) movie for more than 20 minutes. Do not rent this unless you’re having trouble sleeping or you want to punish someone. Yawn.