Little lull before the summer season

To this point, the month of April hasn’t produced a slew of fantastic movies. Some of the movies included an unwarranted sequel, a bunch of actors trying to get together one last time to keep a franchise alive, a poor attempt at a satire of the horror genre and a movie that should have gone straight to DVD.

Since seeing The Hunger Games, my friends and I ventured to the movies four times. I didn’t get reviews up for any of them yet because I had a lot of work to do for school so I’m going to briefly review all of them. Trust me. You didn’t miss much.

Wrath of the Titans

I don’t understand the necessity of a sequel to Clash of the Titans. I enjoyed Clash, but it wasn’t really that good of a movie. When I saw the first trailer for Wrath, I thought to myself, ‘Really?’ I still wanted to see it, but I doubted many others would. I was right, but the money for this movie doesn’t come from the U.S. These movies have a massive foreign following. Foreign moviegoers made up for about 72% of the movie’s total gross.

I went into the movie with low expectations and when it ended I was still disappointed. It was completely thrown together to make a quick buck. The shear entertainment of the first film was nowhere to be found in Wrath. I love Liam Neeson but he could not save this film.

Gemma Arterton (played Io in Clash) and Alexa Davalos (played Andromeda in Clash) both bailed on the sequel. I actually don’t know if they both actually bailed on the film, but Io was killed off in the second one and the actress who portrayed Andromeda changed. If they did bail, it was a smart move on their part.

THE BOTTOM LINE: There was no sequel here and any attempt to make one probably would have failed. I know this one did. The worst part about the film is at the end when they leave it open for yet another sequel…

I’ll give Wrath of the Titans 1.5 cups out of 5.

As of April 25, Wrath of the Titans made a domestic total of approximately $78 million versus a production budget of $150 million, according to Box Office Mojo. It also made a foreign total of $201 million.

Wrath of the Titans has a rating of 24% at Rotten Tomatoes while users at the Internet Movie Database gave it 6.2 out of 10 stars.

To see the movie trailer for Wrath of the Titans, click here.

American Reunion

The gang is back for yet another American something, but, as expected, the film lacked fresh comedy. None of these people have gone on to do anything else in their careers so they decided to get together for one last hurrah. I understand that. I would do the same thing, but that isn’t a recipe for a good movie.

The person who has done the most with his career is Seann William Scott, which I just found out is spelled with two ns. Jason Biggs will always be remembered in his leading role of the American Pie movies.

Thomas Nicholas will actually be remember for playing Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year. I don’t think people even realize that he did play Henry Rowengartner because he looks nothing like his childhood self, unlike me. Anyway, my point is that he’s never been in anything else.

I’m sad to say that I have seen another Chris Klein movie. It was Rollerball, which also starred LL Cool J and Rebecca Romijn. It was a reboot of the 1975 film and it was awful. Please never watch that movie. If you do watch it, I tried to warn you.

Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid and Mena Suvari are all in the same boat. The movie just made me feel old. It was kind of funny. I laughed a little, but it was just something we’ve all seen before.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The cast of American Reunion is past its prime and shouldn’t have gotten together for one last hurrah.

I’ll give American Reunion 2 out of 5 cups.

   

As of April 25, American Reunion made a domestic total of approximately $50 million versus a production budget of $50 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

American Reunion has a rating of 42% at Rotten Tomatoes while users at the Internet Movie Database gave it 7.6 out of 10 stars.

To see the movie trailer for American Reunion, click here.

Cabin in the Woods

I had absolutely no interest in this movie until I saw staggering reviews. As I started to watch the film, I thought, “Hmm, maybe this movie does have some potential.” Cabin in the Woods did have an interesting premise.

It’s a horror satire about a human’s love for horror movies. People actually create real life horror movies for reasons that were not explained until the end of the movie.

People that I talked to really enjoyed this movie, but I couldn’t get over its stupidity.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Cabin in the Woods had potential to pull off a successful horror satire, but it ran out of fuel when its twist was horribly uninteresting.

I’ll give Cabin in the Woods 2 out of 5 cups.

   

As of April 25, Cabin in the Woods made a domestic total of approximately $30 million versus an unknown production budget, according to Box Office Mojo.

Cabin in the Woods has a rating of 91% at Rotten Tomatoes while users at the Internet Movie Database gave it 8 out of 10 stars.

To see the movie trailer for Cabin in the Woods, click here.

Lockout

Thinking about this movie just makes me laugh. It was awful. It should have been a straight-to-DVD movie. Everything about it was just awful. The one redeeming quality of the film was main character, Guy Pearce. He had great lines and it made the movie entertaining. I guess Maggie Grace’s career hasn’t really taken off since starring in Taken. However, she does get captured in both films so maybe that will be her typecast role for the rest of her life.

Lockout still doesn’t take the worst movie of the year spot away from The Devil Inside but it came pretty close.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Guy Pearce did a great job and saved me from feeling like I wasted two hours of my life. That doesn’t mean I’m suggesting that you go see it immediately. See it if your favorite actor of all time is Guy Pearce.

I’ll give Lockout 1 out of 5 cups.

As of April 25, Lockout made a domestic total of approximately $12 million versus a production budget of $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Lockout has a rating of 35% at Rotten Tomatoes while users at the Internet Movie Database gave it 6.4 out of 10 stars.

To see the movie trailer for Lockout, click here.

All right I got a little lazy at the end, but you get the point. The Avengers comes out May 4 along with a whole slew of other great summer films…I hope.

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One Response to Little lull before the summer season

  1. ssjrem says:

    Alyson Hannigan has actually gone on to have a pretty successful career. She was on Buffy for seven years, up until 2003, and is a supporting star on How I Met Your Mother now. Other than that, good stuff.

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