Hey, gang, it's Reaper Rick, back at you with the review of a couple of
recent DVD releases. Time's a wasting, so let's get going!
Now, I'm not much of one for video 'Game Playing,' so when "Doom" (the
movie) came out, I had no preconceived impressions about what the movie
would be like. (For those of you not aware, the movie was based on a
very popular video game, by the same name). But, when I saw the
previews, and saw that it starred The Rock, I figured I had to see it.
And, I was not disappointed.
The movie takes place, for the most part, at an archaeological dig
discovered on Mars, where humanoid remains of a long dead civilization
were found. Already cool, eh? I don't want to spoil this flick for any
who have yet to see it, but I have to give you some information. "Doom"
gives a new angle to zombie movies, in that the creatures are created by
the addition of an added human chromosome, which 'may' make the person in
question nearly superhuman, or might turn them into a blood thirsty,
mindless killer. More cool!
There are lots of great, dark, spooky sections (the whole movie takes
place in an underground research center), with a few good frights and
some really good special effects, along with a 'Great' fight sequence at
the end with The Rock--but I don't want to give it all away. If you
enjoy sci-fi and horror mixes (like the Alien and Predator movies, with
zombies mixed in) and great special effects, then this is a must see
flick. Lots of action, suspense, big guns and blood splatter, with a bit
of a twist ending (which is always good).
I give "Doom" Three and Half Howls of scary Pleasure .
Another fantasy movie on DVD is Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong." I
didn't go see this movie when it came out, because I already knew the
story line, and I figured, 'What else can you do with a classic movie
that wasn't already done in several earlier remakes?' I neglected to
take into account, however, Peter Jackson's genius as a film maker and
director, and now kick myself (several times) for Not seeing this movie
on the big screen when I had the chance.
Aside from Peter Jackson directing this movie, Naomi Watts and Adrien
Brody help to make it worth watching. But the real star is, of course,
Kong; and what a star he is! Special effects have come a long way from
the first 'King Kong' (which was, in its own time, an amazing movie), but
this Kong was truly Amazing, as were the rest of the special effect
animals and other creatures in the movie. Some of the sequences were So
amazing, it was really hard to believe they were not filmed with living
Granted, the movie was quite long, and in my opinion, the love interest
between Kong and Naomi Watts was a bit over done, but aside from that,
the movie was an amazing feat of film making The end sequence with Kong
up on the Empire State building, battling the biplanes was also
excellently done. So, for special effects and great film making, I would
give this movie a really high rating, but it was taken down a few notches
by Jack Black and his portrayal of a selfish and self motivated movie
maker, as well as the overblown love interest between Kong and Watts.
Sadly, although I would like to give "King Kong" a higher rating, I can
only give it Three Howls of Pleasure . However, I highly recommend it as
a visual masterpiece of film making, so if you haven't seen this movie,
it is well worth the price of a rental, but should really be seen on the
big screen. (Kick yourself, here).
Okay, it was short and sweet this month, but it's on to other things, my
dears. This is Reaper Rick, signing off for now, but reminding all of
you to get out there and view some Good Movies once in a while!