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Bron/Broen
(2011)

11 stars out of 10 !
Once you start watching this you can't stop. You have to watch it from season one episode 1 as otherwise you won't get it and the characters are meaningless. It's a police series but a very unusual one. It is not only the actual story that matters, finding the bad guy/girl, it's also the development of the characters in the film. Very strong characters, very well acted, very believable. Don't mind the subtitles, you will understand it as it's just such a strong story, so suspenseful. After each episode you want to see the next one, ...., soonest as you need to know. Season 2 is not much different, surprising all the way. You think you figured it out, you will be proved wrong.

Watch this, it's really 11 out of 10 !

Le concert
(2009)

Surprisingly captivating
I was apprehensive at the start of this movie, the language for instance, Russian, French, I don't really understand them so despite being used to reading subtitles it's always nice to understand the actual spoken language a bit. However, the movie will capture you in such a way this hurdle is easily overcome. It's funny, no, you won't laugh your socks off, but it's just funny at times. It's also mysterious as you will see things developing from which you want to know where it goes. It's a human story, taken from life as it's played as such, like if it's real, not acted. Watch it and be amazed, well worth the time.

Uncovered
(1994)

Wonderful unusual crime thriller
Seeing the movie and seeing the review here in IMDb I am surprised at the low rating this movie has. It is not a perfect movie but it is fairly well played with a number of interesting characters and above all in my eyes a good deal of proper suspense on a level you don't see often anymore. The whole setting of the movie is pretty unusual which makes it all the more interesting. Art world, Murder, Theft, it's all in there in a relative well paced movie. It also has a great level of realism, you can actually imagine this to be real, it could have happened this way. Ignore the bad reviews, watch the movie with an open mind, in my opinion you can't really be disappointed.

Ballykissangel
(1996)

Just plain enjoyable day to day life with a twist of humor
It is not for everybody most likely but as you can see at my rating it is for me. I never saw this originally when it came out but a re-run about 6 years or so ago. I really enjoyed the simple humor, the simple drama, the stories as a whole, the characters. It's nearly real life with a bit of a twist at times but you could imagine is to actually have taken place. It never left my mind so this year I bought the DVD's to watch it all again and, so far, not disappointing, it has not lost it's charm. You like action, hero's, spectacular drama, belly aching laughter, this is not for you. You like good humor that puts a smile on your face, a nice story line, things that could be happening next door (if you would live there), this is for you.

Fortress
(2012)

Worthless
I seldom rate so low as this. Why? I actually did not even watch the full movie as I got so fed up with the totally unbelievably bad CGI used in this movie. The first 5 minutes was already enough to decide that this was going to be bad. The airplanes look so clean, so crisp, the motion so unrealistic, the attacks unrealistic, the acting poor (it's not the actors but what they are made to depict). I would compare this movie to that thing with the name, I think, Red Tails as recently also launched. It seems that these type of movies that would be great if CGI was used in a realistic way need to be ruined by unrealistic close combat and movements of airplanes and such. Hollywood, grow up, use CGI the way it's supposed to work, to enhance realism, not to try to make it more spectacular by introducing unrealism. Honor to the man and women that made the raids possible, that suffered in this war. Shame on those that ruined what could have been a good story, good movie. My advise, avoid like the plague!

We Bought a Zoo
(2011)

Enjoyable story, different in a way
I normally don't really watch these type of happy ending family movies but occasionally I endure one. This movie was not enduring but enjoying. The story of this movie is believable. I am sure it's romanticized but you feel for the characters, you will like the way this develops different as you might expect. There is a lot of predictability in the movie but with the interaction of the animals it makes it worth while watching. Besides the predictability there is also humor in the movie. The acting is for the most part pretty good, not spectacular but what you expect of a family style movie. Make sure you watch this, some nibble bits, a soda, a friend, enjoy.

Män som hatar kvinnor
(2009)

Awesome
Saw this unfortunately in the English dubbed version. But, that actually did not detract from the fact it's an awesome movie. What a story and so well played. If you don't know the story it will keep you entertained from start till finish (and then 2 more movies to see on the same level). Although not a massively exciting story it seems at first glance it develops so well. Well acted I think. The dubbed version they could have used better voices but you can see the intensity of the filming in the acting. Swedish police series are often very good, they are realistic. It's not about cars flying through the air and guns blazing cops. It's the human story behind it that matters, this could have happened in real life! Go and watch it, actually try the Swedish version if you can lay your hands on it. I will do that too, see it, it's so well worth it.

...and justice for all.
(1979)

Just old fashioned excellent acting and story
Real old fashioned lawyer drama but with a human aspect in it. It's not all in the courtroom though, most is actually out of it. There are a number of stories running together but that's the life of a lawyer really all about. Al Pacino is his usual best again, the roll is really the type of character he excels in. Most other characters are fine too but it's all about Pacino of course. Very watchable movie, it continuously moves forward and changes. The actual main story is almost a side line in the story but it comes to a end with a big bang. Although the bang is big the outcome is a bit unexpected and in a way I think the movie is not completely finished. Watch it for sure though (and ignore the cheesy 70's music).

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
(2008)

A nearly forgotten era well depicted
Most people have most likely forgotten this era in the history of Europe. But those that grew up in these times can most likely remember this well. There were of course more terrorist groups in those days but for myself, coming from The Netherlands, these were one of the more notorious groups. Although the cause was not as much the problem, the means to try to achieve this were of course totally unacceptable. The movie is a good depiction of this era and all what happened around the Baader Meinhoff group. Possibly not all fact are true in the movie but it's not a documentary, it's a proper movie with high realism. You have to see this in German of course, that adds to the realism of the movie. I think it's well played, no nonsense, believable characters. Watch it, well worth it I think!

The Dawn Patrol
(1938)

Good movie like they don't make them anymore
What can you say, Errol Flynn, can't get much better as that. Absolutely great actor. Maybe not perfect for each roll but he plays these type of action "hero" roles very well. B & W movie that of course shows it's age. CGI did not exist, techniques to make scenes realism to a believable level were unknown yet. But this does not distract from creating an atmosphere where you take the imperfections as they are. The story is not all about action, hero's, it's a lot also about emotions, horrors of war, horrors of loosing good close friends and family. It's about WW I where not that much movies are still circulating. Watch it with an open mind, know that scenes will look fake, but take in the story and learn about WW I where good was fighting evil, although it was not always clear who evil was.

A Perfect Getaway
(2009)

Good but not timeless
Nice story, starts off pretty lame but develops in a good story with a unexpected twist. Acting is not perfect but of a decent standard. Story is not perfect either, you can kind of see in what direction it's going but then there is a twist in the story that really gives it actually depth. I must say that twist is very well done, you wont's see that one coming. You could classify it as a thriller and some will say it has a bit of horror in it but I don't think so. The exciting bits are pretty realistic, bit gory, but, realistic. It certainly worth watching. Don't judge the movie by the first 30 minutes, hang on, you'll be surprised. The settings on Hawaii are stunning. Personally having been to most of the islands it's nice to see it back. It's a unique landscape that features well in the movie too.

The Help
(2011)

Maybe well played, but, ...., yawn
I choose this movie to watch full knowing what the story is about. A good story. A worthwhile story. But i got bored very quickly by the way the movie just does not seem to pick up pace. I've seen movies on this subject before and, well, it's not my cup of tea really. I kept my mind open and was fully ready to see this movie. Based on the ratings, awards, it's got to be a good movie. Without doubt it's well played/acted, but, the story is where it goes sour in my opinion. What I said in the summary, yawn, it simply does not seem to pick up any pace. There seem to be a lot of flash backs or flash forwards, whatever way you look at it, but that does not add to the story at all, it actually makes it complicated, slowing down the actual story. They should have stuck to the theme and kept it chronological. I was so bored I actually stopped watching it, I never made it to the end, and I'll never will. If you really are in to the theme of the movie and you want to see the story and are not phased by possible boredom, go see it, it's well played. If it's not fully your cup of tea but you have an open mind, try it, make up your mind yourself. If you don't really like that type of stories andare not much for patience, don't bother, you won't finish it.

The Social Network
(2010)

Up to date real life success story
Now you might wonder why yet an other review of this movie? Well, the more the better as it proves the movie is talked about which means it brings a message, like it or not. That is what Facebook is as well, like it or not. But in the end, it does not really matter as it has proved to be a success. The movie is well played. The story well written. It's a very believable story. I am sure not everything is like depicted in the movie but does that really matter? It's a movie, not a documentary. The characters play very believable personalities. I am not a "drama" watcher really, thrillers, war movies, that is my thing. But, I really enjoyed this movie. Being a relative Facebook fan it's interesting to see how the whole idea evolved into what it now is. Watch it, sit back and relax, let it take you into the world of intelligent people who create a vision. It's entertaining too.

Public Enemies
(2009)

Of old fashioned quality
When I wanted to watch this movie the ratings were on average 7. After I watched it I realized I don't understand the low ratings. Maybe the movie is not entirely following the real life story, but, who cares. Johny Depp puts down an excellent character. So unlike him really. The cool calculated gangster, big difference with his usual roles, pirate, chocolate factory, etc.. Depp makes the movie, you can see a gangster in him, determined, calculated, ruthless but a bit of a romantic too. It's a real crime movie, well played, good sets, determined police/fbi. So why only a 9, well, it does miss a little bit, the whole J Edgar Hoover thing and the upcoming FBI could have had a little bit more depth. But then again, it's not really about that, it's about the gangster. If you like a bit of gangster style movies, you like 30's atmosphere, bit of action, OK, lot of action but in a realistic manner, go and see the movie, be entertained, I was.

Nothing But the Truth
(2008)

Good story but the end questionable
There is a slight spoiler in this review. A good story but the end is a bit of a dud. Although the end is surprising it's also not that unexpected. It's the end that also indicates that the journalist in question could very simply have given in to the demands as it would not have made a blind bit of difference. You are curious? Go see the movie, judge for yourself, it's pretty good despite the end. The whole story is a clear indication on how rotten the US system actually is. National security, nonsense, the lamest excuse that is used for the most pathetic purpose. The acting is not bad but not great either. They could have made more from it. It's not a courtroom drama but a legal drama nevertheless. It does not contain massive speeches, just a few good ones, but it could have been better.

The American
(2010)

Good story, bit predictable though
The story line sounds like a good thriller. It has all the potential of a good thriller, but, while you're watching you miss something. Firstly the story is a bit predictable, there is only one element which remains a bit of a mystery till the end but even that is not deeply mysterious. There are moments where our professional killer is in real action but that action just looks a bit too acting, you expect more of a professional killer. Love the fact the story is set in Europe. It gives it a positive edge, a foreign edge, it helps with the tone setting of the story. No flashy fast cars, simple ordinary day to day cars are used. No high speed chases, normal driving. What makes the whole movie a bit disappointing is the lack of music and conversation, it's too silent, you depend too much on guessing what the main character is thinking and as you need to understand that the movie becomes it therefore becomes a bit predictable.

I Spit on Your Grave
(2010)

More horror as thriller
I was expecting to see a thriller, but, .... In a way it's a thriller that seems to follow a pretty well used theme, savaging, rage, revenge. But once you get to the revenge stage it starts transforming into horror. The movie in a way is very predictable, but it's nevertheless pretty scary put together. The characters are believable and well played. So why only a 7 and not higher? It's the predictability factor that drags the movie a bit down. Then if you expect a thriller but it ends in more horror like scenes it knocks an other point of the numbers. If you're not easily scared and like a bit or horror like events, go and watch it. If you only like pure thriller, don't watch it, you'll be disappointed.

Den som dræber
(2011)

Very good, a great watch
Bit apprehensive at first to watch a movie with subtitles again but these type of movies/series you really need to watch in it's original language (its actually fun trying to understand words, you'll be surprised how much you'll actually pickup). It's a very good series, believable in many ways. There are nut cases out there indeed, maybe not as sophisticated as these in the series but it's filmed in a believable way. It's not about all guns blazing, it's about characters, mistakes, reality which is what makes this so good. If you're after action, car chases, explosions, machine gun fire, you're in the wrong place. If you like mystery, bit of love, bit of human relations, bit of thriller, watch it. It's not a 10 as I think there is some acting that could be improved on and maybe conclusions are sometimes a bit far fetched/too easy found, but a 9 is pretty damn high I would think.

The Tournament
(2009)

Interesting plot
Interesting plot this story. There is however more depth to the story as you might imagine reading a brief about it. It's not all just action, there is a bottom line. A lot of the action is of course typical Hollywood style unfortunately. Flying cars, slow motion punches, the works. That is unfortunate and this lets the movie down for me. Personally I hate that style, unrealistic, sensational but therefore making it look unbelievable. It's not all doom and gloom though. I though it was entertaining nevertheless although in some parts they go a bit fast through with the killers that don't really matter for the story so much, the expendables. They could have made it a lot better, more a thriller rather then action movie, hence my only a 7. I would recommend you see it though, I watched it in one go and that does not happen with many movies.

L'ennemi public n°1
(2008)

Finally a crime movie like they ought to be
Although living in France I hardly speak it so was confined to reading subtitles. You have to see this movie in French though, it's as French as it can be. But, it's French as good as it can be. Hearing it in French makes it all the better. It's been a long time that such a good crime gangster movie was made. The realism level is amazing. If a car crashes into something else, it get's damaged, not like in your average American crime movie where the most ridiculous turns and jumps are made and they keep on driving like nothing happened. The shooting is realistic, shoot to kill but it's not that easy in all the excitement to hit something. It's the ugly truth about a live gone wrong. You start with feeling for the main character due to the circumstances but soon you'll end up on the other side, detesting his being, but that makes you all the more nailed to your seat to see what happens next. Gangster pure sang, which, of course, meets his end like it supposed to. I won't give anything away as that would take away your experience when you watch the movie, and watch it you must!

L'instinct de mort
(2008)

Finally a crime movie like they ought to be
Although living in France I hardly speak it so was confined to reading subtitles. You have to see this movie in French though, it's as French as it can be. But, it's French as good as it can be. Hearing it in French makes it all the better. It's been a long time that such a good crime gangster movie was made. The realism level is amazing. If a car crashes into something else, it get's damaged, not like in your average American crime movie where the most ridiculous turns and jumps are made and they keep on driving like nothing happened. The shooting is realistic, shoot to kill but it's not that easy in all the excitement to hit something. It's the ugly truth about a live gone wrong. You start with feeling for the main character due to the circumstances but soon you'll end up on the other side, detesting his being, but that makes you all the more nailed to your seat to see what happens next. Gangster pure sang, which, of course, meets his end like it supposed to. I won't give anything away as that would take away your experience when you watch the movie, and watch it you must!

Drive
(2011)

Intriguing, but ultimately the end spoils it all
I was very hopeful to see this movie based on the score of 8 on IMDb but ended up disappointing. Most of the movie I think was just OK, nothing spectacular. As with some reviews, the music kind of sets the tone as for the rest there is very little dialog really. Some car chase scenes but nothing spectacular at all really, realistic though, not too much typical American explosions, cars jumping, rolling over etc. so that is a good point. However near the end the movie get's really lame. It's a no end really. I'm not going to tell what happens as not to spoil it but for me the movie at the end kills it, I might have given it a 6 but I've halved it for that reason.

Shackleton
(2002)

Realistic reconstruction
I've had the honor to sail past many of Shackleton's ill fated placed in Antartica, visit his grave on South Georgia, his ship in Dundee and now also own a bottle of the reconstructed Shackleton whisky so maybe a bit prejudiced if it comes to all things Shackleton. Nevertheless, I do think this is really a good movie and underrated. The way it's put together and played makes you feel the enthusiasm of putting the whole adventure together and the cold of the Antarctic. I've been in the Antarctic and, it can be bloody cold there indeed, and that was only summer time ! I strongly suggest you watch this movie. It's an interesting story that is being told, it's a true story that is being told, it's an amazing story that is being told. It's not about being a hero, it's about survival in harsh conditions, keeping spirits up, keeping a group together and motivated. Well written, well played, well depicted, marvelous.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(2011)

So well done, so European quality, so believable
Having seen all the Swedish movies of the series I was a bit apprehensible on seeing this as I really really like the Swedish ones. I was not disappointed! What a good well made movie! At least it's not Hollywoodised, it's a proper movie of a believable story with good actors that are very much the person portrayed. It's set in stunning landscapes, in real snow, in real towns, just very real. That all adds up to being in the movie if you watch it, you're there, in it. Praise to the main characters, well played by both. It's very worth while watching, can't wait till the 2 follow up movies are made to, and maybe the 4th unfinished one as well. Watch it !

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
(2011)

MI 4, when is 5 coming out ?
Havign loved the first 3 was full of hope on the number 4 to not be disappointed at all. Yes, it's very much a similar story line, the good, the bad, the mysterious, the impossible. But it's so different nevertheless. New tricks, new locations, new characters actually too. There is besides a lot of excitement also a lot of humor in the movie. Not everything goes perfect, things are sometimes pretty f...d up but that is done with a lot of humor. Of course the whole story line is, ,,,,,,, impossible? But that is the whole point ot the MI series. No, it's mostly not realistic but that is the trade mark of MI. I can highly recommend it, if you liked the first 3, watch this as well. Did not like the first 3? Don't watch it, you won't like this new one either.

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