Playing with the law
First up, one of my favs Gerard Butler in a recent DVD release, Law Abiding Citizen, which he also produced. He plays a husband and father who, after his family is brutally murdered, plots to go after the killers and the legal authorities that let them get off easy. It’s not quite philosophical, not really raising your awareness but anyone who’s seen an episode of Law & Order where the baddie gets off will get some cathartic pleasure out of some of the payback. Both Gerard and the always wonderful Jamie Foxx pull of depth of character in a story that could’ve gone off the trite end easily.
It’s a very strange thing that I waited so long to catch Sandra Bullock in one of my favorite film genres: the sports film. But with it newly out for rental, I figured the time had come to see whether this talented actor/producer had truly drummed up acting chops of Oscar proportions. The Blind Side doesn’t let you down in being a feel-good movie and Sandra definitely dialed in a Steel Magnolia of a role. Her character is a somewhat unlikable busybody of a woman, always right, always righteous, always in control. But you do see that facade slip due to the gentle giant played by Quinton Aaron as he plays the abandoned Big Mike. If you don’t know the story, you’ve been living under a rock. It’s a shame that her personal troubles are now overshadowing the great work down by this film. So support her by seeing it. It was obviously a labor of love.
Subtitles not required for thriller
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is not an accurate translation of Stieg Larsson’s first novel title in the trilogy, Man som hatar kvinnor. But after seeing the movie, I understand why they did it and why it actually helped the film hide some of the story. I’m not going to pull any punches: this movie is GRAPHIC. But I’m also not going to tell you anything about the story except to say there’s a journalist, a missing girl, and a whole host of suspects. The movie exceeds and getting you to care about the characters and will have you on the edge of your seat as the story progresses. Clues are hidden, there are big reveals, and the acting, well, let’s just say this film, you don’t think of them as actors as much as the actual characters.