Archive for the ‘Drama’ Category
A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city’s criminal underworld. It’s a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn’t understand and doesn’t belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city’s innocents.
Defendor is advertised as a comedy and does indeed start out that way, but as the movie progresses the comedy slowly turns to drama until it reaches the point where it is too sad to have any comedic value. To save people from disappointment you should go in expecting a drama with some comedic elements. Woody Harrelson stars as Defendor and puts out a great performance throughout the whole film. Even with his great performance the rest of the film doesn’t add up to it. The plot was interesting, but cliche and predictable at some parts. It also stretches the imagination with many of the events that happen.
The main thing that I believe holds the movie back is the ending. I won’t spoil the ending, but as things progress in the story the movie feels like it has potential to be really good and then once everything happens you kind of feel ripped off. In a way the ending could be considered more realistic, but so many other things in the movie felt unrealistic that it doesn’t really go together. With all that said Defendor isn’t a terrible movie and if anything may be worth it to see just for Woody Harrelson’s performance. Just don’t expect a straight comedy.
My Rating: 6/10
Originally posted 2010-03-25 10:47:22.
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Triangle is a crazy movie, but that should be taken as a compliment to the film. From the very beginning you are trying to figure out what is happening and even up until it finishes you may still be wondering, but that is the great part about the movie. There is some good drama and suspense throughout the movie and it changes directions slightly throughout keeping you on your toes. The acting was good, especially from the main actress Melissa George who played Jess. She took the role and added to it to give a stronger impact.
The minor complaint I had was some things were repetitious at times, but without giving away any spoilers that is part of the film. I expected the movie to suddenly end with no real explanations and to the average viewer it may appear it does that, but if you look closer the film gives you plenty to interpret for the end. Everyone might not get Triangle and some of the events that happened, so I decided to make a spoiler filled explanation of the movie since some of the events may not be clear. You can find that way at the bottom of the review with lots of spoiler warnings.
My Rating: 8/10
Only read below if you want the movie explained from my interpretation.
There are 2 layers to the movie. “Real Life” and what I will call “Sisyphean Punishment” The real life part is Jess with her son and being abusive towards him and eventually getting into an accident which kills both her and her son. The Sisyphean Punishment relates to Greek Mythology which is referenced in the film about Sysiphus being punished in Tartarus by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. So in a sense the rest of the film is her boulder that she tries to make things right with her and her son only to fail each time at different spots. Most of the things in the film didn’t really happen. So after the accident which kills her the taxi driver (Could be considered the devil) makes a deal and strings together events which eventually lead her back to what seems to be reality which she can change, but each time she fails it starts over in an endless loop. The people on the yacht can be considered the dead or just part of her trial to try and make things right. You can interpret it other ways, but the references to Greek mythology make sense to this theory.
Originally posted 2009-11-24 18:48:05.