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Sometimes I’m surprised at how different people’s tastes run in movies.

Personally speaking, I’m rarely a fan of action/adventure films. There has been an occasional gem or two that broke through my movie-explosion prejudice, but for the most part I tend to leave well enough alone. I don’t necessarily need car chases or buildings tumbling to the ground or daring escapes from crashing helicopters to round out my movie experience.

That being said, no one was more surprised than me this past Friday night when I went to, and enjoyed, the new action film, [Link Removed] starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan.  

Since the final decision on which movie to see that night had been left up to me, I was pleased to have picked one we were all enjoying (five of us had gone together). I even occasionally texted key phrases or situations to my email at various points so that I wouldn’t forget a single minute of it for the review I intended to write.  

When I got home, I jumped online to see how my review concept held up against the big-time movie critics'. I don't often agree with what movie critics have to say, although on this particular occasion there wasn't a doubt in my mind that the critics had to have loved it, too. I mean, if it was good enough to convince me, then it must have been really good.

And boy, was I wrong!!

I skimmed the reviews from several major publications and was really surprised to discover that approximately 90% of them had opinions that were contrary to the opinion with which I walked away. The more I read, the more I insisted upon reading, trying to understand how I could have fallen so far from the mark.

Apparently, it is my status as an occasional action film fan that helped me to enjoy the film. Rather than watching and comparing it to every other action film to come before it, I took it at face value and enjoyed it for itself. I thought the chase sequences were great; I thought the movie had a fantastic pace that moved me through it with breathtaking speed; and I felt that the escape through a network of luggage carousels was original and very well-done.

For the most part, the critics unanimously agreed that the storyline was weak because it had borrowed elements from previous action films. I kind of find their explanation to be petty, considering there are very few stories being told for the first time anymore. Almost everything is “borrowed” in one way or another from something that came before. However, they are official movie critics and I’m just one gal with a little column, so what do I know?

So, all things considered, my advice to you is this: If you‘re a die-hard (no pun intended!) action movie-goer, you may or may not enjoy this film. If you‘re really not a huge fan of these sorts of things, but owe your husband a night out after the chick flick fiasco you roped him into, I think this just might be the one for you!

I rooted for the good guys and hoped the bad guys got theirs in the end. I felt emotion and anxiety and worried I might even cry at one point. What it made me feel was real... And isn’t that what a good movie is all about?

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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 17, 2008
    • I’m going to take my hubby as a payback for the chick flick. He is coming back on Friday after two weeks of Euro business travel.  

      As for difference of opinion, I couldn’t agree more. Have you ever heard of a movie Brazil? with Robert DeNiro? While everyone raved about it I thought it was terrible. That was 20 years ago, I should probably see it again, maybe I was young and stupid...

      Thanks Fathermaye, great review.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 17, 2008
    • Glad you liked it, Yana.

      It’s so rare that I’ll agree to the expense and fanfare of going to a movie at the theater, but with my step-daughter in town, we decided to make an event of it and brought along a couple of her friends, too.  

      I’ve seen part of Brazil, but like you I just didn’t get it. I felt the same way about Monster’s Ball and Lost in Translation... 2 critic darlings that I just didn’t enjoy.

      I do agree, though, about letting some time go by and revisiting movies you can’t quite shake loose from. Maybe there’s a message there that you‘re meant to get, but you tried too soon. Stranger things have happened!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 17, 2008
    • Well....if you didn’t like Lost in Translation, I will pay close attention to your reviews.

      WOW, this was a very depressing movie, with not much substance. I couldn’t believe all the hype it got. I remember sending my parents to see it (just in case I missed something) but they too agreed. So if our small group is crazy be it, but just because everyone says it’s a great film I don’t have to agree, what gets me though is that many people do...



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 17, 2008
    • OMG—YAY!!! I am not the only one who did not like Lost in Translation!! Nor did I like Brazil, waaaaaaaay too bizarre!!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • Lu, I actually thought Bill Murray’s performance at the Oscar ceremony that year was much better than the film itself. “Lost In Translation“?? How ‘bout “Lost In Oscar Contention??”



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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • Good one Feathermaye, ‘Lost in Oscar Contention”

      I like it :)



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • Thanks Yana. I have my moments, lol. ;)



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      Darla5 wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • A girlfriend and I went to see this last week.

      I liked the movie. It really does make you think about Big Brother watching you. I don’t think I will ever look at a security camera or my cell phone the same. Ha!!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • Darla, I really thought the concept was kind of cool, in addition to being a tad bit creepy.  

      All of the different “eyes in the sky“... I never really thought about all of the cameras we can encounter just moving through a single day.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, too!



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 18, 2008
    • Shia is a great upcomming actor. He lives near my daughter and Ive met his mother a few times.  She is a wonderful woman and Shia ia not your silver spoon fed child.

      The movie I think is one of his best, since The Greatest Game Every Played.



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