Saturday, October 12, 2002

Review – The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Yet again Hollywood drags out the count and gives him a fresh flogging. Plenty of swordfights. Plenty of intrigue. Plenty of frantic overacting. Plenty of frilly costumes. Production values and high, making this a reasonably good retelling of a long-familiar story of love, betrayal and ice-cold revenge. Mildly amusing

Saturday, October 5, 2002

Review – Blade 2

At least it wasn’t as boring as the first one, due for the most part to the wise decision to crank up the action and turn down the plot. The story – to the extent that there is one – has something to do with our intrepid swordsman hero joining forces with his sworn enemies the vampires in order to defeat a legion of some kind of super-vampire creatures. A lot of the comic book elements creep in at awkward moments, such as the presence of a vampire SWAT team where each member has their own weapon of choice and nerdy nickname. But let’s be honest. If you’re going to rent a movie like this, you’re doing it for the creepy bloodsuckers and the flying fists of kung fu death. And you get both of those in abundance. Mildly amusing