ATTACK ON TITAN 1 & 2

Maybe I’m too old or have the wrong ethnic makeup (or a combo of both) to appreciate live-action anime. Visually this packs a wallop, truly audacious, but that wears thin after a while and there’s not enough of a coherent story to carry it. I understand the anime version ran in the neighborhood of 25 hours, so the narrative naturally gets chopped up. Satomi Ishihara managed to stand out in a cast of stock characters.
FF=3.5

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MONGOL

The first of a trilogy about Genghis Kahn.  This one covers his boyhood and rise to power, uniting the Mongols.  The kid had a rough life.  Great scenery, but I was not engaged.

FF=3.5

COP OUT

The usually dependable Bruce Willis (I’ve been a fan since “Moonlighting”) is flat here and he and Tracy Morgan have zilch chemistry.  Morgan’s cop is simply too needy to care about. The only bright spot is Sean William Scott as the demented Dave.  The plot (if you can follow it) hops from cliche to cliche, which is okay in a funny cop buddy movie.  But when you enter that subgenre, you’re going to be compared to “Rush Hour” and “Bad Boys” and “Hot Fuzz,” so you’d better deliver on the =funny= and the =buddy=.  This did neither.  Director Kevin Smith’s fault?  I dunno.  I’ve already wasted too much thought on it.

FF=3.5

THE ISLAND

This wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad.  And certainly nowhere near as awful as 1979’s The Clonus Horror with which it has litigation-worthy similarities.  (My apologies for that ugly sentence.)  Some of the action scenes are terrific, but there’s nothing new here, and even the attempts at plot twists are visible from miles away. (You just knew Djimon Hounsou’s clone hunter would undergo a sea change.)

FF= 3.5

DECADENT EVIL

I started off FF-ing through this because it looked just plain bad.  Then I realized it was good-bad, and watched.  A cheapo-cheapo that’s perfect for Bad Movie Night – some laughs are intentional, many are not.  If you have a group that doesn’t mind nudity (a fair number of bare breasts here), break out the six packs and the wisecracks and watch.

FF= 3.5