Review for “Demolition Man”

Review for “Demolition Man”

Cast: Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan, Wesley Snipes as Simon Phoenix, Sandra Bullock as Lenina Huxley

 

Synopsis:  In a peaceful utopia, homicidal maniac Simon Phoenix spreads chaos.  Only one man can stop him–his old enemy John Spartan.

 

The movie starts in 1996, a chaos, crime-infested Los Angeles.  At the center of this madness is Simon Phoenix.  He’s intelligent, he’s insane and a homicidal maniac.  Enter John Spartan, someone who is as crazy as Phoenix is.  But unlike Phoenix, he’s a good guy.  He wants to stop the madness.  He wants to stop Simon.  He does, but at a huge price.  So he and Phoenix are sentenced to life in a prison where they’ll basically become human ice cubes.  Fast-forward to 2032, the world is now a utopia. Los Angeles is now called San Angeles,  It’s calm, peaceful, happy…and messed up.  Because there’s no free will, no independent thoughts and a bunch of ridiculous laws.  Someone needs to shake things up.  Maybe a newly defrosted, more lethal Simon?  How about John Spartan, cop/knitting enthusiast/former ice cube prisoner?  This new world very desperately needs some flavor, and these two are the perfect people to provide it.

 

The performances of Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes are remarkable.  They could’ve easily been your typical, cardboard action people, but they weren’t.  Their comic timing was on-point.  I really wasn’t expecting “Demolition Man” to be funny.  Their scenes together were always fun to watch.  But Wesley Snipes’ performance is the better one, IMO.  His version of Simon Phoenix is always crazy and unpredictable.  He’s so over-the-top that you almost root for him.  I enjoyed Sylvester Stallone’s performance of John Spartan, as well.  His character was very funny, smart and quick.  And he expressed his feelings of not fitting in in San Angeles very well.  But the two of them seemed to work best together.  They should work together again.  Sandra Bullock was usually delightful as Lenina Huxley, although her character was kinda annoying at times.  She proved to be smart and witty in this movie.  This was apparently one of her first roles.  You couldn’t tell.  She did very well in this movie.  As did Denis Leary.

 

Unlike a lot of action films, “Demolition Man” kinda forces you to think.  What would it be like to be in a world like this?  Do you think you’d want to live this way?  Or live as a Scrap?  It was so peaceful, it was actually depressing.  I’d probably react the same way John Spartan did.  Alex Thomson did the cinematography in “Demolition Man”.  He did a remarkable job.  So did director Marco Brambilla, who was the director.  This was apparently his directorial debut?  Well, he did a great job mixing action, comedy and satire.

 

There were a couple of nice twists here and there.  But we were left with some unanswered questions that I wanted to be answered.  You pretty much knew what to expect.  All in all, this was a very fun and entertaining film that raised a few unexpected questions.  Rent it from Netflix, Google Play and Amazon.  Enjoy the ride.  7.5 out of 10.

Review for “We Are Your Friends”

Review for “We Are Your Friends”

Cast : Zac Efron as Cole, Wes Bentley as James, Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie

Synopsis:  A young man with a not-so-good job dreams of becoming a professional D.J.

 

Ah, cliches.  You know why they exist?  Because they are often true.  You should follow your dreams.  You absolutely should be yourself.  Live life to the fullest.  I don’t know about love conquering all–depends on the circumstances.  But people generally get tired of cliches when it comes to movies–or so they say.  You can still enjoy a movie that is predictable.  I kinda enjoyed “We Are Your Friends”.  But I felt like some things were missing.

 

I think that Zac Efron is a good actor.  I’ve liked most of the movies I’ve seen him in.  But I never really got to know his character, Cole.  He didn’t do much in the movie but play music, do drugs and romance Sophie.  Zac Efron’s acting isn’t to blame.  He was pretty decent in the role.  I think it had more to do with the way his character was written. But if he ever decided to give up acting for a professional D.J. career, he could definitely do it.  That’s how good he was at it in the movie.  The other main characters–James and Sophie– in the movie had a bit more depth to them surprisingly.  I think Wes Bentley was very good playing the older DJ/mentor of Cole.  He was a jerk for a lot of the movie, but you didn’t hate him.  They were definitely times when you should’ve.  Emily Ratajkowski did a nice job playing Sophie.  Her character was a bit more complex than I was expecting. 

 

I think I’m forgetting the real main character of the movie–the music.  It’s easily the best part of “We Are Your Friends”.  I even enjoyed the song of the same title that played in the opening credits.  When I listened to it, it felt like I was in another world.  That’s what music feels like in general.  It really enhanced the scenes of the movie.  But I didn’t always get that feeling when the music wasn’t playing.

 

“We Are Your Friends” isn’t a bad film.  It just felt like something was missing.  I give it a 5/10.  You can find it on Google Play, Netflix or Amazon.

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