3 out of 5 stars
What happens when law enforcement officers die? They join the Rest In Peace Department or the R.I.P.D.. It’s a little sad they still have to stay in the same job in their afterlife but I guess they want to protect the weak anyway. Their job is to rid the living world of “Deados” or spirits that remained on Earth as monsters. They look human but decay and destruction follow them eg. leaky pipes, faulty lights etc.
It may seem like a Men In Black ripoff whenever the monsters appear but the story behind the monsters is actually quite cool. I like how living Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and dead Nick have something common to investigate. Nick’s avatar as an old Chinese guy is hilarious because he’s often seen welding a banana, while Roy’s (Jeff Bridges) avatar played by Marisa Miller is super duper hot.
TRUE GRIT (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Mattie Ross: You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.
True Grit tells the story of how 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) brought Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), the man who shot her father, to justice through sheer determination. She hires US Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) to find the coward who has gone into hiding in the Indian territory. They meet Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who joins them because he’s been tracking Chaney for months and intends to bring him back to Texas where he’s wanted for the murder of another man.
Well, I’ve been wanting to catch this since the trailer came out and it did not disappoint. It’s the first Western I’ve caught on the big screen and the accent can be hard to understand at first, but it was a good experience. You can say I’m pretty fascinated with the guns and the accent. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld is amazing! Mattie is tough and holds her own among the men and shows true courage even when faced with danger. I can’t believe she’s only 14 – she got to ride a horse and shoot people! Jeff Bridges really brought out his character with his deep, gravelly voice and I liked the scene where he had a shoot-out with Matt Damon! And of course, it was weird seeing Matt Damon with that much moustache.
Rooster Cogburn: Ground’s too hard. Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.
One thing though: no one warned me about the fingers. But it’s all right, my threshold level is much higher after 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone. Thought it didn’t win anything out of its 10 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards, I think the film speaks for itself.
TRON: LEGACY (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars
I would say Tron: Legacy is one of the most anticipated films of this year, especially with all the super cool posters that they have – and the lightcycle!
Kevin Flynn, CEO of ENCOM, disappeared in 1989 leaving behind his son, Sam. Twenty years later, Alan, an old friend of Kevin’s, visits Sam when he receives a page from Kevin’s arcade. Sam goes to the arcade and accidentally sends himself to The Grid. Sam is sent to battle at the arena and meets Clu, a program set in the image of his father. Help arrives in the form of Quorra, who tells Sam that his father was trapped in this world and reunites father and son as they race to get to the Portal before Sam, too, gets trapped in The Grid.
Wow, I saw this in 3D and I thought the effects were pretty decent. I liked the lightcycles especially cos they left a trail of light in their path, and just the plain act of mounting the lightcycle is so cool! The equivalent for death in The Grid is deresolution, which essentially is being smashed into millions of pixels – not pretty. Olivia Wilde as Quorra is another kick-ass babe in the digital world. Turns out she has a secret identity of her own. And there’s Garrett Hedlund – oh, it’s been so long since I’ve seen him on the big screen!
The soundtrack, scored by Daft Punk, is fantastic and reminds you of The Grid even when you’re not watching the movie. They make a cameo in the club, where Castor (Michael Sheen) orders them to “Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls, if you’d be so kind.”