Movie Reviews for 2-24-14
The big news at the box office is The Lego Movie is number one again and is the highest-grossing film of 2014…it added 31.5 million and has made 183 million so far. This week's new releases didn't fare so well, 3 Days to Kill was second with just 12.3 million and Pompeii was third with only 10 million.
(3 Days to Kill - Relativity Media - Rated PG-13)
3 Days to Kill is a fairly standard action film. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Kevin Costner is actually pretty good in his portrayal of a tired badass CIA agent who just wants to spend time with his wife and kid. His moments with Hailee Steinfeld are touching and real. The action, while stretching the limits of believability, is well paced and involving. The film is not without it's problems…Johnny Depp's fiancé Amber Heard is the weakest spot and is almost a cartoon…she brings One. Whole. Dimension. to her portrayal, and no depth whatsoever. She almost costs the film its credibility. Check your brain at the door, and this can be a pleasant diversion. It's better than I thought it would be…If you have 2 hours to kill, check out 3 Days to Kill. 3 Stars Out of 5.
(Pompeii - TriStar - Rated PG-13)
In Pompeii, Nothing really happens except a for giant lava flow of melodrama until over an hour into it…it uses the Titanic formula. She's royalty, he's a slave. His abs grab her attention…So naturally, they fall in love. Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington plays Milo's abs while Emily Browning gasps at his abs. He's a horse whisperer with cut abs. She's a royal horse owner…together they ride beautifully. Plus, he shows her his abs. So naturally she swoons. And yes, they're boring. Kiefer Sutherland's abs aren't nearly as amazing, plus, he's old enough to be her father so she's repulsed. Kiefer makes an ash of himself with a bad accent and worse behavior. I wondered, why is it that these are Italians, but they all speak with English accents? Who cares when stuff starts blowing up in the last 15 minutes? This laugh riot causes an unintentionally hilarious eruption of laughter. This movie is full of bad writing, hideous acting, horrendous direction and loads of filler. I didn't lava Pompeii. But its ashes should be scattered upon movies so bad they're good for years to come. 2 Stars Out of 5
1."The Lego Movie," $31.5 million ($23.1 million international).
2."3 Days to Kill," $12.3 million.
3."Pompeii," $10 million ($22.8 million international).
4."RoboCop," $9.4 million ($17.7 million international).
5."The Monuments Men," $8.1 million ($13.6 million international).
6."About Last Night," $7.4 million.
7."Ride Along," $4.7 million.
8."Frozen," $4.4 million ($9 million international).
9."Endless Love," $4.3 million ($1.3 million international).
10."Winter's Tale," $2.1 million ($2.4 million international)