Set Destination for Treasure Planet

Treasure-Planet

Treasure Planet is a Disney movie that people tend to forget about, but seeing it on Netflix prompted me to give it a try.

Treasure Planet is one of the few Disney animated films where they are specifically targeting boys.  It has everything from space boats to an alien that speaks in farts, and the main character rides a powered hover-board.  In my perspective, as a boy, it mostly succeeds at this attempt. I like space, pirates, and think fart humor is funny, so good work everybody, but it never breaks through and  becomes a classic.  I think that they were trying just a little too hard to be ‘cool’.

The story is mostly the same as Treasure Island except in space, and I was wondering during the film if they just did Treasure Island if it would have been a classic.  I think with the cast and crew it would have been close.

As is, it is a good flick and I think most people should check it out.

Don’t fear The Wrath of the Titans

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Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to the reboot of Clash of the Titans which did horrible business in the US but did great business overseas, so I am sure that producers hoped that this would do the same.  It didn’t.  But it promised big monsters and cool landscapes, so I gave it a try.

This movie had one thing going for it.  Cool Monsters, and it delivered on that, but sadly everything else was lacking.  The story was that pretty much everyone had daddy issues and they they had all reached a boiling point because the stupid humans decided to stop praying to the gods making the gods weak, and because they were weak they could no longer contain the big daddy of them all, Cronos: giant lava monster.  He is the father of the gods, and he wants to wipe out the Earth or something, so our heroes obviously decide to stop him.

So they go from one cool looking fight to the next to stop oblivion, but the problem is that you never feel that they are in danger, and they do nothing to develop the characters to care if they make it or not, so all you get is cool looking stuff, which looks great on my big screen, but makes the 97 minute run time seem like slow motion.  I am sure the main motivation for actors in this film was the pay check, and since all they had to do was hang out in sand box surrounded by a green screen, heck why not.

So if you like cool looking bad guys and dudes in skirts, this is your movie.  If those aren’t enough then look else ware for TV viewing fun.

Don’t let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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I got Sleeping Dogs for Christmas this year from my little brother.  I just now got around to playing it due to lack of time and a giant backlog of games to play, but I am glad I did.  It seems like it would be a basic GTA open world clone, and for the most part I guess it is, but it is slickly produced and a lot of fun to play.

You play has an under cover cop trying to take down the triads of Hong Kong, and to do this you try and gain their trust by committing low level crimes and appearing to help them move their drugs around, but since you are cop you also do police work and get bad guys arrested.

The thing that really sets this game from others in the genre is that they developed a really fun hand to hand fighting system that makes you feel like you are playing a Kung-Fu movie.  It is almost a shame when they add guns to the mix because the fighting is so much fun.  You also gain levels, which let you add new moves and character bonuses like reduced damage when getting hit.

The games does have it flaws, like the fact you can just run over people and kill civilians at random with no consequences even though you are an officer of the law, and the enemy AI are as dumb as bricks, and the story really is not that great, but these are minor things, so if you have time you should still check out this game.  It should be at a reduced price by now too as an added bonus.

 

Spreading Dredd

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A friend of mine, Daniel Robison, pointed out that Dredd is selling very well on DVD and Blu-Ray even though it was undoubtedly a box office flop  This is great news; Dredd was a fantastic film that delivered on it promise of non-stop action and violence and it never lets up until the end.  All us geeks are hoping that if it sells well enough on DVD that it will get a sequel.  I doubt that it will work, but it is good to see a movie rewarded for its valiant effort to create movies based on comic book characters, and not compromise on what and who that characters is to add “mass appeal”. So I encourage everyone to go and check out this movie.  It should be at all major rental venues and wherever movies are sold.