FILM CRITIC "The World's End" and "Elysium"
THE WORLD’S END
The third installment of director Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Although Simon Pegg is good...as usual... and although the story offers a lot of opportunities for a great movie, they killed WORLD'S END with the most stupid science fiction twist. The end scenes are just horrendous with the message: We humans are very stupid and even more stupid, but we are proud of it. Definitely a NO!
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. -- (C) Sony
Matt Damon is and was always one of the great actors of his generation. I am not a fan of him turning into an action star. Without him, ELYSEUM would be a minus 5 star rating, but for him I will give the film at least one star. The story is just breathtakingly silly and Jodie Foster acts as good as my grandmother when doing her Sylvester Stallone parody. But she was even beaten by more stupid acting: The bad guy who speaks with the most overdone South African dialect. Actually to see his bad acting is worth seing the film :-). Matt Damon: I am aware that you can do a lot of good stuff with the money you make from action movies... Better start soon, otherwise your reputation will be gone.
Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp, Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
OPEN LETTER TO STEVEN SPIELBERG
Dear Mr. Spielberg
Please excuse my bad English, but I am from Austria.
I have a brilliant idea for a new movie which should be directed and produced by you. It is great action and will hit the tooth of the time. Here is the story: SAVING ZIRYA.
Civil war in… let us name it Zirya. The brutal dictator Basher al-Acid (Al Pacino) is suppressing his people while he lives in a golden palace in unbelievable wealth and has a harem of 72 (former) virgins. His army, the bad guys, (we have to find a lot of really bad looking Extras) is killing mainly innocent women and children.
There is this 12 year old blonde orphan boy named Jamie, who lost his American father and Ziryan mother in one of these brutal attacks by the government forces. He is walking with his two extraordinary cute donkeys (Harvey and Marvin) through the devastated capital when he becomes a witness of a secret discussion between an army general and somebody else. He has to learn that the cruel dictator is planning a chemical weapon attack on 5000 women and children, because this is what Acid really likes. The boy knows the brilliant undercover American journalist Walter Finch (Tom Hanks) and his assistant Maggie (Cameron Diaz) who are in love with each other but do not know it yet. I believe this could be a nice twist. Finch is sending emails on a daily base to the White House and informs the Americans what he learned from the boy Jamie.
Now the good Americans really have enough of it and because they want to bring peace and their way of life to the whole world, they plan an attack to help all the suppressed people of Zirya, who are all good Islamic Methodists. Before they are launching their friendly missiles which are designed only to hit the bad guys, the US president sends in Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to prepare the ground for the American attack. Poor Jack gets shot seven (7) times within 24 hours but of course completes his mission with the help of James, Walter and Maggie while he is in constant contact with the US president via cell phone and of course with CTU and Homeland Security. But during their secret work, one of Jamie’s donkeys (we have to decide which one) gets killed by a brutal cousin of dictator Acid.
Finally lots of American missiles rain on the capital of Zirya, hitting only bad guys (approx. 100000) destroying all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons of the bad dictator. No innocent people get harmed thanks to Jack Bauer who gets shot again three (3) times. The bad Acid will flee from his palace and is trying to get to either Switzerland or Saudi Arabia. But he is in panic and gets lost while climbing a mountain which separates his palace from the secret airfield. Finally he falls of a rock while realizing that he has been followed by Jamie, Jack, Walter and Maggie. He is hanging there, holding on to a stone with only two fingers (all covered in golden rings), when the boy Jamie reaches him first. “Help me, I will make you very rich” he says, but Jamie only thinks about his dead donkey and just watches when the dictator finally falls down. Heartbreaking music (Vangelis) starts and we see a great sunset and all Ziryans are dancing. The music then changes into Star-Spangled Banner. Walter, Maggie and Jamie are holding their hearts with the right hand and then hug each other. In a distant you see Jack Bauer disappearing while he is on his cell phone saying something like “copy that”, because that’s what he always does.
During the credits one can see how the Americans, British, French and Germans are rebuilding this country to turn it into paradise.
Hope you like my story and I am awaiting your answer asap.