Reviews by markwells
Implausible
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This far-fetched Lifetime channel-ish flick quickly drifts into monotony. Although I found myself rooting for him during the last half hour of this tedious marathon, I didn't really care too much about the Russell Crowe character or his incarcerated wife. The movie didn't make me care because she wasn't shown as having a hard time in prison or being too inconvenienced. Because I stayed awake Ill give this one a C+.
Shaky.
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Why do I feel guilty about liking this movie? Maybe because of the hand-held camera style and the way it makes you feel like you're right there, watching as something terrible happens to someone else. You don't want to look away. You want to keep watching and get a better look and try to figure out just what the heck that thing is terrorizing the city. This is where the movie succeeds. One problem: Hold the camera still. The home video effect is way overdone. Even the most amateurish of videographers would be more steady-handed. Having said that, I still liked this movie.
Underrated
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I don't know why this movie didn't get more attention or critical acclaim. This was a good, weird, sci fi movie.
Bravo!
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Some things just get better with age. This is a terrific gem of a movie, the best of the series.
A masterpiece
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This is one of the best war movies ever made and probably the best cinematic rendering of World War Two that you'll find. Steven Spielberg pulls out all the stops and thrusts us onto the beach at Normandy in the middle of all the horrible action. The first 30 minutes of this movie is nearly exhausting in the totality of out and out attack and battle for survival. Spielberg spares nothing. He captures every detail of the chaos in frightening clarity. As the smoke clears and the dust settles we can catch our breath and get on with our business of saving Private Ryan. The action doesn't stop there though and neither does the realism. Make no mistake this is not a heartless action flick. With the well-acted story line, colorful cast of characters, and documentary worthy cinematography. This motion picture is a moving experience. A must see!