Blackhat (2015)

This movie at times made me black out. It was just so choppy, it was hard to follow. I also just can’t see beefcake Chris Hemsworth as this awesome computer geek hacker. It just didn’t make any sense. I thought Wei Tang was not only beautiful, but an excellent actress throughout this film. I’m not exactly sure why Viola Davis was in this, she seems like she should be in better movies than this. I like movies about computers and hacking (even the movie the Net!) but this one didn’t really hold my attention. It just felt like waiting for a dial-up modem to connect. Loud noises and all.

64/100

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Chappie (2015)

I’m one happy chap. Imagine Short Circuit and District 9 had a movie baby and you have this film. Chappie is a police droid that is kidnapped and reprogrammed by a group of misfits. A lot of people didn’t like these characters, but they were just as fun as they were colorful. The writing is really funny (albeit crass) and the action and CGI are top notch. You’ll fall in love with Chappie way faster than you did with Wall-E, plus Chappie is a gangster number one. There were a lot of laughs to be had and even some moments where you feel truly sorry for the robot. I loved Hugh Jackman and Dev Patel. Yo-Landi and Ninja were also great additions to the cast. Sharlto Copley as Chappie’s voice was also really good. This isn’t your normal type of movie and that’s why I really liked it. Plus, those graphics… Neill Blomkamp is a genius with special effects.

96/100

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WarGames (1983)

Computers and floppy discs aren’t always fun and games. I liked this movie, I thought Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy were really fun. The thing that ultimately kills this movie though is the technology. It may have been really neat in the early 80’s but it looks pretty bad today. If there was any movie that deserves a reboot from the 80’s this one would be good with today’s technology. Sure you can’t replace young Matthew Broderick (unless he has a son) but I think it would be fun to see a revamped version. Still, for how bad the computers look, the movie does provide tension that you can cut with a soldering iron. So grab your dial-up modem and get ready for some green and black text that will blow your mind in this hacking thriller.

79/100

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Citizenfour (2014)

A real snore for a citizen like me. I don’t watch an incredible amount of documentaries but this one dragged on forever. It was slightly less than two hours long but it felt like at least four. It seemed forever before they got to Edward Snowden in the film. I got to hear from some journalists that I really don’t care for and had to watch some sort of strange symposium from Occupy Wall Street. When it finally got to Snowden it got a little more interesting until he starts talking in techno-jargon and loses you, and all the stuff he is writing down or typing isn’t shown to the audience (obviously for security reasons) but still, it isn’t enthralling entertainment. My favorite scenes (and I’m being sarcastic here) are where Snowden is sitting and watching television, or shaving or just staring at his computer. I started this movie sort of late and I almost never fall asleep unless I’m tucked into a bed, laying in the dark but I was about to succumb to slumber. I don’t like to inject politics into anything but I’ll say that I’m glad he brought up the subject of privacy in our modern world, but I wish there was a more legal channel he could have taken (maybe there wasn’t one) to bring this information out. Still, I’d skip this as I learned nothing I didn’t hear in the news already and I can watch more interesting things than personal grooming habits and television-watching.

20/100

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