Sunday, September 25, 2011
‘Abduction’ follows teenager Nathan Price (played by Taylor Lautner), who’s dealing with feelings of rage and anger, and thoughts that he’s living someone else’s life. While working on a school project with neighbor Karen Lowell (portrayed by Lily Collins), the two discover a missing children website with a picture of Nathan when he was three years old. He discovers that his parents, Kevin and Mara Harper (played by Jason Isaacs and Mario Bello, respectively), aren’t his birth parents, and they’re hiding a mysterious and dangerous secret.
While trying to figure out his true identity, CIA agents and assassins begin targeting Nathan, and he is forced to go on the run. He brings Karen with him, as her parents are away on vacation, and he begins to feel that he can best protect her. Nathan and Karen race to elude the agents and assassins, while aiming to solve the mystery behind his elusive biological parents.
Singleton, who achieved box office success with his last two action films, ’2 Fast 2 Furious’ and ‘Four Brothers,’ unfortunately failed to include the elements in ‘Abduction’ that made his previous movies thrilling and captivating. While the action thriller had an interesting concept, making a teenager the main protagonist who’s determined to discover the truth about his true family and background while protecting those he loves, the back-story isn’t extremely detailed. It’s hard to relate to Nathan, as there’s no in-depth information about his background, including why he felt he couldn’t fit in with anyone, or exactly why the assassins are after him.There are holes and questions that don't ever get answered.
Given that ‘Abduction’ is Lautner’s first major role leading outside of the ‘Twilight’ series, and the predictability of the thriller’s plot-line, the actor still did well with the material he was given.
While Singleton has received acclaim for depicting inner city violence in such films as ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and ‘Baby Boy,’ and achieved blockbuster status with ’2 Fast 2 Furious’ and ‘Four Brothers,’ the director ultimately failed to create a memorable plot or action sequences with ‘Abduction.’ He forgoed a detailed back-story to instead focus on cliched stunts. With Singleton’s reputation and the reported $40 million budget for ‘Abduction,’ the filmmaker should have interlaced a more developed, thought-provoking plot with better action sequences. Luckily, Lautner’s commitment to his role of Nathan helped redeem the film and make it more intriguing.
I enjoyed the cast, other than Lilly Collins. She played the weak damsel in distress and was a bit irritating. At least I think she was. I fell that the problem was in the writing, the plot development, the dialogue. At points I felt like a member of the team working on Twilight, was snuck in to work on this script. We got some gems such as when Nathan is being "blackmailed.""You will then be responsible for the death of all your friends... ON FACEBOOK!!"
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Dec 7th 2o12 baby!! The movie musical Les Miserables is coming to theaters!! I love this show and I think it has amazing music. I was so excited to hear about the cast, with one exception. I think this has amazing potential, and I hope it turns out to be spectacular.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Get an exclusive first look at the tracklisting for Michael’s new album Christmas below.
1. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
3. Jingle Bells [feat the Puppini Sisters]
4. White Christmas [with Shania Twain]
5. All I Want For Christmas Is You
6. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
7. Santa Buddy (Santa Baby)
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
10. Silent Night
11. Blue Christmas
12. Cold December Night
13. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
14. Ave Maria
15. Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad" [with Thalia]
Frosty the Snowman
Coming out I believe Oct 24th. I'm just a little bit excited!!!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Did you know that the average person touches his or her face as many as 3,000 times a day? After seeing “Contagion,” you will. All the same, the movie felt a little too real for some. Burns hopes that for all of the medical data in “Contagion,” audiences will also take away a greater sense of interdependence. “It is our connection to each other that allows the virus to spread,” the screenwriter said. “But it’s also our connection to each other that tells us to care for one another.”The big picture is terrifically well built, involving a CDC deputy director (Laurence Fishburne) responsible for coordinating response as well as the dissemination of information to a panic-prone public; the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer (Kate Winslet) he sends into one of the first hot spots to work next to first responders; a medical researcher (Jennifer Ehle) racing to produce a vaccine; a WHO representative (Marion Cotillard) tracking global dissemination; and an independent activist blogger by the extravagant name of Alan Krumwiede (Jude Law), whose aggressive independent investigation and reporting on his guerrilla-truth website have their own viral effects. The movie's attitude toward the bloke is telegraphed by Law's prosthetic snaggletooth and duck-like walk. A stickler for details, Lipkin warned Kate Winslet, who plays the CDC’s Dr. Erin Mears, that she couldn’t fidget with her face mask — “You’re breaking your seal,” he told her — and instructed Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Emhoff’s wife, Beth, what a seizure looks like, even if he thinks she might have foamed at the mouth just a bit too much in the finished film.
Contagion opens not with a bang but a shiver, as scenes of very ordinary, everyday life — little kids in a classroom, singles at a bar, waiters and busboys doing the handling and wiping for which they were hired — mask the catastrophe at hand. The movie ends not with a bang but more of a whew!, a few wan attempts at sentimental satisfaction, and an infectious thump of dread. I couldn't look away, and neither did I touch my face with my hands.
Last night I could tell I was catching something. My throat felt swollen and sore and it hurt to swallow. Then Jordan and I went to see this movie. After watching all the victims catch MEV-1 I felt that tickle in my throat. I was coughing and clearing my throat the entire time. I was thinking, oh no. What if I have some freaky virus and I’m going to die, i'm sure I'm running a fever. This movie was disturbing but a lot of fun and it is safe to say I am sufficiently paranoid now. I don’t want to shake hands, use a drinking fountain, turn a door knob. I think I need to disinfect my keyboard also.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. “
- President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
- President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?"