Archive for the ‘Terrorist’ Category

It’s okay, but somehow all very far-fetched.

After the bombing of the CIA building, killing more than 200 people, an alleged war hero turned terrorist (Nicholas Brody) escapes with the help of Carrie Mathison (a bipolar CIA-expert and the central character of this series) to Canada. Of course, Brody is innocent because at the time of the attack he was having sex with Carrie.

Changes are very small that you start watching season 3 without having seen the previous two. It’s pretty logic to continue watching as you do want to know how the story goes on. But this time it isn’t all too captivating. It just starts too negatively. Brody escapes to Venezuela and gets addicted to heroin. Carrie is admitted to a psychiatric institution and happens to be pregnant as well. Dana Brody attempts to kill herself. Saul is a temporary director of the CIA, and seems to give up Brody and Carrie’s innocence to make the CIA look better. And suddenly it’s all about Iran.

It’s fascinating how the acting skills of Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are praised so often. They really suck. In every single scene there is just too much drama. It gets annoying. But ‘newcomer’ Shaun Toub is excellent as Majid Javadi, the number 2 of the country’s Revolutionary Guard. He’s really the only reason why it’s still fun watching this show. He has that ability to make someone evil look charming, like Christopher Waltz has as well.

Unlike the final of season 2, the last episode of season 3 does not make you long to continue watching.

Too bad.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1796960/episodes?season=3&ref_=tt_eps_sn_3

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A trio of ecological terrorists plan to blow up a reservoir dam. The first half of the movie leads up to the attack, the second half focuses on the aftermath. Knowing if the attack is successful or not will ruin the experience, so be careful reading reviews that focus too much on the plot. Maybe not watch the trailer either. But it’s necessary to know that the most intriguing parts of the story happen in the middle. The beginning is a bit confusing and it feels like the creators took a last-minute decision about the end.

It’s an original way of telling a story though. And it’s interesting to see a movie about environmentalists that doesn’t feel like it’s lobbying for their cause or stereotyping them too much. It’s set in beautiful Oregon – the most environment-friendly state – and it does show organic farmers living in a neo-hippie community listening to folk music and refraining from going on the Internet. But it also shows the terrorists buying a 10 000 dollar boat and driving a non-hybrid four-wheel truck. It puts things in perspective.

It’s a slow-paced dramatic thriller, with credible acting by the very convincing Dakota Fanning, the surprisingly non-annoying Peter Sarsgaard and the ever-semi-autistic Jesse Eisenberg.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2043933

Captain Phillips – **

Posted: February 19, 2014 in 2013, Action, Hijack, Terrorist, Thriller, USA, XX

Captain Phillips is an easy action thriller based on true events. It’s easy because it adds nothing particularly difficult to the linear and predictable storytelling. A captain takes a container ship from Oman to Kenya and gets hijacked by a small group of 4 Somali pirates. There are 20 to 30 crew members but the whole story focusses on one captain. Boring! And the captain is played by Tom Hanks. Boring.

It’s well made. But it just didn’t excite or thrill me at all.

It may be based on true events, but it is never explained why on earth the crew of such huge cargo ships cannot fire at criminals attacking them on a small ship. I’m sure there is some international law protecting human rights and stuff, but it would have been nice to actually have heard the crew discuss this topic. It would have just been nice to have the crew discuss anything. There is an interesting – but far too brief – scene in which the sailors tell the captain that they didn’t sign up to fight pirates. But then the captain tells them to resign as soon as they arrive in Mombasa and that’s the end if it. I have heard more heated discussions between a captain and his crew on the necessity of removing spider webs from the engine room.

And then you have the pirates of which the leader is the ugliest actor the cast director could find. It earned the him (Barkhad Abdi) an oscar nomination. But for what? Looking scary, confused and inarticulate isn’t good acting. His fellow pirate (Barkhad Abdirahman) is as scary, confusing and inarticulate. And he looks cooler.

Where is the empathy or disgust for these pirates? There is none whatsoever. Boring! There is an interesting scene – again too brief – in the beginning that tries to explain a bit how these pirates operate. What’s the background of these pirate motherfuckers? That’s what is interesting. Not how the Us Navy will end this hijack situation.

In the end you don’t care if someone survives or not.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535109

Whoever finishes the first season of Homeland will start watching the second one.

My review of the first season was very brief: I liked it. I wasn’t impressed by the acting and I didn’t find it that suspenseful either, but all in all it was okay.

My review of the second season will be brief too: I LOVED it! I’m still not impressed by the acting, but there were a lot of intriguing twists throughout the season and at times it was really suspenseful. I watched the 12 episodes straight! And yet, it won’t get ****. Just because there are several implausible scenes and the last episodes drag on too long. Plus: it should be a terrorist thriller series and not a romance between a bipolar and a schizophrenic.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1796960/episodes?season=2&ref_=tt_eps_sn_2