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« Reply #375 on: August 26, 2014, 07:02:20 PM »

Saw Draft day last night.  A little entertaining but I was hoping for a whole lot more.  I would get specific but don't want to ruin it for anyone who wants to see it.  I'd give it 2 1/2 - 3 stars out of 5.
Just saw it.....

Not that great but not bad also... 3 out of 5 stars also.
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« Reply #376 on: August 26, 2014, 08:45:51 PM »

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Henely

 an 11 minute short film shown at sundance, that is being turned into a trilogy. Henely tells the story of a " budding hotel manager and roadkill entrerenaur ". Helping his dad run a hotel he gets tips for roadkill collected. The entreprenaur in him soon devises a plan on how to make more money.  This is his first taste in killing.

Henely is being produced into a trilogy by Elijah Woods (LOTR fame), who seems to be doing darker material lately and i hope this turns out half as good as everyone is expecting. In "The Boy" we are introduced to a young budding hotel manager and roadkill entreprenaur Ted Henely who, as a result of conditions, receives tips for roadkill collected by his father. This becomes his first taste in killing. This tells the story of the making of a sociopath. We follow young Henely at age 9, again re-visiting him at ages 14 and 18 to where he becomes a mass murder and serial killer. (Im only guessing here the sequel will be the teen, and the man) as we see the environmental factors, conditions, and sociology behavior that transforms a  curious boy, to young to know the evils of his doings, into a full fledge sociopathic killer. This can be a great trilogy if they do their DD and consider all the details, sociological behavior, and environmental factors as well personal interactions that lead him down this dark path. While the limited teaser trailer reveals only a small fraction of the short, we are treated to the making of henely, his eyes, facial expressions and demeanor, and reasons that lead him down this path. If this film decides to divulge into the psychology with the proper direction and consulting from the proper personnel, this could really be something special that i cant wait to  experience. To see or imagine a boy at such a young age traveling down this path is unsettling, where childhood is suspose to be the most joyful time of life this could be a real suspense thriller spread out over the course of this young boys life. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this 2015 release for the first part.
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« Reply #377 on: September 16, 2014, 08:28:10 PM »

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The Tower

-Korean with English sub.
    When a spectacular display for a V.I.P. party goes horribly wrong amist prior safety concerns, its 180 stories of pure chaos, and almost as many smaller personal stories intertwined. If you must, you can view this as a Korean modernized version of "the towering inferno" but it contains so much more on a personal level of stories, social structure, and of course so real life events.  I took a chance on this buying without seeing based on reviews and personal judgements thinking this would be a decent movie at best, which exceeded my expectations on many different levels. There were beautiful visuals of the Korean skyline, as well haunting reminders of 911. A multitude of layering with love and family, and hard decisions and sacrifices that were made, some of political involvement. This really tied so much together in a story and character depth, with a emotional value, something hollywood always seems to forget in thier digitialized world of cgi.

  The movies opens around an important V.I.P. event in a premier building known as the tower sky, a 180 story glass building connected with a sky walk to a mirror structure. A beautiful night time display of fireworks celebrates Christmas eve along with helicopters that produce man made snow over the building and event. For this is a building that caters to the rich and elite. A cross draft causes chaos amongst the helicopters hovering above with massive snow making machines suspended by cables and this is the cause of the fire igniting a series of explosive reactions 180 stories up that leads to mass panic and confusion as well a frantic display of self perservation.

  The cgi and fire simulation i thought was really good, on par with hollywood standards for a movie with significantly less budget money. The movie opens with about 30 minutes of backstory, following the disregarded safety concerns in favor of all hands on deck preparation for the V.I.P. party as well following the going ons of the fire department. What really sets this apart is the multitude of story lines, following the perspective from many angles from the husband who was suppose to be off christmas eve, but couldnt abbandon his fellow firefiighters and inspite of disappointing his wife, to a love interest of a building manager who is in love with one of his workers as they are trapped and struggle to survive. There is the man seperated from his young daughter that defies death and firefighters concerns to continue to find his daughter, a probies (rookie) first day on the job,  to the political aspect where firefighters were given a priority list of rescue, starting with the congressmen and vip (think the social structure of Titanic where the rich were giving priority over survial over the poor, where as in  a similar manner steel titanium doors were used to block hallway passages to ensure the intgrity structure of the building and extra time for helicopters to save the rich at the top, in exchange for a few lives)

   There were many great scenes from a elevator stuck and being enfullfed by flames in the shaft, where peoples feet and hands started to burn from the intense heat cooking them alive, to a great glass connecting bridge that is compromised with people trying to cross, shattering and raining in a display of jagged glass, steel and bodies falling hundreds of feet to the ground. Hard decisions were made, some political, some in lure of self preservation, mixing  with some comedic elements (such as a man trying to frantically exit an elevator while pushing his girlfriend in a hurry who appeared stuck between the doors "why is your ass so big, you told me you were a size 0") and the hazing of a rookie firefighter forced from his shower early running naked throughout the firehouse to find it was a false alarm.

  This movie also relived some of the horrifing scenes of 911, falling burning bodies from the building, firefighters trapped trying to save those stuck in between floors and   SPOILER... an eventual decision to implode the building to protect surrounding structures around it, as the building comes crumbling down , scenes of people frantacially searching for loved ones, posting pictures, END SPOILER... 

  A movie that exceed my expectations, my only gripes would be minor, a dvd with flat color tones, picture quality was not as crisp, and the subtitles were overly large, boxy, like a 8-bit video game display. Decent soundtrack, especially in the end where there was a stretch of no audible except a sombering classical piece with the raw emotions of the aftermath of people. There were some great slow motion scenes, a backdraft in the hallway, helicopter explosion, and glass bridge faulting as well camera work and angles that gave interesting perspectives. The move starts with 30 minutes of backstory, and is pratically non-stop action for the remainder 90 minutes following the mulitple story lines which goes amazing fast for a 2 hr movie. A solid recommend for anyone.
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« Reply #378 on: October 02, 2014, 09:28:31 PM »

starting to gain some momentum. looks decent. opens limited release xmas day, nationally in jan.
directed by clint eastwood with a nearly unrecognizable bradley cooper. feels tense. "american sniper" based on the book.


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« Reply #379 on: October 18, 2014, 02:44:00 PM »

First and foremost, do not judge this movie by this trailer which isn't exactly a strong marketing/selling point.

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Rabies (Kalevet) 2010

    - Isreal. Billed as a horror movie set in broad daylight. When 2 policemen, 2 couples, a brother and sister, park ranger, his girlfriend and dog, along with a killer all convege in a wooded area their worlds collide, overalap and become hopelessly entwined. This is one of the smartest, wittiest, horror movies to come along in a long time with a ironic twist at the end. Directed by  Aharon Keshales and starring Lior Ashrenazi, both of BIg Bad Wolves, there is a lot of mending of conflict, confusion, and jumping back and forth between the sets of people as they cross paths in a secluded reserve. The movie contains some dark humor/mood, along with ironic twists with multiple angle, with a good deal of suspense.

    The movie will keep you guessing as to the purpose of the events, even through it is quite obviouse from the start. Smart and clever, there is some blood, but most of the violence takes place off screen,  and things are not always what they appear to be, and gets out of hand. The movie picks up about 20 minutes in, as the story jumps from group to group, with series of events all leading them on a collison course with individual events all happening within the groups (it helps if you saw and followed movies such as  pulp fiction, go, and 11:14).

   The movie is more suspense/drama then a horror, and is a refreshing take on the genre, and plays out like a jig-saw puzzle that you will have to try to piece together and follow. All of which will elude you from the sole purpose and ironic twist. The dvd has a sharp picture quality, with a minimal soundtrack. The acting is average. There are some unresolved character issues, loose ends, and questions with  the ending but the real intrigue is in the twist that may elude you while you try to follow all the events and happenings in the meantime.

   Dont judge this movie by the trailer, which is probablely the poorest marketing aspect for this movie and does it no justice. Worth a watch for people who like clever twists and smart writing.

   So the basic premises of the movie is that it is set in broad daylight, but the real twist is
SPOILER ...   








there is a killer who has the woods boobytrap, who abducts a girl, is shot by the park ranger (with a tranquilzer gun) but manages to elude him. The paths of the 2 policemen called in to help the 2 couples lost on the reserve, the park ranger, his dog his girlfriend, along with the brother and sister all cross paths, and through a variety of circumstances, are all killed by each other through confusion, mistaken identity, or disputes. The killer lies unconscious the whole time and is one of the few not killed, and doesn't kill anyone. He awakens, unaware of the events that occured and goes about his buisness.  END SPOILER. 
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« Reply #380 on: November 02, 2014, 09:09:01 PM »

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Frankensteins army

summary from production :Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades -- a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

  The movie is a found footage/documentary style in the likes of blair witch. The video itself is treated to look aged, in terms with the time era, with flickering and jumpy frame rates, monotone coloring, and quick transistion, sometimes time traveling. The movie is told from a russian journalist armed with a camcorder, seeking dr. frankenstein, a macabre dr. who transforms fallen nazi soldiers into steam-punk-zombie hybrids (who really wasnt all that creepy or what one would expect). Spoken in english, i thought it was a bit odd, maybe a marketing decision, with heavy russian accents which was a bit hard to follow at times, perhaps subtitles would of been better. Three russian soldiers and the video tech, stumble upon an underground nazi lab (similar to house of a thousand corpses) where the dead are restiched together with steam punk like parts to make the ultimate killer. There is no real character development here, instead the movie focuses more on the unusual steam-punk contraptions, which were pretty unique and interesting, one of the few highlights the movie had to offer. Think puppet master meets nazi zombies meets joseph mengel.
 
  some of the more interesting concepts of steam punk zombies are a guy who had an heavy duty electrical cord inserted into his head, with a welder attached for an arm to do manufacturing work and welding. An airplane propeller attached in place of a soldiers head, soldiers with circular saws and sheet cutting sheers for arms and one armor plated undead with a spiked head torture casing that will close in on its victims. Perhaps my favorite was a nazi soldier who had long spider leg blades for its arms and legs with a two foot drill bit emitting from his mouth. unfortunately this is probably the only satisfactory part of the movie. There was not a lot of violence or bloodshed, minus some skull capping removal for brain swapping and a shot gun to the head. The theory was pretty unique, but the execution, acting and development left alot to be desired. Not really scary, a bit slow at times, the ending was rather abrupt and quick with not alot of background, maybe it was left this way intentionally.

all in all this was a   0.99 rental for me, which was worth the price for the unique monsters, but not by much if you like a story line to go with it. Some cool visionary, but not enough to really hold ones attention and be considered a good movie. I would go C rating here, Much better nazi zombie movies out there, but as far as steam punk nazi human hybrids this one stands alone. had higher hopes for this.
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« Reply #381 on: November 03, 2014, 09:30:07 PM »

the boy. 8 minute private screening/highlight. in post production now. this is going to be one disturbing and unsettling movie to watch.

videopassword is: henleymotel. 

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« Reply #382 on: November 15, 2014, 11:09:32 AM »

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

   The story of a forbidden friendship between a nazi commander's son, age 8, and a jewish boy in a concentration camp that has tragic consequences.

"Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows - John Betjeman"

   This quote best sums up the movie. The story of the innocence of childhood and friendships created before the dark prejudices of adulthood. A child, full of adventure, curiosity and the innocence to his surroundings and goings on in the world at the time (WW II), or to the details of what his nazi commandes fathers job requires. Bruno is a boy, whose father has just gotten a promotion, so he must leave his friends behind to the country side where his father will take up command, unknowingly to him, at a concentration camp, which bruno mistankes  for a farm with strange people dressed in pajamas. He forms an unlikely bond and friendship with a boy named Shmuel (jack scanlon) who will absolutely steal your heart with empathy from his performance as a broken child, seperated from his parents and confined in a nazi concentration camp, he too, not completely sure of what is going on, except that he is supposed to be enemeys with the nazi german boy.

   The interaction bewteen Bruno and Shmuel is the real story and tear jerker here, but there is so many more layers and character development, such as the relatioship between the father and wife, when the wife sees first hand the horrors of the war and what is going on, the fathers and son (bruno), where the father is trying to explain how he is working to make a better life for him, the relationship of the mother and bruno, where both start to show empathy and concern for the treatment of such jewish servants where as the father and comrades treat them like cattle going to the slaughter.

   The movie unfolds like a book, slowly revealing itself, there is not  alot of action, only off screen implied violence, which is still uncomfortable to watch when the kids are involved. Shmuel steals the show with his facial expressions of a boy, joyous to have a friend, even though the are not suppose to. There are some tender moments, some heartbreaking, especially the last five minutes where bruno tries to right a previous wrong imposed on shmuel, that results in tragic and horrific consequences that some may say is ironic on one part, but shouldnt have happened at its cost.

   Some may find this a slow paced affair, but if you study are the inner working relationships, the tender story of the innocence of boyhood friendships without prejudice, and the lengths as to what one goes to and costs, this will be a rewarding film if you can handle the ending, which again is sad, depressing, ironic, a punch in the gut,  and heartwrenching to say the least. The big payoff is here.

 Previous heard about this movie, caught in on the free movie section and so happy i gave it a chance. Truely a hidden gem i will pick up on dvd. Highly recommended. It is english speaking, one of the few movies i watch so, and it is worthy, even at rental price. This is truely a movie you appreciate more after you watch it, consider it, and socialize about it revealing more and more of its content you may have overlooked. I could hardly wait to review this. The trailer by the way makes it look hokey, like a hallmark movie, please disregard. By the way this may be under your free on demand movie section, but can also be found and watched online i believe at a popular streaming site. Must see

other similar movies worthy a peek: a film unfinished.
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« Reply #383 on: January 18, 2015, 12:37:51 PM »


Cold Eyes
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    -Korean remake of the french thriller "Eye in the Sky" which has a reference and a special cameo at the end that ties the two together. The story revolves around a crack surviellence team that is tracking down an organized ring of crime conducting bank heists. A rookie "piglet" is recruited to the team who shows a remarkable photographic memory for detail. The movie itself is very smart and sophisticated, in the likes of an Ocean 11, where there is a multitude of perspective, surviellence and high tech means utilized to solve the crimes, but is also paired with good old detective work and reasoning. Pieces are put together from various CCTV , cell phone triangulation,  and computer tracing to conduct on the best cat- mouse, & chase-follow thrillers ive seen in a while next to I Saw the Devil.

    The movie plays heavily on surviellece tactics but hardly slows for a second, with edge of seat action, and multiple quick paced scene transistions with a lot of detail, that can be hard to follow if your a noob to reading subtitles (let alone trying to write a review at the same time). The camera work is very good, great visuals of the city from a top down perspective, nightlife, and a POV with a jump through a window with a rolling crash off a car below keeps things interesting. The video is sharp, blu-ray, with a decent soft soundtrack during tense and emotional scenes, while letting the car chases and shoot outs be what they are with thier natural ambience. There is also a very good tribute? im guessing to Old Boy with an alley fight of hammers  and knifes shot in one take.

   There is minor scenes of violence, nothing over the top or gory, with continous on the go action-surviellence that will keep you glued. The first 5 minutes are hard to follow as to what exactly is going on, but you are soon clued in to the set up and the movie is much easy to follow after that. This a very good action movie, with a lot of technical jargon and surviellence speak but offers a more hands on approach. There is one interesting scene where they are tailing a suspect, trading off not to get compromised, when one agent ducks into a building with a turnstile all the while removing the jacket and turning it inside out, removes the hat and replaces it will headphones and sunglasses to appear nearly different before exiting in one swift motion. There are multiple scenes of flashbacks where piglet puts pieces of the puzzel together from her observations earlier on. The movie really does keep guessing and interested throughtout the nearly 118minutes. If your a fan of spy thrillers, and accustom to movies with subtitles this a definite must see.

Breaking Bad Barrel Set

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just picked this up as a late xmas present and since i haven't done a review in a long time figured i'd add this in. First off all I only know of one type of Breaking Bad fan, the rabid kind, so why not spend the small bit more for a specialized casing with extras. Orginally $250, i was able to get this for $135, mostly with xmas money i recieved so in the end spent very little myself on this. Lets start with the obvious, the casing, constructed of abs plastic in the shape of one of walts barrel he buries his money in. Heavy plastic,not at all cheap, with a swing door that opens held by a magnet. The top lid comes off, again held on by magnets, to reveal a picture of the money  stuffed inside plus various extras, an los hermos apron, a challenge coin, and a matchbook usb drive that leads you to a special websight with a special preview of the spinoff "Better call Saul". What i liked most was how the dvd's were seperated. They are placed seperately, and by season, between plastic like sleeve-coasters that are held together by magnets. On several of the clear coasters are single images that when placed in a special order and stacked reveal special pictures (such as that of the heisneberg drawing). There are 16 discs total with one having a 2 hour making of with over 55 hours of extras, interviews, and comments that add more insight and depth to the very details you may have missed watching the show the first time in awe. Really it is amazing that even after watching things there are so many small details he implants that bare a signficiant foreshadowing to future events you feel stupid as to how it wasn;t so obvious the first time. Lastly one of the best additions is the digital copies you recieve, in addition to the physical discs you get the entire series stored on the cloud to watch on your phone, tablet or computer whenever and wherever you like, a great thing for getting people to watch and involved in the show when your dvds are not handy or when your away. I saw a dvd set complete series for $89, the blu-ray box set $119, this for $135 easily well worth it for the barrel storage, which sits about 12inches high. This is one of my favorite and one of the greatests shows, it deserves a special one time purchase i knew i would of regretted if it turned this down. As for the series, it is well worth the price alone to re-analyse and watch over again at any time. If it was any other series i would of settled for the cheaper box set this series deserves much better.


Finally 2015 looks to be the year of the RE-BOOT. in the likes of 24, it seems the X-files is now being considered for a re-boot with the original cast. Along other reboots in the making....The Ring...Escape from NY....Blair Witch....King Kong...its official Hollywood has no original ideas and instead just repackages movies for a new generation. though i wouldnt mind seeing the x-files again.
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« Reply #384 on: February 13, 2015, 09:56:12 PM »

White Rabbit

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 Just read about this today and was fortunate to find this on ondemand being a indie movie with very little exposure and no widespread release. The movie is an emotional character study of a bullied teen and the events and social interactions that lead him into becoming a Columbine-esque killer. Though many may argue that this is a topic overexplored, i would argue otherwise, as this focuses on family and peer interactions, and numerous little instances that build upon and shape Harlon into becoming the person he is at the end. Flasbacks from age 9 when a drunken, overly manly father tries to toughen and make a man out of a weak and innocent boy by taking him hunting and killing a rabbit is the first step in the grooming of his emotional decline. The movie further explores the bullying at school, at home, and the tell tale signs that are utimately missed or ignored as the boy is left to feel isolated, bullied, and belittled by those around him.

    Harlon, a quiet boy, suffers from mental abuse from a druken father who tries to toughen him up  and suffers the emotional repurcussions after killing a helpless white rabbit who continues to haunt him throughout the years ala Donnie Darko style, whispering thoughts of impure nature into his head. The film draws comparrison from also Gus Van Sants "Elephant", but i feel is much more enthralling as it doesn't jump around as much and focuses on Harlons interactions and fragile state of affairs. His need to belong, to please his father, and fit in, all contribute to his emotional state. All the things in his live, have moved on leaving Harlon to feel alone and helpless including a rechristined father and goth girlfriend who goes to rehab and cleans up leaving him once again alone, as well a friends unfortunate suicide.

    The acting is good, there is alot of emotional content, and empathy for the protaganist who you tend to root for even when you know the ultimate outcome. Harlon starts to have hallucinagenic visions and the bullying soon takes a toll. Heartbreaking with a washed out and muted coloring protrays the dismal nature of the film, close up shots bring you closer to the character and emotional pain he endures. His broken relationships, social interactions, loss of friends, bullying, homelife, and bleak treatment all build up and takes its toll on his fragile emotional state where you almost feel his actions are validated and justified.

   I would compare this favorably to "Elephant" and "the Dirties" in terms of emotional content where things are left to slowly unfold like a good book, where the actions are not glorified, rather inevitable and a sad reality. You can never look at bullying the same way again after viewing this film and come away with a new and insightful take on what goes through the mind of someone that may commit such a act.

I love the character study, social interactions and the numerous events, both small and big that all contribute to the leading events. The ending is near silent but speaks volumes with mere fear and gunshots. Gripping, sentimental, and an emotional ride.
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« Reply #385 on: May 18, 2015, 08:41:55 PM »

killers

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Killers (japanese 2014)
   Not to be confused with the dorky hollywood movie of same name starring ashton kutcher. Two men become connected 1000 miles apart online, one in Japan, the other in Indonesia, posting snuff videos online, one with nothing to lose, the other with everything to lose, leading to a eventual showdown at the end.
   The story revolves around a handsome executive Japanese man, who reminds me a bit of Christine Bale's character in American Psycho. He lures innocent victims with his charm, where he tortures, videotapes and posts online his works. 1000 miles away a family man, can't stop watching and is lured into his dark world watching his videos, and by accident soon finds himself in a situation where he is robbed and in a panic kills his attackers, only to video tape their last moments alive and posts it online. Nomura, the man in Japan, soon tracks him down, intrested that he is much like him. The two become connected online, and a game of cat and mouse soon entails, where the two men becomed tied together in the bitter end.
   Japanese movies always seem to push the envelope in terms of content, but also tend to be intriquing in thier story telling and character development.In one aspect this reminds me of I saw the devil, where two men become involved in a cat and mouse chase game, dueling psycho paths, one killing for pure pleasure, the other for vigilante reasons.
   There are a number of subplots and connections, including Nomura's relation with his sister which transcends to his relation with a the younger brother of a girl he is dating. The movie also speaks of how the seemingly innocence of only watching certain illicit videos may lead you down a path otherwise not taken, how you become involved, an accessory, an contributer, leading to consequences you may not be ready to endure. When Bayu soon realizes the man at the other end is not the man he is, or wants to be, it is already to late.
  The movie does have its share of graphic violence, but in the grand scheme of things, there is only minutes compared to the 138 minutes of run time, there are some great scenes and contrast between the two locations, japan and indonesia which relates to each character. Nomura is the cool, calm psycho-path, which wants to teach his protege his lifestyle, Bayu, a family man, who is awkward, scared, and soon finds out he is in to deep and in danger of losing everything and tries to get out. Beautiful shots of the city life, sharp visuals, haunting scenes and action keeps this moving along at an extended length
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« Reply #386 on: July 12, 2015, 03:57:35 PM »

Mr Robot  (tv show)

    With the recent saturation of computer hacking shows, I thought this was just another lame attempt by a lame channel to cash in on the new flash in the pan hot market. Lets see, Strike one, a computer hacking show which seems to be a dime a dozen nowadays. Strike 2, appears on USA network.Strike 3 Christian Slater, nuff said. For whatever reason I chose to give this show a shot, boredom, reviews, friends recommendation, I am now glad I did before the show got to deep for me to catch up on. It didn't take but more then 15 minutes before i was addicted to this show through its frame shots, fight club like character and internal dialogue, and internal struggles it presented. Addicting would be an understatement here and just goes to show you how wrong my 3 strike determination of this show could be.
 
   Hit one, this show sets itself apart from the other corny, hollywood style shows (no names) which frequently dumbs down such content to a 3rd grade level of computer literacy with such ridiculous shots of computer loaded virus with loading bars, and one stroke hacking. This show maintains a certain sense of computer integrity without letting its viewers feel dumb or treated as such with a more sense of realism. It also stays current with pop culture references to social media and simple techniques hackers use to gain access to such sources.  Hit 2, USA networks, not known for top 20 shows or hits, has struck gold here with a show that is shot like a big budget movie, in terms of frame shots, gritty settings, character development and intricate story lines that reflect on moral conflict and internal struggles. Also with a 10 pm start time allows for more adult content, nudity, language, and frequent hardcore drug use. Hit 3, Christian Slater. More mature, less Jack Nicholson, and utilized as a secondary character rather main helps keep the dosing low and more relevant.

    Think Fight club, meets Breaking Bad of the computer hacking shows, with intricate storytelling, complications, and a superb performance by Rami Malek who is spot on as a morphine addicted, socially awkward, vigilante protagonist, who has a keen sense of observation (think House) and who fights a moral conflict with every obstacle that comes his way (a close friends was date raped by a guy who happens to be the only one who supplies his drug of choice). This show has lots of homage to shows and movies before it, Fight club being the most obvious, Breaking Bad elements and some American Psycho thrown with a character that closely resembles that of christian bale's. From the great campy opening title, to the layers of story complexity, internal struggle of the main protagonist, this is my next Breaking Bad addiction. 9.5 out of 10. A show that will surely start gaining the niche audience and popularity it deserves.
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