Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tekken

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No complaints regarding the costume. Whoever is in charge of that aspect has obviously done some serious research and it is nice to see that they have stayed loyal to the characters' looks in the video game. The costumes worn by Nina and Christie are tweaked a little to show more skin but that does not destroy the motif of the original on which it is based. They just become Nina Cleavage Williams and Christie Butt Crack Monteiro, respectively. Understandable. No A-List actors here, need to show more skin. Oops, too late, already went straight to DVD in the US. Fail.

They should have used the yellow/red version of Jin's pants (the one with the flame design on it) instead of the blue one. That is easily identified as his signature look and it matches the red gauntlets. Kudos to Jon Foo's hairstylist, though his hair is not as gravity defying as those of Jin in the video game, it is enough to be quickly identified as his. Kudos to Jon Foo too for trying to imitate every grunt and noise Jin makes in the video game. At least, he tries. Fight scenes are not that bad either thanks to his Wushu background. It would have been better though if only they had incorporated Jun's and Kazuya's moves in the video game to Jin's choreographed fight scenes here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Salt

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Cold War, cold war. The Cold War never ends! Not as awesome as Wanted. Less CGI, more stunts. It is impressive that way. No curving of bullets, just jumping from one moving truck to another. Jumping off a helicopter. Jumping off an elevator. Angelina Jolie disguised as a man resembling Hilary Swank's Brandon Teena character in Boys Don't Cry. Ah, yes! Angelina Jolie. This movie works because of her. Her reputation as a kick-ass chick is enough to get this movie going. She looks a bit older but she does it anyway. No other actress could have pulled it off better. Maybe Jennifer Garner, but her box office draw is not that strong.

Not boring. There are chase scenes left and right. There is enough mystery in the plot to keep you hooked on guessing as to what the real deal is. Short flashbacks are shown once in a while to give you clues. Salt does not reveal her motives but gives you little clues regarding her actions if you are observant enough.

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