Salt

22. August, 2010

I saw the movie “Salt” yesterday. While I don’t enjoy mindless violence as much anymore, I must say that the emotional part of the movie is much more entertaining. In many scenes, I could connect very well to emotional stress that Evelyn Salt must be in. When she jumps on a truck on the highway, her footing is insecure. When she jumps to another car, I notice how she calculates her chances – a mix of fear and determination.

The movie lives from the many surprises that happen. For a long time, you won’t know what is really going on and even in the end, there is a tiny bit of doubt: Did she just say that to get away?

Recommendation: Have a look. But don’t take it too serious.

PS: I’d add an image to this post if I could find one that was safe to use.


Avatar

28. April, 2010

I just shut down my PS3 after watching Avatar (Blue Ray disk). Technically, the film is great. The plants, nature, everything looks just amazing. As had been said before, the story is pretty obvious and I was disappointed that there were no surprises at all (except for Pandora’s wildlife).

For example, they should have switched bodies before the attack. When the madman crashes the container, the vaults should have been empty.

The next thing I was hoping for was a surprise attack against the base while all the air support is elsewhere, using some kind of trick to avoid the satellites.

The only reason that I can think of for such a shallow script is that the director didn’t want to drag any attention from the fantastic nature shots. The flight scenes are grand, the surroundings look incredible detailed and believable. If there is an animal, it’s not just some puppet; it moves, it flows, it breathes. This guy found much better words than I:

… about 30 minutes in to the film, you realize that the marketing has undersold the movie. In an era when every great moment of a film makes its way to a trailer, Avatar surprised me with an endless amount of unparalleled optical overload.

Recommendation: Must see. Twice.