Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Movie Reviews: Delivery Man, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Homefront

It's been a surprising week for movies.  Everything was better than I expected!

Delivery Man

Rated PG-13

David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a well-intentioned slacker who drives a delivery truck for the family business.  After finding out that his sperm bank donations resulted in siring more than 500 children, he tries to figure out what sort of relationship (if any) to have with them.  Complicating matters, his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) announces she is pregnant.  Will David continue to skate through life or will he take responsibility for his actions?

I thought Delivery Man would be a typical Vince Vaughn movie-only crude and funny.  I was wrong-although it was funny, the movie had some touching parts and the characters were well developed and complicated.  I enjoyed this movie a lot.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Rated PG-13

About two years ago, I read The Hunger Games series.  I loved the first book, liked the second and thought the third was odd.  I was a little hesitant to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire given my ambivalent feelings.

This movie is one of the rare instances where the film is better than the book.  While the film followed the book, more emphasis was placed on Katniss's anguish about winning, her relationship with Pieta and the revolution she and Pieta inadvertently started, rather than on the 75th Hunger Games (Quarter Quell).  Great acting by Jennifer Lawrence and superb storytelling make The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a must-see!


Rated R

After his wife's death, retired DEA agent Phil Broker and his daughter move to a rural Louisiana town to rebuild their lives.  Trouble soon finds them via drug lord Gator Bodine (James Franco) and through a biker gang seeking revenge.

Jason Statham movies always have great action sequences, but his characters usually have one facial expression, a scowl.  Homefront was pleasantly surprising because Statham's character is multi-dimensional-he's a devoted, loving father who also happens to be a bad ass.  This movie has everything needed for a good action flick-the story and characters aren't predictable, great fight sequences and humor to break apart the tension. 

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