Sunday Short Reviews


Every Sunday, Gill delves into his archive of over 800 movie reviews and randomly selects three for your enjoyment! Here are this week’s…

Charlie’s Angels
Music video director McG’s big-screen debut is, to date, his most entertaining film, but it’s still not great. It’s a bit like an adaptation of Adam West’s Batman television series for the MTV generation – lots of style, quick cutting, over-the-top fight scenes and hot babes, but little to no substance. Bill Murray is pretty funny here, as always, Sam Rockwell is kickass, and the trio of Angels are all cute and play off each other well. But the movie is pretty dumb, too, and while this might be intention, it also makes it pretty forgettable. Still, as far as feel-good, funny action movies go, you could do a lot worse.
3.25 out of 5

Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle
The sequel to Charlie’s Angels is absolutely atrocious. Director McG mistook the success of the first Charlie’s Angels movie to mean that audiences wanted him to amp up the dumb factor in the follow-up, and the result is a total mess. Among the movie’s many cinematic crimes are the overuse of obvious wire-work in the fight scenes. While this was acceptable in the first movie because of the fancy editing and cinematography that made it seem less stupid and more campy, the sequel just overdoes it every chance it gets, making it impossible to enjoy the mindless action. Furthermore, the casting of some of the characters is way off. Demi Moore is in super-soft focus at all times in a bid to hide the fact that she’s aging, Shia LaBeouf does NOT make a convincing extreme sports star, and Bernie Mac is a poor substitute for Bill Murray as Bosley. He’s clearly trying to be as funny as Murray, and he just isn’t. Skip this movie.
2 out of 5

Future War
I hope you like boxes and pipes, because you’ll see a lot of them in this movie! For a film called Future War, this movie sure isn’t futuristic. The Jean-Claude Van Damme knockoff in the lead role has no personality and the film is an obvious and transparent imitation of other, more popular properties. The tagline even admits it! “Past Predator, Present Alien, Future Terminator.” Absurd. This isn’t a movie, it’s a sentence.
.5 out of 5

See you next Sunday for three more thrilling short reviews!

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