Monday, October 14, 2013

Double Movie Reviews - Rush and Gravity

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde

IMDB Blurb:

 A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Review by Jo Ellen Eisaman

"Rush" is a film recounting the famed rivalry between race car giants James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Hunt, portrayed by a very hot Chris Hemsworth, is a man-child who plays, drinks and womanizes his way through the race car circuit. The only thing he really wants to achieve in his life is to be named a world champion race car driver.  Hunt's nemisis, Lauda, played by a very stilted Daniel Bruhl, is driven to suceed but he is very, very serious about his craft. His every action is to calculate his way to becoming a world champion race car driver. Since they are both driven to achieve the title and since they are both in the same circuit, their competition becomes more of a focus then the races themselves.

 This film has what it needs, true-life drama, loud, dangerous races and plenty of sarcastic dislike between the drivers. It is, however, long winded and there are plenty of times during this film when the movie viewer wishes they would just get on with it.

 One club member, David Barbano of Oneida, a true car enthusiast, loved this film. I gave it a 5 out of 10 due to what I believed to be it's dry content and our club averaged a 6.96.


Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
IMDB Blurb:
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Review by Jo Ellen Eisaman

"Gravity" is a tale of astronaughts who are, literally, lost in space. They are repairing a space station in conditions of weightlessness and while every move is shared with specialists on Earth. The voice on the other end - Ed Harris, the calm, controlled voice of comfort when you are in trouble in space.
The astronauts are played by a very intense Ryan Stone played by an emotional Sandra Bullock and a fun-loving, story-telling Matt Kowalski, performed by also fun-loving George Clooney. Needless to say George Clooney is hot even in a space suit. Sandra is equally beautiful in and out of her space suit.
Stone has to try to remain calm while running out of oxygen, dealing with a destroyed space station and watching her compatriots die or become stranded - floating off into the nether regions of a limitless but soundless, stunning, star-filled night.
This film is emotional but the story is nearly stolen away by the awe-inspiring view of Earth and the movie's seemingly endless special effects.
Our club made a special excursion to the IMAX at Destiny to see "Gravity." Watching this particular film, in very comfortable seats, on this IMAX's immense screen is worth the nearly-double price of a movie ticket.
I gave this film a 4 out of 10. Why so low?, you are asking. I was tense and overwhelmed by the astronomical catastrophes rolling over me one after another. I needed more Ed Harris! It couldn't have harmed what must have been a huge budget to have had more George Clooney either. Sandra could possibly be nominated for an Oscar and, yet, I still stick with the 4. The club gave it a 7.45.

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