Movie – Side Effects: B+

side effectsB+
This thriller did everything I expected of it. It had the requisite shocks and plot twists without getting ridiculous. It was suspenseful without over-doing it. The acting and cinematography were on point without drawing attention to themselves. But it was too meticulous, doing everything right but nothing outstanding. That sounds really pretentious doesn’t it?

Movie – Out of Sight: A-

I love me a good heist film. Honestly, there are few heist films I don’t like. I like the elaborate plans and I like the quirky characters. I also like Steven Soderbergh’s penchant for nonlinear stories. I don’t like Jennifer Lopez, but she does occasionally show up in films I otherwise enjoy. Out of Sight wasn’t particularly noteworthy, but rather another decent tale of the debonair thief. Oh, and I also like Luis Guzman.

Movie – Haywire: A

On the surface it’s just “Bourne as a Girl”, but it was filled with scenes I loved, though it slowed at times. Gina Carano, the MMA fighter making her acting debut, was truly awful, but the astounding actors filling out the rest of the cast more than made up for it. And she certainly performed the action scenes flawlessly.

Movie – Contagion: B

The camera work was great, lingering on things people touched to note the inevitable spread of germs. But the film overall lacked any sense of urgency. Too many characters made it difficult to care what happened to one and the scale of the plague was never rendered strikingly enough. The focus on the medical professionals was a mistake, as I assumed (correctly) that the doctors would figure it all out.