Echelon Conspiracy, a review by KinkyCyborg
Director: Greg Marcks
Length: 105 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
When Max Peterson (Shane West) receives a series of mysterious cell phone messages that promise him untold wealth, he soon finds himself the victim of a deadly international plot. Chased by a lethal team of government operatives, Max races across the planet in a desperate attempt to unravel a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the entire world. Edward Burns, Ving Rhames and Martin Sheen co-star in this techno-charged edge-of-your-seat action thriller!
Good cast and above average action but when watching the trailer for this movie you can't help think it's a poor man's Eagle Eye which ironically was one of the preview trailers on the dvd. Same premise of an unknown entity making mysterious calls to an apparently random victim and pulling their strings.
Again it was entertaining enough but I thought the way the computer geek played a Jedi mind trick on the super computer that became self aware was a little too convenient and cheesy. Almost like it was playing homage to the ending of Wargames. Also the Russian bit at the end made for a muddled conclusion that just raised some unanswered questions.
Good popcorn action but completely bereft of originality.
(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2011 on September 5th, 2011)
Mr.Brooks, a review by Eric
Blind buys can often be disapointing so it's actually very exciting when you end up with great movies. Mr. Brooks is a very good suspense/thriller, I enjoyed every minute of it. It's insanely brilliant.
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The way the movie plays with the interaction between Brooks and Marshall, his alter ego, is just wonderfully done and when they introduce the idea that Brook's daughter suffers from the same addiction I was shocked as I never saw it coming.
I couldn't see either why he would send the cop where she'd find the guy who was trying to kill her until the very end when he phoned her. The write had it covered on all angles and he could have finished that movie in many different ways which would have probably been better than what he did. Up until the very end it was really excellent but the finishing it with Brooks dreaming that his daughter kills him and then waking up is in my opinion a little easy. It's been seen hundreds of times already.
After all an excellent movie which I'm very happy I bought.
(From Eric's DVD watching. on April 13th, 2008)
Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Show Reunion Movies, a review by addicted2dvd
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood
The whole gang head west for Hazzard in Hollywood and a big-time recording deal. It turns out the deal includes a Russian mobster, a sultry songstress from the 'hood, and a beautiful blonde vice'mayor with the hots for Enos.
I am so torn on this one. Part of me loved every minute of it... as it was all the gang that I loved so much in The Dukes of Hazzard (minus Sorrel Brooks [Boss Hogg] & Denver Pyle [Uncle Jesse] who both has passed away before the making of this movie). But at the same time I hated the fact that it took us away from Hazzard to brought them to Hollywood where they are out of their element. But not only were they out of their element... (now maybe this was just me) but the entire movie seemed to make fun of the whole idea of country life. Of course they always do... but it felt like a different way. A way that just didn't feel right for the show. Of course there was definitely some great parts in it as well. Which was just barely enough saving grace for me so that I was not completely disappointed in the movie.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Show Reunion Movies on June 14th, 2008)