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Hollow Man, a review by Tom

Title: Hollow Man
Year: 2000
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Rating: FSK-16
Length: 119 Min.
Video: Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital TrueHD, German: Dolby Digital TrueHD, Italian: Dolby Digital TrueHD
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Turkish

Elisabeth Shue
Kevin Bacon
Josh Brolin
Kim Dickens
Greg Grunberg

Der brilliante und ehrgeizige Wissenschaftler Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) und sein Team haben im Auftrag des Pentagon eine Substanz entwickelt, die es vermag, Menschen unsichtbar zu machen. Caine, berauscht von seiner Entdeckung, ignoriert alle Risiken und startet einen gefährlichen Selbstversuch. Der wissenschaftliche Durchbruch gelingt! Caine wird vor den Augen seiner Kollegen unsichtbar. Doch das Experiment bleibt nicht ohne Nebenwirkungen: Die Droge macht extrem gewalttätig, der Wissenschaftler wird zu einer todbringenden Gefahr für seine Umgebung. Verzweifelt versuchen Caines Kollegen Linda (Elisabeth Shue) und Matthew (Josh Brolin) ein Gegenmittel zu entwickeln, das den Unsichtbaren in Schach hält. Caine jedoch findet Gefallen an seiner neuen Macht und beginnt, in seinen Kollegen eine unmittelbare Bedrohung für sein Leben zu sehen, die er bekämpfen muss ...

Meisterregisseur Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct", "Total Recall", "Starship Troopers") inszenierte einen provozierenden und spannenden Thriller, der die Grenzen des Sichtbaren überwindet. Kevin Bacon ("Wild Things"), Elisabeth Shue ("Leaving Las Vegas") und Josh Brolin ("Mimic") brillieren in diesem fantastischen Film mit atemberaubenden Special Effects in nie zuvor gesehener Qualität.

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My Thoughts:
An enjoyable action/horror movie. I liked the first part of the movie, but it strangely got into a slump, when Kevin Bacon became invisible. It only picked up again in the end, when he went rampage in the lab.
The special effects were great though!

Rating: [mr]3[/mr]

(From Tom's Random Reviews on May 16th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Taken, a review by Jon

Taken ***
3 out of 5

Taken is a solid, unambitious thriller with plenty of bone-crunching action. If you love action movies, then this is for you. It's pacy and violent, with none of that pesky plot stuff to get in its way and if it did, Liam Neeson would just cut its balls off. That's the kind of straight-forward film this is.

Ok, if you want to get picky, then the script is lazy, convenient and predictable, almost insultingly so in the last act where it resembles a typical cathartic game plot, with a daft escape from certain death and a string of bad guys leading up to the "boss". It's got the style of The Bourne Identity, but filtered through black and white 80s brutality. Typically for that era, it's also reassuringly xenophobic. This is doing for France what Hostel did for Amsterdam and Slovakia; American kids are fair game, apparently!

I don't give a damn though. It steams through the plot holes with glorious, vicious momentum. It's great, nasty fun and if Parisian producer Luc Besson is happy to reduce his home town to a tourist hell-hole, then we shouldn't mind watching. The pedigree of the modern Euro-thriller can easily be traced back to Besson's Leon, but recently he seems content producing old-fashioned stuff like this and Transporter. Taken owes a lot more to Bourne than anything else, with good solid car chases and fist fights.  It takes itself very seriously, with no trace of irony and it works because of Liam Neeson. He is fantastic as a cold-hearted arse-kicker. In fact, get him in Bourne 4! He could take that wuss Matt Damon, no trouble! ;)

(From Jon's Random Reviews on August 29th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Disc 3:
NOTE: need to do another quick week...

7. The Demon Hand

Not bad... definitely a decent episode... but for some reason I felt like I wanted more. [mr]3[/mr]

8. Vick's Chip

Pretty cool episode... I enjoyed the storyline this one has.[mr]4[/mr]

9. What He Beheld

Maybe not the best of season finales.... but I did enjoy it... and liked the cliffhanger they had.[mr]4[/mr]

Over-all Season Thoughts:
Over-all I still enjoyed this series quite a bit. But I am a little concerned. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I did the first time watching it. So for me at least I am wondering how much re-play value this series will have.

(From Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete First Season marathon on January 22nd, 2009)