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Friday, December 28, 2007

Friday Flashback

This is from August 2005, a movie this time instead of a book:

*** Stealth. Action/adventure.

Directed by: Rob Cohen.
Starring: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard

I don't expect a lot from an action movie, but this one had me wishing that I'd brought a book and a flashlight for the first 45 minutes or so, as it started with an action sequence with no point, then pulled out clichè after clichè, until I started laughing at the predictability. That scene showing each of the pilots in their quarters on the carrier was the last straw.

Halfway through, the action did get more interesting, if predictable.

The good:
The special effects, particularly the flying scenes.
The scenery.
The action in the last half of the movie.

The bad:
The lack of any reason to care about the characters.
The stilted dialogue.

And, to use a clichè of my own, the ugly:
All the clichès:
The pilots: a white male, a black male, and a white female--which one will not live through the movie?
The plane even sounded like Hal.
The characters: all 2-dimensional stock figures culled from hundreds of other military action movies.

The verdict:
Rent this one on DVD, and fast-forward through the first half.

This was originally posted here, and frankly, I'm surprised I gave it even 3 stars.

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