Greatly Underrated Movies &Ndash; Have You Seen Them?
Sometimes the timing is wrong, or the marketing didn’t get the desired effect, but I think the main explanation is that the general public wouldn’t know a great movie if it slapped them in the face with its awesomeness.
I am really nothing but stunned that more people don’t list this movie among their favourites. General plotline: multiverse theory explains that there are several parallel universes, each containing a slightly varied version of ourselves. With each version of a certain person that is killed, the energy is redistributed to the remaining versions, making them stronger, faster, etc. think highlander, but with Jet Li fighting himself to an awesome death metal soundtrack including tracks from Disturbed and Drowning pool. To makes things even better, he’s being pursued by a young Jason Statham, who hasn’t quite gotten badass yet – or figured out acting. Parallel universe Carla Gugino also looks like Jessica Rabbit personified which is a nice touch. This movie really has everything – phenomenal martial arts, visual effects way ahead of it’s time, a star studded cast and a killer soundtrack. Go see it. Now.
I think that this film slid under the radar given the proximity of it’s release to the Matrix. A lot of the visual affects are similar, as well as the overall dystopic feel of the environment. Its all trench coats, guns and faceless agents. The gist: governments have figured out that (theoretically) the root of all crime and war is human emotion. So a new branch of police is created to monitor sensory offenses like listening to music, having pets, looking at artwork – anything that can create emotion. Christian Bale goes off his meds and rediscovers the meaning of being human. Sean Bean plays a great support role and there’s even a glimpse of a young Gerard Butler in the opening scene if you look hard enough. The movie’s exciting and fun – action sequences are well thought out and there are a lot of unique concepts that really haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve as it was largely dismissed as a cheap knock-off.
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This is the movie adaptation of the TV series Firefly – the cancellation of which has proved to me beyond a doubt that the world is largely and fundamentally flawed. Seriously, I lost a little faith in humanity, I loved the series that much. The incredibly unique style of the show can’t really be put in words, but the closest I can describe it as is a ‘Space Western’. Cowboy gunslinger style in a futuristic world where a soulless empire rules the galaxy in the supposed best interests of the people, while rebels who choose to live outside their influence subside on border planets wrought with danger and at worst, raiding parties of cannibalistic Reavers. The series’ stars reprise their roles in the film, the main cast consists of Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Jewel Staite. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re a Joss Whedon fan, you wont be disappointed.