Movie Monday – Stone, Abduction, Contagion

Hmm, seems like the week for one word titled movies.

Let’s start with Stone. This movie is about a convicted arsonist played by Edward Norton hoping for early parole and attempting to manipulate his patrol officer played by Robert De Niro. Good actors. Milla Jovovich also stars in this film. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME ON IT. Oh good lord. This was horrible. Slow. Dull. Uneventful. I fell asleep and missed probably the last 20-30 minutes. Don said I didn’t miss a thing. Nothing happened. No big climatic ending. No surprise. Nothing. Total bomb. Sorry Norton, De Niro, and Jovovich. I still love you guys but this movie stunk.

Next, on to Abduction. This was ok. It was mildly entertaining but no wow factor. The title makes no sense whatsoever. This film is billed as a thriller, the plot focusing on a young man seeking answers to his identify and secrets abound. Sort of a much younger, milder version of The Bourne Identity. Not nearly as good. However, the story was pretty well put together. It was just difficult for Don and I to identify with two actors who were so young. Really tells me we are getting old. The main actor, Taylor Lautner (Jacob in the Twilight series), and his counterpart, Lily Collins, are only 20 and 23 respectively and OMG they look like children! Scenes of them kissing just curdled my stomach. I was afraid they were going to have a love scene at one point and that I’d have to fast forward through the creepiness. We’ve definitely crossed over into “old people” if 20 somethings look like teenagers now.

Lastly, we also watched Contagion. Eh. Bit of a letdown. What is it with movies these days? There’s just not much out there worth watching! This movie is another that is chock full of A-list actors which always gives the impression that the movie is going to have big bang. Not so much. The story was interesting but it just didn’t really go anywhere. It was very flat. When it was over, Don was like, “so what happened?” I felt like saying, “what do you mean, did you not just watch what happened?” But I know what he means. There just wasn’t enough umph. I wouldn’t say don’t watch this movie because it was interesting, but don’t expect to be really drawn in or to be gripping your seat.

All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.
~ Clive James


One comment

  1. I watched Contagion last night. Overall I thought it was entertaining, but I definitely wouldn’t call it a must -see. You’re right about the ending… it wasn’t very conclusive. I felt like it left some things unexplained.


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