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BrianSez's Review

Created Mar 19, 2010 09:43PM PST • Edited Mar 19, 2010 09:43PM PST

  1. Quality
  2. Really Great 4.5

    I heard from a few friends about how they didn’t like UITA because it was depressing. That didn’t turn me off because I value movies that inspire all kinds of emotions – whether it be sad, happy, angry, whatever. The hallmark of a bad movie is one that doesn’t cause any kind of feeling at all. UITA is the opposite of that . It aces in the department of causing introspection and feeling. That introspection is inspired no matter what your vantage point: releived and happy that you aren’t like Ryan, a lonely road warrior who fires people, or upset and scared that you may be chasing him down the wrong path. Not content to simply tell Ryan’s story, UITA jarrs you with twists and irony that carry its message further and deeper.

  3. Great 4.0

    Clooney was perfect for this role. His smoothe and calm demeanor causes no question that he is Ryan, and his struggle towards realization and purpose was equally as genuine. I also loved Anna Kendrick as the snotty and witty Natalie. The back and forth between Clooney and her was better than a traditional chemistry. Of course, there was also Vera Farmiga as Clooney’s companionship interest. I wasn’t dissappointed, but her performance wasn’t that memorable for me. I also heard that they used many “real fire-ees” for the layoff scenes — if that’s true, then no wonder none of it came across as unauthentic.

  4. Male Stars Great 4.0
  5. Female Stars Great 4.0
  6. Female Costars Great 4.0
  7. Male Costars Great 4.0
  8. Really Great 4.5

    The sarcasm and irony in this movie really packed a punch. Casting Clooney must have been like falling off a log – he was the perfect tour guide for the adventure. In the end, the movie wasn’t funny at all, but it heralded plenty of funny moments – especially for you road warriors out there.

  9. Direction Really Great 4.5
  10. Play Really Great 4.5
  11. Music Really Great 4.5
  12. Visuals Really Great 4.5
  13. Content
  14. Risqué 1.7
  15. Sex Titillating 2.0
  16. Violence Gentle 1.5
  17. Rudeness Polite 1.5
  18. Glib 1.2
  19. Circumstantial Glib 1.2
  20. Biological Glib 1.2
  21. Physical Glib 1.2


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Dec 25, 2009 8:04AM

Regarding Wick’s Review
Will it sweep? I doubt it. Still, it should be a legitimate Best Picture candidate.

Dec 24, 2009 5:04PM

Regarding Wick’s Review
Excellent review, Wick.

I’ve heard so many good things its hard to keep track! Do you believe this is the movie that’ll sweep the Oscars? Perhaps its good enough to nab itself a best picture statue?