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Chimera Strain
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Seen this film at a festival and thought a review should be written. This is one of those films that will stay with you long after you've left the theater but whilst it is running you can't help but find faults. The synopsis is bare: A scientist must find a cure to help save his two children and comatose wife survive a deadly disorder. He sits in his lab and works like a madman to try and achieve this. Will he succeed? Had the director left it at this and made a straightforward thriller set in a science fiction Universe Chimera Strain would have been a far better movie. As it stands it's a film that is full of pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo which one with no insight in the matter cannot be expected to understand and loaded with moral questlines bound to go over one's head.

The Mummy
The Mummy (1999)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film has a lot of nostalgic associations and thus many find it a lot less entertaining than they had thought- which is what I also think of the Mummy. It is a decent diversion and has some good funny moments but as a whole it isn't a very good film. The Mummy is pretty silly stuff. But that's okay when you consider that, beneath all the action/adventure and horror trappings, it's actually a comedy. Think of a big-budget, high profile effort in the vein of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness with less camp and better special effects. The film never takes itself seriously, and neither should we. It's a good thing it is funny because, as a thriller, it's an underwhelming effort. I suppose there are times when The Mummy makes an attempt to get the adrenaline pumping, but it never tries too hard. In the end, it's the self-mocking aura that save this film from being a waste of two hours.

Magnum Force
Magnum Force (1973)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Everyone seems to think Dirty Harry is the de-factor film of this series but contrary to popular belief this is the best film. Detective Callahan is more human, thus easier to identify with, thus more able to give the viewer a tangible sense of efficacy which is the reason these movies are so popular. One watches Dirty Harry in order to feel like goals can be accomplished despite the, at times, overwhelming roadblocks that occur in life. These movies provide the profound satisfaction of the bad guy getting what he deserves and the good guy getting the glory. The more human the hero the more deeply these emotions are felt by the audience. This movie does this very effectively. This film broke a few rules in violence when it came out. The first scene in this film is pretty graphic, and gives the viewer an idea of what to expect. TBS has to edit this movie extremely. I like it, not the best acting or script, but the concept is great. Eastwood is great and is the only one to pull this story off.