Things We Lost In The Fire

I know by the trailer this movie kind of looks like the usually sad then feel good crap, but its not. This was actually a very well plotted and well acted dramatic movie. This is the story of a widow who just lost her perfect husband. He’s kind, funny, and a hero, the only thing wrong with him is his best friend. His best friend is a heroine addict and he feels he can’t give up on him. The wife thinks that the guy is a scum bag loser, but after they start living together, she learns why they were friends for so long. The story is told through dramatic realism and the acting is spectacular by both Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. It’s sad at times while at others you can’t help, but smile. The movie was predictable at times, but unpredictable at others. This was an incredibly well-done movie and it was very good. Grade: B+

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National Treasure: Book of Secrets

I’ve been excited for this movie for an extremely long time, I liked the first one a lot. I found it to be creative and fun, I don’t even Nicholas Cage and I liked the first. With the second one though, I am very sad to report that I was extremely disappointed. The sequel lacked in the creativity and entertainment of the first and didn’t make up for it anywhere. The whole movie was just Nicholas Cage trying to be funny and cool when he’s not either of those things and him having his friend hack into stuff. No cool codes or riddles to figure out. Anytime the film was even a bit creative, it was just basically copying off of the first film. The thing that really bugged me about this movie was the fact that in the first one, Gage said to his friend Riley at the end of the movie,”the next time we find a treasure that revolutionize’s history, you can make the call on finder’s fee”, well guess what, apparently the writers of the second one watched the first one just enough to copy off of it, but fell asleep at the end, because that comment was never touched back on. They also tried to end it in the same way they ended the second pirates so you’d get excited for the third movie. I was excited for the third pirates and I was happy with the result of that serias, but I’m not excited for National Treasure 3, and no matter how good the third is, I can’t be happy with the serias because it has this travesty in it.   Grade: D+