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The Movie Guy: Zero Dark Thirty and Looper

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Zero Dark Thirty (In theaters now…)

All too often Hollywood loves to trot out “movies based on true events”, I can’t really speak to how true the events depicted in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ are but I can talk about the movie and the impact it had on me. I, like I am sure many who read these reviews, remember exactly where I was when I heard about the twin towers on that dark September day. Everyone crowded around televisions and radios in the days, weeks, months and then years that followed waiting for some word that the person behind those terrible acts had been caught. We all wanted to feel safe and secure in a country that many of us see as the greatest in the world.

In other places in the world people aren’t afforded the right to speak their mind, to vote, to dress how they want or to even own a firearm if they so choose to do so. So the idea of wanting to capture and or punish those who would take those freedoms away from us or damage our ability to enjoy them comes as no real surprise. This movie takes a stark, serious view about the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden and when you sit down to watch the movie it comes off like you’re reading an analyst’s version of the events.

That is to say that the action in this ‘action-drama’ takes place in the last twenty minutes of the movie as the raid on the compound movies gets ramped up and played out and there in is the biggest problem with the movie. Not to disrespect the special forces members who engaged in the raid, if there was any movie that needed a healthy dose of ‘Jack Ryan’ it was this movie. There is just not enough action in this movie to warrant even really calling it an ‘action film’ and other than a few bigger named actors (Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini and Mark Strong) the movie is filled with lesser known players who play their parts admirably, but unfortunately could have been acted by anyone.

2½ stars out of 5, my name is Keith and I approve this rating.

     Looper (Available at video stores and your local Redbox.)

This movie deals with time travel, telekinesis (the ability to move things with your mind) and criminal organizations. The use of both Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as special effects in a movie that deals with time travel and multiple versions of the same characters (both young and old…) is actually a clever idea and the fact that Gordon-Levitt is made up to look like Bruce Willis and even is able to imitate him is fantastic.

The whole idea behind the movie deals with people realizing that their actions not only affect themselves, but others as well and it is this idea that is the cornerstone of the movie ‘Looper’. What if the actions of a man so influenced a child that he would go about killing off assassins and cleaning house thirty years from now?

While I thought the movie was fantastic, I found one small problem with the writing. As I mentioned before the movie deals in part with telekinesis, this is a very minor plot point in the film that never pays off. I just mean it comes up; gets used a couple of times before the movie ends in a fashion that never really puts the whole idea to any real use.

3 Stars out of 5, fighting the future to save the past…



Keith Kilburn and his wife, Dawn, live in Leesburg with two cats and dog named Godzilla. He’s written for Herorealm.com before they were bought out by corporate interests and has written a novel that he’s working on publishing. It’s rumored that he’s seen more movies than Blockbuster rents in a year and knows more about comic books than Stan Lee himself!

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