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Reviews for the week of August 6, 2001.

Monday:
Jurassic Park 3

Jurassic Park 3
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After The Lost World you'd think Speilburg would have given up on Jurassic Park movies.... we hoped, but it was no use. He decides to make another one to rake in the cash, now this movie WILL make money, that's a give-in. It's a sad thing that people will see this at all. Even though they know full well that it's going to stink.

It's another Jurrassic Park! We have to see it!

Let's start with the plot which is TERRIBLY silly and corny. Raptors can talk to each other in their own special language, and the kid who goes missing is the hero! They made the kid out to be smarter than the scientist! Now the reason for the child is to get kids to see it, cuz as we all know little children like seeing kids their age being the heros (Think The Goonies) Bluntly put, it was all REALLY corny.

Now my next complaint, is the lack of...well everything. The movie was about an hour and a half, and almost NOTHING happened. They fell for the old "Steal the eggs of the vicious animal" trick which we all know means they're in for it. Nothing is solved in this movie, everything is more predictable than I thought imaginable, and the ending is the silliest I've ever seen. A bunch of tanks and helicopters come up to the Island, ready for the dinosaurs (that don't even come out by the way). I would say it's anti-climatic but it's just really stupid. On top of all this, if there were any jokes, they weren't funny, the action was the same-old dino action we'd expect (which unfortunately means that it just isn't scary anymore). When I saw the first film in the theater, I remember being actually scared, but this was just so lame, the action was just boring and it seemed like they weren't even TRYING to make this film enjoyable.

So basically, don't see this movie, don't give Speilburg your hard-earned money, he doesn't deserve it. I TRIED to think of at least one reason to give this film 2 stars...I couldn't come up with one. Not even the special effects were worth that much. This movie isn't funny, it isn't scary...so what is it? It's boring and on top of that it's just a bad film.

My Rating = One Star

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Wednesday:
The Score

The Score
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Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando in ONE movie. Just think about it for a minute...do you even really care about the plot? I have to admit that one of the reasons I saw this was for the cast. I wasn't disappointed at all, the acting was brilliant by all of them. Marlon Brando was terrific and funny, Edward Norton was clever-as-ever and showed off his acting skills by pretending to be a mentally-challenged janitor in a handful of scenes, and Robert DeNiro was perfect for the old crook who wanted to do just one last job.

Robert DeNiro plays Nick, a full-time crook who decides to retire and marry his long-distance girlfriend and run his Montreal Jazz Club. Then Max (Marlon Brando) his old friend and boss says that Nick can retire IF he does one last job with a partner, a man named Jack (Edward Norton). Jack is a newcomer to "the business" and is the exact opposite of Nick, aggressive and willing to take risks.

Max hires them to steal a priceless French scepter that was supposed to be smuggled into the country. It was discovered and is now being held under massive surveillance in the Montreal Customs House, but Jack has been working for weeks at the Customs House under the name "Brian", pretending to be a mentally-challenged janitor (his acting is incredible, and it's hilarious!), so with his help the job should be simple...

This movie was simply put: AWESOME. It was brilliantly realized by the actors and the director, and the action was superb. Predictable ending but incredible action...never a dull moment. This is definitely *the* summer movie to see.

My Rating = Three Stars

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