Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2011 First-Half Recap

Well, it’s high time I wrote in my blog again.  I’ve been catching up on movies from the first half of 2011 and figured I should do a little recap before the serious movie season begins.  Plus, I have an exciting trip to the Telluride Film Festival coming up, so a little writing preparation is in order.

The early part of 2011 brought us 3 movies with interesting sci-fi premises and good-looking romantic couplings.  The Adjustment Bureau (****), directed by George Nolfi (who co-write The Bourne Ultimatum, among other films), is a preposterous, totally fun story about an American Senate hopeful (Matt Damon) who encounters a beautiful woman (Emily Blunt) but isn’t supposed to, according to the titular group of mysterious men in cool fedoras.  Sort of The Matrix as a romantic adventure.  Limitless (*** ½) stars Bradley Cooper as a sad-sack novelist who is given a pill that gives him access to the 90% of his brain power that we supposedly never use.  Director Neil Burger uses a lot of tasty visual effects to show the magic drug at work and to show Cooper’s transformation from droopy loser to handsome man of dangerous success.  And probably the best of these three, Source Code (****) directed by Duncan Jones, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan in an inexplicable race against time to stop a bomb from blowing up Chicago.