Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shutter - Movie Review

Shutter (PG-13) 85 minutes C-
A sweet and sour ghost story

Starring Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, David Denman, James Kyson Lee, and John Hensley

Hotshot photographer Ben Shaw (Joshua Jackson) is on top of the world. He's just married Jane (Rachael Taylor), the love of his life, and landed a lucrative new assignment - a fashion shoot in Tokyo

Having worked in Tokyo previously, Ben is very familiar with the city, the people, the language, and is eager to reunite with a couple of old friends and colleagues. But Ben also has a dirty little secret from his previous time in Tokyo, and that secret comes back to haunt him.

Shutter is very bland, but it does have a few redeeming qualities and one surprising twist. If you're a fan of this genre (J-horror or horror/suspense) you might find this film a little more entertaining than I did. Otherwise wait for this to come out on DVD... or better yet, cable.

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3:10 to Yuma (R) 117 minutes C+
Crowe flies again
DVD release - January 8, 2008

Starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, and Peter Fonda

3:10 to Yuma is directed by the very talented James Mangold. Mangold's films include Walk the Line, Cop Land, Heavy and Girl Interrupted.

Crowe and Bale do a great job, as does some of the supporting cast. The film is full of holes and at times... "hokey". But, it is very entertaining and definitely worth renting if your a fan of Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and/or Westerns.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know this is the first time ever commenting on a movie review. I watched 3:10 to Yuma. I really enjoyed it. Being that I'm not a fan of westerns. I felt there were slow spots. The only part that I didn't get was the end. I didn't quite understand why he would shoot his gang and get on the train heading for prison. I would give this movie a B-.