Taken 2: Don’t see it. Just watch Taken again. Or go watch Man on Fire. It’s not *BAD*… you’ll just turn it off and say “I wish I had just watched the first one again instead.” And then you’ll start thinking about Taken.
The Book of Eli: I may have to go off on a tangent here. I have heard that, in the new Superman movie, the reason Krypton was destroyed was Fracking. So I can imagine those folks who bought themselves a ticket to a Superman movie, trying to enjoy them some Supermanning, and there’s a discussion about hydraulic fracturing and how it destroys planets… and there are some in the audience who roll their eyes and think “I can’t even go to a movie without getting a sermon” and some in the audience nod their heads and think “yeah, I never thought about it that way before.” Well, Book of Eli is exactly like that, except the group who roll their eyes and the group who nods might be switched.
With that behind us, I’d say that the movie is visually very striking. They’ve got some scenes that you’ll swear were shot in black and white. Some scenes that you’ll swear were shot in sepia and white. The fight scenes aren’t bad and they don’t rely on “shaky cam” to communicate motion. If you find yourself vaguely wishing that they would make Mad Max again but a version of Mad Max you could watch with your friends who go to the local megachurch? This movie is for you. (And, sermon notwithstanding, it’s good enough to enjoy in its own right.)
Jack Reacher: A nice little hard-boiled detective story that has a handful of cute fight scenes, cute plot twists, and a nicely invincible protagonist. A superhero movie for people who don’t like superheroes. Jack Reacher’s only invulnerability is to bullets, knives, blunt objects, and other weapons. Otherwise, he’s invulnerable. To bring us full circle, it’s kinda like Taken insofar as it’s not a movie about a good guy fighting against bad people but about a bad guy fighting against bad people. I’ll watch the second one, if they make it. And I’ll probably wish I had just watched the first one again.
So… what have you been reading and/or watching?