Source Code: B+: Duncan Jones, the director of Moon’s, second sci-fi undertaking was not quite on par with his first, but he’d set the bar high for himself. I enjoyed the new take on time-travel but the “science” it tried to explain didn’t sit quite right with me. The characters were a little too exaggerated and the plot a little too predictable. The constant resetting as he delved back into the “source code” was almost too much, touching on the main problem of the awful film Vantage Point. I use all the above qualifiers such as “little too” and “almost” because, despite these minor setbacks, the movie was enjoyed.
The Next Three Days: C: First of all, the “next three days” of the movie, the few days after you escape that it is hardest not to get caught, are not clear, nor are they important. Poor title choices aside, the movie felt like it was three days long. It did a good job at showing the slow, deliberate, and methodical dedication that a jailbreak would take, but that method of story eliminates the suspense. Not a terrible, but an entirely ephemeral experience.
Tales from Earthsea: C-: Studio Ghibli seems to be losing its talent. Granted, Earthsea was helmed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, but given the latest film Ponyo, I’m not giving that excuse too much credit. The movie was dull and uninspired. It adapts the third story in the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin. This left me confused about, well, nearly everything, and I’ve read the first Earthsea book. I waiting through the movie for motivations to arise or consequences to rear themselves, but the end seemed disjointed from the beginning. The beautiful landscapes that Ghibli films use for backgrounds were still present, but none of the story-telling.