Shaun of the Dead -- 2004 Edgar Wright
Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow -- 2004 Kerry Conran
The Passion of The Christ -- 2004 Mel Gibson
Tom's Video Review of The Passion of The Christ -- My video review of the movie The Passion of The Christ in Real Media Format
The Day After Tomorrow -- 2004 Roland Emmerich
Tom's Video Review of The Day After Tomorrow -- My video review of the movie The Day After Tomorrow
Van Helsing -- 2004 Stephen Sommers
Tom's Video Review of Van Helsing -- My video review of the movie Van Helsing on DVD
The Passion of the Chirst -- 2004 Mel Gibson
Tom's Rating -- ллллл 5 Stars -- Excellent
The violence is difficult to watch. Why would this be? We can watch all sorts of violent sequences in many other films without batting an eye. Yet, the violence in this film has a much different effect on the viewer.
I went to see this movie originally in a movie theater with a friend. My friend walked out of the theater only after about 30 minutes leaving me to watch the rest of the movie by myself. I thought that was a really strange reaction.
Many of the professional movie critics, especially the ones that praise normal movie violence, were complaining about "gratuitous" violence in The Passion of the Christ. One critic that was especially down on the film, said he hoped to never have to suffer through the film again. I immediately realized that watching this movie for him was like holding a cross up to a vampire.
There are two differences that I see. First of all, the violence in The Passion of the Christ has profound meaning. The violence in the normal Hollywood movie is meaningless and gratuitous. Secondly, the story of Christ on the Cross seems to awaken something within us. Somehow, we know this story is true, whether we profess to believe in Jesus Christ or not. The truth of the story forces us to realize that the violence was very real.
One of the most important points of the story of Christ on the Cross is the fact that Jesus was perfectly innocent. Here was a person that never did a single thing wrong in His life. How did humanity respond to His innocence? They tried to destroy Him in the most horrific way possible. How did Christ respond at the end? "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do."
It is impossible to watch this film without being affected by it. I bought the DVD version and after I watched it a second time, it had an even more profound effect on me.
One interesting language feature on the DVD version that's out now is that you can set it for "visually impaired commentary." With this feature turned on, a male and female commentator describe the scenes as they unfold, describing who each person on the screen is, and reads their dialog.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Tom's Rating -- л 1 Star -- A Total Waste of Time
If only Hollywood could realize they could make a lot more money if they would put meaningful plots into these special effects extravaganzas.
This movie tries to capture the perceived "Buck Rogers" visual style of the early 1940's. Unfortunately, the plot itself is devoid of any meaning. There is nothing original about it. It's almost like a dull, uninteresting comic book come-to-life. The dialog and situations have been "borrowed" from many different movies and are regurgitated here for your movie displeasure.