“The Informers” is supposed to be based on
short stories published in 1995, about a seemingly
random group of people in L.A in 1983:
a movie producer, a British rock band, a doorman,
a television newscaster, a child kidnapper, even----but
it just sort of dissolves into a blurry excess of sex,
drugs, and 80’s punk music.
Lots of nudity, but no real love.
Lots of money, but no real idea what to do with
it. Lots of
talent, most of it wasted.
As one of the characters complains, toward the
end, “If there is no one to tell you right from wrong,
how do you know?”
Like nobody’s ever heard of a church?
All are adults, but they behave like children
totally controlled by selfish impulses, as if unaffected
by parental upbringing.
The same is true for “Next Day Air,” where a
package with illegal drugs is mistakenly delivered to
the wrong address.
Everybody cusses constantly, everyone is trying
to get their hands on either the drugs or the money or
both, and there’s nobody to root for because there is
no one who does good, no, not one (Psalm 53:3).
While “The Informers” and “Next Day Air”
blatantly disregard any kind of personal ethics, “
for Terra” is a self-conscious morality tale, set in
the future but animated with retro technology.
A peaceful planet of gentle creatures is overrun
by aggressive former earthlings, whose ancestors
destroyed the environment (insert heavy-handed message
here), and now the sole survivors are marooned on a
all battle mercilessly until a kid figures out that
it’s possible they could share the planet.
What a concept.
All-Star voice cast, aimed at children, benign
adults will have to endure the political agenda and the
obvious buffoonish caricatures.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is a “Battle For
Terra” by comic book instead of cartoon.
OK, for those of us who are not “into” the
original X-Men comic books, the story is still somewhat
couple of boys in the Canadian territory in 1845 seem to
have special wolf-like powers.
After they grow up, they don’t seem to age,
either, and helpfully lend themselves to fighting wars,
first for the North in the American Civil War, then in
World War I, World War II, Viet Nam (what happened to
Korea?), and we fully expect to see Desert Storm, but
something happens along the way, and this is where it
gets murky. An
American colonel takes the two “talented” men and
recruits them into a “special force” with other
“mutants,” now doing covert ops for the
wouldn’t be too different from what they’d already
been doing, except now the ethical lines are
murkier---instead of soldiers fighting against other
soldiers, they’re harassing non-combatants.
Then, when asked to massacre uncooperative
civilians, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) suddenly quits, and
tries to retire, back to the Canadian Northwest, with a
sweet wife and a homely existence as a lumberjack.
But his old partner in crime, “Sabretooth” (Liev
Schreiber), is not willing to let him off the hook so
easily, and neither is the corrupt colonel, who is now
hunting down the scattered mutants, imprisoning them,
and trying to harness a ll of their collective powers
for his own nefarious uses (with the help of Sabretooth,
who thinks he’s going to be infused with everyone
So, from almost-noble motives we have basically
been reduced to lust for power, greed, and revenge.
So all the slashing and CGI combat really
doesn’t excite the imagination, because there’s not
enough clear distinction between the “good guys” and
the “bad guys.”
(Rooting for a prison escape seems morally
muddled, as well, especially for a comic book plot.)
The Special Effects are pretty good.
Hugh Jackman is a true star as “Wolverine.”
But that’s not enough to overcome the absence
of clear plot, the viewer deception, and the utter lack
of anything approaching humor, whimsy, or
it supposed to be fun?
Nobody has any fun in “Obsessed,” either,
where a happily-married man (Idris Elba) is stalked by a
temp (Ali Larter) at work, and the more he rebuffs her
the more obsessed she gets.
Beyonce Knowles plays the indignant wife who
first kicks him out of the house, apparently for even
thinking about it, and then, literally, fights for her
know exactly where this movie is headed, but you don’t
care enough about the characters to want to watch them
belabor the obvious.
Have you ever been stalked?
Did you seek help, or try to handle it yourself?
When have you seen the
rejection of conscience make a shipwreck of everyone’s
life? (I Timothy 1:19)
Dr. Ronald P.
Salfen, Pastor, Grace Church,