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Pandorum

Pandorum ~ When this first came out so many of my friends were buzzing about saying “You have to see this.” Having finally seen it, I really don’t understand what the big deal was. It’s a horror flick on a spaceship. Old idea, and it’s been done before – and one of the first – Alien – is still the best.

In the future Dennis Quaid and Ben Cooper (looking distractingly like Justin Timberlake) wake up from hypersleep missing huge chunks of their short-term memory – specifically who they are and what their mission is. They start to explore what at first seems like an empty spaceship and find – surprise surprise – they’re not alone. Hilarity ensues, as they say.

What follows is pretty much textbook O Henry and “Twilight Zone” fodder. It’s predictable, but nowhere near as predictable as Avatar. Pandorum is good if you see it for free, but don’t pay for it. Dennis Quaid could really do better.

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The Rookie (2002)

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF THE G-RATED MOVIE

A Film Review of “The Rookie” (2002)

Copyright 2002 Glenn Walker

What was the last G-rated movie that wasn’t Disney or animated? I’m thinking we have to go back to 1976 or 1977 with Grizzly Adams or Wilderness Family. Well, here we go again, but surprise, this was good – remarkably good. I’m no baseball fan and certainly no Dennis Quaid fan. I wouldn’t want him to fall into a wood chipper like say Robin Williams or Billy Crystal but neither am I his cheerleader. He does admirably as Jim Morris, an excellent performance surrounded by excellent performances.

The old folks in the town, the kids on Quaid’s baseball team and especially his wife, father and son are all played by wonderful supporting folk. The stand out however is Trevor Morgan who plays the young Jim Morris and was previously seen in The Sixth Sense and had a recurring role on “ER.” This kid is going places.

This one is of course another based on a true story but untainted by the hand of Ron Howard so I think it’s probably pretty accurate. It blends the triumph of Rocky with the magic of The Natural and a twist of Field of Dreams thrown in for good measure. It runs a bit long but you really don’t feel it because it has a good flow. I’d see this one again, in all its good natured inoffensive G-rated glory.

The above previously published at Project: Popcorn
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