Movie reviews for February 4
Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
On a weekend where people concentrate more on football than theaters, zombies took over. Warm Bodies managed to pull in a respectable 20 million dollars in its opening weekend taking first on the box office chart, while Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters dropped to second place with 9.2 million. Silver Linings Playbook was third. Sylvester Stallone’s latest, Bullet to the Head got a lukewarm reception on its opening weekend with just 4.5 million for sixth place.
Here's the full top ten list from the Box Office:
1. "Warm Bodies," $20 million
2. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," $9.2 million
3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $8.1 million
4. "Mama," $6.7 million
5. "Zero Dark Thirty," $5.3 million
6. "Bullet to the Head," $4.5 million
7. "Parker," $3.2 million
8. "Django Unchained," $3 million
9. "Les Miserables," $2.4 million
10. "Lincoln," $2.4 million
Warm Bodies – Summit Entertainment – Rated PG-13
Warm Bodies is a Romeo & Juliette mash up with zombies, owing much to Twilight. It’s got a fun idea, it’s just not carried out very well. An idea like this needs to be committed to itself enough to go for it, no holds barred. This is just not over the top enough. It’s more bland than it should be – undoubtedly to capture that coveted PG-13 rating and the teen girls who thronged to the sparkly vampires. Unfortunately, like the undead this movie portrays, it barely has a pulse. R is the zombie and Julia is the girl. He kidnaps her to keep her safe and a sort of zombie Stockholm Syndrome kicks in. Soon she is swooning to his every grunt. And he responds by not eating her brain. Eventually, he starts to become less undead and love blossoms. The movie wants us to accept the unacceptable – both in logic and principle. There is a name for having a romantic relationship with a corpse…necrophilia. It’s too gross to think that one through though.
2 ½ Stars Out of 5
Bullet to the Head Warner Brothers – Rated R
Bullet to the Head stars Sylvester Stallone in a movie that is a throwback to the action movies of the 80’s. Directed by Walter Hill who also directed the vastly superior 48 Hours, this absurd buddy cop / assassin flick is high on body count and low on smarts. Stallone is still in good shape…although he is beginning to look like beef jerky…but beef jerky that has had some work done. Not so coincidentally, he also has the acting ability of beef jerky…and he talks like his mouth is full of beef jerky. Next up for Stallone, a part he’s perfect for…Slim Jim – The Movie. 2 Stars Out of 5
Check out Bob Richards' past reviews.