Bob Richards joined Good Morning Idaho with a look at his reviews for September 23rd, 2013.
Prisoners kidnapped the box office over the weekend and brought in $21.4 million for first place, while last week's champ, Insidious Chapter 2, dropped hard to second place with $14.5 million. The Family was third, Battle of the Year wasn't. It opened at number five with 5 million.
(Prisoners - Warner Brothers - Rated R)
Intense and hard to watch, Prisoners features some truly great performances. The entire cast is great, but Hugh Jackman is terrific as well as Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo. Superbly directed and nimbly written, the story is involving and includes a very good twist.
This is one that will spark conversations, deliberations and maybe even nightmares. 4 Stars Out of 5
(Battle of the Year - Screen Gems - Rated PG-13)
In Battle of the Year, a hip hop mogul wants to bring the b-boy trophy back to the USA. Who do you hire? Why Sawyer from "Lost" of course. He's a former b-boy turned basketball coach turned widower turned alcoholic, and as such is perfect for the job. He is really good at growing a scruffy beard, looking mean and giving unintentionally hilarious motivational speeches. Did you know that there is no "I" in team? And if you change how you think, you can change your life? Abusive hip hop star Chris Brown is the only other recognizable star, and he scowls a lot and acts badly (in both senses of the word). One scene that has him attempting emotion had me in stitches. Oh, and It was nice to see him get beat up for a change. This is in 3-D, but it is so bad it looks like a strobe light is on during dance sequences making said dance sequences - usually the only redemption for these types of films, nearly unwatchable. Toss in actors who emote the way that mud does, a stupid cliché-ridden script, endless training montages, awful dialogue, way too much product placement - this looks like an infomercial for Sony, Braun and Puma at times - and a horrible melodramatic sports movie score, and you have an unwatchable, two hour cinematic cow pie. I battled to stay in my seat. 1 Star Out of 5
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