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    June 22, 2011

    MOVIE REVIEW UNDER THE RADAR - PART ONE: RED RIDING HOOD, JUST GO WITH IT

    Hey folks, maintaining sites like the one you are reading are never easy, especially when there is only one author to do all the stuffs. Sometimes, certain movies when under the radar and it is a little shame that these movies did not made it into the one-article movie review. There are times, we did not get them a proper treatment. The facts are; sometimes these movies are watched after the theatrical run has ended in the local cinemas and sometimes we just too hectic to write one especially when there are tonnes of movies released in within a week.

    Thus, I think it is proper to give mention these movies in brief and after searching through the list of watched movies that did not made it on the review articles; here is one to compensate!

    RED RIDING HOOD (PG13)

    Genre: Thriller/Drama
    Release Date: 21 April 2011
    Running Time: 93 minutes
    Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
    Director: Catherine Hardwicke
    Screenplay: David Johnson
    Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Gary Oldman, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie

    Plot: Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast-one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.

    Short Review: Take the classic, twist it and make it a horror thriller if you will. This movie has some 'Twilight' taste buttering on it - since the plot clearly takes the element of complicated love triangle. It is visually beautiful but not charming. The plot is attentively treated but still looks messy. Perhaps and partly, the lazy script makes the plot sounds so cliched and did I mentioned the element of 'Twilight' presented within it? Oh I did. Amanda Seyfried is amazing but she has no opposite stars to make it through, which is a shame! Gary Oldman is as reliable as always. Maybe I am a man and I think it's just so-so, please forgive me!

    THE RATING:
    Story: 2.5
    Casts: 3.0
    Cinematography: 3.5
    Effects: 3.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 11.3/20.0
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    JUST GO WITH IT (18)

    Genre: Comedy/Romance
    Release Date: 31 March 2011
    Running Time: 117 minutes
    Distributor: Sony Pictures
    Director: Dennis Dugan
    Screenplay: Allan Loeb, Timothy Dowling
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer aniston, Nick Sawrdson, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker

    Plot: In Just Go With It, a plastic surgeon, romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, the assistant's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all their lives.

    Short Review: Zany, cheesy and ridiculous. In the end of the day, we still like Adam Sandler and his movies. Welcome to the reality, no matter how stupid Zohan is or how Grown Up turns out to be a piece of junk, we still enjoyed them. This one, albeit a little better than those, critically, does not change the fact at all. Watching this movie is similar like 'just go with it', mindless escapism that channels the fun and enjoyment. It has a great story to begin with - pretending to be married (or used to be) but also been ridiculous enough. In addition, the movie proved to you that it is able, amazingly to keep you glued all the time. It is as raunchy (not so bad) as ever and also as romantic as ever. Long gone the day when we used to have great rom-com like '50 First Date' - Just Go With It is still not there yet!

    THE RATING:
    Story: 3.0
    Casts: 3.5
    Cinematography: 3.0
    Effects: 3.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 12.7/20.0
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