A tale of betrayal and revenge. Very well done. Set in Italy.
I find that when I watch good movies they shadow others. Alone I might have enjoyed this movie more, but watching it not long after Spartan was a lacklustre experience. It too deals with kidnapping, and I think I like Morgan Freeman but overall I didn’t enjoy it enough.
Average. I guess I should explain the rating I’ve started giving movies.
Average: If you need a movie to watch, and are just killing time I guess you could watch it.
Above Average: A pleasant experience, perhaps even if you don’t like the genre.
Good / Recommended: Worth watching.
Fantastic / Great / Awesome: Self explanatory.
I’ll make up depths of bad as I go along, but they will be very few and far between – my to watch list only includes movies that will probably be good or better.
Braveheart suffers from star actor director issues. Well I’ve seen it in Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise, two actors who have starred in movies they have themselves directed – the only two I know of. Perhaps it’s just the personality of these two people, but their movies seem to be flimsy shells for the characters they’ve built. Quite hyped, quite arrogant. Braveheart, The Patriot, Mission Impossible II.
I’m sure other people have reviewed Braveheart and said things I would read and agree with. It’s exciting, passionate and tragic. Worth watching but perhaps only because it’s one of ‘those movies’. You know the ones – the ones where people say “I can’t believe you haven’t seen X”.
Another reason to watch it is because you have an infatuation for Mel Gibson.
The ending was too drawn out and I don’t think the torture scene was really needed.
To be honest, at the time of writing I haven’t finished watching this. I think I’m half way through. I got to a point where I wasn’t enjoying it. It’s unpleasant with no ‘lighter side’. Malevolent, malingering, manipulative. It gives me the creeps and not in that awesome horror way, in that actually creepy, too close to home way.
Which might be a good thing. Perhaps it’s too good of a movie.
My actor of the moment is Pacino. He’s fantastic.
The Cube series of movies (this is the third and I think a fourth is planned) are part of a newish sub genre of movie that lionsgate have almost singlehandedly created for themselves. I guess it’s gore horror. Films such as Saw and Hostel have apparently been making good money for the budget spent on them. Though not nearly as graphic as the other movies in this sub genre Cube Zero extends the cube concept beyond the maze, but in many ways still in it’s own maze.
Watching the other Cube movies first is suggested but not needed. The second cube movie doesn’t add a whole lot to the concept so if in a rush (in a rush with movies?) it can be skipped.
This is where any rating system breaks down, I want to recommend this movie to anyone who has seen Saw, although it’s not the same, but at least recommend it to anyone who has seen a Cube movie. It’s a bit gorey and a bit sadistic so not for everyone.