Drive Angry

Drive Angry

★★½☆ – (2011) – A man drives out of hell to claim his granddaughter from a Satanic cult. Piles on a ton of blood drenched action scenes, and moves at a breakneck speed, but for too long leaves character motivations to question. The conclusion rectifies this matter in a rather emotional way, but getting there too often feels hollow.

Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014)

★½☆☆ – (2014) – A monster once targeted for destruction returns to rescue humanity from winged creatures. Follows the basic pattern of epic disaster movies, but forgets to include one single character who warrants one single emotion. The brief action segments are appreciatively dark, but the film as a whole is a wasted opportunity to reinvent a cinematic behemoth.

I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein

★☆☆☆ – (2014) – Frankenstein’s monster, who doesn’t rot, is pursued by demons for two hundred years. A complete waste of time that hasn’t a plot to speak of, a character who isn’t cardboard, or an action scene not reliant on bombastic CGI. Enemies die laughably quick, and the prosthetic look to the villains are unintentionally corny. Abominable.

Bait

Bait

★★½☆ – (2012) – Two sharks terrorize tsunami survivors in a flooded supermarket. Has traces of classic disaster films, most notably when bringing together a slew of personalities. Falls victim to out of place stupidity, but often provides some tension and a few laughs.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – Varying Middle Earth inhabitants quest for a stone once stolen by a fearful dragon. An overblown assortment of long speeches, last minute rescues, uneven humor, and ridiculously choreographed action. Visually impressive, but the characters haven’t grown since the previous film, which only adds to the emptiness.

Priest

Priest

★½☆☆ – (2011) – A band of priest-soldiers take on an uprising of vampires. Some of the F/X aren’t bad, but this is mainly a cliched bore that borrows too heavily from similar films. Overblown junk with horrendous dialog, cardboard characters, and video game styled action.

Dogs of Hell

Dogs of Hell

★½☆☆ – (1982) – Trained Rottweilers are accidentally unleashed upon a small town. Nothing between the characters raises interest, and the few dog shots are wasted opportunities to breathe life into the doldrums. Filmed as though it had a serious purpose, but ends up a gigantic bore.