Dorian's Movie Reviews
Is it worth seeing? Reviews are presented with no cynicism, no comparisons, no biased standards, no pretentiousness - every movie is reviewed on its individual entertainment value including technical presentation.
The Sum Of All Fears is a good thriller, although for me there were no surprises as this taut thriller moved predictably toward nuclear confrontation. It would have been a better movie 10 to 20 years ago when US/Soviet relations were tense, nuclear, and unpredictable, with high stakes for us all. It is a is timely movie for today view of the Pakistan/India confrontation is tense, nuclear, and unpredictable, with high stakes for us all.
The romantic relationship of the (protagonist) seemed almost as if it was derived from a plot formula. But today's audience, I think, wants something that is fresh, cutting edge, and has surprises.(Replace The Sum Of All Fears with title of the movie)
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I give this one four spotlights out of a possible five for the writing, acting, directing, production design, casting, editing, music, costume design, coreography, cinematography, casting, and entertainment value. It carries a PG-13 rating for some terror, and some sexuality and language. Enjoy!
My comments below attempt to draw attention to things that make a movie good, especially if they made major contributions, and for professional judgments on these various arts, the reader should consult professionals in these arts, and realize that these notes are not part of the overall rating for entertainment value.
Note: No half spotlights are given.
My reviews are not based much on my personal taste, or any standard besides entertainment value. I try to be as objective as possible, keeping in mind that entertainment value is very subjective and individualized. If I'm not interested in a movie I usually don't go see it, so it doesn't get reviewed. Each character, and each position in the production company might be highlighted if the contribution affected the enjoyment of the story as either outstanding or dismal and I noticed it, keeping in mind that many contributions are singularly distinguished by their seamless integration with the story, not calling attention to themselves and thereby escaping attention.
- Dorian Scott Cole
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