Identity issues are clearly the theme at the box office this weekend, with Liam Neeson’s “Unknown,” sci-fi thriller “I Am Number Four” and the gender-bending comedy “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” all opening in theaters Friday.
Yet it seems that not one of the three films truly stands out for critics, with each earning measured reviews.
Variety warns Liam Neeson fans that “Unknown" may not be as badass as you’re hoping for. Neeson, who stars as a man who awakes from a coma after an accident while on a trip overseas to discover that another man has assumed his identity, is more “clueless prey” than “ruthless predator” in this one.
But, if you “ignore the pileup of implausibilities” as Rolling Stone’s review notes, “'Unknown’ becomes a diabolically entertaining con game.” It may "jerk you around," but perhaps you should "suck it up" as the review suggests, adding that "the ride's worth it.”
“I Am Number Four,” meanwhile, doesn’t seem to have that same redemptive quality. The movie unfolds a tale (based on the novel by Pittacus Lore) of John Smith, the fourth of nine aliens being hunted down in order. USA Today calls it “a cookie-cutter action film that hopes to stand on the shoulders of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Spider-Man’ but plays like Spider-lite.” The problem, the reviewer says, is that there isn’t much to distinguish this movie from others of its kind.
The New York Times also wasn't impressed, calling "I Am Number Four" "only marginally more fun than a week's worth of detention."
And then we come to Martin Lawrence’s return to the fat lady suit with “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.”
Few reviewed this threequel, about Lawrence's FBI agent who must again go undercover as a woman of substantial size, this time taking his also-disguised stepson Trent, played by Brandon T. Jackson, with him. A series of events leads up to the duo's need to hide out from mobsters at an Atlanta-area all-girl arts school. The Orlando Sentinel called it “a humorless mash-up of ‘White Chicks’ and ‘Glee,’” adding that Lawrence seems to have become “trapped in the one persona that still pays the bills,” with the problem being that the persona “isn’t funny anymore.”
But the Hollywood Reporter would beg to differ – at least for those who are into this kind of cross-dressing shtick.
“While not likely to increase the Big Momma audience, the movie isn’t likely to disappoint either if one is prone to love men-in-drag comedy,” THR notes. Although there are numerous flaws with the film, the review tries to look on the bright side: “In other words, the movie could’ve been worse.”
Which will you be seeing this weekend?
He does rap music for white people. He's not a real rapper like Jay-Z and NAS or Tupac and Biggie. The only people I know that listen to him are messed up white people with screwed up parents and lives. Enjoy!
I no longer go to "the movies" as the movies are basically just piles of regurgitated Horse feces and the niggras with they sailphones and loud mouths wont shut the FU*K up.
i like Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
It was sold out all weekend but i'll caught it tomorrow
I stopped going since most of the time you get an annoying little fu&k sitting in the back of you either poping gum, kicking one's chair or talking and all you do is think of how much you would like to turn around and bit*h slap the annoying person. Vodka sound good.
I'm with old hippie. Farmville and vodka àre the way to go...unless you get a time out, of course. Then it's just vodka all the waaaaaaaaayyyyyy!
Thanks for telling me not to waste my time or money. I'll go to my bootlegger and get the all and watch them in good condition on my huge flatscreen. Why give Hollywood money they expect when they hand us mess.
Movie critics are the most overrated "workers" in the world. According to the their personal "tastes" (and "Salvation Army store" clothe style) a movie is good or not. "I'm Number Four," is by no means an Oscar movie, but it was fun, it has some action, "Number Six" and her Ducatti are hot, and everybody left the movie theater with a big smile (BTW, music is by Trevor Rabin...yeah, the same guy from "Yes") and that's why you go to the movies. Otherwise, spend your time reading a book about quantum physics at Borders (before they close for good)
Thank you Cesar, I saw I am Number 4 also and I had the same reaction. It was fun and the effects were kinda cool. And other than it being about teens it had nothing in commomn with Twilight or Spiderman (which I love and don't understand the need for a reboot).
I'm watching whatever movie they play at the bar. Cheers, everyone! :-)
I am drinking lots of vodka and playing on facebook and farmville. Might watch a little news, but probably not any movies. WIsh they would legalize sedatives. Fewer calories than alcohol and possibly not as unhealthy. oh well. vodka is legal and works.
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@unitwan Yea that's what I'm talking about. A movie has to REALLY wow me these days if it hopes to get my 10 dollars.
Im not seeing any movies this weekend. Because I'm flat broke, because the economy is absolute garbage. I'll be getting all of my movies for free from the internet instead.
I saw Unknown yesterday...it's a smart thriller. It's definitely a ride worth taking. Liam Neeson portrayed the confusion of "Who am I" perfectly and seamlessly morphed into "something more". Excellent movie!
Seriously. I mean is anybody in their right mind actually looking forward to seeing either of these 3 films? It's like offensive the level of crap that hollywood puts out now.
I stop going to the theathers since all the recent release are like watching garbage dump and really stink!
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