The Rum Diary (2011) Trailer

The Rum Diary is an adventure film about American journalist Paul Kemp who takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there. Directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi and Aaron Eckhart, The Rum Diary opens on October 28, 2011.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) – Movie Review

Battle: Los Angeles (also known as Battle: LA and World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles) is an alien invasion war film that centers around Los Angeles in the United States of America.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Aaron Eckhart in "Battle: Los Angeles"
Aaron Eckhart in "Battle: Los Angeles"

The film begins with some mysterious flying objects that are thought to be meteorites heading towards the Pacific Ocean.

A retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is recalled to assist 2nd Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramón Rodríguez) in leading a platoon in an evacuation task when the armies thought the spacecrafts were meteorites which later on are revealed as space crafts containing alien forces who begin to attack the civilians near the beach side in Santa Monica as well as seven other cities around the world.

The Air Force gives the platoon a three-hour time limit to help evacuate civilians within the city before dropping a bomb. However, they face the aliens and along the way other U.S. Army soldiers including an Air Force intelligence Technical Sergeant Elena Santos (Michelle Rodriguez). They join forces but with the alien attack, they suffer some casualties before they finally reach a police station.

The platoon discovers the way to kill the infantry and find out that the alien aircrafts are remote-controlled drone and speculate that there must be a central command center that control them. When they search and learn that the aliens are hiding their central command center underground, Nanz and the platoon calls for a missile strike and eventually destroys the command center in Los Angeles after several attempt forcing the alien ground forces to retreat and thus becoming the heroes with other cities planning to emulate their strategy.

The film combines the war fare of "Black Hawk Down" and alien invasion part of "District 9" but the end result is not as pretty.

Overall, Battle: Los Angeles is a mediocre war film and alien invasion film and there’s really nothing to shout about except it’s a good popcorn movie.

My ratings: 5 out of 10.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Trailer

Battle: Los Angeles is an action sci-fi film about an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Battle: Los Angeles stars Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Aaron Eckhart, Joey King, Noel Fisher, Lucas Till. The film opens on March 11, 2011.

Rabbit Hole (2010) Trailer

Rabbit Hole is a film about the life for a happy couple which is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole opens on December 17, 2010 on a limited release.

The Dark Knight (2008) – Movie Review

The Dark Knight is the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) with Christian Bale reprising his lead role as Batman and starring the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Batman interrogating the Joker in "The Dark Knight"
The Dark Knight, one of the most anticipated movies in 2008, starts off with the Joker masterminds a bank robbery. The Joker has plotted to have his henchmen killing off each other so the other will get a larger part. But in the end, the Joker gets all the money and drives a school bus away with all that cash.

Next, there is a group of mobsters meet up with the Scarcrow but their meeting falls short with imitation Batmen with guns foiling the party. The real Batman turns up to stop the fake Batmen as well as the mobs and leaves them all tied up before the cops arrive.

Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is a new district attorney who is trying very hard to wipe out all the mobs that plague Gotham City. His assistant, Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is also his girlfriend. While Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) is a very determined and one of the last few uncorrupted cops remain.

Lau (Chin Han) is a Chinese business mogul who heads the foreign mobsters. At a meeting through video conferencing, he lets the mob leaders know he’s taking their money to Hong Kong to protect them from the lieutenant and the district attorney. The Joker interrupts the mobsters meeting and ends up having the mob leaders hiring the Joker for half of the entire sum to kill Batman.

Batman, meanwhile, flies to Hong Kong with Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) in order to capture Lau. Edison Chen appears briefly as LSI VP at the entrance when Lucius first enters the building in order to plant a mobile phone at the security deck.

With Lau back in Gotham City, the cops manage to get Lau to reveal the names of all the mobs. Harvey manages to bring all these criminals to jails for at least 18 months. Meanwhile, Joker tells Gotham City that if the Batman doesn’t unmask and turn himself in he will kill innocent people everyday. As a result of the Batman not turning himself the first victims are a major judge and the police commissioner.

Joker’s next victim is Harvey Dent but since it’s at a fund raiser built by Bruce Wayne, Bruce manages to save Harvey and Rachel. After that, Lieutenant James Gordon is killed saving the mayor of Gotham by the Joker himself at the memorial of the murdered judge.

As a result of Gordon’s death Bruce determines that he will reveal himself and as Batman tells Dent to call for a press conference. At the conference Dent claims to be Batman himself and is arrested. While being transported the Joker and his gang attack the police vehicles in order to kill Dent. Batman shows up to thwart the attack and ends up having his Batmobile totally immobilized, which ejects a Batpod, a newer version of Batcycle. Running after the Joker with his Batpod, Batman manage to flip the Joker’s tractor trailer. When the Joker stands face to face with Batman on the road, at the very last second, Batman brakes his Batpod since he don’t kill criminals and ends up knocked out in the crash. When the Joker tries to kill Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon steps out of nowhere and arrests the Joker and is immediately promoted to Commissioner by the mayor.

With the Joker in custody, Gordon and Batman interrogate the Joker when he reveals that he and the mobs have taken Rachel and Dent to opposite sides of the city. He forces Batman to choose either one and the other one will die.

Batman beats the hell out of Joker in order to get him to reveal two locations before he speeds off to save Rachel while Gordon and the police are off to save Dent. Dent and Rachel wake up tied to chairs with barrels of oil surrounding them and a speaker phone hooked up both locations. A few seconds before the bombs are suppose to go off Batman arrives but finds Harvey Dent at the location he thought Rachel was to be at. He drags Harvey out of the building right before it explodes but Harvey’s face is badly burned due to the oil spilled onto one part of this face. Lieutenant Gordon shows up at Rachel’s location just in time but the explosion goes off and Rachel dies in the explosion.

In the hospital Harvey is driven to madness over the lose of Rachel. One part of his face is badly burnt, he begins to adopt the nickname Two-Face and refuses any skin surgery. When one of Wayne Corps employees discovers the money being shifted to help fund Batman and his role, he goes public on a evening talk show but is cut by the Joker who said that if someone doesn’t kill the employee in 60 minutes he will blow up a hospital. While the new commissioner is evacuating the hospitals Batman tries to locate the Joker, who shows up dressed as a nurse with a red wig at the hospital room of Harvey Dent. He says he wasn’t responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Rachel and that it was the mob and James Gordon’s corrupted cops. He unties Harvey and gives him a gun to start his payback. After Harvey leaves the Joker blows up Gotham General Hospital. While Harvey begins to confront everyone who has a part in causing Rachel’s death. He flips his coin in order to determine the fate of his victim and has killed five men including two cops along the way.

Meanwhile, the Joker declares that he will rule the streets and that anyone left in Gotham will be subject to him and what he does. He tells people they can leave now but that he’ll have a surprise for them in the tunnel and on the bridge. As a result most people falls into his trap by leaving via two ferries that the Joker has loaded with bombs. In hopes of showing everyone how evil and corrupted they can be he gives the detonators to the bombs to the other ship or if they don’t the Joker will blow up both ships by midnight. One ship is full of criminals and the other is loaded with civilians. The civilians vote to blow up the criminals boat while the criminals don’t do anything at all. As time goes on one man on the civilians boat can forward to volunteer himself to blow up the other ship to kill the criminals; on the criminals boat one criminal steps forward takes the detonator and throws it out the window instead. Batman and Gordon manage to locate the Joker and see that he has a bus load of hostages from the hospital. Batman discovers that the people in the clown masks are actually the hostages with unloaded guns tapped to their hands and that the people dress as doctors are the actual criminals. Batman takes on both the criminals and SWAT teams to save the hostages. In his final fight with the Joker both fight to the ledge of an unfinished skyscraper where Batman stops the Joker from blowing up the two ferries and throws the Joker over the side. The Joker laughs all the way down until Batman saves him at the last moment. The Joker acknowledges that Batman really is incorruptible but that his “white knight” Harvey Dent isn’t that he’s unleashed him on the city.

Batman then goes to the place where Rachel was killed to find James Gordon and his family there with Harvey Dent. Harvey wants Gordon to pay for the death of Rachel. Harvey shots Batman and is about to kill Gordon’s son when Batman knocks him over the side of the building while saving Gordon’s son. Harvey falls to his death. Unable to hold on any longer Batman falls as well. Gordon goes down to check on Batman and discuss that the Joker really wins if anyone find out about Harvey and the five people he’s killed. To prevent the further decline in the the city of Gotham, Batman voluntarily tells Gordon that Batman will be held responsible for the five deaths and that the police will be on the hunt for Batman. The movie closes with the Batman getting away.

Overall, The Dark Knight is definitely the best superhero film in 2008. Well scripted and full of actions, the best part in my opinion is the clever plots the Joker set up in order to put Gotham City in chaos. In the memory of Heath Ledger, you have played the best Joker ever, possibly the best villain ever.

My ratings: 9 out of 10.