When sitting down to watch a movie titled Big Ass Spider!, you kind of have to temper your expectations. Having seen the trailer, I expected nothing more than the usual Syfy channel level fare that we've become inundated with in the past few years thanks to the popularity of such schlock as Sharknado and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus and their micro-budgeted ilk. What I got was pretty much what I expected, but so much more too, thanks in large part to some clever writing and great performances from Greg Grunberg as a hapless exterminator and Lombardo Boyar as his security-guard-turned-arachnid-hunting sidekick against the titular titanic spider.Honestly, I'm usually against these kinds of cash-in cheese fests unless it's Godzilla smashing cardboard Japan, but the damn movie is just plain fun. I wanted to roll my eyes over the effects of course, especially once the spider gets car sized and beyond, but the actors sell their parts so well that I completely overlooked that aspect. What's sad is that when the creature is smaller and more obviously a practical effect, it works so much better and would have been fine. I wish they had just went with that, as a two-foot-long spider could be scary enough, and sometimes going to a larger destructive scope actually narrows the audience's ability to suspend and ride along when the budget isn't high enough to afford top-end CGI. But the target audience for Big Ass Spider! probably won't care, and in the end, I surprisingly didn't either because it's just plain fun and they weren't exactly playing it straight to begin with.
There are a few extra touches, like the use of Lloyd Kaufman's cameo (he is the Stan Lee of low-budget movies after all) and some genuinely funny dialog courtesy of Grunberg's awkward pick-up attempts and banter with Boyar that really elevate the quality and put a smile on my face. I laughed out loud in a lot more places than I ever expected to and really can't emphasize the chemistry between the two spider chasers enough. Don't get me wrong, it's a cheese fest of the finest degree, but made with an obvious love of monster movies and their tropes that is less parody and more celebration. Where the normal entrants in this genre feature wooden paint-by-numbers characters and scripting, this one has wit and a strange sort of character development that may not be believable, but still feels right. Ray Wise also kicks it up a notch as Major Tanner, the hard-nosed Army commander. If you're the type of person that would seek out a title like Big Ass Spider!, then you definitely won't be disappointed. If you are as skeptical as I was going into it, then you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much fun you'll have watching it.
For a low-budget film about a gigantic mutant spider destroying Los Angeles, Big Ass Spider! is surprisingly decent. Why this spider exists and why it is attacking humans is never made entirely clear. But director Mike Mendez is evidently less interested in creating a plausible storyline, and is more concerned with provoking laughter.
When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the entire city is destroyed.
A giant spider escapes from a military lab and aggressively attacked Los Angeles. When a major military offensive against the monster fails then right at that time a team of scientists find ways to eliminate the creature before the city is destroyed.
A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampage the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Otherwise, the main selling point of The Last Heist is its high-concept hybrid of crime drama and horror film. It tells the tale of a gang of unlucky bank robbers who, mid-job, find themselves trapped on the premises with a serial killer who gleefully embraces the opportunity to slaughter a smorgasbord of new victims.
I rate it 7/10. I was hoping there would be laugh out loud moments as the first one, but it was not quite as hysterical. However, I am especially impressed with *checks IMDB* Karen Gillan who was clearly the lead actress in the film, and it displayed her range as an actress. I thoroughly enjoyed The Rock and Kevin Hart's bromance and their bickering that reflects the characters they are emulating. In the first film, The Rock and Kevin Hart played two angry high schoolers who felt one had wronged the other. In the second film, it was aged men embittered over some personal loss.
What left me a bit disappointed about Jumanji 2, though, was I hoped they would have followed up on comments made by Jack Black (who is hysterical and able to pull off different embellishment of the characters) and Kevin Hart (who appeared to have been a bit low key than usual) on exploring the how behind Jumanji's mythology. They wanted to explore how Jumanji is able to pull people into the game and make people take on the game' avatars. This was never explored in the film. However, without spoiling the movie, I think they have left open a possibility to make a 3rd movie. I would like to see Kevin Hart featured and taking the lead the way Karen Gillan did in this film.
JJ Abrams had an impossible task: write and film a conclusion that wraps up the 8+ moves that came before it and please all the rabid fanboys. That was never going to happen. He really had the deck stacked against him from the beginning... there was no clear story from the beginning, the property was sold to Disney in the middle, some of the prior movies were less than stellar, PLUS one of the main actors died before production began... impossible! And, yet...
He put a little something in for everyone--old and new fans alike. (For example, I liked how he managed to right a wrong that happened at the end of the first movie. ? ) Some complain that the movie is overly sentimental... well, what do you expect from the 9th and final film in the series?! I loved the fact that we came full circle for the big bad.
Excellent movie, even though they humanized Buck, and another excellent performance by Harrison Ford. If there is a negative to the film, it is that it is obvious the animals were CGI-generated. The abandoned cabin scenery were gorgeous.
# Film Story: A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed.
Synopsis : A giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages the city of Los Angeles. When a massive military strike fails, it is up to a team of scientists and one clever exterminator to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. 2b1af7f3a8