DVD Court: ‘The Hangover: Part III’, ‘The Purge’, ‘After Earth’

This week we put three movies on trial. As The Jury, we recommend what should happen to a particular DVD released today. Voting Burn It, Skip It, Rent It, or Buy It, we come together to deliver a verdict and hope to help you decide what to watch or avoid.

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The Jury:
Nick of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Jason of Digital Didascalia
Dave of Dave Examines Movies
Fernando of Committed to Celluloid
Rodney of Fernby Films
Vivek of The Cinematic Katzenjammer
Daniel of Daniel’s Film Reviews
Ruth of Flix Chatter
Alex of Cinemaniac Reviews
Tom of Digital Shortbread
Colin of The Cinematic Katzenjammer

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Rent It

Dave (Review): ”The Hangover Part III had a lot more to offer then the second installment, and did it in an interesting manner. The second film was a horrible attempt at making a carbon copy of the original, and the third decently changed everything.

Skip It
Ben (Review): ”In comparison to their past exploits, the stakes are higher, but the action and comedy is not as incisive or as entertaining.”
Tom (Review): “I would try to avoid seeing for as long as possible. Try visiting Vegas this time at your local dollar theater; this is by far the worst in the series and is not worth $10 since you’re not getting nearly the number of good laughs as you did in the first two. It’s a different story structure, which is a commendable risk that the director took here, but it resulted in unfamiliar territory that may take awhile to get used to. It’s less of a Hangover story as it is a drama with some very funny moments peppered throughout.”
Vern: ”It should have ended with the first one.  Not all movies need to be made into a trilogy.”

Burn It

Nick: “Fool us once, shame on you. Expect millions more for a third time even though you promise you’ve changed? F**k off.”
Rodney
: “This meaningless waste of celluloid barely improves on the second, which was contemptible, really. How audiences ever enjoyed this is beyond me.”
Michael: “The same year this was released Bradley Cooper was nominated for an Oscar. It’s nice to see that God has a sense of humour.”

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Rent It

Dave (Review): ”The Purge may be over-the-top and unbelievable, but it is still tense and thought provoking enough to stimulate the part of our brain that asks “what if?”.
Rodney
: “High concept film delivers adequate thrills and some nice scares, until it all falls into a heap during the utterly cliched final act. Not quite as clever as it thiks it is.”
Michael: “It’s a silly idea and isn’t very good but if you like films about creepy guys trying to get into a family home (a surprisingly big genre) then give it a shot.”
Vern: ”It’s concept is good but the execution is flawed.”

Burn It

Ben (Review): ”Wasted potential. An intriguing plot is sidelined for a generic cat and mouse home invasion movie that we’ve already seen 100x before.”
Tom (Review): ”When we talk about a film like The Purge, it’s a film clearly lacking in both elements and so much so that the scenes of nastiness and brutality wind up becoming comical — unintentionally so. I laughed harder in this film than I have in many comedies lately.”

Reviews and Closing Statements:

Rent It

Dave (Review): ”People need to stop pre-judging a movie just because Shyamalan was behind the wheel. After Earthis nowhere near the atrocity that people make it out to be. That being said, it would have still been better if Will Smith was in the lead and his son was the one paralyzed in the ship doing jack squat. “

Skip It

Rodney: “This will smith snooze-fest makes a fatal mistake: it keeps will smith stuck in a crashed spaceship for almost the entirety, bringing the sharp focus of iniquity onto smiths son, Jaden, making his leading man debut. Mediocre across the board.”
Vern: ”Will Smith and his son make yet another movie.  This time with more CGI”

Burn It

Ben (Review): ”Sluggish story filled with melodrama and silly action sequences. After Earth  is a complete stinker. Stay away!”
Michael
: “Will Smith and creepy mini Will Smith star in the worst movie with ‘Earth’ in the title since Battlefield Earth. If you like watching Smith Jr frown a lot and fight cartoon monsters you might like it.”

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