Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Hunger Games review

The Hunger Games is the first book in Suzanne Collins' best selling trilogy. The book is set in a dystopian society where an evil dictator rules and forces two tributes, a boy and a girl, from each of the twelve districts to the hunger games, a televised fight to the death that reminds the districts that they are helpless to the power of the capitol. The Hunger Games was first published in 2008 and instantly became a sensation. The rights to the book were bought by Lionsgate, a mid-major studio that's largest hit came in the form of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Lionsgate brought in Gary Ross to direct and co-write the script with author Suzanne Collins. They cast Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and filmed in North Carolina with an $80 million dollar budget. The book had the potential to be as massive as Twilight or Harry Potter, but for every successful adaptation, there is also an Eragon or Percy Jackson. But The Hunger Games falls into the first category. The Hunger Games has become an excellent film and stays faithful to the book, while putting its own touch on the story.

As most people know, The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), who volunteers for her sister Prim (Willow Shields) at the reaping for the hunger games. Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta (Hutcherson) are put into an arena and forced to fight twenty-two other tributes including the brutal Cato (Alexander Ludwig), the vicious Clove (Isabel Fuhrman) and others. Katniss is helped by her drunken mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and her stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) before the arena and is assisted by the young Rue (Amandla Stenberg) while she is in the games.

The film's pacing is fantastic and where the book is slow, the film speeds it up. The book is told in first person, and the movie changes that so that we can follow what's happening outside the arena while Katniss is stuck in the games. Some people have complained that the film moved too fast through scenes, but I think they did just fine. The cast is amazing. Lawrence is powerful as Katniss and Hutcherson is good in some scenes, but not as good in others. The supporting cast is even better. Elizabeth Banks is fantastic as Effie Trinket and the best part is Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. Perfect. Wes Bentley also gets a ton of screen time as Seneca Crane, a character only mentioned in the books.

The violence is also handled quite well. The cornucopia scene is probably the most violent, but the shaky camera work prevents any focus on gore. The violence is not really showed as much as suggested. The worst ever shown is Cato snapping the neck of a young tribute. Other than that, the violence is not shown viciously.

The capitol is amazing and some of the most wonderful set designs I've seen. District 12 is also handled quite well. It shows the horror and harsh conditions some of the poorer districts go through excellently. The reaping is extremely powerful. The horror of kids get picked to essentially die is bad enough to read about, but worse to see actually happen.

The movie is also extremely faithful to the book. All the important scenes and set pieces are there and all the stuff that is different are just small details. The Hunger Games is an excellent film. Gary Ross did the near impossible: make an emotional, gritty and violent movie that's faithful to the book while appealing strongly to the masses who haven't read it. The Hunger Games will enter the success column of Hollywood movies adapted from books and it won't be long before we see Catching Fire and Mockingjay on the big sceen.

THE FINAL GRADE: B+                                           (8.4/10)


Saturday, March 24, 2012

"The Hunger Games" and "The Lorax" shine, "John Carter" flops and a preview for the rest of 2012

The last month has been an interesting one at the box office. The box office had already been up considerably this year with surprise hits like The Devil Inside, The Vow, Safe House, and Chronicle and March has only helped the booming box office that had January's best total gross since 200 and February's best since 2004. The Lorax started off the month with a shocking opening weekend gross of $70.2 million, which blew away all expectations for the film. The Lorax gone on to gross $167 million so far. Disney's $250 million dollar film, John Carter, flopped with an opening weekend around $30 million and a total gross around $58 million. 21 Jump Street did a bit better with a opening of $35 million and a total of $56 million so far. The box office was down slightly for the first time this year with those two weekends. Then came The Hunger Games. Lionsgate's dystopian thriller was first projected to barely beat the first Twilight film's opening gross of $69 million. Then projections continued to increase until yesterday, when The Hunger Games opened to $19.7 million at midnight and made $68 million on opening day. The projection is that The Hunger Games will gross anywhere between $135 million and $160 million for the weekend. With a record-breaking film and a major disappointment, March has been an interesting month so far. It has been so crazy, that I am now going to look ahead to the coming months up until September and what to expect for those films. The total grosses shown at the end of each month are for the film's total gross, not just what the film will gross that month.

THE REST OF MARCH

The Hunger Games will probably open to around $145 million and continue to do strong business in the next week and likely get to $200 million by the end of next weekend. Next weekend marks the opening of Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror. Clash of the Titans opened to $61 million back in 2010, but that film was poorly received, and I think this one will gross around $45 million for the weekend and $140 million total, but those are on the high end of my expectations. Mirror Mirror looks really dumb, and while it may do business with families desperate for a movie, I don't think it will make more than $20 million on it's first weekend and $60 million total. In the end, The Hunger Games will still rule the month of March.

1. The Hunger Games- $290 million
2. The Lorax- $200 million
3. Wrath of the Titans- $140 million
4. 21 Jump Street- $110 million
5. John Carter- $75 million

APRIL

April is without a doubt the weakest month of the year. American Reunion starts out the month and that may make around $35 million opening weekend and $100 million total. Titanic 3D also opens that week and it will fare decently with a total gross around $30 million. The following weekend has The Cabin in the Woods, which will be no blockbuster even with rave reviews. The Three Stooges may do okay with families but not much more than that. Lockout, which stars Guy Pearce, sounds like a sure flop, with a total gross probably around $15 million. Zac Efron's The Lucky One, should do good business as a date night movie and open to around $30 million. Disney's Chimpanzee and Warner Bros. To The Arctic should both do decent business for the cost, but they won't be smash hits. The Five Year Engagement, which stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt may prove to be the biggest hit of the month, but that doesn't say much. The Raven flops and Pirates! Band of Misfits clicks with families. The box office will take a significant drop for the first time in 2012.

1.American Reunion- $100 million
2. The Five Year Engagement- $85 million
3. The Lucky One- $80 million
4. Pirates! Band of Misfits- $70 million
5. The Three Stooges- $60 million

MAY

May is a strong warm up to summer. This year, May once again features several big-time films. The month starts off with Joss Whedon's obvious blockbuster The Avengers. The question several people are asking is whether the numbers will be at the level of Iron Man or Thor. Iron Man is in the movie, and nothing like this has ever been done, so I'm projecting an opening weekend of $155 million and a total gross of $360 million. The following weekend will still be topped by The Avengers, but Dark Shadows and The Dictator will likely post strong openings of around $45 million. Battleship won't be as big as Transformers, but should still do decently as a major summer popcorn flick. What to Expect When You're Expecting should deliver a lackluster romantic comedy, but it may earn decent money. Men in Black III will be a big film but I don't see an opening weekend more than $85 million. The box office will take a slight increase for this May, but The Avengers will definitely carry the month.

1. The Avengers- $360 million
2. Men in Black III- $210 million
3. Battleship- $185 million
4. Dark Shadows- $160 million
5. The Dictator- $155 million

JUNE

June will open strong with Snow White and the Huntsman, which is generating strong buzz and is my sleeper hit for this year, with my projected opening weekend of $70 million and a total gross of $210 million. That film will be followed by one of the summer's most anticipated, Prometheus. Prometheus is in an Avatar situation. Ridley Scott's return to science fiction is highly anticipated within the sci-fi community, but if it gets an R-rating, it will not do strong business.Prometheus will need strong word of mouth to succeed. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is released the following weekend, but I don't think it will open as big as the other films. Expect a series low $45 million. The following week is Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages and Adam Sandler's That's My Boy. Both films look okay, but I wouldn't expect more than a $35 million opening for Rock of Ages and a $30 million for That's My Boy. The following week is Pixar's definite hit Brave, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the Steve Carell comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Brave will likely gross $70 million opening weekend and if it's good, $250 million total.Vampire Hunter will open to $50 million likely. Carell's comedy will likely not do as well. G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens the following week and with a revamped cast, expect a bit more money for the sequel. Retaliation will likely score a $55 million opening weekend.The box office will be down because there is no major blockbuster to carry the month.

1. Brave- $250 million
2. Snow White and the Huntsman- $210 million
3. Prometheus- $180 million
4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation- $175 million
5. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted- $160 million

JULY

July will have two of the biggest blockbusters of the year and another animated sequel. The month opens with The Amazing Spider-Man, which is now being projected as one of biggest movies of the year. Expect $190 million over the 6-day opening weekend and a total of $330 million. Also opening independence day weekend is Oliver Stone's drug drama Savages. The film may become an adult hit that could reach $40 million opening weekend and $110 million total. The following weekend is Ice Age: Continental Drift and Seth MacFarlane's comedy Ted. Ice Age will open around $45 million and become a family hit in a season that is scarce on animated films. Ted will likely open to around $20 million and do okay overall. The big hit comes the next week. The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20 and will become the year's biggest smash. The Dark Knight Rises will open to $75 million opening day, $175 million opening weekend and $550 million total. Nolan has another smash hit. The following week marks the release of Neighborhood Watch and Step Up 4. Neighborhood Watch might reach $100 million total or higher if it has good word of mouth, and Step Up 4 will do okay. July sees a significant spike from last year.

1. The Dark Knight Rises- $550 million
2. The Amazing Spider- Man- $330 million
3. Ice Age: Continental Drift- $195 million
4. Neighborhood Watch- $115 million
5. Savages- $110 million

AUGUST

The Bourne Legacy and Total Recall start off a pretty strong August. Jeremy Renner may carry some of his recent fame in films like Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol and The Hurt Locker into Bourne but it won't make as much as the Matt Damon Bourne movies. Total Recall will also do good business. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days also opens that week. The following week marks the release of The Campaign starring Will Ferrell and Sparkle starring the late Whitney Houston. Sparkle will have stronger business because of Houston's death but it won't be a hit and neither will The Campaign. The following week marks the release of The Expendables 2, Paranorman, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The Expendables 2 will do just as well as the first film which means a total gross of $100 million. Paranorman will do as well as Coraline, a very similar film. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the wild card that may draw in viewers sick of the typical summer blockbuster fare. The following week has Premium Rush and The Apparition, both look destined to flop. August 31 marks the release of The Wettest Country in the World, which may be a sleeper hit. August is unusually strong in 2012.

1. The Bourne Legacy- $205 million
2. Total Recall- $160 million
3. The Expendables 2- $100 million
4. Paranorman- $75 million
5. The Wettest Country in the World- $60 million

SEPTEMBER

The Cold Light of Day opens September with what looks to be a flop. The following week marks a couple of hits with Ben Affleck's Argo and Resident Evil: Retribution. Argo will make around $80 million and Resident Evil $50 million. Finding Nemo 3D is also released that week. The long awaited Killing Them Softly will likely debut softly but Adam Sandler's  Hotel Transylvania may do better and Dredd may also be a surprise hit. Looper may also do okay, but it's not a big budget blockbuster so it won't be huge. Another weak September in 2012.

1. Hotel Transylvania- $110 million
2. Argo- $80 million
3. Resident Evil: Retribution- $50 million
4. Finding Nemo 3D- $50 million
5. Looper- $35 million

Monday, March 19, 2012

Second opinion on TinTin

I read Josh's review of TinTin and I assumed he knew what he was talking about. I assumed that the movie was a bad one. But now that I have seen it for myself I am questioning Josh's sanity. This movie was AMAZING! The graphics were great, the plot was funny, and the characters believable. The movie stays true to the great comic. It is another great hit from Stephen Spielberg. He even makes a surprise appearance in the film as a King. TinTin combines the great action of comic books with the adventure of Indiana Jones. Some things may not be believable. For instance a 20 year old owning his own apartment and a gun. Also how would a young kid become a journalist? But these small flaws do not take away at all from the movie. It is a great movie and one of my favorites of the year. Of course I have not seen the Hunger Games yet so whether TinTin will stay on top is yet to be seen. Overall I give TinTin a 95%. It's a great movie. It is a grand slam of a movie.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

John Carter Review

John Carter has an extremely long history. The book series, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was published in 1912. The first time that a filmmaker approached Burroughs about making the a film adaptation of A Princess of Mars, the first book in the series was in 1931. Disney bought the rights to the film and handed the production over to director Andrew Stanton. Stanton had previously directed animated films like Finding Nemo and WALL*E, but hadn't directed a live-action film. Brad Bird had success with Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, but that was a franchise and John Carter was not. Thinking that they had the next blockbuster franchise on their hands, Disney dumped $250 million into John Carter along with an additional $100 million for marketing and more for distribution. John Carter has flopped so far, with an opening weekend of around $30 million and a total gross of around $53 million in the United States. The film has done better overseas, grossing about $126 million, for a worldwide total of $179 million, but the question still is: what went wrong with John Carter? This review will not only give my opinions on the film, it will also give my opinions on what went wrong with what had the potential to be a lucrative franchise.

John Carter stars Taylor Kitsch as the titular character, a civil war veteran that finds a device in a cave full of gold that transports him to Mars. When Carter gets to Mars, he discovers that because of low gravity and his bone density, he can jump around like a kangaroo. Carter soon meets the Tharks, a Martian tribe that is led by Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). Carter is first the Tharks prisoner but becomes their friend when Tarkas sees what Carter can do. Meanwhile, in the Martian civilization Helium, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) is being forced to marry Sab Than (Dominic West), the evil ruler of the Zodangans, who was given a power by Matai Shang (Mark Strong), a sort of immortal being that grants Than the power so that Shang and Than can take over Barsoom (what Mars is called on Mars). This sounds complicated, right? It is. Carter and Thoris eventually cross paths and travel with Tarkas' daughter Sola (Samantha Morton) to the river Iss so that Carter can find his way back to Jasoom (Earth). This is when the film goes really deep into the mythology of Burroughs novels and becomes sort of boring. Eventually, Carter decides to help Thoris and save Barsoom from the evil grasp of Sab Than and Matai Shang.

John Carter is good entertainment for two hours, but isn't the amazing sci-fi spectacle that its $250 million dollar budget suggests. The film's action sequences range from the spectacular to the mediocre. The final battle scene and the heavily promoted scene with the white ape in the arena are both pretty cool, but some of the others are boring. The acting is mediocre. Kitsch gives a standard but solid leading performance, but the rest of the cast is pretty wooden. One thing I expect from a $250 million dollar sci-fi film is some pretty awesome special effects and the film delivers sometimes. With some of the scenes, the landscapes took on a realness that were definitely helped by Stanton's animation skills, but some were obviously green-screen.

There were also some good things about John Carter. The film had some enjoyable scenes and sets, but the best part of the film is Woola, Carter's pet dog thing. Woola steals every scene he is in and is a fun character. The film could have used a few more good action scenes because it started to drag in the middle with all the weird Barsoom mythology thrown in. John Carter also had the best ending I had seen since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Overall, John Carter is a solid, standard sci-fi adventure, but is not really epic material and not a groundbreaking film. Despite doing a good job with this film, Stanton doesn't have much of a future in big budget live-action film making. Stanton does a decent job, but Brad Bird did much better with the fantastic Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol.

THE FINAL GRADE:  C+                                             (6/10)


The big question with John Carter is still: what went wrong? The answer is many things. There were five main problems with John Carter that prevented the movie from being a success. Problem #1: There were no big names in the movie. The film had a director that about 10% of America even knows about and a star that even less know. The reason why James Cameron's similar film Avatar made more money and became the most successful film of all time is because he's James Cameron and he made Titanic, the biggest film of all time before Avatar. If John Carter would have cast a big name star like Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt, the film would have had a bit more going for it. Problem #2: Nobody knows who John Carter is and unless you are 100% sure that the film will be a hit, don't dump $250 million into it. John Carter is not Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, or The Dark Knight Rises. If you look at the budget numbers for the first films in those series' they were respectively: $125 million, $150 million, and $150 million. There's a lesson: you shouldn't put more than $150 million in a non-sequel based off a book most people don't even know exists. Problem #3: The marketing campaign was terrible. The film was barely marketed. This is not The Avengers, which doesn't need to be marketed to be a success. Disney needed to market it and market it in a way that people thought was interesting. And they didn't. Problem #4: By trying to appeal to teenagers, Disney drove away the rest of their possible audience for the film. John Carter was marketed as every single Avatar and Star Wars wannabe that was ever made, even though those films were inspired by Burroughs source material. Problem #5: There were absolutely no toy tie-ins, t-shirts, happy meals, and promotional material. If you want to appeal to kids, you need them to be aware that this movie exists! Disney did the same thing with Prince of Persia and look how that turned out. Disney just screwed up the whole thing. It's an action movie by Disney not starring Johnny Depp and a cast of pirates, and that just didn't appeal to anyone. That's the bottom line.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Classic Films in Review- Part 3

Now after reviewing classic films such as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, and Singin In The Rain, I present part 3 of my study of classic films.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (2nd Opinion)

After watching Kubrick's film again, I can honestly say that it is a masterpiece. I understood it much better and it didn't seem as slow. The special effects are breathtaking and the story was easier to follow because I knew what was going to happen and I could just enjoy the sights. When you first watch Kubrick's massive achievement, I would suggest watching it twice. The first time to get a feel for it, and the second time to truly appreciate and understand it.
ORIGINAL GRADE: 8/10
NEW GRADE:10/10

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

All the President's Men is the story of Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), two reporters for the Washington Post who broke the news of the Watergate scandal and drove the president out of office. The film opens with the break in and shows the criminals being caught and arrested. Woodward and Bernstein are assigned to the story and as they dig deeper and deeper into the case, realize that this was no simple break in: it involved everybody in the Republican party, thus the name All the President's Men. The film is a mixture of a detective story and journalism because Woodward and Bernstein are essentially both. Redford and Hoffman's performances are good but not outstanding. Jason Robards is the real star of the show as Ben Bradlee, the only character that is more than just a one-dimensional investigator. Overall, All the President's Men is a fantastic and fast-paced detective story that is always intriguing. THE FINAL GRADE: 10/10





DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

Dr.Strangelove is a hilarious cold war black comedy directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film stars Sterling Hayden as General Jack D. Ripper who launches a missile attack against the Soviet Union. The missile attack was not authorized by the President (Peter Sellers), who accidentally approved a plan to give emergency powers to Ripper and his base. So, essentially the men in the war room including General Turgidson (George C. Scott) and Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers again) must find a way to stop the missiles from being dropped. Unfortunately, they have no code to stop the attack. So, they send soldiers on a mission to kill their own soldiers while Ripper gives his assistant Lionel Mandrake (Sellers in his third role) lectures about how the Soviets are trying to steal our "precious body fluids". The first fifteen minutes of the film are not that funny but the rest are hilarious. Sellers and Scott both are amazing in their roles. Don't miss this comedy classic. THE FINAL GRADE: 9/10



THE GRADUATE

The movie that launched megastar Dustin Hoffman's career is funny, touching, heartfelt, and one of the best movies in film history. Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is a shy and awkward recent college graduate. But one night, Ben is seduced by his father's business partner's wife, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Then Ben finds himself falling for her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross). The Graduate works for several reasons. It has a great script, great performances by all its stars (especially Hoffman) and an excellent soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel. The first half of the film is a bit slower than the second but its funny because of how awkward it is. But don't miss this true American classic. THE FINAL GRADE: 10/10




LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

Lawrence of Arabia is a visual masterpiece. That is the one thing I was sure of after watching the film.The greatest strength of the film is it's portrayal of the desert, in all it's danger and majesty. The battle sequences are also breathtaking and spectacular. But Lawrence of Arabia has some other problems. It's story: T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), is sent to Arabia to unite the warring Arab factions and take down the Turkish empire, is not always substantial enough to carry a nearly four hour long film. But the biggest problem is that it is LONG. Lawrence of Arabia starts off very entertaining, I found the first hour to be great. Then the spend 45 minutes wandering in the desert. I was fine with that. But eventually the film just gets to be tedious. The acting is very good; O'Toole's performance is amazing. If director David Lean cut maybe an hour of the film, I would have loved it. But Lean didn't and that is why I didn't like it as much. THE FINAL GRADE: 8/10




RED DAWN


Red Dawn is a movie of guts, gore, and blood. It stars Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell, and a young Charlie Sheen. This blood-fest tells the story of a small town that is attacked by the Soviets. Eight teens then flee into the mountains armed with pistols, rifles, and their wits. They then begin calling themselves the Wolverines and attacking the Soviets. If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan then this movie is for you. Its a great movie but a little bit cheesy sometimes. THE FINAL GRADE: B-  Review by Charles Timm






THE SEARCHERS

John Wayne gives one of his finest performances in The Searchers, widely considered the greatest western of all time. The Searchers stars Wayne as Ethan Edwards, a racist former Confederate soldier who returns home to his family. But within days, they are slaughtered by Comanche indians who kill all of Ethan's family except for his niece Debbie (Natalie Wood). Ethan then embarks on a five year search with Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) to find Debbie, whether she wants to be rescued or not.Wayne's performance is stellar but everybody else is dull and one note. Even Wayne is over dramatic at certain points. And while the essential plot is Ethan finding Debbie, for some reason director John Ford decided to throw in a weak subplot about Martin and his girlfriend, Laurie (Vera Miles). While The Searchers is good entertainment for two hours, I didn't find it as great as everybody claims that it is. THE FINAL GRADE: 6/10



SPARTACUS

Spartacus is a very entertaining epic. One that is long, but not too long. Spartacus follows the title character (Kirk Douglas, in a fantastic performance) as he leads a slave revolution against Rome. Other supporting characters include Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Gracchus (Charles Laughton) and Spartacus' wife Varinia (Jean Simmons). Spartacus and Varinia start in a slave camp but eventually make their way out and Spartacus starts a revolution. Spartacus is packed with action and terrific acting. I found it to be very enjoyable. THE FINAL GRADE: 9/10




SUNSET BOULEVARD


An excellent portrayal of Hollywood and a psychotic woman, Sunset Boulevard is truly one of the best. The film starts with the homicide squad at the mansion of an old Hollywood star. They have discovered the dead body of Joe Gillis (William Holden), a Hollywood writer. Then Gillis (who narrates the film, even though he is dead) takes us back six months to when he was on the run from a couple of men who were going to take his car if he didn't pay the bills. Gillis ends up at the house of an old silent star, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Desmond is alone, except for her butler Max (Erich Von Stroheim). Desmond isn't crazy but she is on the very edge of insanity. Gillis tries to leave, but Norma wants him to fix a terrible script that she wrote to make a picture with her old friend Cecil B. Demille (Himself). Gillis fixes the script and stays for a while, but he realizes that Norma has fallen in love with him and some other shocking bits of information.There is also a subplot about Gillis writing a script with Betty Schafer (Nancy Olson). The film is the most realistic Hollywood movie about Hollywood. With stars such as DeMille and Buster Keaton, you would almost think that this is real. The acting is also excellent. Swanson is perfectly over dramatic as Desmond. The film is best for it's ironic and disturbing portrayal of a insane star who thinks she is remembered but really isn't. Gillis calls her and her friends waxworks and that what she really is. This is a can't miss film. THE FINAL GRADE: 10/10



THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

A dark adventure drama that puts a lot more emphasis on characters than it does action. Don't get me wrong, it has it's action scenes, but it is nothing like the Indiana Jones series. Treasure of the Sierra Madre follows Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), Howard (Walter Huston) and Curtin (Tim Holt) as they search for treasure and gold. While the film has some great action scenes, the real treasure (excuse the pun) is in the performances. Humphrey Bogart gives one of his best performances as a normal homeless man that turns into a paranoid, murdering, and greed filled monster. It is truly an affecting performance. Walter Huston is also fantastic as he observes through quiet facial expressions, Dobbs' fall into insanity. And Holt gives a good performance as just a regular Joe that keeps his sanity unlike Dobbs. With some thrilling action scenes and fantastic acting, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a can't miss film. THE FINAL GRADE: 10/10