Admit One 6/26: Explosions

The heavy hitter of the summer is finally out with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (already racking up $60 million in it’s first day).  Reviews aren’t great but everyone and their grandma is going to see it this weekend.  In a case of hyper counterprogramming or throwing it under a transforming bus, the chick flick My Sister’s Keeper also comes out this weekend.  In limited release this week is Point Break director Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war epic, The Hurt Locker.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Starring: Shia Labeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Peter Cullen

Directed by: Michael Bay

Plot: Sam Whitwicky reteams with the Autobots to figure out the meaning behind mysterious symbols scattered around the globe and deal with a revived Megatron and the Decepticons.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 22%

Critic Consensus: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a noisy, underplotted, and overlong special effects extravaganza that lacks a human touch.”

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My Sister’s Keeper

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilevia

Directed by: Nick Cassevetes

Plot: Parents make an unorthodox choice when trying to save their daughter that eventually leads to a court case.

RT Freshness: 41%

Critic Consensus: “My Sister’s Keeper gets fine performances from its adult and child actors, but the director’s heavy-handed approach turns a worthy emotional subject into an overly melodramatic tearjerker.”

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The Hurt Locker

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Plot: A war epic set during the current Iraq War following the lives of members of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal squad.

RT Freshness: 98%

Critic Consensus: “A well-acted, intensely shot, action filled war epic, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is thus far the best of the recent dramatizations of the Iraq War.”

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