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#1 Apr 28 2011 at 4:59 PM Rating: Good
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Currently sitting at a 94% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes and since i'm a nut for mythology in general i decided to see it tonight. Keep in mind i've never even read a single comic from this series or many Marvel comics in general so my opinion might be a bit iffy during this review.

Thor: IT'S AWESOME!

Really, it's arguably better than the first Iron Man and a **** sight better than Iron Man II by quite a bit. It's a true return to form for Marvel Studios after many fans and moviegoers felt a bit let down by Iron Man II. The action is AMAZING and puts anything else the studio or any other studio that's dabbed it's hands into comic book movies has done to shame. The plot is simple but solid; the god figure (Thor) is cast out from Asgard and down to earth to be taught a lesson in humility after he stirs up a hornets nest of epic proportions. The plot follows Thor's efforts to return to Asgard and later to fight the forces that pursue him in exile and that threaten earth's people. It also follows the machinations of Thor's brother Loki and his own ambitions. It's also got it's fair share of pretty funny (in a laugh out loud way) moments that really got me laughing, i'd say it provides laughs on par with the first Iron Man... maybe a few more depending on your own sense of humor.

The acting is solid throughout, Anthony Hopkins is pretty intimidating as Odin and Chris Hemsworth is excellent as Thor. You'll be happy to know that appearances and references to "The Avengers" are almost non-existant, someone at Marvel was quick to pick up the ball that got dropped during Iron Man II pretty fast. S.H.I.E.L.D is mentioned a fair bit but it actually plays a part in the storyline rather than a "hey look over there, it's Cap's shield" sort of thing. The soundtrack is pretty decent as well, if hearing AC/DC twice over in Iron Man and Iron Man II got annoying (i myself facepalmed at the end of Iron Man II when "Highway to ****" started) it's not been repeated here don't worry. I was expecting to hear something like "Kiss - God of Thunder" or something but the soundtrack is pretty small but again, solid.
Here is one of the tracks: Foo Fighters - Walk

Many fans and critics alike were worried during Thor's production that the director would not be able to keep the film from 'going over the top', which many thought would be hard given the source material but it's been done. Asgard is a visual delight to look at as are the other realms Thor and his fellow warriors visit throughout the plot. Nothing seems too over the top, Thor even goes out of his way to say "Where i am from, 'Science' and 'Magic' are one and the same" at one point, almost as if to hammer that home (har har...).
The film instead roots itself in Norse Mythology extremely well and does it justice in bringing themes from it to the big screen in a not-so-silly manner. Things like the Aesir, Yggdrasil (sp?) and Asgard in general are all pulled off brilliantly. It truly is a love-letter to fans of the comic and to those that like Norse Mythology.

I was extremely impressed with this film and i'm now pretty eager to see what part Thor plays in "The Avengers", i also find myself looking forward to Captain America a lot more than i was now. Marvel has clearly picked themselves up and have gotten their game back on the tracks.

My rating... 10/10. (Rarely do this)

If anyone else has seen it yet what is your take on it?


EDIT: Sorry, i'm from the UK and i think we got to see this sooner for some reason.

Edited, Apr 28th 2011 7:11pm by Tatham
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#2 Apr 28 2011 at 5:08 PM Rating: Good
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Seeing as it won't be out in the US until May 6th, I'll just have to go ahead and take your word for it.
#3 Apr 28 2011 at 5:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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Seeing as it won't be out in the US until May 6th, I'll just have to go ahead and take your word for it.


Same. Good to hear though.
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#4 Apr 28 2011 at 5:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm certainly looking forward to it. While Thor has never been a favorite of mine, when a Marvel character gets a movie, no matter how awful it is, I feel my inner 13 year old puking in my brain from the anticipation of seeing it. It sounds like they cut out basically the first tenth of the Thor mythos for the movie (the Donald Blake aspect). As a fanboy I am a little annoyed, but I completely understand the necessity. It works for a comic book, but for a movie that's just long plot that doesn't really help. Kind of like how they skipped Spider-Man's high school days.

That being said, The Avengers movie ****** me off to no ends. No Hank Pym? Really? Just the guy that basically invented The Avengers in the first place is being snubbed, in favor of Hawkeye? Hawkeye is a pretty epic member of The Avengers, don't get me wrong, but **** it. Hank Pym is awesome.
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#5 Apr 28 2011 at 6:01 PM Rating: Good
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Film was ******* epic awesome, I loved every moment of it.
I saw it in 3D but it was not really all that...Just stick to normal.
#6 Apr 28 2011 at 10:59 PM Rating: Excellent
This is very encouraging; I wasn't sure if I was going to see it or not, but now I definitely will.
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#7 Apr 28 2011 at 11:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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This is very encouraging; I wasn't sure if I was going to see it or not, but now I definitely will.
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#8 Apr 29 2011 at 2:33 AM Rating: Decent
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It sounds like they cut out basically the first tenth of the Thor mythos for the movie (the Donald Blake aspect). As a fanboy I am a little annoyed, but I completely understand the necessity.

Heheheheh, forgot to mention that the film actually pulls off an EXCELLENT nod of apology to the fans for doing this. You'll know it when you see it.

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#9 Apr 29 2011 at 5:07 AM Rating: Decent
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Tatham wrote:
since i'm a nut for mythology in general i decided to see it tonight
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No offense but that's a terrible reason for watching the movie.
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#10 Apr 29 2011 at 6:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Yeah, i understand that the film cannot stay completely true to the mythology most of the time but remember i almost never read comics as a kid but i do like classical studies and mythology.
It was all i really had to go on apart from how much i liked Iron Man (first one) and i wanted to see if they could make this as good as that.
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#11 Apr 29 2011 at 6:23 AM Rating: Decent
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Thor the comic is based on Thor the god, other than that they have very little to do with each other.
If you want to know more about Nordic mythology I'd suggest searching for the older and poetic edda, if you think you'd enjoy reading poetry that is.


It's kind of like this. Smiley: tongue
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#12 Apr 29 2011 at 6:43 AM Rating: Good
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i understand that the film cannot stay completely true to the mythology most of the time but remember i almost never read comics as a kid but i do like classical studies and mythology.
Yeah, there are a few things that the comics borrow from the mythos ... but overall basically there's very few similarities between the two. Mostly just names. I mean, Ragnarok happens like ... I think they're going on the third one now in the comics.
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#13 May 02 2011 at 6:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Great movie, but why it got 95% when Sucker Punch got 22% is beyond me. Both are ridiculous action movies. Great action movies, though, but still pretty ridiculous.

Unless a movie, wherein magic and science is the same, and the Nordic gods of Asa faith are in fact an advanced civilization of humanoids living on a flat planet in the center of what appears to be a galaxy (normally occupied by a giant black hole, but whatever), is less ridiculous than five chicks in corsets battling **** zombies and giant samurai...

Anyway, I liked how they made Idris Elba a Norse god. Not that roles should be reserved for Caucasian actors, but Heimdall isn't black in the comic nor the original mythology. And considering Heimdall plays a less than talkative robot for most of the movie, I don't see why they needed an African-American for the role.

Meh, Elba's performance was pretty good and his character 100% badass, so I don't really care.

I highly recommend the movie if you're into special effects, action and funny. It doesn't deserve 10/10, though. I'd give it a 8/10, with a +1 if they'd worked on the story some more. It feels really rushed towards the end. Thor gets exiled to Earth and the next day the movie is over.
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#14 May 03 2011 at 1:37 AM Rating: Good
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I believe in a recent issue of Iron Man, Marvel's Asgardians were referred to as "timeless immortal viking space deities."
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#15 May 03 2011 at 1:47 AM Rating: Decent
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"timeless immortal viking space deities."
Why I just can't take Thor seriously at all.
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#16 May 03 2011 at 6:00 AM Rating: Excellent
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"timeless immortal viking space deities."
Why I just can't take Thor seriously at all.
What comic book do you take serious?
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#17 May 03 2011 at 7:44 AM Rating: Good
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#18 May 05 2011 at 1:09 AM Rating: Good
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Why I just can't take Thor seriously at all.


Actually, the Earth X origin of, well, pretty much all of the marvel universe (including the Asgardians) is pretty neat & I would recommend it. Basically, they aren't gods, but they became gods because people believed them to be gods & now they believe it themselves & have forgotten their true origin.
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Comic story arcs tend to get silly over time. Retcons are often a thing of evil. For instance, when the X-Men universe was split up into a future parallel universe and all that.

As for the movie not being true to the myth, I sort of accepted that it was a movie based on a comic based on the myth. I'll admit, when Thor mentioned wanting to die and go to Valhalla, I raised an eyebrow. Valhalla lies in Asgard and Thor's father, Odin, is already there. He could just go up and, you know, knock... they'd probably let him in. They made it sound like Valhalla was a heaven for viking deities and a separate dimension from Asgard. Asgard is "heaven", Midgard is Earth, Valhalla is a hall in Asgard where the gods get drunk with the brave mortals who went there with valkyries.

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Valhalla is a hall in Asgard where the gods get drunk with the brave mortals who went there with valkyries.


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#22 May 06 2011 at 9:46 PM Rating: Good
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My husband and I saw this tonight. It was pretty awesome. Looking forward to The Avengers. The fact that it'll be directed by Joss Whedon makes me feel funny in my pants.

Also, apparently they were having a give away at the movie tonight. I won a Thor Omnibus. 'Cause that's how I roll.
#23 May 07 2011 at 10:35 AM Rating: Good
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Saw it last night. It was good, not great (I'm sort of tired of the stereotypical plot with no real variation, but I guess there's only so much you can do). Don't forget to stay after the credits (again, good scene but not great). Still definitely looking forward to the Avengers (and the other superhero movies coming out this summer).
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Just saw it: I enjoyed it. The Warriors Three and Lady Sif were PERFECTLY cast, much like J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies. Seems to be some kind of Marvel tradition that secondary characters are better cast than primary. Volstagg could have been a little pudgier, and I miss Hogun's and Sif's funny hats, but still pretty well represented. Thor and Loki got their funny hats ... And the reverse. Scruffy Thor kind of got on my nerve. I remember 90s EXTREME BEARD Thor, but I don't really remember Hipster Scruffy Beard Thor.

Or the accents. Not nearly enough thous and verilys.

About an hour in, enjoyed the Hawkeye cameo.

Extreme Annoyance: Still no Hank Pym. Smiley: motz

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It's already been confirmed that Ant/Giant Man isn't going to be in the Avengers movie.
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In theater right now, will post thoughts later. The commercials are just about to give way to the trailers.

OK, now that I've seen it, it was good, but not as good as some of you have been making it out to be. I never bothered with the comic and went in with just some basic Norse mythology to prepare me, and the story was still incredibly predictable. As a basic action movie, it was entertaining and worth the seven bucks it cost, but that's about it. The 3D was not worth the extra two dollars, but the 2D wasn't playing anywhere nearby, so I had to put up with those stupid glasses, for next to no benefit. Skip the 3D if you can.

I went to see Fast Five last week and found that it was a better movie, both in terms of action and storyline. If you were interested in seeing both and had to pick one, I'd go with FF.


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#28 May 07 2011 at 10:34 PM Rating: Good
It was good, not great. Skip any 3D showing unless you're really into Astronomy, 'cause the only cool "3D" part is during the credits where you fly around the universe. It reminded me a bit of a 3D version of the new planetarium at the Boston Museum of Science, but these were fictional. I also may be looking to far into it, but it seems to me that the Asgardian "world tree" was actually just the structure of what we know as the known universe.

Here's a video.

Anyhoo, Thor was good. I'd love to have seen more of Thor cutting loose like he did when fighting Frost Giants, as his other fight scenes were underwhelming. Also, while I think they did a great job with the casting, at the same time there wasn't anything they could do that wouldn't have made the Asgardians, Thor included, look ridiculous walking around a town in the mid-west.

Thor is at its best when the Asgardians are in Asgard (or on the Frost Giant world) or when Thor is running around the mid-west sans costume. JMS (the writer of the movie, creator of Babylon 5, & comic writer for 10+ years) did a great job making the Asgardians relatable as well as "explaining" Asgardian technology as something "non-magical".

Also, Heimdal was ******* cool.

I'd give it a 7/10.

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#29 May 09 2011 at 10:24 PM Rating: Good
I just got back from seeing this, and I must say I wasn't all that impressed. It was fairly good, but the one thing that kept me from really enjoying it was how cliche everything seemed to me. It was driving me nuts the entire movie. The action scenes looked good, but I also wish that we could have seen more of Thor unleashing everything. Perhaps in the Avengers (which, I thought it was both funny and ridiculous that they just came out and said "Thor will be back in The Avengers!" at the end of the credits). I give it a 7/10 as well.
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Thor is at its best when the Asgardians are in Asgard (or on the Frost Giant world) or when Thor is running around the mid-west sans costume. JMS (the writer of the movie, creator of Babylon 5, & comic writer for 10+ years) did a great job making the Asgardians relatable as well as "explaining" Asgardian technology as something "non-magical".
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He did have a very good run, until Gwen's love children with Norman Osbourne showed up. Oh, & "The Other" was crap, too.

I absolutely loved the Morlun/Ezekiel stuff, though.
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I think "The Other" was kind of forced on JMS, but yeah. The whole Gwen angle was annoying.

Edit: I just saw the commercial for X-Men: First Class, and I just have to ask. Why is it movies based around the X-Men seem to do everything possible to butcher almost a hundred years of history? What the **** is Havok, Scott Summers' younger brother doing in the 1960s X-Men?

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I think "The Other" was kind of forced on JMS, but yeah. The whole Gwen angle was annoying.

Edit: I just saw the commercial for X-Men: First Class, and I just have to ask. Why is it movies based around the X-Men seem to do everything possible to butcher almost a hundred years of history? What the **** is Havok, Scott Summers' younger brother doing in the 1960s X-Men?


Because most of the people that are going to see the movie won't know that.
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Hoping to see it this week. I'm trying to convince my wife's dad to not see the 3D version.
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Hoping to see it this week. I'm trying to convince my wife's dad to not see the 3D version.


We didn't have a choice. The theater said that they were making them run the movie in 3-D only for the first four weeks.
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Was the movie actually filmed in 3D? Or is it one of those bullsh*t moves where they use CGI to make the 2D scenes 3D?

In any case, I avoid 3D movies. They generally make me nauseous.
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Was the movie actually filmed in 3D? Or is it one of those bullsh*t moves where they use CGI to make the 2D scenes 3D?

In any case, I avoid 3D movies. They generally make me nauseous.


I don't know, but unless you watch the credits, you wouldn't know it was in 3D anyway. Except, you know, for those annoying glasses. Whoever invented those **** things deserves a special place in ****. They hurt my ears. :(
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I doubt it was filmed in 3d. The reviews I read say it isn't worth the extra cost.
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I didn't really intend to see it before... I still probably won't, unless I have some friends that are dying to go or something. Money's tight enough that I rather save the $10 than go to a movie I don't really want to see.

I'm also seriously jealous of the ticket prices around everyone else. >:(
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My girlfriend has seen it twice now and enjoyed it both times. Her best friend however said it was "The worst movie I have ever seen in a theater." Overall from my friends the reviews tend to be positive, with "good but not great" being the consensus.

Don't think I'll see it, but I might find it online at some point.
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For me, that award goes to The Strangers (that horror/thriller movie that came out in '08 with Scott Speedman in it--thought it was AWFUL).
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For me, that award goes to The Strangers (that horror/thriller movie that came out in '08 with Scott Speedman in it--thought it was AWFUL).


And it had such PROMISE! Yes, I wanted my money back for that. But "The Last Exorcism" was so very, very much worse.
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The theater I usually go to is kind of old and not very large. They only have four screens and the place is really no frills. The one thing worth going there though, is that any movie that starts between 4:00 and 5:30 only costs five dollars. They do charge an extra two dollars for 3D movies, but it's still cheaper than anywhere else. I've actually started going to more movies since I found out about the deal.

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Wow, that's awesome! I wish we had something like that near here. They just built a new theater that has cheap tickets somewhat close (twenty minute drive, ten of which is on the parkway).

But, really, with gas prices as high as they are, you don't even save enough to warrant the trip. Well, with my car at least. :/

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RIGHT? I was actually excited to go see it--the trailer was great. But the movie just... failed. Completely.

And it isn't even that it wasn't worth the cost (which it wasn't). I would have switched channels if I had been watching it on TV. I was bored the whole time. And when you are watching people being hunted by murderers, you shouldn't be bored.

ESPECIALLY when your main cast includes Liv Tyler, who I generally love.

A similar disappointment? Funny Games. I was so excited for the movie, and absolutely loathed the end result. The thing with the rewind was absolute ******************* Luckily, I watched it at home, for free. All I wanted back were the two hours of my life.

I've never seen The Last Exorcism, so I cannot comment on that one.
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#47 May 18 2011 at 11:46 PM Rating: Good
I just discovered yesterday that one of the local theaters does $5 movies all day Tuesday, for any movie. The theater is really, really crappy, but that will be a great excuse to go see some of the movies that I want to see but not enough to spend $9.50 on (which is what tickets normally cost here, unless it's 3D, in which case you're looking at $12, or $15 if you want 3D and IMAX).
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#48 May 19 2011 at 7:30 AM Rating: Good
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Our normal tickets are $11, because the theater has no competition. :(
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#49 May 19 2011 at 10:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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Belkira wrote:
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"The worst movie I have ever seen in a theater."


For me, that award goes to The Strangers (that horror/thriller movie that came out in '08 with Scott Speedman in it--thought it was AWFUL).


And it had such PROMISE! Yes, I wanted my money back for that. But "The Last Exorcism" was so very, very much worse.
"A Date Movie." Only film I ever wanted to walk out on; but I was in NYC and paid $16 for a ticket Smiley: glare
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#50 May 19 2011 at 11:17 AM Rating: Good
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LockeColeMA wrote:
Belkira wrote:
idiggory wrote:
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"The worst movie I have ever seen in a theater."


For me, that award goes to The Strangers (that horror/thriller movie that came out in '08 with Scott Speedman in it--thought it was AWFUL).


And it had such PROMISE! Yes, I wanted my money back for that. But "The Last Exorcism" was so very, very much worse.
"A Date Movie." Only film I ever wanted to walk out on; but I was in NYC and paid $16 for a ticket Smiley: glare


I accidentally saw In the Name of the King without realizing that it was a Uwe Boll movie. Smiley: bah
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#51 May 19 2011 at 11:27 AM Rating: Good
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"A Date Movie." Only film I ever wanted to walk out on; but I was in NYC and paid $16 for a ticket


To be fair... that movie didn't even have promise, lol.
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