I will put the caveat that my ratings are within the context of genre. For instance, i could give a 9/10 to a jackie chan movie, as relative to other similar movies (knowing that in absolute terms vs all other movies it still may only be a 4.5).
Ip Man - 9/10. Love this movie, love the story of ip man and love donnie yen (lead actor). Any bruce Lee fan that doesnt know the man or the movie should remedy this
Ip Man 2 - 7/10. I still love all the same elements but it has no chance to equal the original.
Taken- 8/10. Nothing complicated but I am biased towards movies like this and this one is well put together.
The prisoner - 3/10. I believe this to be jackie chan's worst movie ever made and yes I understand the weighty ramifications of such a statement. Objectively it is closer to a zero. It earns 3 bonus points for layers of sheer inexplicability. Like why is he a pro pool player? Or, as the title character, why is he not in a single scene in the middle 45 minutes or so? Why does he have to win $100k in one night playing poker against gangsters so he can buy a black market liver to save his girlfriends life? So intricate for so little plot-relevance. I digress.
Valhalla Rising - 10/10. I dont like giving 10's for anything but based on what this movie is I have no idea how it could have been improved on. Basically mash-up the grittier elements of gladiator and braveheart, removing any love inerests (or humanity), any trace of a noble cause or greater good, and any semblance of gloss or glamour those movies applied to barbarism. A raw movie equivalent of scandinavian death metal. Which makes me wonder if Goldman would like it. Or at least the soundtrack In case it is not clear, do not show this to your children.
Last edited by sanstanya; 12-06-2012 at 02:59 AM.