basic movie is thus: 15 year old David (Max Thieriot) is all crushing
on 15 year old Millie (AnnaSophia Robb). He gives her a snow globe as a
gift, but a bully throws it out on the ice. When he goes out to get it,
he breaks through and is about to drown when he suddenly teleports to
safety. His home life sucks as his mom (
Now, the premise is very cool, which made me super excited about the movie. However, besides the premise, all the movie has going for it is the action, unfortunately. As far as acting goes, it really isn't the best, especially with Hayden, who seems to be channeling his performance as Anakin. His voice-over at the beginning couldn't sound any more unenthused and dry. His acting in some of the scenes literally made an image of a piece of cardboard flash into my mind.
for Millie, I liked AnnaSophia's portrayal more than I did Rachel
Bilson's. They should have just left them 15 years old and let the two
15 year olds play the part. It would have been much better. And David
and Millie's first meeting after 8 years of being missing is bordering
ridiculous. David's dad and even Millie's mom are all brought to tears
because he's just been missing and presumed dead for 8 years. But
Millie is just like "Hey, what's up?" like they had never been apart.
Not to mention he shows up out of nowhere in 8 years, asks her to go to
And Sam Jackson wasn't really in the movie a whole lot, to be honest (I mean, he had his fair share of scenes). But when he was, he said a lot of the same lines over and over again ("I'm from such-and-such government agency" and "Only God has the right to be everywhere at once!" and "He got away!").
The one character who did save the show, though, was
But what was really cool was the action. The visual effects and just the action in general is worth seeing this movie, especially toward the climax. It's just super fun to watch. Unfortunately, a lot of things were left hanging and unanswered. You don't know what happens to a handful of characters. Everything is just left with you asking "...but what about...?" And the screenplay was co-written by the same guy who did Fight Club, which is interesting. Oh, and for those interested, the soundtrack was on-again-off-again with me. Sometimes it had some really cool orchestral stuff, other times it was rather forgettable... so it mirrored the movie nicely.
So really, the only thing going for the movie is the action and such, which is insanely cool. If it weren't for that, it'd probably have gotten a lower rating from me, but the action itself is worth seeing the movie.