Friday, August 14, 2009

Inkheart (2008)

Score: 3/10

Mo Folchart (Brendan Fraiser) is the key character here. He is a silver tongue, which means he can read and then bring characters out of books into the real world. One night he reads a story to his wife, Resa (Sienna Guillory), and young daughter, Meggie (Eliza Bennett). He reads a story called Inkheart and he brings Dustfinger (Paul Bettany) out from the book. Unfortunately, he also brings some evil characters, including Capricorn (Andy Serkis), a criminal master mind. To make it worse, he sends his wife into the book. It seems that every time he brings characters out, another character is sucked into the book as a kind of replacement.

After 10 years, Mo still tries to find a way to bring his wife back. He keeps everything in secret even to his daughter and he searches everywhere for another Inkheart book to read his wife out from the book. At the same time, Capricorn manages to find another silver tongue and he brings many of his accomplices into the real world. As usual in a criminal master mind, he wants to rule the world.

The movie sounded interesting and promising when I planned to watch it, but the experience was completely the opposite. I was so bored and I wondered how I could finish watching the movie. The story is illogical and has so many plot holes. Yes, it’s a fantasy I agree, but still it needs some flow, some logic, and some people who aren’t so stupid like some characters in the movie. The actions of the characters completely bewildered me. I have no idea why they do such things, when clearly there are better ways to achieve their goals.

The special effects are ok. They aren’t special, but sufficient (with today’s technology, it’s difficult to make bad effects I guess). The acting is not bad, it’s rather good in fact, especially for Andy Serkis. The main problem is the story, which makes the whole experience exceptionally boring and unappealing.

You can find more info on Inkheart from:
- IMDB: Inkheart (2008)
- Inkheart official movie site

"Let me out of this film!"

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