Monday, May 2, 2011
Movie Review # 63 2010: Moby Dick [The Asylum] (2010)
Director: Trey Stokes http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003776/
Paul Bales http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0050097/
Herman Melville (story) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0578479/
Barry Bostwick http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000960/
Renee O'Conner http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0640488/
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
IMDb: 2.7/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1694508/
Netflix: 2.5 Stars
If there is one thing that I have learned during this marathon of movies. Is that nothing is off limits for The Asylum and I mean NOTHING!! I swear if given half the chance they would make a mockbuster of The Passion of the Christ or a movie that depicts Muhammad as a Rock Star. Not saying that either would be bad honestly and more than likely would be greatly entertaining to a vast majority of us out there. But sadly they do not do movies like this.
Instead what we get are movies that are shot in High Definition that play out like badly acted children's plays. Complete with the little boys going bang bang and then saying your dead. Only to see their friend fall down and say "Okay!" Which in all honesty does not bode to well for me as I sit down and watch yet another of their films. But this where this one sort set itself apart. Because I kinda enjoyed it.
Well I enjoyed it more than most of their films I have seen. Which does not say much at all as this is just a modernization of the Classic Moby Dick or is was originally called The Whale. Which is fine and dandy as most children will not be reading the classic story and this movie despite all its faults. Does follow the book pretty well. As it switches a submarine for the whaling vessel.
Outside of that not much else is different. Which is what I found beyond surprising. It as if they wanted to more or less pay homage than destroy a literary work. I am not saying that they did not tarnish it. Which they did. But what we got was a enjoyable movie that got its point across. No more and no less.
As for the tarnishing aspects. Honestly they are not even worth mentioning. As they do not leave loopholes, they do not change the story. They are best just questionable and very silly. Outside of that I have no real qualms about this movie. It is just a simple popcorn film to sit down to on a Friday or Saturday evening and shut off your brain to. As it fills it will silly nothingness and fulfills that duty perfectly.
My Rating: 2/5 Stars