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Vantage Point, Drillbit Taylor, and Meet the Browns

Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at 11:15 AM

Vantage Point

Vantage Point is a movie that stylistically tries to show you an event from many different 'vantage' points. It succeeds to a degree but the effect starts to become rather more of a hindrance rather than an involving storytelling technique. Regardless, the flick tells the story of a bunch of people that are all witnesses to the shooting of the US President in Spain. The flick flip flops back and forth in time to show each person's perspective on this until it flings the big 'twist' on the audience and then it follows a straight forward telling of events. The show itself is quite entertaining with some good action, however the twist is so easy to spot, it rarely gathers that much tension for a thriller. Overall, a decent movie clocking in at around an hour and a half and well worth a watch.

Drillbit Taylor

Drillbit Taylor is an interesting movie. The general plot is three kids are bullied in school and hire a bodyguard to protect them, however the bodyguard they hire is actually a homeless bum who's original goal is to rob the kids of there money so he can go to Canada. The beginning of the movie almost invites you to laugh at the many situations that the bullies throw at the kids, even putting it all together in a montage with an upbeat song. Then, it starts to turn around into feeling sorry for the kids. Once the bodyguard, or Drillbit Taylor comes on the scene, the movie picks up a lot and it becomes a bit more fleshed out. From there, the struggle for Drillbit to not rob the kids and the struggle for the kids to overcome the bully is put front and center and the rest of the flick engages in telling the story. At times funny and at other times trying to be heartwarming, the flick never quite settles on a good mix leaving the audience a bit confused. The movie is well worth a watch for some great comedy and a bit of drama.

Meet the Brown's

Didn't watch it. Why? Because I've never liked a Tyler Perry movie. Thus, I skipped it, but if Tyler Perry's your thing, then this looks like more of the same. Description below:

A funny, moving romantic drama about the power of love and family, Lionsgate's TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS marks another winning portrayal of life by writer/director/actor Tyler Perry (DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION) and features a return to the big screen by Madea, the indomitable, law-breaking, fun-loving grandma.

A single mother living in inner city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she's laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time -- until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she's never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father's fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed…and finds a brand new romance that just might change her life.

Based on the popular stage production of the same name, TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS is a charming story about the joys of family, and the possibility of second chances. TYLER PERRY'S MEET THE BROWNS was written and directed by Tyler, and produced by Reuben Cannon.

That's it for this week. Rent them all at Movie Gallery in McCook!

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.