June 17: Work. Yeah. Bought "Higher Learning" on DVD.
June 20: Had my parents take me to CompUSA to buy CDs and labels for my resume. Sent out 10 more resumes. Updated Job Watch.
Adam Job Watch:
Resumes Sent: 88. Rejections: 25. Interviews: 2. Jobs: 0.
And that brings us to today. I really will try not to go an entire work week without updating this again. I guess I can try to do some things to make this more interesting. For example, on Wednesday, I'll be throwing up a running commentary on the NBA Draft. Tall guys in funny suits being interviewed for 30 seconds. It's fun.
Basically, if you've seen the trailer, you know the plot of the movie. Chris Rock plays twins separated at birth, one of whom is a CIA agent who dies early in the film. Anthony Hopkins, playing Rock's CIA partner, recruits the lost twin to "stand in" for the dead brother and make a deal to get back a stolen nuclear weapon. That's all I'm going to tell you about the plot, because things do happen that aren't covered in the trailer (amazing for a movie these days).
As for what I thought, Rock wasn't bad, but he wasn't at his funniest. In fact, there were times when his jokes just didn't work. Hopkins was in "how much am I getting paid for this" mode through the entire movie. His character wasn't much to work with anyway, but he could have done better. Acting-wise, there actually isn't a memorable performance in the entire cast. Only Kerry Robinson, playing Rock's girlfriend Julie, does a reasonable job, though her role is very small. The villians are your stereotypical mix of Russians and middle eastern terrorists. At one point one CIA agent looks at a dead villian and says "He looks Afghani." (Of course, we find out he wasn't). And thus we know why this movie was delayed following Sept. 11.
Really, the movie as a whole isn't bad. The plot is mildly interesting and there are some good action sequences (the shootout in the monestary is pretty slick. It is a Jerry Bruckheimer film, but there aren't any huge explosions or overly sappy moments (i.e. "Armegeddon." Actually, don't think about "Armegeddon," it'll only hurt your brain and make you angry).
Overall, I give this movie a 5.5 out of 10.
I'm going to try to see "Minority Report" tonight, so I'll let you know about that by tomorrow, hopefully.